Watch out for these scams when buying plane tickets

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Watch Out For These Scams When Buying Plane Tickets


BY MATTHEW ALSON THORNBURY, EyeOpenerTV

The days of dressing up and taking a nice, leisurely flight in big comfy chairs are gone. Airport security is a pain, planes are cramped, and flight delays are rising. As are ticket prices.

With all this happening, people are more desperate than ever to find a good deal on a flight. But sometimes if a deal seems too good to be true, it is.

Yahoo! Travel shared three scams to watch out for.

First, Free Tickets. When was the last time someone just came up to you and gave you an expensive gift for no reason? Probably never. Well, there's a scam going on where you receive a letter in the mail allegedly from American Airlines or US Airways saying if you call a toll-free number, you can claim a free ticket. But once they got you on the phone, they ask for your credit card number for a processing fee and just as easy as that, your identity is stolen. So, how do you spot this scam? Check the letter. If there's no return address, it's a scam. Also, airlines just don't send out free tickets. If you get one, it's almost certainly fake.

Another scam happens on Facebook, where it says if you like a page, you'll get free tickets. However, these pages are usually mocked up to look like the airline's official page, only replaced with malware to infect your computer. Avoid this by going to the airline's official Facebook and Twitter and following them. If it isn't posted on there, it's not real.

Finally, be careful when using a travel agent. As well-intentioned as they might seem, at the end of the day you're paying another person to book your travel plans. There are far too many instances where travel agents still get paid but never book the dates. To avoid this, interview them before handing over any cash. Make sure they're certified by the American Society of Travel Agents or The Travel Institute or they're associated with AAA.

So, there you go, some scams to be careful of when you're thinking about traveling. Just keep your common sense about you and remember: if it's too good to be true, it probably is.

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