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Global Discovery Vacations - Overpromising / lack of value

Posted: 2014-07-14 by    tomcat3333
Complaint Rating:  100 % with 2 votes
Global Discovery Vacations (GDV) is a travel company, or club, that offers a variety of services. To join, you have to attend a 90-minute presentation (and rceive a number of incentives) and pay a fee. I believe their starting price was $10K or more, but by the time we negotiated on a lesser package, it was $3, 500.
For this you can book a week-long vacation in a timeshare at many locations around the country. There's an annual fee of $389, and then you pay $149 for the week. They also have heavily discounted weeks available in off-season for a lot less, like $69 a week.
We have...

Global Discovery Vacations - Watch Out

Posted: 2012-07-23 by    weinsteigern
Complaint Rating:  85 % with 13 votes
If you are considering enrolling into Global Discovery Vacations, please reconsider. My ex-fiance enrolled and then filed bankruptcy and now somehow I am stuck with almost 3, 000 to pay. Of my monthly payment of $50.00, only $22.00 goes towards the principle balance. There is a new "finance charge" of $28.41 added each month on top of my monthly balance. The interest rate is outlandish and they will not allow me to cancel, even though I have never once used this product. I've been paying for almost three years and I cannot stand to see $50.00 go nowhere each month. It is not even paying a balance....

Global Discovery Vacations - Ohio - can't get where you want or the dates

Posted: 2011-10-04 by    like fighting to the death to get a vaca
Complaint Rating:  89 % with 18 votes
i have been a member since 2003, and have been a concienge member for quite a few years, which allowes me to book a vacation 13 months ahead, and I still cannot book the place and date i want. giving them 6 weeks leaway. It is like a fight to the death. it was ok for a while and then it started to get really bad. I sent in a request in june of 2011 for july of 2012, and then they call you with a totaly different property, so i called my agent and told her no, i did not want the property, had to leave a message, of course, so it is now october 2011 and i had not heard from her so i e-mailed her,...

Global Discovery Vacations - Disappointed & Embarrassed

Posted: 2011-09-06 by    flossiehannah
Complaint Rating:  92 % with 13 votes
My husband and I have been members of Global Discovery Vacation Club for more than a year now and we still haven't paid even half of the $3700 that we signed up for. The interest rate is ridiculous and we don't even have anything to show for our frustration.

The free trip that we were given for showing up at the presentation never materialized. The resorts we wanted to visit were never available at the time we needed.

I am more than a little bit embarrassed to have been taken in this way. I should have known better and not believed 50% of what they were selling....

Global Discovery Vacations - MISREPRESENTERS

Posted: 2011-09-02 by    regeit
Complaint Rating:  100 % with 2 votes
We went to a presentation for the incentives and liked the concept, but we didn't buy. I like to investigate on my own first. Sure glad I waited. The incentives we were supposed to get were not as represented. If they lie about the small stuff, what do you think will happen after they get your money. Don't get into bed with these guys unless you like getting screwed....

Global Discovery Vacations - Terrible Customer Service

Posted: 2011-08-31 by    mspradling
Complaint Rating:  80 % with 10 votes
Have only booked one vacation but every time I call the membership hotline I get forwarded to a VM and it takes at least a day to answer any questions I might have. Plus the majority of the paperwork that they give you is chalked full of BS making it difficult to find any kind of relevant information. So it wasn't surprising that I didn't realize that you have to sign up a second time to use the concierge service until less than two weeks before my vacation. Well it apparently takes 7-10 business days to get your membership activated - fat lot of good that does me now. When I called and...

Global Discovery Vacations - Huge scam

Posted: 2011-08-04 by    GarfV
Complaint Rating:  79 % with 19 votes
Global Discovery Vacations promises no less than 3 Star stays at condos globally (resort areas - not major cities) for a membership fee that is far less than buying a time share, but still thousands of dollars. We thought with a family of five that this would be a great way to travel to interesting places without having to pay resort prices. The problem is that these condos are not what they promised. We used our membership to stay at Club Cala des Palmas in Puerto Rico for our first trip. Our room was old, filthy, moldy. Everything was chipped, the grout on the tiled floors looked like they'd...

Global Discovery Vacations - FRAUD!

Posted: 2011-06-27 by    oster01
Complaint Rating:  86 % with 7 votes
We too have been defrauded by this company-seems our salesman forgot to mention the part about the website only showing "examples" of places to go to-too bad they only show one place!! And then they want me to pay in advance for this ridiculous vacation. Plus th3e customer service dept, is very snotty and short with you when you complain.We need to stop them, I will take the advice of others and complain to the Federal Trade commission, did complain to BBB in Kanasas but that got me nowhere. Hope to see them close up shop soon and take their bait and switch sales approach to the poor house!...

Global Discovery Vacations - Stay away

Posted: 2011-06-23 by    cmorejon3
Complaint Rating:  93 % with 15 votes
I guess i am one of the many who got this contract signed up with this company. I triEd to get one of their "Expressways" weeks in gatlinburg and they told me no cabins in the state of Tn available, however I googled and ther are tons of cabins available for the week i needed it. Then they quoted me a vehicle rental for $1000.00 approx and i did it on line for $848.00!!!. The certificate I got for my so called free 1/wk cruise at the very bottom said in small print it had to be redeemed in 21 days which are over already! Also they are only opened from Mon-Midday Sat only. i am very dissappointed,...

Global Discovery Vacations - Florida - Unhappy with service and would like to get out of our contract

Posted: 2011-06-05 by    JulianK
Complaint Rating:  100 % with 19 votes
We are very un-happy with GDV and feel that everything we were told in the sales pitch was a lie. We were told that we could travel all over the world, hardly true it seems they have a few places mostly in the US and S. America. Told we could use two of our weeks if we wanted to book on short notice or during peak season, we couldn't find a place in Florida until next year no matter how many points we wanted to use. Worst of all we were told we got a discount on your membership because someone had just sold their membership back, yet after looking into the company after foolishly signing the...

Global Discovery Vacations - The free vacation offered with signing up with Global Discovery Vacations is a rip-off

Posted:    Forehmier
Complaint Rating:  80 % with 5 votes
The free vacation offered with signing up with Global Discovery Vacations is a rip-off. Global Discovery Vacations knows this and says it is all Celebrity Productions fault. We paid our $70 for both the cruise and free airline tickets. We recieved neither. Calls on the phone are never answered. After many months and many attempts to get get what I was promised. We are out $140 out, wasted multiple hours trying to get what was promised and ended up extremely mad and frustrated. In the end we just gave up. Global Discovery should make good on our loss and Celebrity Productions should be investigated....

Global Discovery Vacations - They open offices up under various names and don't follow through with their promises

Posted:    Knowit
Complaint Rating:  50 % with 6 votes
They have an office in utah called global travel network.they open offices up under various names and don't follow through with their promises. Good luck getting anywhere or even getting a call returned....

Global Discovery Vacations - I fear we got ripped off

Posted:    Takovane
Complaint Rating:  83 % with 6 votes
Your Scottsdale, AZ office has been closed and the phones are shut off as well. Your Kansas office phone does not work nor does the 800 membership phone number. We paid $5K for a package and fear we got ripped off as other customers claim....

Global Discovery Vacations - $200 charge in our account for not following the policy

Posted:    Couldoyu
Complaint Rating:  50 % with 2 votes
We actually joines 3 years ago and have booked 1 vacation a year, we recently stayed at Beso Del Sol where ROBIN HASSLER booked us knowing I had an 18month old staying with me. They then tried to throw us out into the streets the 2nd night of our family vacation all 7 of us, because of age restrictions. Finally they did not call us back so we stayed thinking all was well until we got home and there was a $200 charge in our account for not following the policy, they theyu ignored when ROBIN HASSLER booked us!...

Global Discovery Vacations - I would like to get out of the membership

Posted:    Amelia
Complaint Rating:  93 % with 14 votes
First of all I like to ask for Eric Stout direct phone number and 2nd how long in advance do you usually gave them? How about when you used your express line? What's the point of having an EXPRESS LINE when there's nothing available anyway. My bf and I just has a problem booking to O'ahu Hawaii for Nov.09. I believe this is an off peak reason but yet they don't have anything available for us. We has became a member last 2 weeks (Aug.26, 09) Right after they gave us our member I.D. We requested for Nov. in O'ahu. We called and all they can say is "nothing is available that...

Global Discovery Vacations - Please do not waste your money with these people

Posted:    Beautiful24
Complaint Rating:  100 % with 8 votes
We joined several months ago, and have not been able to book any vacation. We have documented several pages of back and forth communications and efforts to get our money back. Our story seems like many others. We are out the money and probably will never use this company for a vacation. Please do not waste your money with these people....

Global Discovery Vacations - Ohio, Cincinnati - Junk &rewards&

Posted:    klfd
Complaint Rating:  83 % with 18 votes
Received certificates as a reward for joining this travel club. All have been worthless so far.<br />
1. "Free" cruise - All dates are "high season" so extra charge. Never have a "base" cabin, so an extra fee is required for an "upgraded" one. <br />
2. "Free" Vacation for two - had to mail in a registration for this. I mailed it in 5 days before the deadline. They claimed it came in 2 days after the deadline. ( I know the US mail isn't always perfect, but 7 DAYS!!! PLEASE.) Scammed out of that too....

Global Discovery Vacations - Not very happy with joining this company

Posted:    Stihkl
Complaint Rating:  93 % with 14 votes
Join this company about 3-5 months ago and I'm not very happy, went on line to request a vacation was told no spot available for this time frame have to request at least a year in advance, next joke the customer service wasn't good held on the phone for 15 mins then was hung up on(guess they were tired). Now I'm going too try one more time for Atlantic City for July and see what will happen and to think I sold my timeshare for this. ONe thing the sell force is good at telling good stories....

Global Discovery Vacations - Not a very easy way to find what you are looking for

Posted:    Geed
Complaint Rating:  93 % with 14 votes
I have been a member for almost a year and have a very difficult time finding member #'s and finding out how to book any vacations or look to see where they are. This is not a very easy way to find what you are looking for. For the cost it should be real easy to just sign online and look for deals you want. Has anyone any ideas or suggestions to find things easier. So far am not too happy and still paying......

Global Discovery Vacations - Scammed

Posted:    Shhje
Complaint Rating:  88 % with 295 votes
All I can say is I'm both sorry and elated to find individuals like myself that were scammed for travel services by Global Discovery Vacations. This company is a total consumer ripoff. How dare anyone of this company, at whatever satellite office they have moved into this month, even try to defend what this company is selling. All of your stories on-line sound so familiar to what has happened to my husband and I. This company couldn't be more of a joke.

They start by calling you on the phone stating you have a free trip (usually 2 nights, 3days) with a choice of 5 or 6 places...

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