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Worldwide Travel, Valencia Ca.
Flat Out Scam and Fraud
26th of Jun, 2012 by tom henderson
Worldwide Travel, of Valencia Ca. sent me a postcard promising a FREE round trip airfare for two to anywhere in the 48 states, plus 3 days/2 nights hotel. I specifically asked if we could stay a wk at our destination, using the air tix, and was told "Oh, sure, but you will have to pay for the additional days." I, like an idiot, I took my wife and listened to their canned spiel. After it was over, they had us sit down at a small table in a cubicle with a rookie salesman. We didnt bite on the $10K hook, so we were offered a "right now deal" of $8K. I asked for written brochures detailing what I would get for the $$, he said just a minute. Then a slicker and more experienced "take-over" guy with lotsa bling sits down and tries again. I didnt budge. So he makes a final, right now offer of $4000. Still didnt bite. They move us to another table to get our "free voucher". Then another take-over guy tries to sell us for $1600. I dont bite, so he gives us the voucher. I read it just now. We must send $49x2 via money order only, and by certified mail only, to a "Personal Mail Box" address (at a UPS Store) in Ft Meyers Fla. The voucher names about 30 cities. I need to designate TWO desired cities, at least 60 days in advance, depart on a Monday or Tuesday and return on a Wednesday or Thursday of the same wk; must make your first request at least 60 days in advance, and there must be at least 45 days between your next and subsequent requests, as travel on requested dates may not be available. If you ask to depart on a Monday and return on a Thursday, that will violate the terms, as will departing on a Tuesday and returning on a Wednesday. Must be (3) days and (2) nights, the former is considered 4 days and 4 nights, the latter is 2 & 1. And get this: They have a list of (16) conditions- or hoops to jump thru and #12 says "ALL BOOKINGS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF BAYVIEW INCENTIVES' ALLOTMENTS. WHEN B.I. ALLOTMENTS ARE FULL; B.I. RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT ITINERARY. FLIGHT SCHEDULES AND DESTINATIONS ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE BOOKING AGENT. B.I. RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS WITHOUT NOTICE. " And the last sentence of condition #6. says: "ANY TRAVEL REQUEST FORMS WHICH VIOLATE AND OF THE TERMS, CONDITIONS, AND/OR CONDITIONS WILL CANCEL OR VOID THE OFFER.." So, if you accidentally request dates that dont fit their template EXACTLY, then you forfeit the voucher. Or if you request a departure or a return date that happens to fall within 7 days of a holiday (which are never named), then bingo, you loose. I would bet that 19/20 rubes that send in the $100 never take the trip. The trip people will be "assigned" will be for dates and cities that were not of their choosing. Point being, nothing is free. And this has scam written all over it. This "free offer" is anything but! I am glad I spent zero, but am not happy about wasting my time.
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3316 days ago by Shots
we wasted 90 minutes at a WWT presentation meeting recently...
it seemed shady...to say the least...didn't bite on the sales bs...
and i would like to thank this site and others like it for saving
us $100 on the airfare...hotel...and dining scam ! There are indeed too many
restrictions...terms...and negative aspects of their vouchers to
deem them useable...and the certified check in certified mail??
sheesh!!
anything that seems too good to be true...usually is!
WWT in long beach ca. and bayview incentives in florida SHOULD be
prosecuted (or at LEAST investigated) by the "authorities"...but who knows...in this day and age
perhaps our "law enforcement agencies" are in on it and getting a cut too!
thanks for the heads up!

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