ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KTVI)- Promises of discounted travel always sound enticing, but a travel club in St. Louis may not bring you the discounts you seek.
Bill Smith, of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), spoke with the Fox 2 team this morning to discuss potential fraud, and warnings that all travelers should abide by.
Tips when looking into discounted flights:
•Do your homework.
•Scrutinize deals and giveaways.
•Understand cancellation rights.
•Pay by credit card.
Tips for consumers interested in joining a travel club:
• Research the business and owners carefully before signing a contract of paying any money.Check the company's BBB Business Review by visiting http://www.BBB.org or by calling (314) 645-3300.
• Be wary of incredible deals or free tickets, prizes or memberships. Giveaway offers usually come with a catch.
• Before agreeing to anything or giving out your credit card information, ask for detailed written information about the cost of the vacation. This includes all items and fees, as well as membership cost. Read the contract carefully and ask about your right to cancel and get the cancellation policy in writing.
• There are a number of well-known travel sites that provide discounted rates for airfare, hotels and rental cars without requiring you to pay for membership. Do the math and see if it is actually a better deal to plan and book trips for yourself.
• If you entered into the sales agreement at a place that is not the company's regular place of business, such as a hotel meeting room, the three-day right of cancellation may apply. If it does, you may have the right to cancel the contract within 72 hours for a full refund.
• In addition, the company is required by law to inform you at the time-of-sale, both verbally and in writing, that you have the right to cancel the contract within 72 hours.
• If you do decide to purchase a trip or travel membership through this kind of company, use your credit card to pay for it. This way, if you believe you were scammed, you can dispute the charges through your credit card company.