BBB offers tips for spring break travelers
With spring break just around the corner, people are finalizing their vacation plans. Whether you’re planning a relaxing week on the beach or hitting the slopes, Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas, and the Permian Basin advises you do your research before booking your next vacation.
If you are looking for an alternative to staying in a hotel, renting someone’s home, condo or apartment may be appealing. Vacation rental websites make it easy to connect directly with property owners who advertise their rentals online. However, BBB warns consumers to watch out for fake rental listings that aren’t actually available or don’t exist at all.
Last year, BBB received nearly 1,200 complaints against vacation rentals nationwide. According to data reported to BBB Scam Tracker, Texans reported losing $28,800 last year to rental, travel and vacation-related scams. Scammers contacted victims by phone or through online classifieds, and most victims used a wire transfer service or credit card to make a payment.
BBB offers the following tips to ensure you’re planning your vacation with a trustworthy business: