Booking A Trip? Beware Of Fake Travel Sites

February 9, 2016  |  

Better Business Bureau

Currently, many of us are experiencing the worst of what Mother Nature can offer, which is why plenty are flocking to the nearest travel site to book a quick getaway and escape the cold weather. Although this sounds like a good idea in theory, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns anxious travelers to be weary of the travel sites they use.

In recent years, the BBB has uncovered several fake booking websites, hidden fees and corrupt business transactions, reports WTNH. In order to avoid becoming a victim of fraud, the BBB gives three-pointers to help you successfully plan your next trip without the risk of being scammed.

Do Your Research

Research the reviews of the booking company on their site, Yelp and Google. Also, be sure to investigate where they are located and if their contact information is listed on their site. This will inform you of their business etiquette and integrity.

Call The Company

Before booking your illustrious getaway, call the company to verify that real people actually work there and get a play-by-play of what you’ll be paying for, especially when booking all-inclusive trips.

Pay With A Credit Card

When you pay with a credit card, you’ll be able to dispute the charges if the site or booking company is fake. Also, be sure to check the fine print for hidden fees or surcharges.

For more information on how to avoid site scammers, visit the BBB’s Scam Tracker.

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  • yoda

    What kind of sites do people use? I use Expedia for booking. I don’t really have experience with other sites. I believe that when people go abroad, they see booking sites with all these deals and get scammed.

    • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

      Expedia is my go to…they usually have the cheapest rates by comparison…i’ve also used Cheap caribbean & Orbitz

      • yoda

        I like Expedia and I use their app. I’ve never traveled to the Caribbean but I may have to check that site out when I can. Thanks.

    • kierah

      Love Apple Vacations. They have the best Caribbean/Mexico travel packages.

      • yoda

        Thanks!