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As Travelers Make Plans for Exciting Summer Vacations the BBB Warns Scammers Are Making Plans as Well

CHICAGO, IL –  School’s out, weather’s warm, it’s time for travel. Predictions are this summer will be a very busy one for vacationers; and equally busy for scammers. Millions of travelers will take to the road, air, and trains, but unfortunately it’s not just thrill-seeking travelers who look forward to this time of year. For scammers who make their money fleecing unsuspecting travelers the summer travel season can be like taking candy from a baby. The Better Business Bureau says booking your travel plans online is convenient but consumers need to take precautions to avoid having their travel plans ruined.


“According to The American Hotel & Lodging Association con artist take in $1.3 billion a year in online hotel scams. And the FTC  reports they received 24,171 travel related complaints in 2015,” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It’s unfortunate but consumers, themselves, often make it easy for scammers, believing they can get something for nothing and fall for promises of great deals at bargain prices”.


BBB offers the following advice when booking online travel:
  • Start your research at http://ask.bbb.org/. Read complaints and reviews from previous customers.
  • Buy directly from the airline, hotel, or cruise line, or use a local travel agency or well-known aggregator with a good BBB rating.
  • Look for the seal to find BBB Accredited Businesses that are committed to trust.
  • Be wary of claims of enormous savings, “best deal” guarantees, and any statement you cannot verify prior to making a purchase.
  • When doing business with a travel agency for the first time, check to see if they are a member of a recognized association such as the American Society of Travel Agents in the United States or the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies in Canada.
  • Double check all details such as travel dates, itineraries, destinations, and travelers’ information before confirming payment, as you may be charged for amendments.
  • Pay by credit card so you have additional protections if there is a company error.
Travelers and all consumers can search the BBB database of accredited businesses at no charge at “Ask BBB” http://ask.bbb.org/. A full database of all businesses and ratings can also be found on the main webpage at www.bbb.org  – also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us on Pinterest.
ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.
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