Review: Global Exchange Vacation Club

Review: Global Exchange Vacation Club

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Carpe Dee M

Pleasanton, CA

#1 Sep 12, 2008
I got a call promising prizes and gifts and after doing a search on google, turned it down. they are scammers, even the free gifts are mail in vouchers that you end up having to pay money up front for taxes etc, and they always send back your flight requests because of some minor mistake on your form. The owner is the only guy on the board of directors, look it up, he has one in San Jose, Napa, Costa Mesa, Las Vegas etc. Don't Do It!
Pat Anderson

Mishawaka, IN

#2 Oct 13, 2008
I got the same call, I remembered filling out the form online, and I went to this I received a free gift and more than I expected! I can't believe that you would call them scammers because you had to pay taxes - that's the law. We received an all inclusive vacation - Air, accomodations, meals, drinks and a choice of locations. You obviously made a stupid mistake on your form - I didn't have that problem. You also mentioned a number of locations that they have - well they must be doing something right! My husband and I were impressed with the way that they presented themselves, the attention they gave us and very greatful for the trip that we took on them - AWESOME!!!! To bad for you!
AAN

Santa Maria, CA

#3 Oct 21, 2008
Pat Anderson must be the owner/board member/scammer/self promoter.
NYfootballGiants

Sebastopol, CA

#4 Nov 4, 2008
So this Saturday I'm going this 1 1/2 hour meeting/presentation, whatever you would like to call it. I'll give you guys a no bullshit report on what happens.
jbh

San Rafael, CA

#5 Nov 23, 2008
we went to the presentation in Napa last weekend. CHEESY!! I had to say no about 10 times. Absolutely ridiculous. I'm now skeptical about sending in $100 for the airline vouchers and $75 for a week's car rental. Seems from what I've read, once you send your dates in, they DO have black out dates and can send it back asking you to pick another date?
Gilbert Az Couple

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Jan 5, 2009
My wife and I went to a "presentation" this past weekend. I was told by the individual who contacted me that she assured me that this was NOT a time share and that it was not a high pressure sales thing. She stated that this was a vacation club where we could save hundreds and thousands on vacations. We vacation all the time. We purchased a time share a few years back to find out we could never use it when we wanted to because there was no availability so we ended up saying "screw it" and got shafted for $1,000.00 -- Now we were offered the same resort with this vacation club also.***Red Flag*** They assured us that they were not the same because they are guaranteed blocks of rooms for their preferred members.....Sound familiar? When my wife and I said no (For the 20th time) He dropped his $12,995.00 price to $7,495.00 plus 4 extra weeks and 4 extra express weeks. Sounds like something is WAY jacked up in the 1st place! Why doesn't this company charge a $395.00 membership and offer the same thing to its customers and work in volume? I was told that they have been in business for 39 years and they have about 150,000 members. That to me is NOT too impressive. If they follow up with what they offer, work in volume and sell they would be very wealthy..Greed is a terrible thing. Sounds like another bullshit time share in a different look. They get a NO and a thumbs down form us in Gilbert. Oh , and by the way....when we said no the final time it just happened to be that they were out of certificates and that they would mail them to us. I will let you know if we actually receive our "free" gifts for sitting through their "time share presentation that is called a vacation club".
Are you an owner or representative? I have nothing to hide. E-mail me if you have any questions. [email protected]
Laura

Ukiah, CA

#7 Jan 22, 2009
Do you have a report on the Free Gift?
Fred Held

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#8 Mar 23, 2009
Thank you all for reporting these scammers for what they are.
My wife was all excited about flying to see our daughter in the south from LA.

Basically they try and sell you a timeshare and if they can not they make it impossible to use the so called free tickets and rental car.

Fred
Acevez Family

Alameda, CA

#9 Sep 14, 2009
my wife and i had never gottena time share before, when we join GLOBAL EXCHANGE VACATION CLUB, in san jose california in 2008, jennifer or jenny the girl that use to work there she told us that our 1st and second year of maintence fee was going to be waived, now i got a bill for $750.00 and jenny or jennifer is no longer working there, supose she got fired.
since we join we have never taking a vacation or used any of the point or days that we have with this company..this is a SCAM DO NOT JOIN THIS CLUB.
ning

Oakland, CA

#10 Oct 1, 2009
my God, it's a scam? I called their 800 #, it's a voice mail box, no one pick up the phone, no one calls me back. I spent few thousand dollars and bought some points on 9/19/09. Is there anyway I could get out of it and get some of my $$$ back? any suggestions? thanks,
Marie - Irvine CA

Irvine, CA

#11 Oct 8, 2009
How can you all say GEVC is a scam? RCI has been in business over 35 years - my family has used the point system since the beginning, with trips and memories to Hawaii, Europe, all over the U.S.- these were the best times in my life. Now, with my dad gone for over 10 years, these are some of the greatest memories I have left of him. He was so generous in doing this for us. If you plan enough ahead, and not wait till the last minute, I am positive you will get what you pay for, and enjoy it for years to come....and for you guys in it only for the FREE gift...come on, who's the scammer? If you'd see the real value in the program, maybe you'd say yes, and start enjoying real vacations, instead of trying to get everything for - FREE!!!
Simon

Albany, NY

#12 Oct 9, 2009
We actually had a very good experience with GEVC. There's a lot of negative stuff out there about them, but we enjoyed it so much I submitted a testimonial on their web page:

We have attended many timeshare presentations over the years, but always chose to collect the gift offered never made a purchase. I always felt that I cannot afford the initial purchase fee, or to routinely have the time and money to travel to far away locations so as to make the initial investment worthwhile. Sometime in late 2007, we receive an invitation for such a presentation at GEVC.

The gift offered was a free airfare for 2 and a two night stay in Hawaii. Having recently retired, I was able to rethink the advantages of timeshare ownership and jumped on the idea. We received our RCI membership number in February, 2008, and quickly began to learn the use of the RCI website to plan our vacations, and in particular, with the great help from Tina, Adrianne and Cynthy at the corporate office, I got a great education about the so called last-minute trip planning. Our first trip was to Mazatlan, Mexico at the truly beautiful Pueblo Bonito Resort at Emerald Bay which cost us a mere 8500 points. I soon realized that having the flexibility of when, and where to travel I could maximize our travel potential.

In May, 2008 we took advantage of the gift coupon, and added a full week on the island of Maui to the free 2 nights stay on the big island. Since then we have been to Lake Tahoe in July, Puerto Vallarta in August, to end the year with a two week stay in Cabo San Lucas. That's 7 weeks in 2008 at some very special resorts, Not-Too-Shaby.

In February of this year we spent another two weeks in Cabo, an ideal location for two of my favorite pastimes - Fishing and Scuba diving. Our April travel reservations of one week in Cabo followed by another in Acapulco were quickly cancelled when the Swine flu epidemic affected travel to Mexico, yet, I was able to quickly pick up two weeks on the island of Maui which just ended May 27th. Since then, I have been exitedly busy planning our next adventure - 12 days in Costa Rica starting this coming Sunday, June 14th.

Life is great, and I hope we can continue to enjoy it thanks to GEVC and RCI

So, we liked it and will continue to use it. I think you just need to be fleible.
jgall

Birds Landing, CA

#13 Oct 13, 2009
Are you in membership with GEVC and can't get out.

I'm in the same situation. Lets pressure them to relieve us from the contract.

Join me.

email me at: [email protected]

my name is Jerry
Mark Kahn

Albany, NY

#14 Nov 25, 2009
The GEVC team makes it very easy to trade our weeks timeshare into RCI Points. We have been members for 7 years and have been to Vancouver, Washington D.C., New Orleans and are planning a trip to Europe this year.
Leslie

Laguna Hills, CA

#15 Jan 22, 2010
Fred Held wrote:
Thank you all for reporting these scammers for what they are.
My wife was all excited about flying to see our daughter in the south from LA.
Basically they try and sell you a timeshare and if they can not they make it impossible to use the so called free tickets and rental car.
Fred
I also went to the presentation. After saying no repeatedly to the timeshare, the free tickets were mysteriously gone and we were given an IOU. It's been just past the time period for the tickets to arrive, and no tickets. I should have Googled their name before even going to the presentation.
Crystal

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Jan 29, 2010
DO NOT JOIN GEVC AND DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME JOINING THEIR 90 MINUTES PRESENTATION. I GOT SCAMMED AT THE IRVINE LOCATION JUST LAST WEEK. THE FREE HAWAII PACKAGE IS BS! I ATTENEDED THE PRESENTATION AND HONESTLY WAS INTERESTED NOT THIS YEAR BUT THE NEXT IN ACTUALLY JOINING AND THE HEAD GUY WHO SIGNED THE HAWAII PACKAGE WAS RAGING INSIDE KNOWING THAT HE MADE NO SALE FROM LAST WEEK.I SERIOUSLY HAD TO SAY NO 10 TIMES AND IT REALLY MADE ME FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE. THE LADY CALLED ME 3 DAYS LATER AND SAID THAT DUE COMPLICATIONS IN THE COMPANY, THEY WOULD HAVE TO CANCEL MY HAWAII PACKAGE AND LATER ON I WOULD BE ABLE TO REDEEM IT. THERE WERE NO PROMISE DATES JUST LIKE THAT CANCEL ON ME. BASICALLY AN IOU. WOW. WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS ARE THESE PEOPLE DOING? ITS SICK.
jenna

United States

#17 Jan 30, 2010
I think global exhange is a great company I love their points program very flexible and the extra vacations are wonderful we are very happy with our vacation ownership
Ning

Santa Rosa, CA

#18 Feb 2, 2010
Points program is great, but not with GEVC. So far, I couldn't book in anything. Very sneaky company. According to a real estate phone call, No one wants GEVC, the only way I can get rid of it is to donate. Anyone wants mine for 1/2 price? Please email me at [email protected]
Michael

Compton, CA

#20 Mar 30, 2010
If anyone knows of a possible way to get out of GEVC I would really appreciate it. They lied about so many things to us. Of course if I would have read everything in the contract I signed and understood it, I would have never done it. The sales people promised for $15,000 it is a lifetime membership with a $500 maintenance fee. That points can be used for airfare, cruises, excursions, car rental, everything. It was all basically lies. You can only use a very small percentage of your points for these things and it does not make it even worth it. I spend less money on a vacation by booking everything myself and not using RCI points at all. Total waste of money. RCI has a yearly renewal fee of $124.00 or it expires. Gevc said points roll over indefinitely. Not true, they disappear after 2 years if you don't use them and their if a fee if you don't use any at all. The more I learn about GEVC and RCI the more I cannot stand them. I tried to get out of it after 90 days and it was a no go. They said I could sell it no problem. Right, another lie. Timeshare sales companies tell me those things don't ever sell because it is not a physical property at all, it is air. Just points. Total Rip off, don't do it. You will never see your money again or get your money's worth. So if anyone knows a lawyer that can help me or any suggestions, I sure can use it. I filed a complaint with the BBB and they took GEVC's side because I signed the contract. The Better Business Bureau is worthless. I feel sorry for anyone in my predicament.
Ning

San Francisco, CA

#21 Mar 31, 2010
GEVC is a rip off business. I purchased GEVC points, signed the contract, the "gifts" to Hawaii and Las Vegas are worthless, expensive. GEVC booking window is restricted, must pay more when booking and no refund after 24 hrs. I tried to get rid of it. With a lawyer's help, I wrote a letter to GEVC and to nowhere. The only way out is surrender. May God help people see evil.
Not all timeshare are bad. I have a premium timeshare points with WorldMark Club for over 10 years. That is a real good timeshare company, you truly is the owner, find 2nd hand deal and enjoy.

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