I would appreciate any advice on this issue as this has happened to me two years in a row. I made hotel reservations on European hotel sites that are secure https. I am very careful with my card. Then, in a month or so, I have my credit card number breached and have to get a new card number. Last year, I did not tell a hotel about the number change, and arrived with my family of 4 in Bruges to be told my reservation was cancelled 24 hours before. Then, the gentleman didn't want to take my new number. He was going to refuse us rooms! Luckily, I convinced him to change his mind and we got our 2 rooms. I contacted the hotel the week before and was told everything was in order, so I was very unpleasantly surprised.
So, this year, I'm taking my youngest son on a RS family tour, Amsterdam to Rome, just the 2 of us. I make my reservations in January, way early, at the two tour hotels at the front and end of the tour, both having secure reservation systems. A month later, again, my card is breached with a 20+k jewelry purchase! I go back to check the hotel website, and now my security software shows an alert. I am afraid to let the reservations stay as-is, knowing what happened last year. I am also afraid of giving the hotels my new card number. Would it be reasonable to call a few weeks before my reservation and give my new number over the phone instead of through their online system? I was thinking to use a secondary card to hold the reservation, and pay cash in person. Not that it might make the difference. I would hate to arrive jetlagged in Amsterdam with a 14 year old to find our room cancelled. Or perhaps being part of a large tour group would make a difference?
Thanks so much for your help!