|"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." This |
time-honored rule holds true for many situations, with
travel scams no exception.
Travelers can protect themselves from falling victim to
most scams, by following these guidelines:
* Pass up sales pitches that conceal or omit important
facts, such as travel restrictions or regular charges.
Additional hidden charges probably exist.
* Sidestep offers that pressure consumers to decide
quickly. With today's timely fax and e-mail
capabilities, no "deal" should require a
* Exercise extreme caution with vacation certificates
that arrive by mail or suggest that you've won
something. Typically, the cost of the trip increases,
upon close inspection.
* Identify companies that have been around for
* Ask detailed questions regarding additional charges
such as meals, taxes, excursions, gratuities and air fare.
* Verify the company's reputation with the American
Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)(1-800-275-2782)
or the U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA)
If you still have questions or doubts, it's probably best to
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