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Alexis Leondis

Trying to Change a Flight? Don't Fall Victim to a Travel Scam

This summer’s airline chaos has given charlatans a golden opportunity to take advantage of frazzled travelers.

Get me outta here.

Get me outta here.

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In the middle of a glorious family vacation to Greece earlier this month, I was tempted to extend our stay — our first big trip since Covid. So I googled the customer service number for the airline and clicked on the number at the top of the search results.

Attempting to make flight changes while admiring the sun setting over Mount Athos and keeping an eye on your small children swimming in the Aegean turns out to be ill-advised. The chaotic summer of 2022 is proving to be a great one for travel scammers, as I was about to discover.