• Report: #950361

Complaint Review: Preferred Guest Resorts | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Preferred Guest Resorts Focusing on smaller privately-branded resorts around the world, developed a reservation platform bringing this inventory to the public. Providing fun, affordable vacation experiences exceeding customer’s expectations.

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  • Submitted: Wed, October 03, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, June 17, 2014

  • Reported By: Scam Holidays — East Boldon Internet United Kingdom
Preferred Guest Resorts
501 N Wymore Rd (?) Winter Park (?), Florida United States of America

Preferred Guest Resorts REVIEW: Travelers, guests, & clients, feel safe, confident & secure when doing business with Preferred Guest Resorts. Fun and affordable promotional vacation packages to destinations like Orlando, Napa Valley, New Orleans, & Pigeon Forge top priority for Preferred Guest Resorts. Commitment to Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program, a program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction & confidence when traveling with Preferred Guest Resorts.
*UPDATE: Preferred Guest Resorts recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.

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EDitor’s UPDATE: A positive rating and recognition has been given to Preferred Guest Resortsr for its commitment to excellence in customer service.

Through several detailed discussions and interviews with Preferred Guest Resorts, Ripoff Report has verified the company’s commitment to their guests and customers. Their pledge to continue providing fun and affordable promotional vacation packages to destinations such as Orlando, Napa Valley, New Orleans and Pigeon Forge – with total customer satisfaction – means that their clients and rest assured the company will work to always find mutually satisfactory resolutions to any concern or issue that may arise. Preferred Guest Resorts recognizes the importance of their customers vacations and has taken multiple steps to insure they can travel with peace of mind when using one of their promotional vacation packages.

Brandon Bizar, the founder and CEO of Preferred Guest Resorts, appreciates the opportunity to listen to their customers and continually improve the promotional vacation packages they offer.

Preferred Guest Resorts was built by travelers for travelers, and for several decades has been providing fun and affordable promotional vacations to their customers all over the world. They have traveled hundreds of thousands of happy couples and families to destinations they never thought they would be able to afford or enjoy. Whether it is a family traveling to Orlando to experience the magic of Walt Disney World Resort, or a couple looking for a romantic getaway to Napa Valley, Preferred Guest Resorts understands the very personal and important role vacations can play in people’s lives. Ripoff Report is pleased with the initiative and responsiveness of Preferred Guest Resorts, and with the absolute commitment everyone at the company has to the customer satisfaction of their guests.


Preferred Guest Resorts is Ripoff Report Verified
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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Michelle Morse, VP of Markting and Mitch Lokken, VP of Reservations & Customer Care during an on-site inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward Preferred Guest Resorts.

Preferred Guest Resorts is a promotional and reservation company specializing in providing fun and affordable vacations around the world. Leads are acquired through several sources, including referrals from previous and existing clients, business partnerships, and various websites. The typical sales process begins with a potential customer calling Preferred Guest Resorts to look into booking a destination and identifying the dates they wish to travel. “Preferred Guest Resorts will [then] qualify then potential customer for financial ability, dates, and destination(s),” explains Michelle Morse, VP of Marketing for Preferred Guest Resorts. If the potential customer qualifies, the company will then explain the terms and conditions, plus benefits such as the refund policy, travel protection, etc. The client will receive a text message and e-mail to confirm the agreement and welcome them. Seven days prior to the trip, the client receives a follow-up welcome call, reminding them of the trip.



PREFERRED GUEST RESORTS COMPLAINT RESOLUTION

At times, customers may not feel satisfied with the services they’ve received. An example of this is a client calling Preferred Guest Resorts several months after agreeing to the deal and lodges a complaint, requesting a full refund. “A full refund is not an option since the customer is informed up front that such request must be done in the first 30 days. However, the complaining client is informed they have some options: Assign their package to someone else; sell their package to someone else; or change travel dates,” explains Ms. Morse. “The company does 20,000 sales each month, but only receives between 3-4 monthly complaints. 90%+ customers are satisfied. The company has a 20%-40% repeat customer rate. Most complaints happen before the customer travels,” she states.

Preferred Guest Resorts has a resolution process in place to work with clients who do not feel satisfied with their experience. This resolution process involves listening to the situation in order to clearly understand the complaint; employ a dedicated department (Customer Service Quality Assurance) to handle the complaint; present possible solutions/options for the client to choose from, such as new travel dates; and finally, execute a decision based on the client’s preferred choice. “The company objective is to resolve complaints on one call, which happens the majority of the time. This is why the company has set up the Customer Service Quality Assurance department,” explains Ms. Morse. Once a complaint is resolved, the Customer Service Quality Assurance department follows up with the customer via e-mail, phone call, or both.

If the client is not happy with the trip itself, then Preferred Guest Resorts will engage the hotel or resort to assist in resolving the complaint. “The hotel may offer tickets to an area attraction and Preferred Guest Resorts may offer a second vacation for free,” states Ms. Morse. To ensure the complaints do not get repeated in the future, if the negative situation involves the hotel or resort, then Preferred Guest Resorts will not work with that hotel/resort anymore. The company also offers their customers a refund policy within 30 days of agreeing to the terms of the vacation.

Since receiving complaints via Ripoff Report, Preferred Guest Resorts have taken strides to post all of their 800 numbers on Facebook, updated their website and continually work to ensure they stay current, and have worked to make the process more customer friendly and to resolve complaints quickly and efficiently. Preferred Guest Resorts recognizes the benefit of working with Ripoff Report and the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program, and the platform it provides for businesses and customers to interact and resolve issues. “Being part of the program allows Preferred Guest Resorts and its consumers to have a voice,” states Ms. Morse.

PREFERRED GUEST RESORTS / Statements from the owner.

"Vacations are good for the mind, body and soul, and if we can help make wonderful vacation memories become a reality for our customers, we will have done a good thing. Providing the Best Vacations Ever to each of our guests is our #1 priority and we recognize that our success depends on how well we live up to that goal.” – Brandon Bizar, Founder & CEO, Preferred Guest Resorts

Preferred Guest Resorts’ Quality Assurance Manager, Kenneth Branch said, “We are a leader in the vacation industry and have traveled tens of thousands of families. We have a customer service rating of over 98% and what this means is that when you visit our promotional vacation properties, you will have a magical experience. We always suggest the guest visit our website at www.bestvacationsever.com and review their information and all of the details about each of the destinations we offer. The information is there, but our guests can always contact us and speak with a PGR team member in our customer care departments, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”



PREFERRED GUEST RESORTS GIVES BACK

PGR provides vacations and services globally, and the company and its associates lead by example with their efforts of giving back to our local. We believe the first step in positively impacting the world is to reach out and support causes important to our own back yard.

PGR supports Harbor House of Central Florida, Ronald McDonald House, Give Kids The World Village, Second Harvest Food Bank, Teacher Supply Drive, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.



STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM PREFERRED GUEST RESORTS

A few of the adjustments they have made include:

Adding their toll free phone number from all of the countries they service to their web and Facebook pages.

They pass all of our sales call to a verification agent to confirm the guest understands the details of participation of the promotional vacation package being purchased.

All calls are recorded for verification and quality assurance.

While on the phone with PGR, all customers are given instructions on how to access their personal account on the PGR website www.bestvacationsever.com where they can view details about the promotional vacation they purchased.

When authorized, they send text messages to guest with links to their confirmation letter and other valuable information.

They make follow-up and Welcome Calls to each guest prior to arrival to insure the guest has all of the information necessary for their trip and to answer any last minute questions the guest may have.



Preferred Guest Resorts recognizes that concerns and issues posted on Ripoff Report, whether true or not, and whether from a customer or even a competitor, need and deserve to be addressed. When handled properly, these situations can provide valuable learning opportunities and will lead to continued growth. Preferred Guest Resorts, through the feedback it received from Ripoff Report, has made changes and enhancements to their processes. Ripoff Report is confident that Preferred Guest Resorts is committed to its customers’ overall satisfaction as well as to providing the Best Vacations Ever to all of their guests.



Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, it’s a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike.

Read about Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program, a program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. This program works.



As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer.

NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED

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Preferred Guest Resorts Jeremy Whitehall (apparent telephone holiday prize informer, who took part payment). BEWARE! Free Prize - Holiday SCAMS! Winter Park (?), Florida

BEWARE! Free prize holiday SCAM on internet.

If you get a message saying you've won a great holiday prize, best to ignore it.

I fell for this scam. It's cost me money, I've had to close my bank account and I could be in for further trouble including further deception on their behalf, e-mail hastle and accounts created in my name.

Preferred Guest Resorts are not legitimate, they promise much but fail to deliver once they have your cash.

The information provided on line was professional and glamorous. Please IGNORE it!

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/03/2012 01:52 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Preferred-Guest-Resorts/Winter-Park-Florida-32782/Preferred-Guest-Resorts-Jeremy-Whitehall-apparent-telephone-holiday-prize-informer-who-t-950361. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Florida AG!!! Thank you ALSO!!!!

AUTHOR: Pam Bondi HELP US ! - ()

I also got a refund because of my complaint.  This company is pure evil and it seems like anyone that files a complaint with the AG get's a refund right away.  It's crazy that this company is allowed to do business.  Not my problem anymore.  Thank you PAM-MuuuaaaaaaHHHHH !

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#2 UPDATE Employee

There is Great Value in Promotional Holiday Packages

AUTHOR: Preferred Guest Resorts - (USA)

We are disappointed to hear that the true value of the promotional holiday package you purchased was not clearly understood.  Preferred Guest Resorts  provides quality holiday packages to thousands guests from around the world every year.

We have customer service agents available 24/7 to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your promotional holiday package and they can specifically breakdown how the credit you received  was able to be applied toward the destination(s) you selected in your holiday package.  

An example of one of our most popular packages allows guest to apply their $3,000 credit toward the purchase of a $3,898 holiday package that includes:  5 nights at a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  3 nights in Daytona Beach, Florida.  A 1 week Alamo car rental.  A 3-night stay in the Bahamas, and a 4-night stay in Costa Rica....plus a $40 dinner gift certificate. This package is valued at over $3,898, but when you apply the $3,000 the cost is only $898 - less than $60 per day, not including the car rental and dinner certificates.

We will have one of our Quality Assurance managers contact you directly, but please know you always reach us using the list of international toll-free numbers located on the website you were given when you purchased the holiday package. 
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#3 Consumer Comment

The best advice I can offer...from experience

AUTHOR: Liz - (Canada)

My husband and I had vacation fiasco with a company like Preferred guest Resorts....4 yrs ago, a company called Ramada resorts did the same to us...When we got home from the vacation from hell, I started looking around and seeing all the complaints and lawsuits. I felt sick to my stomach. Somehow though through the hours of research I did, I got a link the Florida dept of Agriculture and Consumer services. I filed a report with them and honestly forgot about it. 2 weeks later, the Dept of Ag sent me a CC on a letter they had sent to Ramada with a copy of Ramada's rebuttal. I got a REFUND of $918!! The Florida dept of Ag was a life saver and maybe they can be for you also...they also have a newsletter you can sign up for to be informed about the latest scams...Good luck!!
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#4 UPDATE Employee

Preferred Guest Resorts Has Thousands of Happy Guests Each Year

AUTHOR: PGR Corporate Office - (USA)

Preferred Guest Resorts has been providing fun and affordable vacation packages to thousands of families all over the world each year for more than 20 years.  We work with some of the best companies in the world, such as Walt Disney World, Alamo, and Carnival to bring families to Central Florida and other fantastic vacation destinations.

Our customer's experience is very important to us.  We have a strong rating with BBB, are licensed in inteh State of Florida, and take reports like these very seriously.  We are looking into your account transaction and will address the situation with the sales office involved as appropriate. 

Please feel free to contact our Quality Assurance Manager, Kenneth Branch, to discuss your account directly.

Regards,

Preferred Guest Resorts Corporate Office




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