Booking travel online can put you in a vulnerable position: you've got your credit card out, and the online travel world may be as unknown as the new place you want to visit. Some online travel deals may seem too good to be true, and some of them are. To be sure, consider following these tips:
Only book travel through reputable sites. Well-known travel sites like Orbitz or Priceline are good bets. If you're unsure, check the Better Business Bureau's review atwww.bbb.org.
Carefully review reservation and cancellation policies before clicking the "buy" button.
For all-inclusive packages, understand exactly what's included and what's not.
Pay with a credit card, rather than a debit card. Credit cards offer protection against fraudulent purchases that debit cards may not.
Don't ever pay via wire transfer.
Don't respond to emails saying you've won a vacation — especially if collecting your prize means traveling to claim it.
When booking through a one-stop shop, contact the individual entities (such as airline, hotel, car rental) to confirm the details of your purchase.
Finally, use common sense. If anything seems fishy, strange, or just plain off, do some research to find out if the vendor is legitimate or just move on to the next travel site — there are plenty to choose from!
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