• Comparison shop and book your trip as early as possible to take advantage of special offers and deals.
• See what membership cards you have that might take money off the cost of your trip or have special offers.
• Check out the agent or website-Ask family and friends for recommendations, and check with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Attorney General's Office, and Better Business Bureau, to see if there is a history of complaints on file.
• Beware of travel scams. Deeply discounted and "free" vacations are more often than not too good to be true.
• Pay by credit card. If you don't get what you paid for, you may be able to dispute the charges with your credit card company.
• Get the details of your vacation in writing.
• Ask about cancellation policies. You may want to consider travel insurance for extra protection.
• Call to confirm your reservations and arrangements.
• Go on the website of the destination you are travelling to and plan out the things you want to do. This way you will know the costs before you get there.
• For local travel ideas, deals, and tips, visit the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism website
If you are travelling in Massachusetts this spring download the Mass Value Pass that offers 25% or more off more than 400 lodging, attractions, restaurants, and retail establishments. Go to www.massvacation.com for information and a list of those participating.
For more information about travel and vacation tips, visit our website at www.mass.gov/consumer.