How to avoid travel patterns?

HONOLULU (KHON2) — It’s summer and you might be thinking about a family vacation.

But the BBB said travel scams are on the rise as concerns about COVID ease.

The BBB reported that U.S. travelers have lost more than $80,000 this year to travel fraud, up 187% from the same period in 2021.

One of the first tips on how not to lose money is to plan ahead.

“The reason, especially now, is the scarcity across the board,” Rosanne Freitas, BBB Hawaii Marketplace manager. “Planning ahead allows you to go ahead and line up everything you need on your vacation, from this flight to any rental cars and hotels.”

Booking early will also lock in your price, experts say, so you don’t get stuck during peak travel season.

Get travel information in writing.

“So you really want to make sure you have everything in writing,” Freitas said. “What you know is that all inclusive is what you expected.”

Another suggestion from the BBB: Avoid using internet search phrases like best deals, which can sometimes lead to dubious websites.

“Before you start clicking and browsing this, first what is the name of the company?” Freitas said. — Do you know them? How long have they been in business? How many complaints? How many reviews? Do they have a good track record?

Other tips to help avoid travel scams are to look out for travel insurance, which can cover trip cancellations or emergencies.

Read the fine print of any route to make sure all your bases are covered.

Wait to post on social networks. Photos of a family having fun can also make it clear that the house is empty.

Action Line volunteers are always ready to help. Call them weekdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 808-591-0222.

You can also send an email to or go to the Actionline tab on our website and fill out the form.

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