BBB Warns of Travel Club Scam

The Better Business Bureau is warning vacationers to be wary of joining 'travel clubs' and redeeming 'vacation certificates'.

North Texas consumers recently received a mail piece touting 8 days and 7 nights cruise for 2 on Norwegian Cruise Lines. When you call the number to redeem your prize, you are scheduled to attend a 'vacation club' presentation hosted by International Travel Solutions at several local hotels. At the end of the presentation, the cruise voucher that lured you to the presentation is offered through a separate company by the name of Travel Select Rewards. The BBB in Arizona is not currently rating the business due to the high volume of recent complaints. 

The BBB offers the following tips:

· Check 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 and the three day cooling off rule did apply in this situation;

· 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 conceal their identity or are vague with the details. This could be a sign of a fly-by-night distributor;