Common travel scams and how to avoid them
Robert Reid on what to look forto avoid spending too much while you are traveling
- Duration 8:54
- Date Aug 27, 2012
Robert Reid on what to look forto avoid spending too much while you are traveling
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We want you about themselves and travel warnings mean everybody's out -- traveling right now finishing up your summer season but you know -- into the fall and winter we like to travel.
That's a common travel scams and how to avoid having Robert Reid is here with us Robert -- currently at -- but also have a lonely planet which is based at California yes.
-- -- here in the studio.
Yes -- hands -- the studios this entry through the years I'm here in the US travel editor.
My my my favorite one of these and I've I've actually gotten scant couple times it and with some of these I hate to minute.
But what gets the quick -- on the last one but let's start with a time -- vacation -- okay yeah.
Yes they look so -- Lorraine you go down to like the Atlantis hotel in the Bahamas -- that the -- just that you like yep.
Stay founded by some -- you haven't.
You know the funny thing is as I was preparing my little Chichi here today I got a call from the Bahamas jury system and -- -- us tonight now it's terrible.
A call for free trip to the Bahamas.
And was a time share deal right and so the time share deal is the number one reporter travels -- the United States for people that.
That think they're creating a free trip but there's a lot of high pressure you know launches -- two -- and guys and people feel guilty I think my guilty -- -- -- -- you know get something -- -- -- complaints the better.
Business bureau reports 200 complaints -- -- of people signing up for travel clubs are time shares that is.
Wasn't what they thought it would be more expensive something -- didn't you know that they just kind of out of guilt.
But there are time shares out -- that the legitimate.
Legitimate time -- that people can get.
Involved and yet but you should go looking yourself and I haven't been calling you up -- don't be impulsive you know a lot of times the people that are complainer people that never expected it they -- just taking a free trip.
And he just wanted to of the Bahamas economic sense I'm sure maybe just go to the -- Yeah and it feels that and nothing is for free people let's let's be honest -- take taxi -- yeah.
I got a fight this is a typical occurrence of -- -- I think to myself and the person I gotta fight of the cab driver yesterday and I got one last week -- a physical brawl but you get into the cabin island over in Hoboken, New Jersey.
That's in New Jersey it's literally send your statement.
That the quiet you live in Queens and but literally it's like and nobody -- -- rush hour it's like ten it's ten minutes to get over -- he's charging me sixty -- surplus to.
The tolls are about how does that I guess it really what -- we do about that you're at your tourists going somewhere you know now the.
You know it it does depend on where you are when you cross -- -- with a lot of complaints happens of people were flying in Newark and coming and yeah I had very expensive and things like that.
The problem is there a lot of places some taxes have suspiciously fast meters that isn't an agreed on repair that you had.
But you know like suddenly the -- just kind of going really quickly particularly at night you see that -- kind of private companies that maybe it's like bill's tax -- the right to build on the door.
We hear about that from new warm ones I have that happen in Baltimore Atlantic City even varieties you like that the best thing to do you anywhere you go if you don't know where to trial -- you go to a hotel even if not stand there and asked them to call you taxi because they work with dependable companies that don't wanna.
Rip off the so called guests of the hotel prices can be sure that you're getting the best deal fonts you don't -- at -- -- he's locked up and I -- all the time OK -- hidden fees involved deals -- out yeah yeah biggest problem travel.
Are all these fees and an airlines and implant is not going away you know the top fifty airlines last year reported over 22 billion dollars in fees stuff that we didn't pay for ten years ago.
You know baggage fees.
Yet pain free meals Wi-Fi change these islands is not going away it's a big part of the business I can't believe if I had that I had to -- 25 dollars to to check to check my bag that makes you crazy.
China and now everyone's putting -- on board and so it takes longer downward and another thing I have ten dollars to board sooner so it's all adding up.
That's the problem isn't necessarily the fees are there but the lack transparency and that's what you see in the airline industry a -- they advertised fares that you know dollars to Charlotte that you have to buy a round trip tickets -- it's it's not a not a fair.
Had -- not being completely open about what they're offering that happens with fees with fares.
And and you see it was packaged deals a package trip took place -- often they just add up all the cart.
Your hotel the flight her car rental at a horse and buggy ride that you didn't plan.
So it ends up that you can actually save money you know take a package deal with the lack of transparency.
Our rental car insurance as a happy birthday is on going to hear -- -- you hear that happy birthday -- somebody that's and the -- answered.
Rental car insurance that's why I never take it because I don't I have managed to -- car that -- I think a lot of people get duplicate her trip look at car insurance and not realize what if you don't -- you.
Well you have to do your homework first to -- you may have some coverage and not realize it because some credit cards will have the car rental hard.
A package in in your credit card and and that's how -- you -- -- you have to -- -- -- -- it changes -- lot.
Called -- network coverage it is the fees that credit card and then he'd have to get insurance additional Iranian troops afterwards compared -- -- -- insurance company.
With a consolidators like Expedia because that consolidators can get -- deals made all right we'll have the same car rental cancer the car insurance will be cheaper to be better off.
Sorry this is why -- -- my first and engineer are gonna be on canal street I saw these really meaningful.
I'm not say which designer has the designer bag you you know.
I -- like somebody there they were really cheat on my cafe here in her -- -- yeah basically yeah.
So what's the story the fake Rolex is the jewelry dvds on the street these are either like lifted their -- what up what are they.
They're knockoffs I mean they're they're you know almost all of these are the dvds that before -- selling out of -- fact that the role Alexis for 25 dollars and I was yelling at people I say you're supporting terrorism if you buy things.
That I run it's what it is legal and these are pirated you know they're they're using that the designing copyright of certain companies.
You're contributing to that and you're not getting good quality that relatives and don't last long enough -- And people don't realize and people do a lot shop there I'm not trying to say you can't shop on the street you see artist and -- her things and handmade teachers all kinds of things -- -- on the street to -- like you are now.
But when as a knock off like that.
-- digital gimmicks yet you know the better she the Better Business Bureau kind of issues every -- travel warnings and 45 this year we're about online.
Like what happens online not on the ground.
But what happens the Internet like if you go to hotel lobby in prison on password protected Wi-Fi access people are getting the computers have packed and I am aware of that.
People get you get it that's not necessarily point and editors have to -- Wi-Fi source.
And then if you get a FaceBook message from your Powell Jeremy is in London and you don't know -- bulls even if you did a campaign that was chairman don't want them.
-- and I didn't know that he was going to London.
He probably isn't -- do a lot of times you see people getting hacked to people sending money through FaceBook through familiar friends and things like that.
And I guess the other thing -- to the lookout for them kind of connected to this is like yourself on.
Know your cell phone plan you can spend so much money I was recently in Niagara Falls area on the New York -- not going to Canada.
And I got international roaming charges.
Without leaving the US.
That's a nice cash portion my -- and I called the company and it just somehow picked up across the river in Ontario.
But I you know people around anymore and so I I was able to contest -- people -- learned that you got to look at your bill that's the other thing for the MW of a -- it.
Finally my favorite kind of ironic -- Broadway and 48 every here now.
You see this cute little -- little -- they -- let's let site Al now.
You know -- that's not -- -- it's like Bruce.
Yeah there yep and it's making your dirty and everything Germany -- -- wanna be near -- in an album company.
All these people that are like on the street you know there there playing and in -- -- -- -- or whatever again I -- about stuff that that that that's an -- performers and stuff this is a delicate balance me and to some degree you're on the subway and someone comes.
If you pay attention to them it's kind of expected you're gonna get some money.
That the funny one is would like these photo ops the naked cowboy is stand myself because he's not making -- I'm not naked people know -- the Stanford.
Editing the ability to have a.
And that but there they they were happy to be Elmo and take photographs these kids but -- -- can be very nasty.
Confront your kids and and asking Obama if you're not getting a dollar to for the photo op.
-- economy that is mean but also I mean I don't you know you -- I think it.
You've seen them again.
Getting into the subway ticket and a little a little ahead -- amber yeah I don't act CNN you know and they're just like trying to clean off all the dirt that's on -- constantly feather their -- that's.
-- -- -- the real -- about this tell you know respect to the -- -- was -- this happened sometimes that people aren't used to cities yeah cities -- they come they just think -- allowing it about it out there are expected to get little tip that Robert read your great -- get travel editor of the planet and you you have your handle.
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