Comparison shop. Before you make any decisions, look for similar travel deals on trusted websites. If you compare different deals, you may find one cheaper than the original offer.
Understand the agreement terms. Get everything in writing, including a full description of the package and all terms, conditions and restrictions. If the site or person you're speaking to won't provide you with this information, it's a red flag.
Be wary of unsolicited offers. Unsolicited telephone calls, e-mails or mailings are much more likely to be fraudulent than those from travel agencies you have contacted.
Protect your payments. Never make any payments to unknown companies before doing research and never send a payment by wire transfer or cash. Always pay by credit card, which offers some protection if you are scammed. There is no way of recovering your money if you pay by wire transfer or cash.
Ask questions. If you can't get answers to your questions, avoid using the company.
For more information to ensure a safe, fun vacation, contact your BBB by visiting www.bbb.org or by calling 937-222-5825 or 800-776-5301. It can provide a list of BBB Accredited travel-related companies and Business Profiles on ones you're considering.