Catrina Smith is sure that the $2,231 she paid for her flight upgrade from Prague to Madrid was an Iberia error. After all, an unrestricted business class ticket booked at the last minute costs less than one-third as much — roughly $630. Something is wrong, she says. “An Iberia error cost me $2,231. Help!”
The warning signs were there: blurry photos, a long gap between reviews, and a request to wire money. But Elizabeth Long still found the Paris rental impossible to resist. She ended up drawing me into yet another Vrbo problem, this time involving a fake rental and a request for a refund that will be difficult to fulfill. “Another Vrbo problem: a fake rental and no refund for you!”
You may not know it, but you’re likely at risk of encountering an ATM or gas pump skimmer this summer. And if you use a prepaid debit card, you might find Sylvia Powers’ experience with a card skimmer of particular interest. She swiped her American Express Bluebird card at the pumps of her local gas station, and a skimming device secretly recorded her information. Then, thieves duplicated the prepaid debit card and quickly began draining Powers’ funds.
Powers assumed American Express would protect her against this fraud. She assumed wrong. “My prepaid debit card was drained by a skimmer at the gas station!”
Hey, can you keep a secret? It’s free museum day. That’s how you save a few bucks while you’re on vacation, and maybe even see another side of your destination. “Can you keep this vacation secret about free museum day?”
How safe is Airbnb? Before you answer, consider what happened to Krystal Scott, who rented what she thought was a charming three-bedroom home in Lafayette, La.– until she moved in and discovered some Airbnb safety problems. “Is Airbnb safe? This guest found the truth — the hard way”