Newsletter June 2014 – Useful tips if you are going to be attending a Holiday Presentation

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.

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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.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

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.

Happy Holidays!

DEUTSCHE VERSION

About mindtimeshare

Mindtimeshare SLU is registered Company reg number: B35957182 Mindtimeshare provides assistance to timeshare owners who have been defrauded by holiday clubs and bogus resale companies. The Mindtimeshare project was launched in February 2011. After dealing with timeshare members over several years who had been defrauded by numerous bogus companies and for large amounts of money, I considered launching an Organisation to help timeshare owners that have been targeted by bogus companies. On this blog you can find information about the different active scam companies and their “modus operandi” and also place comments, ask questions and see comments from other consumers who have the same doubts or have been through the same experience. Mindtimeshare has resulted in a huge success and has received the back up from not only timeshare consumers but also from the professionals in the timeshare Industry. Mindtimeshare helps timeshare owners who have been scammed by bogus Discount Holiday Clubs; bogus cash back companies; fraudulent timeshare resale companies; bogus class action companies and false lawyers and notaries. We offer professional answers and advice to Timeshare users. If you want to send an email instead of posting a comment on the blog please do so by emailing: customercare@mindtimeshare.com
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15 Responses to Newsletter June 2014 – Useful tips if you are going to be attending a Holiday Presentation

  1. William and Barbara says:

    Don’t anyone be silly enough to pay anything to anyone who cold calls. I have been harassed sinced 2008 and they have got nothing from me yet and will not ever.hoorah for mindtime share – you are not alone

  2. Dave says:

    Section 75 of the consumer credit act is great against club class, done the right way and you can do it yourself it will get your money back and walk away from Leisure Alliance etc. David Hill actually is from the insolvency team that went against Club Class so I think if a company or they are calling using his name 1. he needs to know and 2. they are doing it tongue in cheek – don’t pay them and claim if needed.

    • Frank says:

      WE did pay £.3.000 to Club Class in 2012 as they said they could take our time-share from us and give us a holiday package with Leisure Alliance etc.
      How foolish are we?

      • David says:

        if you paid by credit card you can claim it back under section 75 of the consumer credit act. I work in the industry and it really is easy. Complete a section 75 form, print out information regarding the malpractice of the organisation and send it off to your card company. Remember Club Class were asked to stop trading because of their fr******** activities so your finance or card company should pay out 100%

  3. David says:

    Myself and my wife were c***** into Club Class as well and got nothing but hassle . All in all , it has cost us about £12000 and we cant get out of it. We also have been hassled by leisure Alliance for a yearly fee of £95 which we have paid twice. They say to get out of the scheme , we have to pay them 4 years subscriptions. Our worry is if we just stop the payments , we might get credit black listed , which we don,t need at our age. Can anyone give us sound advice on this matter
    Thank you David

  4. William says:

    I have been contacted by David Hill and another chap called Hill. I just told them to get on with the prosecution and whilst I was talking to them there was laughter in the background and a yees!! just before I put the ‘phone down. I have copy of a letter I sent for the attention of Elaine at Club Class dated 2008, having first telephoning her cancelling our subscription to Leisure Alliance and also my original contract with Elite Travel SA with whom we took out the timershare. I’m just ignoring all the cold calling now. Beware of anyone with the name of HILL though.

  5. Mary says:

    Has anyone been contacted by Mercedes Clarke and/or Robert Jones about refunding moneys paid for a time share? Thanks

  6. pat says:

    does anyone know anything about a company called bono time?

  7. Pet90 says:

    Anyone out there been caught by EZE Group tell your story to ( http://www.actionfraud.police.uk) I did they were very helpfull

  8. Julie says:

    I have been hassled by Leisure Alliance to pay them yearly subscriptions. They sent me a detailed letter saying that everybody knows that they took over Club Class. That Members have told them that they have been inundated with cold callers telling them Club class has ceased and not to pay them. After my Ucash scam I never want to give any money out again. Are Leisure Alliance trustworthy

    • L S says:

      No they are not, it is part of club class concierge, give them nothing and put your emails in the trash.

    • Sandra says:

      NO!!! Do not give them anything Julie-not even the time of day. They are harrassing you and that is against the law. Do not reply to any emails and put the phone down on them too. Do not worry about threats of debt collecting either. I contacted The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Office of Fair Trading, Action Fraud and of course Alberto-all were very supportive.

  9. Rob says:

    Great advice

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