vacation getaway certificates-hoax or no?

Feb 13th, 2008, 11:28 AM
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vacation getaway certificates-hoax or no?

We were given a certificate for a vacation getaway from a realtor friend of ours. It offers 3-4 night stays in various cities( Palm Springs, Vegas, Orlando, Charleston among others). It specifically states that there is no timeshare presentation or sales pitch involved. You send $15 and receive a certificate for 3-4 nights "deluxe hotel accomodations" to be used within one year. All travel and room taxes are your responsibility. I'm wondering about the definition of "deluxe accomodations" -- has anyone ever done this?
The address is Vacation Getaways in Dublin, Georgia and they are BBB members, for what that's worth. I've been to the website and it looks OK- just wondering if anyone has actual experience with this.
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Feb 13th, 2008, 11:51 AM
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Please explain how you could get 3-4 nights in a deluxe (or any other) hotel for $15. Who's paying the rest? The only person making out in this deal is the one collecting the $15.
Feb 13th, 2008, 11:55 AM
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No matter what they say this IS a timeshare trap.
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Feb 13th, 2008, 11:59 AM
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I agree with jette, it's almost certain that at some point you'll be given a "short presentation" touting the multiple advantages of "shared vacation property ownership" (see, they told you it wasn't a simple timeshare) or similar. Lying about it is second nature to these people, I'm afraid.

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Feb 13th, 2008, 12:19 PM
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If you want to know more, see:

This is Dublin California, not Georgia.

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Feb 13th, 2008, 12:48 PM
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From reading the website, the realtor paid $99 to be able to print off these certificates. He/She then gets $3-$6 per certificate redeemed.

It also says that no timeshare presentation is required, but nothing else. I got an offer like this once and all I had to do was attend a high-pressure kitchen supply presentation. See? Not a timeshare
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Feb 13th, 2008, 04:30 PM
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Yes - it is a hoax.

Either they collect the money from you and then never have availability at any time you want - or they do let you go - put you up at a Motel 6 ("deluxe" has no legal meaning) and force you to listen to some sales pitch (probably buying property).
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Feb 13th, 2008, 09:25 PM
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Terric, if this was given to you by a Realtor who you say is a friend, ask your friend about this. And may I suggest that you not confuse a business acquaintance versus a friend. Anyway I know nothing about your certificate but I know a lot of Realtors and I have never heard about this. But don't forget the old adage "if it sounds to good to be true it is". Best regards.
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Feb 13th, 2008, 09:36 PM
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Just a (perhaps cynical) opinion....there is no such thing as getting something (worhwhile) for nothing!
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Feb 13th, 2008, 11:21 PM
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This sounds like a scam my friend got caught in...The room is free, but you will have to fly using their travel agents, and the cost of the flight will be about 3 times the normal fare.
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Feb 14th, 2008, 04:31 AM
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Thanks everyone- I was thinking too good to be true, as well. it's in the trash as we speak!
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Feb 14th, 2008, 05:48 AM
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I would also stay away from that realtor friend. They are using you for their own benefit. Not nice.
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