- Compare services and do not feel pressured. Be wary if you feel pressured to make an immediate decision or if there is a statement that an offer is good “only if you act now.” Compare the services, fees and travel costs from a number of travel agencies before selecting the most attractive package.
- Be cautious about telephone, letter or postcard solicitations. Be careful of travel solicitations claiming you’ve won a “free” trip, or can get “special discounts” on hotels and airfares.
- Pay with a credit card. You can get some protection when using a credit card to purchase travel services. If you don’t get what you paid for, contact the credit card company and attempt to get the charges cancelled.
- Consider investing in travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide protection in the event of an accident, an illness, lost luggage, or a cancelled or interrupted trip. Read the insurance contract to understand coverage and exclusions. Investigate trip cancellation policies and determine what they cover to see if they would be worthwhile to purchase the insurance.
- Always check the business first. Check out the reputation of the travel agency before doing business with them. Check out free BBB Business Reviews for valuable information.
- Get it in writing. Don’t rely on verbal promises from a travel service. Request copies of any brochures and contracts before purchasing your trip package, or making any reservations.
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