Friday, June 1, 2012

How To Avoid Vacation Scams

Have you ever gotten a postcard in the mail telling you you’ve won a vacation?  All you have to do is go to this “brief consultation” that turns into an hour long pressure-filled sales meeting?  As you can tell, I have.  They promise you the moon, and deliver dust.  You sit through this meeting hearing how fabulous it would be to have a timeshare or own a membership to this exclusive club or that amazing resort.  Well, some of them are nothing but Vacation Club scams.  Some are legit, but you have to really do your homework.

I was introduced to Vacation Choices via the internet, and discovered they have an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau.  That means they haven’t had complaints by customers, or if they HAVE, they were settled to the customers’ satisfaction.  They also have a 10% price guarantee, meaning if you find a vacation package exactly like the one through the concierge service of Vacation Choices, they will not only match the price, but they will beat it by 10%.  Sounds good to me!

But don’t take my word for it.  Any time you are going through a service you haven’t had experience with before, there are some things you can do to check them out.   Look at gain versus cost.  If you’re talking long term timeshare, what is it going to cost you?  What are your benefits from it? Another important thing to understand is if you can get out of the deal, and how you would do that.  Do they have a clause saying you have to be a member for 10 years before you can “quit” or sell?  Find out before you buy.

Beware of places who pressure you by saying you can only get the deal they are offering right there, at that moment.  There shouldn’t be pressure for a legitimate vacation.  And most of all, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  There is a lot that goes into vacation planning; maybe Vacations Choices can help you!

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