Third party providers, such as travel agents and travel planning websites, can help make planning a vacation easier. While these providers take care of paperwork and may offer discounts, consumers should be aware of how to protect themselves when signing a travel contract.
Here are five ways that consumers can protect themselves when booking a trip:
When booking airfare, a hotel, or a car rental through a third party, confirm your booking with the actual supplier to ensure that the reservation was received and correct.
Pay with a credit card. It’s easier to get a refund through a credit card provider. But first, make sure you know what currency is being used (make sure you account for exchange rates).
Minimize the use of cash or cheque deposits when working with someone on your holiday. It may be more difficult or impossible to get a refund if the third party goes out of business.
Thoroughly read the cancellation policy set out in your travel contract. Make sure you know what to do in a worst-case scenario.