I wonder whether I'm on the right Forum.

I need the translation of the German concept "Buchungsangebot mit Option" into English. It's about hotel rooms reservation.

I understand "Buchungsangebot mit Option" is a not binding room reservation, which the client has the right to accept within a certain time. Otherwise, the room gets released.

But I cannot find the translation into English for it.

Thank you.

  • You can't find a decent translation for it because American hotels don't work that way. You could call it a (non-binding) booking offer. Not sure what the option is.
    – KarlG
    May 7, 2018 at 19:14
  • From the other point of view, it's a reservation that requires confirmation.
    – Xanne
    May 7, 2018 at 20:20
  • You might have better luck asking on German.SE where things like this are more on-topic
    – Mitch
    May 7, 2018 at 20:22

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I think you mean a provisional booking or provisional reservation.

I have no idea about the legal aspects of this vs the German version. In the UK at least, it not a common arrangement.

From https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/provisional

2 if an arrangement is provisional, the people involved have not yet said that they definitely want to do it We’ve made a provisional reservation for next week.

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