9 'amazing' travel offers which are scams in disguise

9 'amazing' travel offers which are scams in disguise

Dirt-cheap flights, free hotel stays, complimentary meals - many of these amazing offers can be outright scams if you didn't read the fine print clearly or verify the authenticity of the vendor.

Travel resource site Smarter Travel has listed nine such travel offers which may just be too good to be true and tips on how to prevent getting duped.

Seeing a $1 flight fare on sale is not uncommon.

But before you jump right into it, Smarter Travel advises travellers to check the terms and conditions, and find out the taxes and fees imposed by the destination airport as you might end up paying a lot more than expected.

This was what happened to Smarter Travel editor Caroline Costello when she saw a US$1 companion airfare on sale. After all the fees were added up, the final cost ended up being US$504 (S$700).

True, it can still be considered a cheap flight ticket to Europe, but it is definitely far from being "US$1" as advertised.

Getting married and looking for a honeymoon package? Smarter Travel writer Dara Continenza won a free honeymoon trip in a lucky draw when she visited a wedding and honeymoon trade show.

The trip, however, did not materialise in the end as it turned out to be a marketing scam.

She and a few other friends who entered the contest got the same strange calls and spam emails after "winning" the free trip.

In this case, the parent company of the contest vendor was found out to be selling participant's personal information to others.

Smarter Travel advises couples getting hitched to research on the vendor and read reviews online before releasing any personal information.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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