As millions get ready to travel this holiday week, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is offering some tips to make sure you don’t get scammed.
He said keep an eye on your spending, and watch out for fraudulent expenses. He said it’s a good idea to set spending limits with credit and debit cards.
If you’re staying in a hotel and not with family, ask them for recommendations on where to stay. He said double check anything that claims to be “five-star” or “luxury” accommodations.
Watch out for extra fees where you’re staying, many places have what they call “resort fees” which will cost you extra money each night, regardless of whether you use the services. Morrisey said also be aware of cancellation fees.
If you’re flying, know your rights before voluntarily giving up your seat for travel vouchers on an overbooked flight. He said airlines must tell passengers about any material restriction on the use of the vouchers beforehand.
People who are involuntarily denied boarding because of an overbooked flight must be given written notice explaining the rights, and will usually be entitled to compensation.
AAA estimates that 100.5 million people will travel from December 23 to January 3. It projects more than 90 percent will drive, while the remaining ten percent plan to fly.