To experience a hassle free holiday is wonderful but what is more divine perhaps is to book a holiday that is hassle-free! With fraudulent companies on the rise holiday makers are losing a few million pounds each year, added to it, dismal customer experience. A good look at reviews of hotels on holiday websites gives you a fair idea, as they are filled with customer reviews. For example –
clc world travel centre. Reviews of their hotels can be found online and good reviews help you to choose wisely. Also reputed websites such as booking.com would be better for all your bookings than opting for a new website that might have packaged itself quite attractively. You’d rather go with a company that has built itself over time.
The reason to caution innocent victims is the extent to which fraudulent schemes have caused issues. It is not uncommon to come across that criminals had actually hacked accounts and posted attractive looking schemes, accepted air fare, hotel bookings to famous holiday venues, events etc.
Some tips can come in really help keep you on guard and you can avoid some major pitfalls.
1. Try using a credit card as much as possible. Payments made by credit are protected under the Consumer Credit Act for transactions about a certain amount. It may cost you about 2-3% more, but it’s well worth it. It offers you protection against companies going incognito or bust suddenly. You can also use a debit card if you prefer an alternative mode of payment. Bank transfers, cash and cheques offer no protection whatsoever.
2. It may cost a little extra on your pocket but it’s far better to keep travel insurance. Should things go wrong, you are covered fully or partly by the insurance company. Check if your insurance includes End Supplier Failure, this ensures that you are covered if in case your travel plans go waste because of a company closing down its shutters all of a sudden.
3. A website speaks a lot about a company. Loud announcements of schemes too good to be true with no high recommendations or presence on the web, very cheap airfares are all you must keep a lookout for. Also these fraudulent companies prefer other modes of payment such as money transfer into accounts or cash deals. Do not hesitate to check them by putting their name into search engines and going through the results thrown up. Look for reviews.
4. If you suspect fraud, contact authorities immediately. Look up information on cybercrimes depending on which country you reside in and where the fraudulent company claims to be from. Also post a comment on reputed holiday websites about what you suspect. See if your hunch matches with feedback from other users. It helps to spread the word and eventually action against the fraudulent firm might be taken. Even otherwise you have done your bit to spread awareness.
With some caution exercised you can surely enjoy a good holiday and we hope this article helps you do just that!