We have heard a few concerns from the community about freelancers not being able to withdraw earnings during the holidays. Yes, there may be delays in receiving and withdrawing funds during this time period. But rest assured that oDesk's automated systems will be processing all requests and transfers normally, with the exception of a slight delay due to bank holidays. This is because it takes time to receive direct oDesk-to-bank-account payments, which are calculated in business days. Holidays and weekends are not counted as business days, so delays may occur.
oDesk operates in over 240 countries, so we must depend on you to be aware of the bank holidays in your own country. The US bank holidays are:
For more information check out this oDesk Help Article
The banks in the Philippines will be closed for almost 12 straight days during the holidays.
Philippine Bank Holidays:
Dec. 24: Special Non-Working Day
Dec. 25: Christmas Day
Dec. 26: Special Non-Working Day
Dec. 27: Weekend
Dec. 28: Weekend
Dec. 29: BANKS OPEN
Dec 30: Rizal Day (Holiday)
Dec 31: Special Non-Working Day
Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
Jan. 2: Special Non-Working Day
Jan. 3: Weekend
Jan. 4: Weekend
Please read these articles, so you are informed and can make arrangements:
thanks for posting this here Lillian!
I suggest we make this a sticky (at least during the jampacked holiday dates ahead this December) for lurkers and new forum visitors to see it easily. Will share this as well at fb etc
Thank you Lillian.
Although it's a basic concept. Specially, thanks for sharing the dates.
And normally every sunday is US bank off day i guess. I'm from bangladesh. So, I'm not sure about this. hahaha
I was just wondering. My oDesk account made an automatic withdrawal last December 31,2014. My bank was opened on that day until around lunch time. My funds have not reached my account as of the moment. I would like to inquire if December 31 would still be a no bank day for oDesk, given the said circumstances?
I would just like to clarify that if a day is deemed a non working day and the bank chooses to be opened, no oDesk transaction should be counted? I'm just a bit confused. Sorry.
Hi Rose Ann Rozzette,
Although a particular branch of your bank worked half day on the 31st of December, it was still a bank holiday, therefore there could be some delays unfortunately.
Thank you for your patience.
Does payment affect during the Pope's visit? Will we receive our payment thru LFT today? Usually arrives in Friday morning when you withdraw on Wednesdays at aroung 8-8:30am. But me and my wife didn't received anything yet.