Us airlines ticket scam

May 4th, 2012, 04:23 PM
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Us airlines ticket scam

I saw posts from 2011 for this topic but nothing recent. I live in northwest Illinois and today received a letter from us airlines saying I qualified for 2 round trip tickets. I am wondering if anyone has called the company and what they are really about. My envelope appeared to have my information hand written in blue ink but after looking closer I realized this was printed on the envelope to look hand written. It had no return address but what is the MOST ODD is the fact that there are no. Markings on the envelope from the post office, meaning this was put in my mailbox by someone local and not by the post office.
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May 4th, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Call customer service at USAir and see if they know anything about it.
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May 4th, 2012, 04:46 PM
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Your first hint this is a scam is that there is no "US Airlines" in the US. The company you think it is is US Airways.

You can read a lot about this scam at http://www.fodors.com/community/air-...cationscam.cfm
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May 4th, 2012, 05:46 PM
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I just got one last week. It ended up in the recycle bin.
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May 9th, 2012, 04:40 PM
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Bulk rate mail often has no markings on it (no postmark, etc.).
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May 10th, 2012, 11:46 AM
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I didn't get any in mail, only in e-mail - several times!
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Jun 24th, 2012, 09:04 AM
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Saw the long email chain about this last year. Got a similar invitation from US Airlines. Went to their event yesterday here in Portland OR with my wife. Turns out US Airlines is a marketing company that works with various travel buying clubs.

In this case, it was a company based in Charleston S.C. called Vacation Inspirations. They have a website (www.vacationinspirations.com)where you can get more detail on how they work, but, basically like Costco, they buy travel stuff (lodging, cruises, etc.) in bulk or at wholesale and then remarket it to their members (they claim to have 42,000) at a discount.

This is aimed at people who like to travel a lot and can afford it: there is an upfront fee of $7K-9K (depending on whether you sign up on the day of the event) to join and a $199 annual member fee! I don't travel a lot nor can afford that kind of fee but I suppose if you do travel and have the money, you might end up breaking even after 3-5 years depending on where, when and how often you use their discounts.

Of course, they are also betting that -- because of age, divorce, job loss or such -- you will not use your benefits extensively and so they will make more money. And conversely, there's no guarantee that they'll be around in five years either.

As for the free tickets, they can afford them because they generally get about 40% of the couples that come to the event to sign up -- so at just the one event we went to yesterday (and there were five of them), they signed up 3-4 couples at $7k each. If you do the math, they can afford to give tickets to the other half a dozen couples who like us, came and didn't sign.

There was no hard sell, no request for confidential data. They looked at our drivers license and a credit card when we came in but didn't retain the data. We left with a coupon that we need to mail in within 30 days to get vouchers for travel within the next year. (Yes, there are blackout dates.)

My wife wants to use them for a trip in September, and trust me, I will be sure to repost here and file a complaint with the state AG office if they are bogus but I'm thinking they probably are legit now that I understand how these guys make the money to pay for them.

My sense is the marketing part is intentionally confusing because they really don't want a lot of "lookie-lous" like us who are really only interested in the tickets.

Worst case, we spent two hours for nothing.
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Jun 24th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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Kevkas,

I was wondering why you showed them your credit card and driver's license. That is a request for confidential data. Not trying to give you a hard time - just saying that sounds uncomfortable.

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Jun 25th, 2012, 08:48 AM
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>>>There was no hard sell, no request for confidential data. They looked at our drivers license and a credit card when we came in but didn't retain the data<<<

Since when is your DL and credit card not confidential?

>>>As for the free tickets<<<

The tickets aren't free if you are having to pay a membership fee and put down "up front" money.

The Better Business Bureau lists it as a scam.
http://cjonline.com/news/2012-04-22/...ne-ticket-scam
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:45 PM
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I received 1 today with the phone number 866-955-4102. I am in Florida supposed award notification final notice. 1st there is no US Airlines. You will book a trip and 100% will cancel beforehand. But everyone will make sure u attention the "timeshare meeting" which they say its not on the notice. The want to hold your reservation with 2 forms of ID Passport, license or SSI # which is to steal your identity. They do say we absolutely don't need a deposit or any credit card info. Yea by they will white u clean later. Consumer beware
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Mar 17th, 2013, 06:41 AM
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The scam is still going. My wife called me at work the other day, excited because she received a notice in the mail from US Airlines telling her that she had just won free tickets but had to reserve the tickets right away or the offer would expire. Since I handle all our travel planning and arrangements, she does not keep up with these things, so she did at least check with me before calling them. It is scary how close she came to actually making the call and giving them the information. She is not dumb and not normally naive, but she almost fell for this scam.
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Mar 18th, 2013, 09:20 PM
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I live in Alaska and received the notification also that I was getting 2 round trip tickets to anywhere, but had to confirm by the 27th of this month. But when I called the 1-866-# it went to voicemail after ringing about 30 times. Then I was asked to leave a message . From the reply I think this company is F.O.S . . Like one person said free is free
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