KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -- Product/Service involved: Travel Club SeaLand Travel, 20,000 hotels & motels, up to 65% off, Condos up to 75% off by the day or week with hundreds of thousands of weeks to choose from. No fee air ticketing, Discount Cruises: up to 50% off, Discount tours, packages and all inclusive's. Up to 50% off on: Amusement theme parks and tourist attractions, golf, skiing, snowboarding, camping. Discounted cars, motor homes. Discounted houseboat rentals. 24 hr. worldwide concierge service. Consumer benefits: Restaurant/movie theater/automotive/health beauty, aids discounts. Weekly newsletter with hundreds of specials: Condos, cruises, hotels, and vacation packages. Commission rebates of 5% to 12%.
Complaint Description: High pressure sales tactics to mislead us about travel club services. False advertisement. ON 14 Aug 2009 my wife and I attend an presention in Gulf Shores, Al. We were offered a free vacation to attend. (Received this in the mail). We didn't do any research before we went because we were NOT going to sign up/buy and anything. The presentation (Destinations Unlimited) was for a Travel Club (SeaLand Travel). We ended up joining the club for $8593 paying by credit card.
When we got home we found of that Destinations Unlimited and Sealand Travel had many complaints and law suits against them. BB rated F for Destinations Unlimited and D for SeaLand Travel. The airline tickets, hotel accommodations, gasoline and $300 grocery coupons we were offered to attend a presentation were not free. We would have to pay $100 plus taxes and other fees. We found that the travel restrictions were so onerous that the trips are virtually impossible to schedule.
We were promised travel value for pennies on the dollar and at the lowest prices for travel. However, after doing a little research we found out that other customers discovered that they could have booked the same trips for approximately the same prices. The Club promises of significant discounts on cruises, air travel, hotels and condominiums proved no better than competing travel companies' deals. They have used various names: Royal Palm Travel, Bon Voyage, Suncountry, Horizon, Beachcomber, Castaway, Infinite Vacations according to my research.
Missouri Attorney General's website has listed 12 complaints against Destinations Unlimited and 2 against SeaLand Travel. Texas Attorney General has charged Infiniti Vacations for Deceptive Trade Practices. Destinations Unlimited - Gulf Shores, Al. Ph 251-948-5013 No Web. Destinations Unlimited- Denver, CO.
PH 1-886-502-2913 www.visitdestinationsunlimited.com. Sealand Travel-Kansas City, MO. 1-866-571-3694
DALLAS, TEXAS -- I ran into this group using the name SeaLand Travel. They were working out of an office in the Galleria but the company headquarters is supposed to be in Missouri. We were lured in by a slick sales pitch that offered us two free tickets to anywhere in the Continental U.S. for 90 minutes of our time. It sounded too good to be true and it was. After the presentation, the high pressure sales begin. You spend $8999.99 today and only $199 every year after that. We said we were not interested and our salesperson excused himself. Then another one took his place and started a new tack.
He offered us a deal where we could pick up a membership that had been defaulted on for only $3226. It had all the benefits but we could get it because we were such wonderful people. When we said no again, we got another sales representative. He lowered the price again. We went through more than hour of this with a total of FIVE sales reps explaining to us why we were fools to pass up this great offer.
Of course, each one offered us a lower price. These were the same people that had already sold $9000 memberships to other couples in the room. And we were supposed to trust them?! We finally insisted on leaving and were given our "free" tickets. They were, in fact, highly-restricted travel vouchers that will cost us at least $100 to use. RUN, don't walk, if contacted by these con artists!
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -- My husband and I received a postcard invitation to attend a seminar about travel discounts and were guaranteed free gas, airline tickets and groceries just for attending... The high pressured sales and unbelievable discounts on travel, especially to other countries, was very convincing, and I am afraid that we fell for it.
The first quote of $8900 was too steep for us, but the salesman kept going down on his price when he remembered that he got One Travel deal back from someone who could not pay, and he would allow us to buy that one for $3000. We dreamed of traveling to Egypt, Italy... and around the world in our retirement. We were told that our membership would not be effective for 3 days, and now we know why. That was the fine print for refunds... 3 days.
We have not used the membership one time... The grocery/gas we were promised went bankrupt, so we never got that... and the airline tickets were never received either. The DEALS that we find, are no better than any deal we could get for ourselves on the internet. These scams need to be stopped. I have filed with the Attorney General, but hope to help someone else or find others to help us in our fight to get our money back.