Beware of holiday scams – in the Sunday Times today (17.7.16) one family lost £2,000 to fraudsters, thinking they were booking direct with a hotel in Greece……
Travel With Jules is an independent, fully bonded travel agency (ABTA, ATOL, AITO). All monies paid to us goes into our travel consortium’s account and as such is protected as you don’t pay the hotels, tour operators, airlines, etc., directly!
In this article today it is reported that booking directly with hotels (or online via ‘bed banks’) has been on the rise in the last few years with less people using travel agents. This move has been a boon to fraudsters. Last year about £11.5m was stolen from holidaymakers. Fraudsters particularly target holiday makers at peak times such as summer and Christmas holidays.
Due to the increase in online bookings there has been a corresponding growth in fake websites.
In this particular case, the customer had contacted the hotel in Greece directly but a fraudster hacked the hotels email account and demanded payment by bank transfer a long way in advance of travel. Only when the customer contacted the hotel just before travelling (he had also booked their flights separately) that the hotel said they didn’t have the booking.
PLEASE BE WARNED ABOUT THE RISKS OF ‘INDEPENDENT’ TRAVEL – AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF FRAUD AND BOOK WITH US!
It is a common misconception that booking your holiday with us is more expensive than booking online. Most of the time we can book at the same price and sometimes a little cheaper than you can independently, but even if it does cost a little more, is it not worth it to have your money protected, the whole holiday ATOL bonded and to have someone check, all the details for you? We do all the research and admin and make sure all bookings are confirmed and correctly in place before you travel. We are also on hand to help you if anything does go wrong, or if your tour operator/hotel/airline fails. We get you home or re-arrange your travel as necessary.
EXCHANGE RATES Another problem this summer for ‘independent’ travellers is that if you booked your holiday directly with a hotel or online before Brexit, chances are you haven’t paid in full and will end up paying more in country … when you arrive at your hotel, you will have to pay local taxes (or ‘resort fees’) anyway (which you wouldn’t if booking with us) BUT the other major downside of booking things yourself is that if exchange rates have shifted in the wrong direction (as they have done recently) your holiday will end up costing you more when you get to your hotel.
IF YOU HAD BOOKED WITH US PRE-BREXIT THE EXCHANGE RATES WILL HAVE BEEN FIXED AT THE TIME OF YOUR BOOKING AND WE ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO OFFER OUR CLIENTS THE CONFIRMED PRICE (Subject to the conditions of the tour operator) SO YOU BENEFIT FROM OUR EXPERTISE THIS WAY TOO!
If you would like to know more about the benefits of booking with us please have a read of this blog.
Contact us now for independent, impartial travel advice on 01728 748209 or send an enquiry and let us safely book your next holiday!