Holidaymakers can avoid a scam this summer with some simple advice from the experts
Holiday packages can quickly get pricey during the summer months.
It can be tempting to try and find a bargain deal to save the pennies.
Yet sometimes it is too good to be true and actually ends up being a scam.
Experts have revealed the best way to find out whether the good deal is really a fake deal.
The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) suggest looking for certain logos that the holiday package features.
Being protected by AITO, ABTA, ATOL and CAA will guarantee it has financial protection, and so checking for these and then confirming on their own website means it is a real company.
With most holiday bookings happening online, it is also worth checking it if has a UK office and number as that means it has to comply with UK law.
Calling the number, as well as noting their details can also give additional protection.
A rise in online holiday bookings has also meant a rise on package scams
It is also best to avoid cash, as there is no protection if paying via bank transfer direct to another person’s account
Package holidays have the added benefit of creating one contract, compared to three separate ones when booking flights, hotels and transfers.
This means it is easier to claim back if something goes wrong as well as the package provider being the one to reorganise any of the elements if they go wrong.
It is also best to avoid cash, as there is no protection if paying via bank transfer direct to another person’s account.
By following all of the advice, holidaymakers can avoid ever being caught out by a scam again.
By checking their protected, based in the UK and take card payment, means less chance of a scam
The amount of people being caught out by online holiday booking scams has risen in recent years.
Over 6,000 Britons were caught out last year, a 20 per cent increase since the previous year.
There are some scams to try and avoid when on holiday as well.
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