Hotel Key Cards

Food For Thought…

Ever wonder what is on your magnetic hotel key card???


1. Customer’s Name
2. Customer’s partial home address
3. Hotel Room number
4. Check-in date and time
5. Customer’s credit card number and expiration date!

When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense.

Simply put, hotels don’t erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest.

The bottom line is:
Keep the cards, it is NOT unlawful to take them, destroy them but NEVER leave them in your room or in the wastebasket. Cut up the cards or run a small magnet over the strip a few times to erase the information on the card.

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3 Responses to “Hotel Key Cards”

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    Andrea @ Unfailingly Loved — August 20, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

    Thanks for the great information, Anne! This is very helpful.

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    Patty — August 20, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

    Thanks for the info Anne! While in VA this past May, we were surprised to find out that someone had used our credit card for purchases. We feel that the info was taken at a restaurant where they take the card away to scan when you pay. It's rare to find a restaurant with a register you pay at anymore. All was taken care of and the thief didn't get away with it, but they tried again just a month ago. You can never be too careful!

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    Sassy Chica — August 21, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    Fabulous idea Dahhling!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Sassy Chica

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