Students Anticipating Spring Break
Jamie M. Eubanks
JSU News Bureau
JACKSONVILLE -- March 9, 2001 -- Spring is in the air. And that means students at Jacksonville State University are gearing up for Spring Break 2001. Where are some of them going?
Heath Braun and friend Amber Reamy, both freshmen at JSU, are from Maryland. They’re just looking forward to going home and hanging out with friends.
Octavia Stribling, also a freshman, is planning a cruise to Key West, Florida and Cancun, Mexico. She has been paying on this trip in installments since September.
Jesyka Pickens of Mobile, AL will spend her break with family in Georgia. While there she will wage the water at White Water and dare the heights at Six Flags.
Ann Casey and her pal Mary Wissinger can’t wait to sun themselves at Mary’s beach house in Gulf Shores. But the whole vacation wouldn’t be complete without the company of their other four friends.
Your destination may not be the beach or home or Six Flags, but there are some things about student travel that every “Spring Breaker” should be aware of.
There are deals on plane tickets every where you look, but the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released information about those deals. Most of them are charter flights, and there are different rules governing charters. So read the fine print of the conditions and flight schedules.
You should also understand your rights. According to the Department of Transportation, if the charter makes a “major change” in your flight plans, you have the right to cancel the package without penalty.
Beware of "dot com" ticket auctions. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Some bids start as low as $3.00. This should be a clue that it’s fake.
When making these purchases, the FTC recommends using a credit card. This gives you more protection than cash or a check.
Once you’ve completed all these tedious planning tasks, you can finally go party. And one Panama City resort had the following advice:
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