As all international travellers know, it pays to buy airline tickets in advance.
Well Flighthub knows this too.
When you log on to the website, you see the Canadian flag and the Canadian Currency on the top. You would be right in thinking that the payment will be processed in CAD.
So what actually happens is that at the exact moment you click the PAY button to submit the credit card details, the screen briefly flashes the USD amount. You don't really see it, but it is exactly the screen shot that the company captures for proving to the credit card company that the purchaser was made aware of the currency.
That means - you actually pay this company the same amount that you saw a few seconds ago in CAD is now being charged to your credit card in USD.
So, you dear, traveller are screwed twice. Once on the extra amount that you spend to buy the ticket and two the conversion rate that your credit card company is going to charge you for the conversion. If you were buying on USD, you would have used your USD credit card.
Now, here's the kicker...
If you immediately noted the scam and called them up they would right away agree to cancel the tickets that you booked - but - charge you $150 per ticket.
Now to most people that would look simply obvious.. you called them and they corrected the error. They even return back the full amount and then charge your credit card again after a day to claim the cancellation fee.
See the beauty of the scam, they returned the money that the promised to return in full but now the charges are new transaction.
Funnily, the credit card companies with all their sophisticated algorithm's do not seem to have noted this trend..
Sootsupto us to beware.
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