As the holidays approach, many Americans are beginning to look at their holiday traveling plans and deciding the best way to visit family and friends that they may not have been able to see for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. From October-December 2019, more than 260 million passengers flew on domestic or international flights in the U.S., which decreased by 64 percent during the same period in 2020 with only 92.8 million passengers. 

BBB historically receives a large influx of reports regarding travel scams around the holidays and provides the following data from BBB Scam Tracker: 

  • In 2019, more than $428,000 was reported lost to travel scams from October-December. 
  • In 2020, reported losses from October-December decreased to $305,000. However, reports did not decrease the same percentage as the travel rates did, demonstrating that con artists were still active during a reduced travel environment.
  • So far in 2021, more than $720,000 has been reported lost to travel scams across the nation, with nearly half (49%) of losses occurring during the busiest travel time of the year, the summer season from May-August. 

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