Common Travel Scams To Avoid
No one likes to feel scammed, especially when they’re just about to go on holiday!
That’s why we wanted to share some information we spotted in The Independent about some common scams that regularly catch travellers out.
Firstly, fake e-visas. If you’re travelling to the US, Canada or Australia, beware. There are many commercial websites out there who let you assume that you’ve landed on an official website but then hit you with inflated prices. For example, the current ESTA application to the United States costs $14. Any more, and you’re probably on the wrong site.
Secondly, they warned that you should pay attention to the validity of any website you’re on; from its URL to where the site is physically based. On flight price comparison websites, the cheapest deals can be tempting, but you should also consider the standard of after-sales service you’ll receive before booking. Remember, not every company with a .co.uk identity is based in the UK.
And thirdly, they mentioned cancellation. Some travel agents don’t advertise this clause, but under consumer protection laws if you are unable to go on a package holiday yourself, you can pass it on to someone else for a nominal fee. Some travel agents fail to tell their customers that fact, instead leaving them seriously out of pocket when they cancel their trip.
The article also warned about being caught out by what are seemingly cheap flights. Remember to check the small print, as something that looks too good to be true in your Google results, might end up being double the price or more when you actually get to the booking page. Often, the small print will say, ‘some travellers found flights at this price between these dates…’ so it pays to be vigilant.
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