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So, who’s ready for a summer break? Maybe you’re planning to frolic by the seashore, chill out in the mountains, or take in the sights and sounds of the big city. Just remember — scammers don’t take a vacation. But the FTC can help you spot some common pitfalls so you don’t get tripped up by your travel plans.

Research goes a long way. Ask family and friends about the transportation companies and hotels they use and like. Then, look online to see what people are saying about them. Travel apps can be a big help, too. But if you’re making plans online, call the companies (the airlines and hotels) to verify your reservations and arrangements. Pay by credit card, if you can it gives you more protection than paying by cash or check.  

Check it out before you check in. Call the hotel and ask about a “resort fee” or any other mandatory charge. These fees — for things like fitness facilities or internet access — add to the cost of your stay, and you have to pay them whether or not you use the services. Many people don’t find out about the fees until they’ve already checked in.

Have reservations about a charter travel package? With charter packages, you pay a tour operator who has reserved hotel rooms and a plane to fly you and the other charter travelers to your destination. Some charters turn out to be scams, and you won’t get what you paid for. Here are some tips to make sure a charter package is the real deal.

Looking to rent a vacation property? If you find something you like in rental listings, it’s well worth the effort to slow down and dig a little deeper. The surest sign of a scam is if they ask you to wire money to pay a security deposit, application fee, or vacation rental fee — even if they send you a contract first.

Send us a “postcard.” If you think you’ve been taken by a travel scam, report it to the FTC and learn more

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10 year is about 15 years short

I've purchased travel via Traveocity which was far from the promised advertising. I've emailed and called them and the facility where we stayed without any recourse or interest to our dissatisfaction. I'm strongly considering posted the supportive pictures on both of thier websites. Any better suggestions?

If a company promises something but does not provide it, you can file a complaint with the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. You can also contact your state Attorney General’s office, and the attorney general in the state where the business is located. If the facility you stayed has national corporate headquarters, you can look online for the names of people or departments to contact with your complaints.

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