Top Ten Online Travel Tips from StudentUniverse

offers the following advice for online travel booking.
1á Read the website`s privacy policy and terms of use.

2á Make sure rules for the purchase of deals are clearly displayed.

3á Use a site that has a customer service center that can be contacted in case of questions or emergency.

4á Purchase only ARC-endorsed (Airline Reporting Commission) tickets and/or e-tickets.

5á Know and trust the website`s partners.


6á Know what airlines travel will be provided on. Are they brand name carriers? If you have not heard of them, do you really want to fly them?

7á Look for sites that are understandable and easy to use. A website is an online store, and the quality of the site is a testament to the company`s commitment to its product.

8á Always read the fine print. Know the rules, restrictions and penalties for ticket cancellations or changes on your particular ticket. Can changes be made directly with the carrier? Travel restrictions are among the strictest around, and you need to be prepared and knowledgeable about what you can and cannot do after you buy.

9á Make sure web transactions are secure and the website is trustworthy. Look for BBBOnline (Better Business
Bureau), Verisign or TrustE insignias, which assure users that privacy policies and SSL encryption are in place.

10á In the case of student travel, ensure the organization produces references from known educational institutions.