Exclusive Travel Club: What the Vacation Club Scam Looks Like

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Exclusive Travel Club Scam: How It Works

Similar to the Timeshare Presentation Scam, the Exclusive Travel Club one is pulled on people who are invited to attend a travel seminar or receive a gift or a VIP card. It is also known as the Vacation Club Scam.

Were you ever pitched a presentation for something in return? If yes, feel free to add the name of the company in the comments section at the end of this article. But first, here is how the scam works.

 

Watch How The Vacation Club Scam Works:

Watch the video below to see a very detailed explanation of the Exclusive Travel Club scam:

What happens to the victims? Once they arrive at the location, the marketers hold them there for hours and use aggressive sales pitches to lure the victims into buying into all kinds of shady offers (see a bunch of similar timeshare scams here).

The most promised benefit is the joining of their “exclusive club”, which offers, they say, amazing deals to the buyer. The scammers have answers for every question or concern the victims might have, from credit lines to refunds. They sell the dream of a vacation club.

VIP Card For Travel Benefits:

Those who pay a ton of money to join these networks receive so-called benefit VIP Cards, which they are supposed to redeem in hotels and other sorts of accommodation worldwide. Sometimes they even get commissions based on the number of people they bring into the club to sign up.

Nonetheless, there are some legitimate companies out there that do that but be aware of the sneaky ones. Don’t fall for the VIP card if, in the long run, it costs you more than the benefits it brings.

How To Avoid The Exclusive Travel Club Scam:

Do not fall for this, as the refunds are almost impossible to get back and the success of the business is never what’s promised. On the other hand, be aware of a similar scheme going around, the Travel Club Membership Scam. Report them below.

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Vacation Club Scam: How To Report

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

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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4 thoughts on “Exclusive Travel Club: What the Vacation Club Scam Looks Like”

  1. Did anyone hear about Good Life USA or Canada and their Legacy Tree program? They distribute $200 VIP cards which you are supposed to give away, and get back $100 as commission. Cards could be used for travel (hotels) and you get your $100 when the person you just gave it to uses it. It’s like a pyramid scheme, and you also have to recruit and get more rewards. So you become an IBO (Independent Business Owner) and you get money ($25) for every person you enroll in this Good Life VIP Club. Classic Amway style.

    I don’t really trust MLM businesses, especially new ones. Here is the only decent review I found online, but I would like to hear more if any of you joined GoodLife:

    "• GoodLife USA sells 3rd party discounts and has no product of their own.
    • Expensive unless you travel extensively
    • Compensation plan relies heavily on recruitment
    • GoodLife USA is not newbie friendly
    • There are free travel discount companies like expedia.com
    • Will most likely only last a few years like the rest of the travel MLM schemes.

    Even after my extensive research on GoodLife USA, I am still very confused.
    I am still left with more questions than answers to be perfectly honest.
    The most important question is; How do you end up saving money on travel by spending anywhere between $150 & $900 a year on membership?
    I am also wondering if the two founders have ever heard of expedia.com?
    I am sure some customers could take advantage of the discounts that GoodLife offer but the average customer will end up losing money.
    The reason I make this assumption is because the vast majority of people travel once a year.
    How are you going to make a ROI with this?

    I guess you could also become an affiliate which you could possibly make money, but all you are selling is memberships with the promise of more discounts.
    But I have a hard time recommending a MLM that focuses on nothing but membership sales and recruitment.
    The other thing I don’t understand about the compensation plan is the concept of commission sharing.
    If someone is really good at recruiting, then they have to share with people that have done little to no recruiting at all?
    Hmmm, sounds weird.

    Overall, this company is decent in comparison to other travel niche MLMs and you can make some serious cash if you are already well versed in the recruitment game.

    However, I will not recommend joining this company if you are a newbie.
    Stay away if you are new to the recruiting game and go find yourself a MLM that has extensive training programs."

    I am also reading that the two founders of Good Life USA, Mark Seyforth and Edward Dovner, have a bunch of experience in the MLM sector, some of it even being in the grey area.

    Anyone?

  2. lol Paco, you probably work for exclusivepointsclub.com, aren’t you? Enough with insulting people’s intelligence.

  3. For anyone interested the exclusivepointsclub.com rep gave me their actual address in FL. after I told him I had $1500 in cash that I was dropping of for their services. They also told me the address on their website is 2 yrs old. The address I was given was:
    3485 w vine st.
    Kissimmee, FL
    Here are their associated phone #’s 1-888-907-0669 & 1-888-907-0869
    Enjoy

  4. Maurice Marchand

    Beware of Exclusive Vacation Travel of St. Maarten re Horizons Vacation Club. Beware those scratch-n-win peddlers also.

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