BBB: Travel safely on your vacation

Milwaukee, Wis. – Thinking about traveling by air for a long weekend or during a holiday break? Think about what is and isn’t required when it comes to masks and vaccinations. As restrictions change from one state to another, so are rules for traveling. When looking for the best fare available, read the details required by the carrier to travel safely and review CDC guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Before clicking the button to buy tickets, BBB recommends the following:

  • Make certain everyone who is traveling has the appropriate ID. The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is May 3, 2023; however, make sure parties traveling together have a current compliant ID as required by each state.
  • Read all cancellation policies carefully. Not all situations, including a pandemic, require a full refund of the ticket value and fees. Each online travel agency, airline and broker is different.
  • Book tickets only after reviewing travel restrictions. Save time and stress by reading the updated status of restrictions on the Centers for Disease Control website.
  • Consider trip insurance. Have a complete understanding of what the policy does and does not cover.
  • Be an informed traveler. Refer to the Department of Transportation website for details on consumer issues, filing complaints and other aviation information.

Flying isn’t the only aspect of your trip to consider. Here are some other travel-related resources from BBB:

During the holiday season or any time of year, find ways to travel safely and avoid scams. If you’re planning on traveling to or from Canada, check for travel advisories. Remember to report any suspicious activities to BBB Scam Tracker and sign up for Scam Alerts.For more information or further inquiries, contact the Wisconsin BBB at, 414-847-6000 or 1-800-273-1002. Consumers also can find more information about how to protect themselves from scams by following the Wisconsin BBB on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.  ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2020, people turned to BBB more than 220 million times for BBB Business Profiles on 6.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Wisconsin which was founded in 1939 and serves the state of Wisconsin.