Harvard Vacations Recommends Key Ways to Scam-Proof Travel Offers

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West Palm Beach travel agency gives tips to avoid giveaway vacation scams.

According to West Palm Beach Harvard Vacations (http://www.harvardvacations.com), individuals who are considering travel to the Bahamas or elsewhere, or are offered a free vacation, can employ simple key tips to avoid scams. While there are legitimate free vacation offers, many of these giveaways may not be real.

Harvard Vacations suggests individuals keep the following tips in mind when considering a travel company or determining if a free vacation is valid:

Traveler Beware
When a cruise or travel company advertises a vacation as “free,” it does not necessarily mean the trip is without cost or restrictions, according to the Better Business Bureau. The bbb.org website has information on current scams to avoid. Some legitimate fees to consider are airfare, transportation to the port, port charges, taxes, and personal spending.

Avoid the “Something for Nothing” Trap
If you win a trip without actually entering a contest, be cautious. Verify your entry and any contact information. Anything that looks too good to be true usually is.

If you are asked to fill out an entry form, Harvard Vacations urges individuals to verify their entry. Find out what the free trip entails and who is supplying it. Determine if there are any strings attached if you win.

Due Diligence
A legitimate travel agency should be licensed and bonded and willing to provide proof of such. Ask for recommendations or references from previous customers. Finding real stories from real customers is a quick check of the offer’s validity. Look at travel sites like Trip Advisor or Oyster for real customer reviews. Also visit The Federal Trade Commission which hosts vast information on current travel scams and how to avoid them.

Report Scams
If you think you may have been targeted by a travel scam, report it to the FTC.

About Harvard Vacations
Harvard Vacations, located in West Palm Beach, FL, has made travelling to the Bahamas a breeze by offering affordable cruise vacation packages along with the best deals in the top hotels and beach resorts in the Bahamas since 2001. Serving 25,000+ travelers per year, Harvard Vacations invests an inordinate amount of time to do meticulous research and constantly advances in travel planning to give clients the ultimate travel experience. The company is a member of Trip Assurance and Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. More information can be found at: http://www.harvardvacations.com and followed at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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