If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Could Be
When you are getting ready to book your next family vacation, you will probably spend time looking for discount deals to help you save money. There is nothing wrong with trying to save money on your next vacation, you just need to avoid being the victim of a Vacation Choices scam.
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There are a lot of scam artists out there that will promise you anything in order to get you to pay a deposit on what can seem like the vacation deal of a lifetime. The key is understanding what to look for and knowing how to spot a potential scam before you get involved in it.
Compare The Prices
A legitimate vacation club will put together a package that includes hotel and airfare and save you money off of the retail prices offered by the airline company and the hotel. One of the things that draws people in on a travel or vacation choices scam is when the vacation clubs offer prices that are 60 and 70 percent off of the retail price. If you are seeing that much of a discount, then you are probably looking at a scam and a deal that is too good to be true.
The headline of the vacation package advertisement really grabs your attention and you start reading the contents. The pricing is incredible and it is a complete vacation package to the place that you want to go. It all seems too good to be true, so you have some questions. That is when you realize that the only way to contact the travel company is through an email address. There is no physical address, no phone number and no website listed. More than likely, this is a scam.
Every discount vacation package deal has comprehensive conditions otherwise known as the fine print. When you see a travel price that seems extremely low, there should be small print that outlines conditions such as the dates you can travel, restrictions on baggage and other conditions that apply to the deal. If you see no fine print, then the deal is too good to be true.
Check The Picture
Sometimes it is the little details that can cause you to realize that something is a scam. For example, if you see an advertisement for a vacation property in Florida and there is a cactus in the front yard then that should be suspicious. Look for generic pictures that do not seem to show anything that has to do with the vacation at all as a sign that it could be a scam.
It is always frustrating to realize that a deal that looks too good to be true actually is too good to be true. It is much better to figure that out before you sign a contract than after your money is all gone.