Do Online Consumer Travel Sites Give Honest Reviews? PDF Print E-mail

A recent USA Today report says TripAdvisor is under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission for alleged false practices. The response was to complaints that the website publishes only positive reviews for client travel businesses.

Of course, TripAdviser earns its income from client airlines, hotel chains, restaurants, cruises and others. The implication is that the well-known site won’t show any negative complaints against their clients from consumers. There are accusations that many of the positive comments are fake.

Savvy senior travelers who are familiar with the good and bad aspects of internet consumer comments, whether negative or positive, pay little attention to them. When making plans for your next trip, don’t rely on internet comments. Check with your hometown travel agent and unbiased, non-profit consumer organizations, as well as friends and family who travel frequently.

Guest Thievery: Don’t Swipe Hotel Towels Or Bathrobes PDF Print E-mail

When departing from your hotel room, it’s ok to take those little shampoo tubes, but nothing else. If you do, according to British news service The Sun, your name may be placed on a no-stay list.

If your hotel is an international chain, that could mean you’ll be blacklisted worldwide from future check-ins in England, Brazil, Japan, the USA and who knows where else. While that pillowcase or towel you swiped may be worth just a couple of dollars, it multiplies into millions of losses every year to hotel budgets.

Also, don’t go into your little hotel room fridge unless you intend to buy any of the grossly-overpriced products inside. When you open the fridge door, even if you don’t take anything out, it may automatically add a charge to your bill.

Don’t Expose Vital Personal Info Online While You Travel PDF Print E-mail

Many roaming seniors are not up on the latest advances in computer tech. One aspect they must try to understand is how vulnerable their current device, especially smartphone, is to thievery.

A basic rule is to be careful what you post on social media. Communicating photos of official paperwork with family and friends while you travel can be hacked by smart thieves. For example, posting financial info with your Social Security or bank account number could allow them to make transactions in your name that could cost you considerable money.

Another danger could come from merely posting your personal photos online as you travel, along with details about your ongoing schedule. A local hacker could read the message, and knowing you won’t be in your house for awhile, set up a burglary there.

Groping Airport Screeners Are Getting Even More Invasive PDF Print E-mail

If you think horny Hollywood producers and actors are the only ones grabbing quick feels, consider airport security. These days almost every passenger from grandmas to babies are required go through the annoying body search inspection.

Because of recent terror incidents, on your next flight, you may find the process even more invasive. One tip is to shower before you go to the airport, but don’t use fragrant body or hair lotion. Some have chemicals that may register on security scanners as ingredients in explosives. Make it a bit easier and quicker when you cooperate fully with the security inspection, no matter how violated you feel when being felt.

Las Vegas NV: See Sin City From The Sky With Maverick PDF Print E-mail

Especially during this holiday season, there’s no better way to see Las Vegas than from a helicopter. Way up there you get truly panoramic views of all the sights that make the Strip, Boulder Dam, Lake Mead, Grand Canyon and surrounding scenery so iconic.

Maverick Helicopters offers both day and night flights, featuring narration by the chopper pilots as you soar over Nevada and Arizona wonders. For prices, schedules, special programs and other info, go to www.maverickhelicopter.com


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