Bookvip's reply to:

Bookvip - If it looks too GOOD to be true, it usually is!

Dear Lorna,

Thank you for your valuable feedback. BookVIP will send over 500,000 customers on our promotional packages worldwide this year. We are the leading provider of promotional packages in the world.

Our special promotional packages are sponsored by the resorts and the rooms are discounted up to 77% from the retail rate because the resort is subsidizing the room in exchange for your time during the resort preview.

In the case of your reservation, the allotment of special promotional packages at the Berkley Las Vegas was exceeded so we upgraded you to their sister resort the Grandview which is actually ranked much higher on Trip Advisor #147 vs #49 for no additional cost. Had you not agreed to the upgraded resort change, you would have received a FULL refund.

I am very proud in the fact BookVIP is the leading provider of promotional packages, and has more video testimonials from happy customers than any other travel website in the world! http://www.bookvip.com/sitereviews
LREDD2017
2.0

If it looks too GOOD to be true, it usually is! If it looks too GOOD to be true, it usually is!

Go with your gut instinct. Consumer BEWARE! DO NOT PURCHASE ONE OF THESE VACATION DEALS! If you do you, Purchase at your own risk!

There is a slight 7.8% chance you’ll be one of the lucky consumers who actually gets a good vacation deal with minimal inconveniences. To the other 92.2% take decisive action to help ensure other consumers are not “snared into” this well-organized and sophisticated unethical business operation. Consumer Narrative So, it happens that you come across advertisement for a GREAT vacation deal (4 Days and 3 nights) to some beautiful Resort USA or International, right? Step #1- “Their Business Operation- “They are good…… they are really Good!” You specifically request certain dates, then check to see if those dates are available; and (oh yeah), they just happen to be available.

Note, their reservation system will not allow you to book dates which aren’t available. You set your expected dates, and here comes: SNARE #1 (What happens next-their reoccurring theme with most consumers!) Consumer Beware! You get an URGENT email where Book VIP tells you to call back into their Reservation Center. On the other end of the line is their well-trained BookVIP representative who reads their script to you; the just of the script is; the resort you booked is ALL filled up, and they must place you at another resort.

You tell them that that’s not possible, because the reservation system on-line will not let me book dates which aren’t available. Does this sound familiar to your experience too? Do Not Take: Snare #2- To re-book your reservation to another location, you didn’t want in the first place. Do Not Take: Snare #3- Actual attempt to go to the vacation destination you never wanted to book, but felt you had no other alternative left, with their NO REFUND policy.

The Definition of a Scam is: 1. A Fraudulent or Deceptive Act or Operation 2. Deceive, Defraud 3. To obtain (as money) by a scam If you find yourself a victim of this sophisticated business operation.

Here are a couple things you can do. You can try to prevent this from happening to other unsuspecting consumers. I mean, “you knew” this sounded a little too good to be true (right), yeah OK, BUT Nobody expected to premeditatedly be ripped off by a scam business operation! What we can do!

#1 www.bookvipreviews.com Go to this website and file your complaint. Here are some statistics for this www.bookvipreviews.com website. There were as of November 2014, 10,983 views. I’m sure that number has increased since April 2017.

Best case scenario is 1,000’s of consumers might get a “heads up” before dealing with this company. There is only “1 good thing” going for the website(www.bookvipreviews.com), and that is a lot of consumers read the reviews placed at the website. So, let’s get the word out about this unethical company. Here are MORE statistics for www.bookvipreviews.com: Issues Resolved: 5 Company Responses: 176 Consumer Complaints: 254 Customer Testimonials: 77 In Reference to: Company Responses (176): Most of the company responses are solely from some “real live animated character”, james@bookvip.com, that states he is the Owner.

He makes “No Apologies” for the company’s many different methods of unethical operations. He thinks he is somehow doing the unsuspecting consumers a favor when he reads and responds to the many horror stories as consumers write in and voice their complaints. His attitude resonates with yeah, so you got ripped off (prove it), what are you complaining about. You got your vacation!

There were (77) customer testimonials, out of (254) Consumer Complaints-(Consumer Complaints that we KNOW of any way!). The issues resolved with this company were (5). The main thing to note here I, “a lot of consumers read the complaints”! It will help to get the word out about the company’s unethical practices.

#2 Leave a complaint here too as well: ABC News: Brian Ross: Scams, Schemes and Gimmicks Investigative Team Do You Have a Lead for the Brian Ross Investigative Unit? http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/mailform?id=13942252 If enough people voice their concern over the bad ethics of this business operation (www.book.vip) more consumers will BEWARE of this company and avoid the horrible snare, “That leaves a bad taste in your mouth for months”, after transacting any type of business with this company.

I didn’t like
Dishonesty
Reason of review
Problems with payment
Review #1031667 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Testimonial

We have had a great time at the Omni Cancun...we cant stay enough good things about Omni & BookVIP!

We booked this package through BookVIP and were a little skeptical at first at the savings but glad we did! We loved the cleanliness in room and throughout resort, friendly staff, especially at the Pina Grill with our great waiters, Jose and Antonio, thank you for treating us like friends, that remembered our favorite table and entrees' & drinks!

All restaurants were excellent in quality and presentation!

Our lounge server Ismael kept up with our group of 8 - great job! So, we are super happy with our vacation!

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Testimonial
Reason of review
Good quality
Review #1032744 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Testimonial

We wanted to thank BookVIP for amazing trip to Costa Rica where we saved over $1500

Secrets Papagayos is a wonderful intimate village. The staff is first class and offer excellent service.

The food is very good. The views are great and the water is welcoming. Eduardo was our concierge assistant and he helped us in every way. The stone massage at the spa was the best I have ever experienced.

We loved Seafood Grill and the Italian restaurant, Portofino's. The bar offered couches to read and to relax and good drink service. The gift shop was worthwhile and found some good sales.

The coffee shop and the staff were wonderful and it was fun to have a coffee and Bailey's on vacation. I would return here for total relaxation and pampering!

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Testimonial
Reason of review
Good quality
Review #1032742 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Testimonial

Hi, Wards here! We just finished our vacation in Acapulco, booked with BookVIP! We thought is was too good to be true, thought it was a scam, but we were wrong!

The staff at the Mayan Palace Acapulco are the warmest people on Earth. While our Spanish is minimal at best every person greets you with a smile and covers their heart so you never feel a communication gap.

Hector the bellman was such an attentive and accommodating help to us.

You need to stay here!!! Thanks again BookVIP!

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Testimonial
Reason of review
Good quality
Review #1032740 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Bookvip's reply to:

Bookvip - Vacation Package Booking Review

Dear Debbie,

We appreciate all feedback.

All of our special promotional packages are based on availability. The demand for your first resort choice was overwhelming and exceeded the allotment for the dates you selected.

You were notified of the allotment issue as soon as we were notified of same by the resort and you agreed to change your resort.

You agreed to change your resort to the Silverton and BookVIP gave you a $50 refund for the inconvenience (not a price difference).

It disappointing that your expectations were not met upon arrival at the resort and order to compensate you for following short, you received a free 4 day / 3 night US vacation,

We have an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau, send over 100,000 people on vacation per year and have more customer video reviews than any other travel site. http://bookvip.com/sitereviews

James Colligan
Owner
james@BookVIP.com
Anonymous
1.0

CAUTION!!! We booked this beautiful hotel more than a month ahead of our vacation.

After booking I received an email to call ASAP. I was told the Tahiti village was booked. They then rebooked us for the Berkeley for 30 dollars less. 2 weeks later I was contacted again and we were then rebooked for the Silverton.

I was told it did not have a kitchenette like the Tahiti but it was still a suite. We arrived last Friday for our trip and we were given a standard 2 queen room. It was awful When we called, I was on hold forever and I was hung up on twice. They guy continued to put me on hold like 5 times until he finally realized what happened I was then promised another 3 day 4 night vacation and I was told a manager would call me first thing in the morning to fix our situation.

If they switch up your reservations be prepared to be given the cheapest basic room possible.

Their customer service is awful and they will not apologize. Our family mini vacation was almost ruined had we not just gotten another hotel room.

Reason of review
Poor customer service
Review #1026724 is a subjective opinion of PissedConsumer1026724.
Bookvip's reply to:

Bookvip - Totally Mislead by the booking agent

Dear Chris,

We appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns.

As disclosed during your reservation call and as stated in writing in the Terms and Conditions you agreed to, your resort preview would be between 90-120 minutes. The vacation packages offered by BookVIP are amazingly affordable because the participating resort partner is paying the 70% discount in exchange for your time during the 90-120 minute preview.

In addition, we apologize over the inconvenience of the transportation as is the resort – not BookVIP – who arranges the transportation from the airport. That being said, we will be refunding you cost of the transportation.

We send over 500,000 people on vacation per year and have more customer video reviews than any other travel site: http://bookvip.com/sitereviews.

James Colligan
Owner
BookVIP.com
James@bookvip.com
Anonymous
Location
Bettendorf, Iowa
1.8

We booked a vacation to Cancun with Book VIP and were told that we would be picked up at the Airport in Cancun by Super Shuttle and No One had our name at Super shuttle. We were left to find our own transportation to the Hotel.

They tell you that the presentation at your hotel will only be 60-90 minutes, but the take you 45 minutes away to another hotel and it ends up being 4 hours. Do not take this deal.

They will not pick you up at the airport and take you to another hotel where you can not leave until they let you leave. It is not worth your time

I didn’t like
Service
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Loss
$1750
Review #1025052 is a subjective opinion of PissedConsumer1025052.
Bookvip's reply to:

Bookvip - Vacation Package Booking Review

Hello Laura,

We are happy that prior to this review being posted, you had been contacted by a supervisor and all issues were resolved. Indeed, you and your family are now enjoying that much-deserved vacation.

Regarding your concerns, I would like to apologize for any inconvenience and stress resulting from the manner of communication provided by our Customer Service agent. The resort accidentally had informed us the dates were not available for the promotional package however once you brought this to our attention we were able to quickly rectify the issue.

That being said, when we reached out to you and explained the situation, you understood our position, and graciously accepted our apology as well our amends for the inconvenience.

We have an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau, send over 100,000 people on vacation per year and have more customer video reviews than any other travel site. http://bookvip.com/sitereviews

James Colligan
Owner
BookVIP.com
James@bookvip.com
Anonymous
1.6

I was initially skeptical about booking with this company. After making several calls and speaking with several agents I finally spoke with an agent that I had good communication was friendly and was able to thoroughly answer all of my questions.

I went ahead and booked a resort in Orlando as we were planning a trip to take my daughter to Disney World for the first time. We only have certain dates that we could go and I reserved the resort for specific dates. March 26-29th. I paid in full and was told that if I needed to change the dates or cancel I could do so as long as this was not within seven days of the trip.

If it was within seven days I would be charged a fee to do so. Six days before we are scheduleded to leave after we had purchased our Disney World tickets,my husband had taken off time from work (which he has to put in for well in advance) as well as myself, I received a message from them stating that there was an error and our resort was actually not available for those dates any longer we would simply have to change our dates to accommodate them. This was not possible and I would've never scheduled this resort or this vacation with them if I had known that we could not have the dates that I reserved and paid for. After calling and speaking with customer service I asked them to look through any other resorts they might have in the area; I was even willing to upgrade to a larger room or pay more as long as I could find something in Orlando that was one of their properties.

Nothing was available I was told. The agent repeatedly told me that I would need to reschedule for different dates. I told him this was not a possibility and I had no idea when we would be able to take another trip. We had already purchased our park tickets and made all arrangements for this trip on the dates I reserved.

After I stated several times that I was very unhappy and I felt that as this was their error we should be accommodated for these dates or refunded. Also it seems very unethical that they wouldn't hold up their end of the agreement and if I had cancelled within 5 days I would be charged a fee.. he reluctantly offered to cancel the reservations and put me through to another department but offered no real insight and answered no questions as far as the certainty or process of being fully refunded. I was put on hold only to end up having him come back to tell me he was canceling our reservation and I would be refunded in 3-5 business days.

He stated he had already sent a confirmation email to me. As of right now I have not received a confirmation email. Initially I was told that he did not know the details of the process and I would have to speak with another dept that Would call me within 24 hrs For him only to come back on the line and tell me that he was canceling and had sent me a confirmation email and I will be refunded in 3 to 5 days. I am extremely confused And cannot understand how a company can be so lackluster on customer service and the variation in the policies and things of that nature.

I have a strong feeling that I won't be seeing a refund in my account within 3 to 5 days. (Jared) The customer service rep never seen very concerned about this and Was not exactly professional and did not provide me very many details as you would expect in a process like this . I should've followed my gut instinct on this company from the get go. They are unprofessional, unethical and basically left us in a bind and were unwilling to accommodate us at all for their error.

Very poor business ethics.

I will be updating in five business days and I hope that I can say that I was fully refunded but I'm not counting on it at this point. If this is the case I have no choice but to further action.

Reason of review
Poor customer service
Review #1024319 is a subjective opinion of PissedConsumer1024319.
Bookvip's reply to:

Bookvip - Book Vip Tennessee Review

Dear Billie,

We find it amazing yet not surprising how some consumers today will look to blame anyone and everyone other than themselves and look to complain and or demand a refund.

You called to cancel your reservation two (2) days AFTER your scheduled check-in date. You were informed that no refund was forthcoming and you promptly posted your negative review.

As per our written Terms and Conditions that you agreed to, the resorts do not offer a refund especially when you were a no-show for the dates you had booked.

The calls and reminders you reference were sent prior to your scheduled check-in date as a courtesy to ensure that you did not violate the Terms and Conditions and incur additional fees for doing so.

We send over 100,000 people on vacation per year and have more customer video reviews than any other travel site: http://bookvip.com/sitereviews.

James Colligan
Owner
BookVIP.com
James@bookvip.com
Anonymous
1.4

This company is the biggest scam ever! Useless costumer service!

I have called 3 times to cancel my reservation, yet I continue to receive calls and reminders to not miss my scheduled tour or I will be charged $150 per day! I'm not even asking for my money back, I just don't want my card to be charged additionally!

Reason of review
Poor customer service
Review #1020186 is a subjective opinion of PissedConsumer1020186.
Bookvip's reply to:

Bookvip - Review in Travel Agencies category

Dear Spencer,

We appreciate the opportunity to address your comments.

First and foremost, after we investigated your claims and spoke to you regarding the issues you later retracted and we are able to resolve.

Your claim that we misrepresented the all-inclusive and fees are NOT true, as you were charged for damaging the room.

Our special promotional packages are sponsored by the resorts and the rooms are discounted up to 77% because the resort is subsidizing the room in exchange for your time during the resort preview. It is the resort’s prerogative to schedule the presentations at their discretion.

Of course, the resort definitely does not “imprison” anyone during the vacation as you only had 90 minutes of no obligation preview. However, as it turns out, you violated the Reservation Details governing the vacation package (which you agreed to via electronic signature) when you accepted an invitation at the airport from another promotional offer resort and it was detected upon arrival which upset you.

Then, the morning before attending the presentation, you scheduled a parasailing trip just after the 90-minute scheduled presentation and it was rescheduled due to the minimum required free time after attending the presentation.

All Reservation Details were disclosed to you, both verbally and in writing, before booking your trip, including the fact that the purpose of the first-time visitor promotion is to introduce visitors to the resort’s VIP membership options. There is NO obligation to join or buy anything from any of our participating resorts. If it is not for you simply say no.

BookVIP has thousands of happy travelers every week, and has more video testimonials from happy customers than any other travel website in the world. Please refer to http://bookvipreviews.com/.

James Colligan
Owner
BookVip.com
James@bookvip.com
Spencersherf01
1.9

Most horrific experience ever! Be warned about BOOKVIP.COM make sure you read and know what you are getting into before you book.

The resort imprisions you for the whole 5 days and won't leave you alone until you buy into the timeshare. The 90 minute presentation is actually like 4 to 6 hours and if you plan anything within those hours they threaten to charge your credit card the full price of staying at the hotel. They also state they are all inclusive but it isn't they make you pay for alcohol at the time of check in stating that your all inclusive package only included beverages other than alcohol. When you try and reach out to a BOOKVIP.COM member services they try and explain the charge as something different.

It is nothing but a scam to get you to buy a timeshare and then there is all these catches!!!!!! BE WARNED

Reason of review
Not as described
Review #1020131 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Bookvip's reply to:

Bookvip - Book Vip Cabo All Inclusive Review

Dear Dane,

We appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns.

First and foremost, please note that as a result of our supervisor’s attempts to help you PRIOR to your posting, you have received a full refund.

We were a bit surprised to see your review since you had already spoken to a supervisor here at BookVIP.com regarding your request to cancel the vacation package. The supervisor had already reached out to the Resort on your behalf, and we were awaiting a response from the resort.

BookVIP could not have known that you were not in possession of a valid passport since you agreed to the Reservation Details via electronic signature when you made your reservation.

Our special promotional packages are sponsored by the resorts and the rooms are discounted up to 77% because the resort is subsidizing the room in exchange for your time during the resort preview.

All qualifications, resort fees, taxes, deposits and penalties are clearly stated on the Reservation Details/Terms and Conditions governing each vacation package which are reviewed with the customer during the sales call and then must be accepted by the customer via electronic signature in order to finalize the booking and have the dates sent to the Resort. The Terms and Conditions are also located at the bottom of each resort offering page on BookVIP.com’s website.

We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, send over 100,000 people on vacation per year and have more customer video reviews than any other travel site: http://bookvip.com/sitereviews.

James Colligan
Owner
Resort Vacations International/BookVIP.com
James@bookvip.com
Daneppetersen456
2.5

My boyfriend booked a trip on 2/28 we tried cancelation in less then 24 hrs and book vip is refusing to refund we cant get pasports in less then a week and didnt know we needed them .we booked another trip not requiring passports .we never recieved hotel conformation either.please get back to me asap we have already recieved our refund from american airlines .thanks bettina

Reason of review
Return, Exchange or Cancellation Policy
Review #1015409 is a subjective opinion of poster.