5 tips to avoid travel scams
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Try these tips to avoid travel scams when planning your dream vacation:
1. Research their reputation
Check out Angie’s List for reviews and determine if the agent you’re considering belongs to a reputable industry organization.
2. Meet face-to-face
Once you select a company to book your travel, go to the agency, meet the agent and build a relationship. If the agent earns your trust, then begin the process for what will ultimately become the financial transaction.
3. Use plastic
Pay for your services with a credit card — never cash or check — and get confirmation numbers and documentation for all planned flights, hotels, transfers and tours.
4. Plan B
Ask for a backup plan if something on your itinerary falls through. If you miss a flight or find a tour canceled, how will your agent help rectify the problem while you’re away?
5. Be realistic
Be wary of unsolicited mailings, phone calls or emails. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.