Before finalizing any vacation or travel plans, you should do the following:
Deal with a business you know or have checked out with BBB or other reliable groups like those listed at the bottom:
Verify everything before you pay. Be cautious about prepaying for multiple years. Timeshares, campgrounds or travel clubs may offer to sell membership vacation accommodations for five years or more. Take into account your physical and financial health, a company solvency, potential rising membership and maintenance fees, and the often poor appreciation of such investments;
Watch out for instant travel offers. If a company offers special identification that they say will guarantee discounted travel rates, be wary. No company has control over discounts. Only suppliers of travel such as cruiselines, hotel companies, car rental companies, or airlines can decide to extend such professional courtesies. Can you transfer ownership or sell your contract? If yes, what are the conditions?
Read and fully understand the contract BEFORE you sign.
To learn more about vacation and travel issues, contact the following:
Your Local BBB
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS at 703.739.8739
THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION at 202.382.4357
NATIONAL TOUR ASSOCIATION at 606.226.4444
U.S. TOUR OPERATORS ASSOCIATION at 212.599.6599