Duh: You Don’t Need to Use Your Hotel Room Key to Keep the Power On

As you probably know, many hotel rooms require you leave a key card in a designated slot to keep the lights/power in the room on. But did you know that any similarly sized card will do the trick—not just a room key card?

I thought that this was common knowledge among frequent travelers (I sometimes use a business card), but this story has really taken off. In any case, know that any card will do if your hotel room has a power slot. And no matter what, don’t leave your key card in the slot while you’re away from the room (here’s why).

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2 Comments on "Duh: You Don’t Need to Use Your Hotel Room Key to Keep the Power On"

  1. We’ve been using miscellaneous loyalty cards to “power” our rooms for years. Supermarket ones work well. A few months ago we found a hotel where only the hotel key card with an RFID chip or one of the public transport cards from Bangkok with an RFID chip worked. An ordinary loyalty card didn’t work and we tried all of them in our wallets.

  2. It’s the same on cruise ships, I pointed that out to the cabin steward and the next time I was on that line, it was implemented, forgot how, but I know they listened.

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