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Travel Tips: Plan your Holiday Travel Wisely

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Do your travel homework: Plan your trip wisely by researching your options to choose the best price, location, availability of activities and weather conditions. Consider using a travel agent or speaking with others who have visited your intended destination.

Know Your Travel Rights: The New York State Truth in Travel Act safeguards consumers against fraud, false advertising, misrepresentation, and other abuses. Under the law, a travel agency or promoter must provide a consumer with written disclosures of all the terms of the travel service within five days of purchase or agreement. A consumer has until midnight of the third business day after receipt of full written disclosures to respond in writing to cancel such purchase or agreement. A consumer may also cancel the purchase or agreement at any point during the five day period prior to receiving receipt of full written disclosures of all the terms of the travel service. If you feel you have been a victim of fraud, contact the Department of State Division of Consumer Protection at 1-800-697-1220.

Travel Scams: Be careful of unsolicited travel offers, especially those that offer a “free” vacation and then ask for a credit card for “verification” purposes or requires you to enroll in a “free trial” membership. Get all the FACTS before you sign up!

Consider Paying with a Credit Card: Using a credit card to pay for your vacation plans offers you more protection than paying by cash or check. Consult with your credit card company to obtain the details on the conditions of travel expenditure reimbursement.

Keep Safety in Mind: Remember to pack medicines in their original child-proof containers and call ahead to request any special amenities that you may need. Make sure to leave your contact information with a friend or loved one. Make a copy of all travel documents to leave at home in case they get lost or stolen while you are on vacation.

Travel During Labor Day Holiday: If you’re planning a last minute getaway make sure to help protect yourself and your wallet by: