Summer is here, which means that there will be millions of people worldwide taking a long deserved break. During these holidays it is possible you will find yourself in a presentation for a Holiday Club. These presentations might have been programmed because you took up a Holiday offer, or maybe you are stopped in the streets and invited to a meeting with the excuse of having won a prize draw.
To make sure that your holidays don’t end up in a nightmare, we have some useful tips for those who find themselves in a Holiday club presentation.
Holiday club presentations can be very high pressure. Watch out for selling techniques such as:
- The presentation is taking hours and hours and you’re tempted to sign just because you’re desperate to leave. (Sometimes thinking you can go back the next day to cancel).
- There is a special discounted offer valid on the day only.
- You’re not left alone to discuss anything with your partner and they prefer you not to take any notes.
- They offer to take your current timeshare from you, and they assure you this is the only way out from the perpetuity clause.
- You are asked to sign different agreements for different companies and when asking they tell you this is for “tax purposes”.
Always ask yourself the question, are you sure you want to join a holiday club?
Holiday clubs can promise you great value holidays worldwide and in top quality accommodation. However, they often don’t deliver everything they promise. If you’re thinking of joining a holiday club, here are some things to bear in mind:
- Holiday clubs don’t own any holiday accommodation so they cannot guarantee any dates or destinations. This means that a lot of holidays are often not available when and where you want them.
- You might not save any money on the holidays you book and could end up paying as much as the High Street brochure price or you can book the same holiday accommodation through the internet without belonging to any club.
- Promises of discounted flights are often just links on the website of the holiday club to the so called Flight Search Engines such as Skyscanner. There is no need to be a member of a club to access Sky-scanner!
- Consumers are offered “Leisure Credits” but most of these are Holiday Club Memberships as well.
- You’re very unlikely to be able to sell your holiday club membership or leisure credits, so don’t buy into this under the conditions it can be sold on through the same company or on so called Peer to Peer platforms.
- You’ll might have to pay annual fees whether you use your membership or not.
You can always walk out of the presentation. No one can make you stay, no matter what the salespeople may try and tell you. If anyone tries to make you stay at a presentation they are committing a criminal offence!
However much pressure the sales people put you under, never agree to anything on the spot. Refuse to sign anything then and there. Ask for a copy of the documentation and take this home with you and sleep on it.
Ask about the cancellation procedures and cooling off time and where this is clearly written down.
If you know you are going to attend a Holiday Presentation than don’t take your credit card or debit card with you.
If you have been to a Holiday Club Presentation and feel you might have been mis represented, than please let us know and we will help you further.