(Los Angeles, CA) – Scambook, the leading online complaint resolution platform, is now offering holiday travelers their Top 12 tips on how to avoid a holiday travel nightmare.
Scambook understands that holiday travelers cannot control everything, but there are steps you can take to help ensure your trip goes smoothly. Plan ahead, be prepared, and learn to handle unpleasant surprises.
“Stress is the underlying cause of most holiday travel nightmares. Between all the shopping, scheduling and packing, many of us become anxious when heading home for the holidays,” said Kase Chong, Scambook’s Director of Marketing. “We know how crooks take advantage of stressed out consumers and prey upon their clouded judgment. You’re more vulnerable when you’re distracted.”
Scambook is recommending these helpful tips to stay in control and avoid a holiday travel nightmare:
WHEN YOU’RE PACKING
1. Make a checklist. A list will help you decide what’s essential based on the location, length of stay, and other factors like access to laundry facilities. Use an interactive packing list to create a custom list based on the following details: dates, weather, suitcase size, and mode of transportation.
2. Mail your gifts ahead. With limited space, mail the presents to your destination. Wrapped gifts may be confiscated and opened by TSA.
3. Get your documents in order. Organize your tickets, maps, official IDs, and any other documents before you travel. Make copies to store in a safe place at home and keep the originals close at hand. You should also send your itinerary (including flight numbers and arrival time) to whomever you’re meeting.
IF YOU’RE DRIVING
4. Get car maintenance done before you leave. Leave your worries at home and visit your car mechanic in town. Don’t leave yourself at the risk of breaking down in an unfamiliar location with a mechanic who may overcharge you.
5. Use real maps or print your own. You never know when you may lose satellite reception so be sure to pack a real map. It’s better to pull over and spend a few minutes with your map than drive and get more lost.
6. Pack an emergency kit. Remember to pack a first-aid kit, jumper cables, road flares, a flashlight, a blanket, bottled water, food and anything else you might need for emergencies. Even if you don’t need them, it will give you greater peace of mind.
IF YOU’RE FLYING
7. Know the TSA’s rules. Don’t bring any prohibited items that could hold you up during security. Remember the 3-1-1 rule: all carry-on liquids and gels need to be 3 ounces or smaller, stored in a 1 quart bag, only 1 bag per passenger. Visit www.tsa.gov for a full list of travel restrictions as well as a smart phone app. If you have a disability or medical condition, call the TSA Cares Hotline at 1-855-787-2227.
8. Research your airline. Know their policies for check-in, lost/delayed luggage, and delayed/cancelled flights. Be prepared for the worst and know your rights as a passenger as listed by Airfarewatchdog.com and Faircompare.com.
9. If your flight gets cancelled, call. Program the airline’s customer service number into your cell phone in case of a flight cancellation. If you know the rules of your airline, you know the airline may be required to book you on the next available flight to your destination, even if it’s a seat on a different airline.
10. Use smart phone apps. There are a number of mobile apps designed to help navigate your way around the terminal and check if your flight is on schedule. Scambook recommends GateGuru (free for Android and iPhone) and FlightBoard ($3.99 for Android and iPhone).
11. Protect yourself against identity theft. Airports are prime places for identity theft because they are crowded and travelers carry valuable identification. Identity thieves can remotely scan passports so protect yourself with an RFID-blocking wallet or passport case. If you use the airport’s WiFi, don’t go to any websites that store your personal information (e.g. online banking).
12. Get picked up at departure. If you’re being picked up by a friend/family member, ask them to meet you at the departure terminal. Even if you checked a bag, you’ll save time because the driver can get to you quicker.
Scambook is an online complaint resolution platform dedicated to obtaining justice for victims of fraud with unprecedented speed and accuracy. By building communities and providing resources on the latest scams, Scambook arms consumers with the up-to-date information needed to stay on top of emerging schemes. Since its inception, Scambook has resolved over $3 million in reported consumer damages. For more information, please visit: http://www.scambook.com/about