Ideas for vacation travel throughout the coronavirus pandemic
Q. My family is planning a plane trip. The concept of COVID makes planning very complex. What advice would BBB offer on the go?
A. Thinking of flying during the holidays? According to a study by Airlines for America, planes in the United States only fly about three-quarters of the population as they did last year, and while many of them offer the opportunity to fly, it is costing billions of passengers just to float. As the holiday season approaches, some may feel the need to visit families. In the search for the best prices available, read the carrier’s requirements for successful operation during the coronavirus and review the CDC guidelines, www.cdc.gov.
Before you press the button to buy tickets, BBB recommends the following:
Make sure everyone who walks by has the correct ID, www.tsa.gov. The deadline for required TSA notice has been delayed until October 1, 2021; however, make sure that the accompanying parties have a valid ID according to each state.
Read all the ban police. Not everything, including the epidemic, needs to be fully reimbursed for prices and tickets. Every online travel agency, airline and broker is different.
Book tickets only if you check travel restrictions. Save time and stress by reading the situation, www.cdc.gov on the Centers for Disease Control page.
Think about travel insurance. Have sufficient knowledge of what this law does and does not cover it. Travel insurance covers matters such as travel restrictions or medical complications. There are several categories to choose from depending on the type of purchase. Ask a lot of questions, and always read good notes to see what’s covered and what didn’t.
Be a knowledgeable traveler. Visit the Department of Management’s website, www.transportation.gov for more information on customer service, complaints and other travel information.
During the holidays or at any time of the year, find ways to visit safely and avoid fraud, www.bbb.org. Remember to report any suspicious report. The BBB warns people to plan ahead to save money, to avoid fraud, and to travel with ease.
Fraudsters often target people who want to get involved in a lot of things online by giving them a trial vacation at affordable prices. BBB.org is a great way to find travel agencies, sponsors and websites that are well known and trusted.
Here are some tips from the BBB to help you get on a stress-free vacation vacation.
Plan ahead. The first bird finds a worm. Take the time to search for hotels, flights, and the area where you will be staying. In most cases, when you make a reservation in the past, there are good things you get and reduce the risk of going where you want to go. Booking in advance also closes prices and prevents you from paying later rates during the holidays.
Avoid online search. Try to avoid getting into words as ‘all the best’ in any engine you use. Such search terms can sometimes lead you to seemingly legitimate websites, but they are only designed to deter people.
Beware of thieves. Beware of phone calls or letters saying you have “succeeded in a journey” or web pages that offer prices that are too good to be true. It’s easy to develop questionable offerings like this, but most of them leave hopeful travelers in limbo – with money.
Do your homework. Ask family and friends for advice on travel agency or travel page and visit BBB.org for free Business History. If you are using the internet to find a place to stay, be sure to analyze the business and read customer reviews on what you can think of.
Get travel details. Before you pay your last installment, make a detailed note of the trip. This should include full price, restrictions, counting penalties, and names of flights and hotels. Also, read and maintain a plan to ban flights and hotels and refund your money, as well as suggestions for banning travel agencies or the page you are using.
Paying with a credit card gives you extra security in case something goes wrong with travel savings.
Are you planning to travel to other countries? Check out any information about Canada www.travel.gc.ca and the US Travel Association, www.ustravel.org, on any issues that may affect your travels.
No matter where you go or where you go, there are things you should always do to protect yourself, your home, and your belongings:
Wait for the movie to set. We all love to share our fun with friends and relatives, but wait until you get back on your journey. Giving too much detail to the time you will be there, and that your home is empty, can attract thieves.
Check for home insurance. If your home will be maintained in your absence, make sure you are aware of your obligation under home insurance. Some rules do not cover the damage if no one is looking after your house for a while.
Share your trip with a relative or friend. Include information on where someone will be with you during your trip.
Take the map. People rely heavily on phones and GPS. Have a notebook in hand when you have technical difficulties or if you are passing through an area that is not well received by a mobile phone.
Keep track of the weather and have appropriate clothing and clothing.
Avoid traveling alone. Use your peer system and stick to your peers.
Use the hotel security area to save extra money and keep valuables when you lock them with a key.
Visit www.bbb.org for more shopping tips.
Jim Winsett is the President of the Better Business Bureau in Chattanooga.
photo / Jim Winsett of Better Business Bureau in Chattanooga