Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Avoiding Hotel Booking Scams
Hotel and vacation booking websites are rampant throughout the Internet and some of them, unfortunately, are set up strictly as scam sites looking to take your money. The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination only to be told that there is no record of a booking or to have the money you were using for that Miami Beach oceanfront hotel getaway stolen and never seen again. Use the following tips when searching for hotel online.
A search engine like Google is your best friend when booking a hotel but if you're searching for something generic like “Florida hotels”, there is a possibility of scammers using unscrupulous methods to appear near the top of search results. Try and be more specific about your searches or, better yet, if you know the chain you'd like to stay at, type the hotel's web address directly into your browser. On that note, all booking activity should take place on the hotel website. If you're asked to click links to another website in order to continue your reservation, be very careful as it could be an unrelated third party site.
The old adage “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is” remains just as valid when searching for hotel rates. If you're planning on staying at the Four Seasons and see a deal for a deep discount, it may not be legit. As tempting as it might be to jump on deals, thoroughly research the deal and call the hotel directly.
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