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Watch Out For Travel Fraud
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Image The old saying “if something sound too good to be true, it probably is” has never been more true than in the travel industry. While the odds that you’ll be taken in by a scam are slim, it’s smart to be wary when something strikes you as a little suspicious. According to the travel blog GoGirlfriend, here are a few of the most common travel cons:

Vacation certificates that guarantee a rock-bottom price for a vacation – what they don’t tell you is that you’ll be hit extra fees and hidden costs that can quadruple the stated cost.

The “instant travel agent/travel club” scam, in which you’re promised a travel-industry ID to get insider discounts. The ID they give you will probably be bogus, leaving you high and dry, and even the supposedly legit clubs are finding that cruise lines and hotel chains are refusing to honor their discounts. Professional travel agents are certified by ICTA, most agents are members of ASTA and are required by their suppliers to be members of IATAN - like we are. If your "Travel Agent Discount Card" company isn't telling you about these professional designations, they are probably bogus.

Winning a vacation that you never registered to win, then being told that you need to make a down-payment to secure your reservation. No surprise, it turns out that the vacation doesn’t exist, and you’re out your money.

When you shop for travel services, make sure you know and trust the company you’re dealing with – and make sure you ask a lot of questions and get all the details before you sign up for something that sounds even the slightest bit suspicious. To read more travel fraud tips, visit the GoGirlfriend website .
Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 April 2008 )
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