Beware Of Travel Scams

Unlike most products,​ travel services usually have to​ be paid for before they are delivered. This creates opportunities for disreputable individuals and companies. Some travel packages turn out to​ be very different from what was presented or​ what the​ consumer expected. Some don't materialize at​ all!

If you​ receive an​ offer by phone or​ mail for a​ free or​ extremely low-priced vacation trip to​ a​ popular destination (often Hawaii or​ Florida),​ there are a​ few things you​ should look for:

* Does the​ price seem too good to​ be true? if​ so,​ it​ probably is.

* Are you​ asked to​ give your credit card number over the​ phone?

* Are you​ pressured to​ make an​ immediate decision?

* is​ the​ carrier simply identified as​ "a major airline,​" or​ does the​ representative offer a​ collection of​ airlines without being able to​ say which one you​ will be on?

* is​ the​ representative unable or​ unwilling to​ give you​ a​ street address for the​ company?

* Are you​ told you​ can't leave for at​ least two months? (The deadline for disputing a​ credit card charge is​ 60 days,​ and most scam artists know this.)
If you​ encounter any of​ these symptoms,​ proceed cautiously. Ask for written information to​ be sent to​ you; any legitimate travel company will be happy to​ oblige. if​ they don't have a​ brochure,​ ask for a​ day or​ two to​ think it​ over; most bona fide deals that are good today will still be good two days from now. if​ they say no to​ both requests,​ this probably isn't the​ trip for you.

Some other advice:

* if​ you​ are told that you've won a​ free vacation,​ ask if​ you​ have to​ buy something else in​ order to​ get it. Some packages have promoted free air fare,​ as​ long as​ you​ buy expensive hotel arrangements. Others include a​ free hotel stay,​ but no air fare.

* if​ you​ are seriously considering the​ vacation offer and are confident you​ have established the​ full price you​ will pay,​ compare the​ offer to​ what you​ might obtain elsewhere. Frequently,​ the​ appeal of​ free air fare or​ free accommodations disguises the​ fact that the​ total price is​ still higher than that of​ a​ regular package tour.

* Get a​ confirmed departure date,​ in​ writing,​ before you​ pay anything. Eye skeptically any promises that an​ acceptable date will be arranged later. if​ the​ package involves standby or​ waitlist travel,​ or​ a​ reservation that can only be provided much later,​ ask if​ your payment is​ refundable if​ you​ want to​ cancel,​ and don't pay any money you​ can't afford to​ lose.

* if​ the​ destination is​ a​ beach resort,​ ask the​ seller how far the​ hotel is​ from the​ beach. Then ask the​ hotel.

* Determine the​ complete cost of​ the​ trip in​ dollars,​ including all service charges,​ taxes,​ processing fees,​ etc.

* if​ you​ decide to​ buy the​ trip after checking it​ out,​ paying by credit card gives you​ certain legal rights to​ pursue a​ chargeback (credit) if​ promised services aren't delivered.

If it​ sounds too good to​ be true,​ it​ most likely is.
Beware Of Travel Scams Beware Of Travel Scams Reviewed by Henda Yesti on July 16, 2018 Rating: 5

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