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Above all else, providing excellent customer service is our main goal and all of our customer service agents are highly-trained and qualified.

Please be reminded that BookVIP issued you a full refund of monies paid with no penalties due to the circumstances caused by the resort partner’s inability to accommodate you.

All of our special promotional packages are sponsored by the participating resort partner. Because of the high demand for these amazingly affordable vacation packages, every once in awhile, the participating resort discovers that reservations have exceeded the allotment.

Although this happens rarely, it puts BookVIP (as the booking company) in the difficult position of being the bearer of bad news.

You were offered the Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos, which is not a “chain hotel,” but actually is a four-star resort. The property offers three different ambiances: A quiet adult-only section perfect as a relaxing hide away, an activities section with a big pool where scheduled games and activities take place during the day, and a family section with pool and a special kids playground to get together with your children to have fun in the sun.

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James Colligan
Owner Vacations International
Cibolo, Texas

On 12/27/15 we paid $149 deposit for an open booking for Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos until we could coordinate vacation schedules and approvals through our employer. On 1/11/16 I called back, spoke to a supervisor (Lex) and was able to finalize the dates of 2/9 - 2/12 and paid the $150 balance.

I was then told the criteria for the promotional rate: That we'd have to listen to a timeshare presentation and they also asked a series of question to verify that we qualified (which we did). I wasn't thrilled about having to do the presentation but decided I could live with it. We then booked our airfare. On 1/20 I received an email saying to contact them for Urgent Reservation matter.

I spoke with Sharizza and she asked why I was calling, I told her that I got a message to call, so she needs to tell me. She looked at my account and said everything was fine and there was nothing to worry about. Today 1/22, I received the same email message. This time I spoke with Laine and she told me that the dates I had reserved were no longer available and instead offered me the Holiday Inn.

This was not acceptable to me. I booked the Sandos Finisterra specifically because it was actually in Cabos San Lucas, on a beach, within walking distance to marina/town, and is a 4 + star rated hotel. The Holiday Inn isn't even in Cabos San Lucas, but instead over 30 miles away in San Jose which would require a rental car or taxi expense to get to town. It is a chain hotel, and not a "luxury" hotel.

Due to coordination of our work vacations and the fact that we have purchased our plane tickets, rescheduling wasn't an option either. So I asked Laine if I could cancel with a refund. She said if I rebooked with Holiday Inn, then I can not, but I could up until I rebooked because they were not able to give me what I reserved. I then called fiance and discussed our options.

After checking around we were able to reserve another resort in the location we wanted at a much higher rate. I then called back the same day to request they cancel and refund my money. I spoke with Ben, and although he seemed sympathetic, he said he could not refund the money because its been over 7 days since I booked it. The reason I cancelled was because they could not fulfill their agreement when I booked the resort.

If they were able to give me a room at the Sandos Finisterra, I wouldn't have cancelled. This is a part of my vacation budget and I need this $300 for my trip, especially since I'm now paying more for accommodations. And I definitely don't want to let them keep the money towards an open booking and have to go through another experience like this with them.

Attached is a screenshot I had taken of the promotional package that I had purchased and they were not able to give me. Also, I have gone to the site and acted like I was purchasing it again to see the availability dates and my dates are showing available as marked in green on the attached screenshot.

Product or Service Mentioned: Bookvip Vacation Package.

Reason of review: Not as described.

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