Holiday scams: Angela Rippon warns of ‘increasing’ hotel scam catching Britons out

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Angela Rippon is set to return to screens on January 4 in the newest series of ‘Rip off Britain’ during which she will help holidaymakers though the minefield of travel restrictions in 2021. She has shared an insight into one scam she will be solving in the series which is “increasingly” leaving holidaymakers out of pocket.

Speaking on BBC One’s Morning live the television host and journalist explained the scam is to do with hotels which are “too good to be true”.

In fact, she says some of these hotels are “not just too good to be true but actually too good not to be there at all.”

She explained: “It is amazing. It is one of the increasing scams in the holiday trade where very often quite reputable travel companies are booking you into a hotel and when you get there either your booking hasn’t been received or the hotel isn’t there all.”

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“For instance, we have six young lads from Halesowen who went to Krakow in Poland so that the could have a lads weekend away and when they got to their hotel, which had been booked by a reputable company, the building as there for sure but it was no longer a hotel.

“It was a doctors surgery.

“So when they got back they complained to the company but got absolutely nowhere until they came to us.

“I can’t tell you how valuable those three words ‘rip off Britain’ are when someone has got a problem, because we usually, with he influence we have got, we do manage to sort them out. “

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She also cited some of the various changes which are likely to cause some confusion for traveller sin 2021.

“We’re going to look at what the face of holidays is going to be in 2021,” she said.

“We will have the effects of COIVD-19 still, the effects of people getting the vaccine and because on the 31 December we are going to have Brexit we are going to have a lot of different rules and regulations covering what we can do on travel.”

Already the Government has issued some guidance on new changes which will impact travel to the EU following the end of the transition period.

This includes the need for medical travel insurance due to the loss of the European Health Insurance Card.

Holidaymakers should also be sure their passport has no less than six months validity left on it.

“You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021,” states the GOV.UK website.

“On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to have at least 6 months left and be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left).

“If you do not renew your passport, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.”

Holidaymakers are also warned of changes which will impact travelling with pets and driving while abroad.

In terms of COVID-19, the landscape is ever-changing, though at present different countries have their own rules and regulations for travel.

Some are banning UK arrivals completely, while others require a coronavirus test upon arrival.

Rip of Britain starts on January 4, 2021, on BBC One.

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