Not Every Travel Website Is Legitimate
In this day and age of “book your own travel”, many people are finding themselves being scammed by fake travel websites…they look real, their offers sound real, and their prices look great! But they’re not, and it’s easy to be drawn in if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Real life fake travel site examples…
Example 1 – Not long ago one of my travel suppliers called me. He had been online and found a website that was not legitimate…it was a phony, and he wanted to share it with me. It looked good. Had great specials, professional design and a call to action. And you could book travel on the site.
The problem came when my supplier noticed an advertisement for a hotel at a very low price. This hotel was one he used for his tours and he was under the impression he had the lowest pricing that this hotel offered.
So, he called the hotel manager. The supplier was informed that they did not do business with this company and that low price did not exist. Upon further research, nothing else on the site existed either, except for the payment screen!
Someone, somewhere, was sitting on a beach collecting money and laughing all the way to the bank.
Example 2 – Another time a friend of mine was telling me that their relatives booked a trip to Mexico. It was a week before they were supposed to leave, and they had not received any travel documents that had been promised would come. They asked me for advice on what they should do…I asked how they booked the trip. He said “online” to which I replied “I am sorry”. The documents never arrived.
Example 3 – There was an advertisement on one of the internet sites with a “really great” price on a cruise. As I researched that “really great” price, I found that it was double of what I could get.
Example 4 – One of my clients, before he actually became one of my clients, booked a Hawaiian trip on a well-known website. When he got to the hotel they were supposed to be staying at, he was told he had no reservation and further more, that particular hotel chain did not do business with that online company!! What a great way to ruin an expensive holiday.
How to avoid a fake travel site…
My best suggestion to avoid fake travel sites is to avoid booking your travel online.
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