What they are and how to avoid them this holiday season

The holiday travel period is expected to follow the same pattern as the chaotic summer, and you should expect a few surprises. You can’t predict them, but you can prepare for them and that includes avoiding scams.

With flights, rental cars and lodging all increasing, people will be looking for “deals.” You may get a call, a text message or a flyer in the mail. Or maybe you may see an online ad promising “free” or low-cost vacations.

Dishonest people are often behind these offers. You may end up paying hidden fees — or worse, after you pay, you might