At almost all hotels, you can choose to pay for someone else’s hotel room and/or book a hotel room for someone else. Paying for someone else’s room typically requires filling out a credit card authorization form in advance. Booking a room for someone else usually just requires that you fill in that person’s name when making a reservation. We have the list of hotel-specific policies below.

Can You Pay for Someone Else’s Hotel Room?

Most large hotels will allow you to pay for someone else’s room using your own credit card, but you will need to arrange this in advance of the guest’s stay. To pay for someone else’s hotel room, ask the hotel for a credit card authorization form like this one from Hyatt.

Fill out the credit card authorization form at least two days in advance, and follow the instructions to submit it to the hotel — some require you to fax it in, others will ask you to email it, etc. In addition, your guest will need to have a valid form of ID that matches the guest’s name on the credit card authorization form.

Can You Book a Hotel Room for Someone Else?

If you book with a hotel directly — either on its website or by phone — most hotels will allow you to book a room for someone else. When making a reservation, you can book in his/her name or add the person as an additional guest to a reservation under your own name. He or she should be able to check in without you present. Your guest will need to have a valid form of ID that matches the reservation information.

It’s also possible to book someone else a hotel room on sites like Hotwire and Expedia. When booking the reservation, add him or her as a guest, just like you would if you were making the reservation through a hotel’s website.

Hotel-Specific Policies on Paying and Booking for Someone Else

1. Best Western

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a Best Western credit card authorization form located on AuthorizationForms.com’s website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

2. Country Inn & Suites

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a Country Inn & Suites credit card authorization form located on AuthorizationForms.com’s website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

3. Hilton Hotels and Resorts

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a Hilton Hotels credit card authorization form located on Hilton Hotels’ website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

4. Holiday Inn

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a Holiday Inn credit card authorization form located on Holiday Inn’s website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

5. Howard Johnson Hotels

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a Howard Johnson Hotels credit card authorization form located on AuthorizationForms.com’s website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

6. Hyatt

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a Hyatt credit card authorization form located on Hyatt’s website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

7. La Quinta Inns & Suites

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a La Quinta Inn credit card authorization form located on AuthorizationForms.com’s website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

8. Marriott Hotels & Resorts

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a Marriott Hotels credit card authorization form located on Marriott Hotel’s website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

9. Radisson Hotels

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a Radisson Hotels credit card authorization form located on AuthorizationForms.com’s website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

10. Wyndham Hotel Group

  • Can you pay for someone else’s room? Yes. You must fill out a Wyndham Hotel credit card authorization form located on AuthorizationForms.com’s website.
  • Can you book a room for someone else? Yes. The guest must present a valid ID that matches the booking information.

In Summary

It is possible to book and/or pay for someone else’s hotel room as long as you plan ahead. Most hotels require a credit card authorization form. And, be sure to remind your guest that he or she will need a valid form of ID that matches either the guest booking information, credit card authorization form, or both depending on the situation.