I notice that Kim did not bother to respond to my posting. Kim, do you have nothing to say about this? My sister and I were so looking forward to that cruise. Aside from not allowing us to go in a timely manner I really resent the huge charge of $500.00 per person to go on the "free" cruise. I must add that the whole cruise we wanted would have only been a total of about $150.00 more than what we would have to pay VIP.
Palm Desert, CA
Thanks for this web site, I can see this is a scam from Endless Travel. They are here in the Palm Desert area coning everyone.
Los Angeles, CA
Like the ones who have complained before us, we've been dupped by paying $75 for a free airfare anywhere in the continental USA for a reservation that I have not been given to this day. I've mailed multiple reservations via certfied mail which would have probably totaled the amount of an airfare. To all the other victims. Please inform us of any class action lawsuit. We'll be very interrested. I have all my documentations & my phone calls all ready to go...
We received a"free" vacation for joining a pricey home improvement club "Direct Buy" One of the incentives for joining this club was to get a free vacation- 2 nights/3 days from VIP which included a gas gift certificate and dinner voucher. We had to send in $75 just to make a reservation! It has now been 7 months and we still can't get a vacation scheduled! We keep getting told "our dates are bad" and to "Fill out another reservation form " which takes 2 months advance notice. This vaation expires in a few months and I know that we are then going to be told that it is no longer valid. We will then be out of $75 and no free vacation for joining the pricey club. I have spoken to "Sue" at VIP who refuses to give her last name, says she is the one in charge, etc. However, I learned that Ms. Gallager is the office mgr and the owner is never there. The owner, Ms. McCollom, I would love to talk with you. This place is such a scam. Someone(either VIP or Direct Buy) will be seeing me in Small Claims Court. I can afford to lose the free vacation and the $75.00, that doesn't matter. What matters to me the most is letting them get away with this scam! I encourage everyone to do the same.
We too went to a 2 hours sales pitch on vacation packages and received the voucher for a free cruise and fly USA on 7/29/11. So, I thought I'd research before sending in my $99 for the Cruise and the $75 for the Airfare, only to find that the web site VIP Travel Reservations is shut down. I want to thank all of you for placing your comments here. It certainly has saved us some time and heart ache. I believe it is a scam and so far have not been able to find anyone that has successful had free airfare or a cruise.
New Kensington, PA
Please listen to all the bad reviews!
They are all true. Here is a copy of my "free cruise" quote. Such a SCAM!
Your cruise offer is for the Carnival Dream sailing from Port Canaveral,
leaving on 11/26/2011 going to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya for 7 nights.
Fees listed are per person and as follows:
1A – Entry level / porthole cabin not available
Ship not included surcharge- Dream:$145.00
The total per person for a 4E Inside cabin with 2 twins (converts to king) is:$483.90 per person
Upgrades available are additional to the above amount:
Cabin- Deluxe Ocean view:$110.00
Total for Deluxe Ocean view cabin:$598.90 per person
Total for Balcony cabin:$723.90 per person
**Offers are time-sensitive and need a response quickly as we cannot guarantee availability.**
We too received one of those invitations (as we have received countless over the years and tossed them). This time I said, let's do it and follow it through to see if we're right to throw them out or if we are missing a free trip (although NOTHING is free).
We sat through a short presentation and I already had my game face on and new what I was going to say to get through this. The vacation club people wanted $6,000 cash/check up front to join their cub. Ohhhhh Kaaaayyyyy.....uhhh, NOT HAPPENING. I told the guy I didn't have that kind of money so he quickly slapped down our "certificates". We had one for airfare and one for a cruise.
I followed every tiny insignificant rule and sent them a $75 deposit for the airfare and a $99 deposit for the cruise. I also completed my desired travels dates (which, once you cross out the holidays and peak seasons and calculate in the 45 days or so that has to be between dates, you aren't left with many options for the 1 year you have to use these certificates). I sent them in certified mail, return receipt requested and I kept a copy of everything.
About a month prior to my travel dates I received the letter stating nothing was available on the dates I had chosen, please choose different dates. I did that and sent it back in, by mail. They told me early on that this could not be done through email (remember this part because it comes up again. This was not for the cruise yet as that date had not come about.
So, the date for the cruise comes and goes and I receive NOTHING. I email them inquiring about it and was told they EMAILED me the cruise information and I never responded. I asked that they forward (not copy and paste) me that email. They sent the verbiage....without the headers - you know those little pieces of information that tell you when and where it was sent from and the route it traveled to arrive in your Inbox. I asked for the entire one - they ignored me.
At the end of all this I followed the instructions to request my refund. I received $134 out of the $174 I sent them. They claim a $20 "processing" fee for each certificate. Please.
For every "not available letter" I did receive I got online to see just how unavailable flights were......I could have booked a number of flights on my chosen dates.
The responses I did receive were shoddy at best. Clearly the business lacks morals, ethics, and values. Was I surprised? No.
And as far as the "positive" comments......anyone from VIP could easily and probably does write those. But, even if they did not - the negative far outweighs the positive.
Please turn them in to Fla. Attorney Generals Office. These people need to be put out of business. You are not going to get anything from them but ulcers. You would be better off just finding your own deal.
Yes they are rip offs! They could not acomodate the flight I set up, so I had to cancel my plans. there was no more time left to use the free flights, so I just ask for my money back they kept $20.00. And refuse to give it back. and yes there were a lot of fees, and the airlines are small cramped commuter fights.
All the comments posted on this site are true...they take your deposit, keep sending you letters telling you they cannot find availability within their allotment for the travel period requested and continue to do this until the one year time period in which to use your certificates have expired. You have no choice but to request a refund and then they deduct a $20 activiation fee because you "cancelled your request prior to booking." This is how they make their money. STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!!!! I am personally contacing the Attorney General in Port Orange, FL, Dateline NBC, 20/20 and an attorney to begin a class action lawsuit. I encourage all of you to do the same.
Traverse City, MI
all these bad reviews are true. we gave mutible dates for free air travel & hotel stay, always the same reply, not available. then when we finaly got our deposit back ,there is a $20 service charge. wish i had read these reviews first!!!!
San Diego, CA
TRAVEL PARTNERS: Faces Fla. Lawsuit for "Defrauding" Consumers
Travel Partners and VIP Travel Reservations are facing a class-
action complaint filed in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial
Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida alleging it defrauded
consumers by promising them gifts, then refusing to deliver
unless they paid money and signed a "Contract for Purchase of
Vacation Certificate," the CourtHouse News Service reports.
This is an action for damages for violation of Section 501.201,
et seq., Florida Statutes (Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade
Practices Act), breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and
breach of an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing,
wherein the aggregation of claims exceeds $15,000, exclusive of
costs, interest and attorneys fees.
Pursuant to Rule 1.220(a)(1),(2),(3), and (4) and Rule
1.220(b)(3), Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, plaintiff brings
this class action on behalf of all individuals who attended a
group travel seminar with Travel Partners and VIP.
Plaintiffs want the court to rule on:
(a) whether plaintiff and the class received gift
(b) whether plaintiff and the class attended Travel
Partners' group travel seminar;
(c) whether plaintiff and the class received their
(d) whether plaintiff and the class completed their
contract for purchase of vacation certificate and paid
(e) whether plaintiff and the class selected their travel
(f) whether plaintiff and the class completed were provided
with the vacation package offered by the registration
(g) whether plaintiff and the class received a refund of
the their $75 deposit;
(h) whether the actions and conduct of VIP and/or Travel
Partners constituted a violation of FDUTPA;
(i) whether plaintiff and the class have been damaged
within the meaning of FDUTPA;
(j) whether plaintiff and the class agreements with VIP
and/or Travel Partners were identical or virtually
(k) whether VIP and/or Travel Partners were unjustly
enriched by plaintiff and the class members;
(l) whether VIP and/or Travel Partners breached their
agreements with plaintiff and the class;
(m) the value of the benefits of the vacation certificate
vs. the value of the benefits of the vacation package;
(n) whether the benefits of the vacation certificate were
due to plaintiff and the class when they completed
attending the group travel seminar;
(o) whether VIP and/or Travel Partners invited plaintiff
and the class to attend the group travel seminar;
(p) whether VIP and/or Travel Partners owed plaintiff and
the class an obligation of good faith and fair dealing
with respect to providing the benefits under the
(q) whether VIP and/or Travel Partners have been unjustly
enriched by failing to provide the benefits of the
vacation certificate and/or the $75; and
(r) whether plaintiff and the class are entitled to recover
their reasonable attorneys' fees.
Plaintiff demands relief as follows:
-- certifying this action as a class action under Rule
1.220 of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure;
-- certifying the proposed class and any appropriate sub-
classes, or a class as determined by the court;
-- appointing named plaintiff as class representative;
-- appointing David H. Charlip, Esq. and Charlip Law Group,
LC as class counsel;
-- damages in an amount to be proven at trial or other
alternative procedure approved by the court;
-- appropriate injunctive relief;
-- awarding plaintiff and the class the costs of this
action, together with pre-judgment interest and
reasonable statutory attorneys' fees in accordance with
prevailing factors and considerations for determination
of class counsel fees in the State of Florida; and
-- any and all further relief the court deems just and
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