I was deliberatly mislead into signing a contract with a travel club that in no way provides the dicounts to warrent the outlay of the membership fee.
On 09/05/2013 I attended a sales seminar at the Huntington Hilton presented by Colossal Consulting( A marketing company representing the travel company Saver Express. Saver Express is a vacation club that claims to give outstanding deals on vacations around the world. Some of the areas they proudly display during their presentation are cruises, hotels, airfare, timeshares, among many other things. during the presentation we were repeatedly shown examples of their savings as compared to Expedia and other bargain sites totaling 30% and higher. After having many questions answered I put the salesperson (***** *******) to the test and asked him to retrieve a price from their travel agents for a specific cruise and date. I used the cruise I had just been on as an example. Carnival Valor July XX XXXX out of San Juan. If I could compare the price he could give me and the price I could get through Carnival directly in real time then I would have proof to sway my one way or the other. Sure enough the sales person came through. I found the price for the specific date to be $349 pp. and he came through with $205 pp. a savings totaling $576 dollars for a family of 4. At this point based on the presentation and the price given, I felt secure that I could recoup the cost of the membership fee over approximately 4-5 years. My wife and I signed on and began planning vacations we would love to take now at our new deep discounted savings. The following day I contacted the Colossal consultant's travel liaison. We began working together on a trip to Las Vegas and a winter ski trip. She was very nice and very eager to help. She provided me with travel choices that although were very accommodating, only proved to have a 10-20 % savings. Its illogical to pay $4500 on top of a $100 annual fee only to save $100-$200 dollars annually. Conveniently, I was not yet given access to their website which I was told provided endless pages of unbelievable savings. I would have to wait past the refund grace period to access the site. As a result, I went back and forth with agents over seven days. As I felt that the savings were questionable, I asked the agent to provide me with the price originally asked for during the sales presentation. This time the savings was only 5%. But not even a 5% over the price given by carnival; This time it was a 5% savings over an inflated price. I would actually pay more to book it through saver express after handing them $4300 for Wholesale prices. I have no other choice than to believe that the sales person blatantly lied to us when retrieving the price over the phone. I have proof of this because I made sure I reserved the cruise through carnival on the exact same day as I received the quote from saver express as proof. Carnival does not email a price quote so I made an actual reservation. They are both for the exact same date, ship, and cabin. I received email confirmations from both. I am comparing apples to apples. Furthermore this website they tout as the answer to our dreams couldn't be the furthest thing from the truth. I found that not only does it run incredibly slow but it is merely a site that redirects you to other sites for savings. Other sites that I could access merely by doing a search on Yahoo. Condo direct, Interval international, to name a few. When I asked about the website I was told that although I am redirected, I am given special member privileges on these other sites. So far, almost all the inquires I've made have resulted in "no accommodations available for that date". The 6 requests that did go through returned with either no savings or just a small percentage. The sad part about this whole thing is that I really wanted this to work out if I was only given what I was told I would get. I am still waiting for a request on 2 vacations I asked for 2 weeks ago. I have email confirmation of the open ticket on this.
I would like a full refund and the the airline tickets I was promised
In response to Mr *********'s complaint. Mr ********* purchased his membership with Saver Express on Sept 5, 2013. On Sept 6, 2013, he received a welcome call from our New Member Liaison. During this call he indicated he would like to make plans to travel to Las Vegas in October and plan a ski trip to Pennsylvania in Feb. He also indicated he would like to receive communication via email. On Sept 7, 2013 we emailed him 4 different Las Vegas properties packaged with airfare for his desired dates. On Sept 8, 2013, we emailed pricing for 5 additional Las Vegas packages. On Sept 9, 2013, We emailed information about 5 different 2 bedroom condos at $759.99 per week available for his February ski trip. On Sept 10, he requested 5 hotel rooms and Massachusetts that we provided pricing for a couple of weekends away. Every quote was provided directly from Saver Express's website or from a Saver Express Travel Concierge and all provided during his rescission period. Mr ********* never indicated he was unhappy with any of the pricing and seemed quite pleased.
In the travel industry, pricing is constantly changing. A quote, especially with cruising and airfare can change daily based on supply and demand. We at Colossal Consulting feel that we went above and beyond to provide Mr ********* with immediate service. Also part of Mr *********'s contract with Saver Express is the Apples to Apples program that ensures that he is always getting the best pricing not only for his vacations, but also the other 3 families on his plan. We also find it interesting he doesn't mention all of the other vacations that we provided pricing for and that his membership includes 3 other families that he elected to include to use his membership that will also be saving every time they travel. We are also confused as to why, when he has obviously sent and received emails from us, why this is the first time we are hearing of his complaint.
Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
This response makes no mention of the deception of the sales person in his price quote. Nor the fact that I emailed the supervisor at saver express the confirmation that I reserved a vacation for less than what they could give it to me for. They do mention that they provided me with numerous price quotes. This is very true because none of the prices they gave were discounted enough to warrant a reservation. Logic would dictate that if the prices were worth taking advantage of then I would book something to recoup the cost of the membership fee and yet I was forced to keep digging for deals that aren't there