Vip Travel Reservations, Inc / free trips
This is my story...you guys are all idiot's, i got the the birthday card in the mail. called the phone # on it and got the company name, also checked out the company name on the card, VIP travel Reservations, Inc, it was a local company. I checked out both companies, and i don't mean on online blogs going by what other people assume, i checked out on BBB, AG, ARC, IATAN, chambers of commerce, and state of florida, I also went down there since it is a local company and asked point blank why they had bad feedback from so many people. You know what the manager i talked to said? well first she laughed but when she got done with that she told me they do not do any presentations, they do not have any other locactions or alias's (i knew this already because i checked out all the company records online w/ the state of florida) she said they can't do anything about the online complaints but that they weren't really concerned because there were less than 100 out there and they have close to 50, 000 customers, which mean about 1 out of every 500 are complaning and that a lot of those complaints are not even their customers because they never sent in the certificates they got, and about 80% weren't even really about VIP, that people just assume it's one big company, not realizing that there are 100's of timshare companies out there, that because VIP's name is on the cetificate that they did the presentation or are affiliated to the company that did. i asked her who is doing the presentation's? turns out they sell thousands of certificates to all differnt types of compaines. car dealerships, water filtration, mary kay, radio stations, and of course timeshare. she said they only ever get complaints about the certificates from the timeshare customers. i asked her why VIP lets the timeshare companies say they are "free" when the certifictes requires deposit's. she told me they their are 100's of companies that have them and it's pretty impossible to control what they tell people, that's why all the terms and conditions are on the certificates. customers should read them the second they are handed them. i asked what the deposit's are for? she said it covers reservations fees of $35.00 per person, taxes and fuel surcharge. I asked her about something i read about not flying close to a major holiday and she told me that airfare goes way up around major holidays and they would go bankrupt if they had to spend a $1, 000 per ticket to fly people. I understood that. at this point i'm thinking i can't complain about it when all i'm spending is 100 bucks for 2 tickets. now that i was armed with real knowledge, i called the # on the card and went to a presentation. lol! what a bunch of crap it was! timeshare salesmen are such liars, they didn't tell me anything correct. but i did my time and got the airfare cetificate and the car rental. i went back to VIP the next day and submitted my deposit with the forms, they handed me my request forms to pick my cities and dates, i filled them out right there, the girl at the front helped me. i even reread the terms on the request forms just to make sure nothing had changed, one thing had. on the airfare you now have to give a 60 day notice instead of 45. that was no big deal to me. gues what? i have already taken my trip. I flew from orlando, fl to las vegas, nv. I stayed oct 13th -oct 19th. I had an economy car with enterprise, it was a little 2 door kia. but all i paid was a a res fee of $25 buck and like $45 bucks for tax. I even got a print out at eneterprise just to double check the tax amount. my total cost not counting hotel i had VIP book for me in vegas. oh i forgot that part. since they are travel agents i had them book me in the jockey club. It was great! anyway my total cost to vip travel was $95 bucks in reservations fees and $98.05 in taxes (again i double checked the taxes with southwest) so in conclusion. It was worth it. Just follow the rules on each certificate. and don't listen to what other people are assuming, do your own homework!