Are you planning to travel for the holidays or even a big trip for 2022?

Experts warn that travel scams are on the rise.

According to TripAdvisor’s latest Travel Index report, more than half (55%) of Americans report that they are planning to travel this winter. This is up from 50% who traveled in this season in 2020, but still lags behind the 63% who hit the road in 2019.

Because of the pandemic, it might be close to two years since some people have planned a trip. Many are getting on a plane for the first time in a long time.

That means some travelers are probably rusty when it comes to trip planning and those looking to take advantage of that are on the move this holiday travel season.

“Unfortunately, during times when we’re more stressed out, especially during the pandemic, there are people that are going to jump right in and take advantage every time,” said Amy Rasor, BBB Fort Worth regional director.

So far in 2021, the Better Business Bureau says more than $720,000 has been reported lost to travel scams across the country, with nearly half (49%) of losses occurring during the busiest travel time of the year, the summer season from May-August.

So here are the red flags to look out for in the top five most reported scams, according to the BBB:

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