Posted by: cvancil | September 14, 2009

10 Costly Budget Travel Mistakes

Thanks to Mark Kahler for these great tips (click on the link for tips 6-10)!

1. Advance Payment is Required Without a Written Contract

Travel payments often are made before a trip, but you are entitled to a written contract stating the product(s) for which you are paying. This is true whether it’s a deposit or payment-in-full.

2. Transactions by Courier Service Rather than Post Office

Anyone who insists on transacting travel business using only a courier service should be treated with suspicion. It’s quite possible they’re trying to avoid mail fraud statutes.

3. Transaction Can Only Be Carried Out by Telephone

There are reputable travel firms that do business only on the Web, but if you encounter a vendor that will only book by telephone, ask questions: Why is that your policy? Will I get a written contract to examine before I make my payment? What is your office address? Frequently, you’ll get evasive answers–a signal it’s time to hang up the phone.

4. Offer is for a “Limited Time Only”

We’re not talking about airfare sales and other special offers here. They expire, and sometimes you must move quickly to meet the deadline. But an offer of deep discounts that must be booked immediately is suspicious. Triple your suspicion level if you must pay immediately for a departure date at least 60 days in the future, because that’s the time limit for disputing credit card charges at many banks.

5. Different Names for Travel Provider and Seller

Why would these names be different? Frequently, a telemarketer or some other agent has been employed to make the sale. It’s very likely this go-between is far more interested in pleasing the vendor than the consumer. They get paid for closing deals, not for customer satisfaction. It’s also possible the names are different to avoid responsibility for the product. Either way, it’s not good news.

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