What to Know About Smart Summer Travel

May 20, 2013

What to Know About Smart Summer Travel

BBB warns of travel scams to beware of while making vacation plans

DENVER – Summer is primetime for the travel industry because it is the best time to get away. According to the latest data from the U.S. Travel Association, travel ranks number one among all U.S. industry exports.

“Many vacation-related charges are nonrefundable so consumers must take the time to book trips with confidence and understand all terms and fees,” said Su Hawk, president and CEO for the BBB of Denver/Boulder.

While getting away is fun and exciting, it also comes with a certain level of stress. The BBB of Denver/Boulder offers many tips on how to ease stress and avoid getting scammed. Please remember the following tips when booking and leaving for your trip:

  • Book with a company you are familiar with and trust. Always check BBB Business Reviews first by visiting denver.bbb.org or by calling (303) 758-2100.
  • Be cautious of special “summer deals” advertised by unknown companies. Sometimes these offers found in emails, online, faxes and mailers may not even be from real companies – they may be from scammers trying to get credit card numbers or other information.
  • Use a credit card to pay for the trip so you can dispute the charges should something go wrong. Not-so-reputable companies tend to get complaints about incorrect bookings and not disclosing all of the information the traveler needs to know about their flight, hotel or other important parts of the trip for which they’ve paid.
  • Consider trip insurance. It can be necessary if you are traveling to an area that may see severe weather. Other situations travel insurance can protect against are usually unforeseen such as injury, illness and sudden closures.
  • If you are traveling internationally, be sure to check travel.state.gov for travel warnings. This government website gives a list of countries where long-term conditions make a country dangerous or unstable. A travel warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate, or because of a drawdown of its staff.
  • Avoid announcing the specifics of your trip on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. If this information gets into the wrong hands, you could return from your trip only to find your home has been burglarized.

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About the BBB

The BBB is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. The BBB provides objective advice, BBB Business Reviews, BBB Charity Reports and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, your BBB also offers dispute resolution services for consumers and businesses. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, there are 113 local, independent BBBs across the U. S. and Canada. Please visit denver.bbb.org for more information.