I have talked with Randy Baker, Sam Averette, Doug, Preston (he is now gone), James Princheon, Angie Barnes (she is now gone), and the owner Chip McIntyre. Most of them understood how I got hotels before we booked with them. Chip thought I had a great way of saving money and could save more with Wholesale escapes, of course he won't call me back or even acknowledge my faxes or emails. They will tell you anything and reduce the price, do not trust them! They did give us refunds per the contract acknowlegement of, if you find it cheaper you can get a refund. I did this three times with Priceline.com with name your own price. It now seems I was doing too good and they will no longer accept my hotels. Saying that they do not take third party or auction sites. Not that I considered name your own price as auction but it never did say no third party or auction sites it only said they were the cheapest. And it seems strange they did it three times. Their answer Preston was paying back the company after giving us money, oh and the first check I got was another person doing it wrong. Was that because they didn't want to take a chance on my credit card company refunding us? Does make you wonder doesn't it?
Do you know that if you find a price cheaper throught AAA, AARP, they will not take it? They don't say that on their contract... they wait until you are trapped. I do say trapped as they charged our credit card before giving us the paperwork to sign and saw we could not back out.
They found us a hotel in Ocala for $50 (Days Inn) I can get that for $35 if I want. We stayed at the Hilton for $55. Would you consider that fair? Not me! By the way they use hotels.com. You can do the same without giving them $2800-$7000. They also use RCI for condo weeks.
I called the city of Charleston and asked them why they are letting this company dirty their city name? They replied when they talk with them to fix their ways they only change their name. I told them I think it might be time to cancel their contract with the city and get them out of the welcome centers that cater to tourists with no way to check on these scammers.
We are in our late 60's and don't know all the stuff these young people know. Our son was upset with us saying we should have checked them out. How do you check a company out when on vacation. His answer cell phone/computer. Who has that and how do you do it. Again well over 60. Any lawyer that wants to help any of us we would love the help. Or anyone that wants to talk about your experience get in touch with us. I am trying to find as many places to warn people. LTpromo at aol dot com
I also agree with the restaurant deals. It sounded great. You buy a discounted gift card. We have 3 places we can buy. The only good one that isn't in the bad part of the city you have to buy twice as much as the card. If you buy a $50 card you must buy for $100. The $100 card is you are right $200 worth of food. I'm not sure how many people can eat that much in one meal.... but we can't.
You CAN NOT cancel or you lose all your money and you have to give them $199 each year thereafter to keep your contract up. Usually you have 3-10 days to cancel a contract not in South Carolina. BEWARE!
If you want to talk with someone be willing to redial for half an hour or you will get a message. When they get tired of you calling they will pick up the phone & talk with you. The office girl offered me a refund until she realized she did the wrong thing and would hand me over to Randy.
I would expect their name along with phone numbers to change again very soon.
They have a great business plan if only they didn't lie to get people to join and then not keep their word. It is a disservice to everyone. I believe their contract is very deceiving along with the way they have you sign some papers before others and you realize you can't get out of the contract as your credit card has been signed. In our case Chip McIntyre (owner) knew exactly how I rented hotel rooms. I would like to think Chip doesn't know how they are running his business but I don't believe that is true. Chip McIntyre sold us our Wholesale escapes Travel (take out the TRAVEL they had too many problems so they changed the name from Wholesale Travel Connection) along with Angie Barnes. We found out all this informattion too late. I really hope this isn't the case for you.
Good luck to anyone that doesn't believe or trust what we are saying. You will learn way too fast and lose way too much money. LTpromo at aol dot com .
A note: If you are calling a business and they won't answer call other consecutive numbers, every business that I have worked at always has consecutive numbers for the executives. That is what I did.