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¡Ya casi llega el verano!  Es probable que en este momento tengas la cabeza llena de imágenes de playas o que estés pensando en ese viaje al extranjero que estás planeando hace tanto tiempo. Antes de salir de viaje, sigue algunos pasos que te ayudarán a evitar que las vacaciones de tus sueños se conviertan en una pesadilla:

 

Investiga un poco — y lee atentamente los detalles de los ofrecimientos de viaje.

 

  • Primero, y antes de responder a los ofrecimientos, consigue recomendaciones de familiares y amigos sobre agencias de viaje, propiedades de vacaciones en alquiler, hoteles y paquetes de viaje de buena reputación.
  • Busca en internet los nombres de las compañías de viaje, hoteles, propiedades en alquiler y agentes junto con palabras cono “scam”, “review” o “complaint”; si haces la búsqueda en español, usa palabras como "estafa", "comentario" o "queja".
  • Fíjate si hay costos adicionales. Los cargos de los complejos vacacionales (también conocidos como cargos de destino, de uso de las instalaciones y servicios) pueden sumar $50 o más al costo de cada noche de estadía.
  • Averigua sobre los impuestos, que en algunos lugares pueden ser considerables.
  • Consigue una copia de las políticas de cancelación y reembolso antes de pagar.
  • Si vas a comprar seguro de viaje, asegúrate de que la agencia tenga la debida licencia.
  • Lleva contigo las copias de todos los detalles de la confirmación que indiquen la tarifa y las comodidades que te prometieron. Esto también te será útil si en el hotel o lugar de hospedaje te dicen que se “perdió” tu reserva.

No pagues por vacaciones de “premio”. Ninguna compañía legítima te pedirá que pagues por un premio. También busca los trucos de los ofrecimientos de complejos vacacionales o de tiempo compartido. Estas ofertas podrían tener impuestos y cargos adicionales a pagar, exigirte que concurras a presentaciones de unidades de tiempo compartido y someterte a promociones de ventas de alta presión.

 

No firmes nada hasta que conozcas los términos del trato. Dile “no, gracias” a todos aquellos que traten de apurarte sin darte tiempo para considerar el ofrecimiento.

 

En lo posible, usa una tarjeta de crédito para los gastos de tu viaje. Este método de pago te ofrece más protección que pagar con dinero en efectivo o con tarjeta de débito — y puede que sea más fácil disputar los cargos no autorizados.

 

Protege tu identidad y la información de tu cuenta mientras estés de viaje.

Y aunque esperamos que no te suceda, reporta el robo de identidad y cualquier otra experiencia de fraude.

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  • No publicaremos comentarios fuera de tema, comentarios idénticos y repetidos, ni ningún comentario que incluya promociones de venta.
  • No publicaremos comentarios que incluyan mensajes vulgares, ataques personales que mencionen nombres, o términos ofensivos dirigidos contra personas o grupos específicos.
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Reno Nevada
May 23, 2019
Thanking you in advance for your excellent advice. My vacation starts next Friday and I saw a couple of things I had not thought about. Continue your great work and I always read everything you email to me.
bud61
May 23, 2019
please consider using black print instead of grayscale which is hard to read.
bg70
May 24, 2019

En respuesta a por bud61

lots of print is coming up gray these days. New to menus and magazine print. expect its to make all seem softer. Thought it was my eyes getting weak but its the ink. Hitting 70 this year, black is so much better. Thanks Jodee.
Peeps
May 24, 2019

En respuesta a por bud61

Couldn't agree more, especially for eyes of a certain age. High contrast is preferable to designer hues, such as grey [or white type on a pastel background.]
Allen
May 25, 2019

En respuesta a por bud61

If you are having trouble reading the type (I agree it is too light) the press the "pancake stack" menu (≣) to the left of the location bar at the top of the page. This will re-render the page in a simple text format that is much easier to read (or can be read by an assistive reader tool). Many browsers allow you to adjust the text size and background color of the reader text page. If your browser does nit support this feature, then dump it immediately and get a good one.
Nancy from New York
May 24, 2019
And put all of the contact information (toll free telephone numbers) for your credit and debit cards into your phone so that it is easy to reach their customer support if needed. I also had to activate a phone travel plan for international travel.
appreciateyourhelp:)
June 08, 2019
thank you for all this info! got a lot to dive into and fix but thanks to you guys and your tips and info i had no idea about- i know ill be good :)
Loving the beach
June 14, 2019
Right now someone has listed my condo for rent on Craig’s list! It is Not for rent. Someone is scamming people. I filed a police report, tried to tell Craig’s list and emailed FTC. This is such a shame! I’m so worried a family is going to show up and think I’m scamming them!
Almostscammed2019
December 20, 2019
I received a call yesterday from .gotravel caribbean. com saying I was called due to recently staying in a Hilton or Marriot (had just stayed in one over the weekend so was immediately hoodwinked) and was being offered a stay in Puerto Vallarta for an unbelievable $1198 ( Promo Package ) providing me with 5 days and 4 nights all inclusive at the beautiful, 5 star resort, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta Riviera Nayarit - Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico...and an additional cruise or stay in Costa Rica for no additional charge! But wait! Since I don't have children, it would actually only be $799. Wow. All I had to do was sit in a 90 minute spiel on the 1st day of my trip and then tell my friends about the wonderful vacation I had at these resorts. I didn't have to buy anything from the 90 minute spiel and would never have to take my wallet out during the trip. I was on the phone with this person for an hour telling them it was a scam and I wasn't interested. They gave me their website name...the explanation for why the number they called from showed up as local in Virginia, when they are located in Cancun, and even encouraged me to call the hotel to confirm the legitimacy (after I paid of course). I asked if I could think and discuss with my husband, not an option of course. Once the call is ended my 'prize number' associated with my call or some such non sense would be gone. After asking too many questions I was put through to a closer agent named 'Nancy' who assured me that not only was everything legitimate, but I would receive a full refund if anything they had gone over and recorded was not provided. If I had to pay for a single drink or food item on any trip, I would be fully refunded. Also, I had 2 years to decide the dates i would travel but it would be a fee for the high travel dates. I was eventually offered a THIRD trip for only an additional $100. When I said I had adequately researched the offer and found it to be a scam, they informed me that they would have hung up if it was a scam. I hung up and was called at 9:30 pm and asked very ubruptly, where did you read that this offer was scam? We want to look into that because this a legitimate offer, we are affiliated with RCI (timeshare company) and are legitimate! I relayed that I was eating dinner and would confirm with RCI today (which I did) that this was not scam. RCI responded today that they are not authorizing this company to offer trips in their name. I contacted the hotels who relayed it was not a legitimate offer, that their stays run $1500 minimum.
danielpinto70
December 20, 2019
there is one scammer in Ukraine who calls India from +380638040292 and promise to give jobs in other countries and provide all offer letter , this guy always call in whats app , He has taken hug amount from many innocent people from India , Already logged police complain ,
Booking scam
September 20, 2019
Watch out for booking scams. I just got scammed when I booked a home for the weekend. After getting my confirmation and taking money from my account I was told that they need to cancel my booking . The meantime they’re showing that it is still available for that weekend and several other people have booked it after me for the same weekend. I was told that my payment was nonrefundable when I booked. They are requesting that I cancel. I still need a place to stay for the weekend. They are saying that the only way I can get my money back is if I confirm their cancellation. Scam! Scam! Scam!
VacationXOXO
October 05, 2019
Be aware of this classic scam marketing ploy targeting Senior Citizens This company has nothing to do with Southwest Airlines, they just use a similar name on the postcard to get your attention so you call in and attend a travel show. Presentations are held in various hotels around the country for about a week at a time. They are not selling a timeshare but it is a very similar hard sell. My husband did the research before hand because the nice man on the phone mentioned Expedia, Travelocity and said they were a new internet travel company. We found their prices were not at all a savings. Don't think we will ever be able to use those 2 round trip airfare tickets because we kept getting hung up on this morning trying to contact the gifting department. We felt sorry for the other old folks who fell for their emotional marketing ploy of leaving a legacy to their kids, grandchildren, extended family members. We love to vacation and are financially able to travel about 6 months out of the year. Who doesn't love to save money? My husband almost laughed at the salesmans "closing" questions. He sold IBM back in the day when most people were polite and honest about the product they sold. It's a scam if you buy into this company's vacation website... We still use a friend who is a real travel agent and find she is a better bargain hunter than either my husband or myself...the big company's like Disney pay her a commission. Stay and watch TV for 2hrs or go to the travel presentation. I must admit we did enjoy the $200 dinner certificate and spending $50 visa gift card.