Sundance Vacations/Dowd Marketing Informative - Sundance Vacations Sweepstakes Free Cruise
WILKES-BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA -- THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU HAS REVOKED SUNDANCE VACATIONS' BUSINESS ACCREDITATION!
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The following are the very restrictive terms and conditions required to use the Sundance Vacations "promotional cruise." In addition, that "promotional" cruise could ultimately cost you hundreds of dollars. More or equal to the costs that you would incur by booking the cruise on your own without all the detailed restrictions!
"This company is a FRAUD. I also got suckered into going down to pick up the free cruise I had been given as a 'gift.' Now, the customer service agent was correct in that they never use the word 'won'. It’s just a matter of wording to keep their scams on the border-line of legal. And I understood that I had to sit through an hour of a sales pitch. which I was fine with. What I was not fine with were the LIES that they had told me in advance about this free cruise.
LIE #1: I could go on the cruise at ANYTIME during the year. I was told repeatedly by the woman on the phone about how I could basically go whenever dates I wanted to, anytime during the next year. Well, that is a lie. When I received my vacation voucher, I looked at the fine print on the back page. You CANNOT use this cruise during the months of June, July, August, or any week of which there is a holiday.
LIE #2: If I didn't use the cruise, I could do with it whatever I wished. I could give it as a gift or sell it. The fact is, you CANNOT. It clearly states that the name of the trip is non-transferable and cannot be sold.
LIE #3: I was told airfare was included and that I could fly from my local airport. which is a major international airport. That isn't true. They tell you where to fly out of. For example, they mentioned Newark, New Jersey as a possibility. Plus, the fine print says it only includes 'base' airfare. I'm not even sure what the fine print is on base airfare.
LIE #4: I was told I would simply have to pay minor taxes on a trip which values at about 1, 200 dollars. Well, the taxes start at $225 dollars per person (35 percent tax???????) Plus, there are all kind of registration and booking fees on top of that.
LIE #5: I was specifically told on the phone I would even receive free gift cards to Applebee’s, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden if I came to the 5pm presentation. When I inquired about them, the girl gave me a funny look and told me that 'they didn't give them out anymore because people don't use them.' What??? I was told only the DAY BEFORE I would be getting them. So, they gave me this piece of paper and said to go eat somewhere (anywhere), attach the receipt to the paper, send a self addressed stamped envelope, and I could get up to 15 dollars for my meal. I'm not holding my breath. Bottom line, this company is a fraud. They told me out and out lies about the cruise just to get me in. They are very shrewd. They have people designed to search these very blogs just to tell you how wonderful they are. There is an old saying. 'Me thinks thou protests too much.' If someone has to over and over again tell you about all the awards they won and how great they are...makes you wonder why...doesn't it?????"
The following links will offer substantial information about Sundance Vacations and their sweepstakes giveaways used to induce the consumer to attend a $15,000 high pressure sales pitch for a vacation club membership. Copy & paste each URL into the Google search engine.
The following was posted by Gina, of Baltimore, MD. an ex-employee of Sundance Vacations. Here is the link to that post >>>
What Gina says:
"I am an ex- employee of TAN, or Travel Advantage Network. Everything negative that you are saying is true. They are a rip off and a scam. The salesmen make it look nice while they are giving you their sales pitch, but they don't tell you the whole truth. The resorts that they show you at the presentation are VIP resorts, or they could be VIP units. They don't show you what you will be getting if you sign up as a regular TAN client. The regular units, most of them suck and are out of date and dirty. I have walked through many of these units, and most of them are not clean and roach infested. The fees that they charge is also a lie. They tell you at the sales presentation that you can travel to anywhere you want for 99.00 dollars. Yeah, if you want to go the beach in the middle of January in 20 degree weather. This is considered non-peak season. For peak season you have to pay 30.00 extra per night, and also if you want to upgrade to a 2 or a 3 bedroom unit, you also pay 30.00 per night extra, per bedroom. If anyone is thinking about joining TAN, or Sundance Vacations, you need to think twice about it. I worked in customer service at TAN and I was a vacation reservationist and I had to deal with alot of angry people that felt they got ripped off, and they did. Don't think that you can't get your money back, because you can. I have seen it a million times. Don't give in. They will try to reduce your package so that your monthly payments are cheaper, don't do it because you will wind up paying the same, or more money for the package, because they add on more finance charges, and they stretch your loan time out to be longer. DONT DO IT PEOPLE, DONT JOIN TRAVEL ADVANTAGE NETWORK OR SUNDANCE VACATIONS, BECAUSE IT IS A SCAM, I WORKED THERE FOR 2 YEARS AND GOT FIRED BECAUSE I TOOK A CLIENT'S SIDE!!"