Airline Free Tickets and Vouchers

Free Airline Tickets Scam: How It Works

Did anybody say free airline tickets? One of the biggest scams around when it comes to flight coupons, free plane tickets and discounts on flights is the Free Airline Tickets scam. The latest is a fake that comes in three variations: a National Travel and Tourism Association (NTTA), United Travel and Adventure Affiliates (UTAA), or a National Association of Travel Centers (NATC) promotion.

It is similar to the Airline Ticket Credit scheme and the Airline Employee Tickets scam, but with a twist. In this article, you will learn how the scam works, how to avoid it, and how to report it. How does the scam work?

 

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In a down economy with rising gas prices, many can’t afford to take even vacations that involve air travel, let alone look for timeshares for sale or travel club memberships. For that reason, many people were pleasantly surprised when they received a letter from their national airline company offering two free flights worth almost $1300. Brand names used by the scammers are US Airways, Air Canada, British Airways, or Qantas.

The letter states that the company tried to contact the reader many times without success. They then advise him to call a toll-free number to claim the flight vouchers. When he does that, a high-pressured salesperson advises the reader of the necessity of attending a presentation about the company in order to claim the flight vouchers.

 

letter airline ticket voucher

On the other hand, questionable travel agencies use this gimmick to get people to sign up for travel clubs, which offer “exclusive deals and packages” in the future. The only condition is that travelers would buy these memberships up front. In reality, the fees would cost the same if they would purchase the packages themselves.

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In this case, to keep themselves out of any legal battles with the real airlines, the travel agencies would send the checks/invitations/vouchers with brands having a slight difference in name. For example, as you see in the picture above, the name on the voucher is American Airways, which doesn’t exist as a company. There is American Airlines and US Airways, but no American Airways.

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However, here is the exact content of the Free Airline Tickets letter that you may receive (if you live in Canada, UK, or Australia, replace USA with the country of your origin):

Enclosed is your Travel Check Voucher. This Travel Check Voucher can be redeemed for a certificate for 2 round trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental US from any major international US airport. Certain restrictions may apply. Vacation Getaways and Cruises are available for a limited time. We have attempted contacting you on several occasions. This will be your last chance to respond.

Note that this check voucher must be redeemed by [insert date, two weeks from today]. If you do not claim your award, it will be transferred to the alternate. This is a limited time offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Flights fill quickly.

Please reference your check voucher number 138-901-521. This travel check must be certified to be valid. Call 1-877-687-3217. This is not a timeshare or land sales offer.

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How To Avoid The Free Airline Tickets And Vouchers Scam:

When receiving any correspondence promising something for nothing, beware. You will most likely be pressured into making a purchase that is often more expensive than the price of two legitimate airline tickets. The Better Business Bureau reports that these letters are on the upswing, so be on the lookout. If you receive one, your best bet is to throw it away.

Flight coupons, free airline tickets, and discounts on flights represent something that doesn’t come in your mail box.

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How To Report The Free Airline Tickets And Vouchers Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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Zegota

I have a few of these I will sell anyone for half price, and would someone please comment on these deals that you find all the time. From companies that offer free trips, such as these for fifty dollars, or free as come on for there products, or services. God Bless…

Valerie

Received this in the mail today saying "that you have qualified for an award of (2) round trip airline tickets…anywhere in the continental USA". The airlines SOUTHWEST and JET BLUE were printed on the top of the notice. Also "signed" Preston Clayton on the bottom as others have mentioned. SCAM SCAM SCAM. In the trash it goes…

Melania

Stay away from Odenza, it’s the biggest travel incentive company you can deal with. They scammed us for a lot of money. They deserve jail…

Janette

Another kind of airline ticket scam, is what they call "hacked ticket" scam. When my sister visited Malaysia, she purchase a ticket to a local travel agency recommended by a friend. When she was at the airport terminal, she was halted by the airline steward, and informed her the ticket she purchase was paid by a stolen credit card, and the real owner was alarmed and hold the ticket. My sister was in shock, her money was stolen by the hoax agency. Thanks for sharing your article.

Michael Potoski

Be careful if you receive a letter from American Airways saying you have qualified for an award of 2 roundtrip tickets for anywhere in the continental U.S. This is a scam & will most likely be from someone named Keli Alden, coming out of Phoenix, AZ. I knew as soon as i opened it that it was a scam. Remember the saying, if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.

Abena

Stay very far away from Falcon flights travel agency, they scammed my mum and I over £1000 for tickets, which they gave us. They are not legit and are fraudulent, you will usually spot this in the invoice they send you before you pay the first part of the ticket. their terms and conditions are in small letters and hide their intentions (zoom it all the way up) they are very fraudulent

rgs

On Philippine Airlines, if you volunteer to get bumped to a later flight in return for a round trip airfare voucher, they will make it virtually impossible for you to redeem the voucher before it expires. This is done by putting you on a waiting list for any flight you try to book until you give up or run out of time. Good luck.

Rose

I got a letter from an unnamed company, stating I have ‘qualified for an award for 2 round trip air tickets and two nights at a Marriott Hotel". Retail valu up to $1398.00

No company listed, but an 855-879-8217 phone number and signed by "Elise Warren" (who is probably not a real person).

I did a search on the phone number and ultimately led me to this site. So glad I did NOT fall for this scam!

Barbara Kennelly

Checked this out under "Scams" and found this article as well a photo shot of a check that could have been mine except for the name change. Am so glad I had a "bad feeling" about this and checked here first. Do have a question though. Since I received this offer through the mail, wouldn’t it be considered "mail fraud" and then the postal service could do something about this?

Amy, PA

Got the same one today (return address out of Phoenix, AZ)… on generic looking "US Airlines" letter head. The number listed is 1-866-973-9607. Signed by the lovely "Mia Hale, Vice President".

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