BBB Warns Consumers About Bogus Travel Club Offers

North Alabama consumers are calling the  BBB regarding an official looking letter received via mail. Printed on the envelope it states “Check Enclosed” “Final Notice” The check is non-negotiable and is used to reserve your seat at a 90 minute travel club sales presentation.”

 

For your time you are offered 2 round trip airline tickets and 2 nights in First Class accommodations with the retail value of $1398.00 (same as check).

 

The airline tickets are not free you will pay taxes and fees. The same goes for the hotel accommodations.

 

These Travel Club offers seem to increase during the spring and summer months and can cost anywhere between $3,000 to $11,000.

 

To avoid the negative experiences, your BBB offers the following tips:

  • Check www.bbb.org prior to attending a travel club presentation
  • Be wary of offers that claim you’ve won a contest that you did not enter
  • Be wary of solicitations that fail to disclose the name of the soliciting company
  • Be wary of sales staff who use high pressure sales tactics or tell you that the offer is only good that day
  • Be wary of suspiciously high savings claims that you aren’t able to verify prior to making a purchase
  • Research your right to cancel prior to going to a sales presentation
  • Only attend a presentation if you are actually interested in what the company is offering, not solely for the promise of a gift
  • Be wary of companies that don’t use letterhead in formal communication. This could be a sign of a fly-by-night distributor
  • Be wary of companies that use generic names or work out of what appears to be a short-lease office space. This could also be a sign of a fly-by-night distributor.

As always, call the BBB if you need more information or help regarding a consumer matter.  Their number is (256) 850-0719