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DUBAI – Two veteran Filipino travel and airline industry professionals in the UAE are advising Filipinos to plan their trips at least four months in advance and deal with credible and legitimate travel agents only.
Joey Tiberio, Sales Manager (GSA) of Philippine Airlines for Dubai and Northern Emirates at dnata, warned the guests to deal only with legitimate agents and check on the internet or with other travel professionals for advise.
“You may also call the airline directly to verify about your booking and ticket,” said Tiberio, who has held his post at dnata in the last 25 years. He was speaking at the recent 4th FEME Forum in Dubai.
Tiberio’s warning came after recent reports of scams affecting UAE travelers, the latest of which included a group of 21 people who paid for cheap airline tickets but were not able to check in because there was no actual booking.
“They have to deal with reputable online travel sites. Be careful with online phishing and scams who offer unbelievable low prices. Check and investigate through Google or wikipedia about their company,” Tiberio added.
Geoffrey Salatan, Retail Sales Manager at Airlink International, also shared: “Advanced purchase would be ideal in getting a lower rate and better deal considering travel dates are final. While planning, I would strongly suggest the passenger to check first with the travel agent about the flight availability of the desired tentative dates before securing the final dates and his or her leave approval from the company.”
Salatan further said that applicable charges in rebooking for sudden changes will be applied once a ticket is issued. “Book wisely and preferably deal only with credible travel agent along with references and high recommendations,” he said. DAJ/Expat Media
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