Although largely a problem in the EU, travel website chicanery affects customers around the world. After all, your favorite booking agents -- Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, etc. -- can help you travel around Europe, and you probably aren’t any more privy to cryptic, borderline scams than the next person. An EU spokesperson tells Thrillist that none of the websites embroiled in the controversy have been named at this point.
The EU Commission incorporated a glut of other findings in its report that will likely make you fume: Twenty-five percent of websites gave the impression that certain tickets were “scarce,” when really the scarcity only applied to the website listing the price. Slightly over 30% of websites listed the final price of certain trips unclearly, often bungling the inclusion of taxes and other necessary fees. Twenty percent of websites advertised “special prices” that disappeared when customers navigated to the final booking page. This should all posit a fair bit of alarm if you're banking on a trip to Paris this spring.