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FIRST CLASS VACATIONS INC1515 SOUTH FEDERAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 212 BOCA RATON , Florida USA
First Class Vacations REVIEW: Customer Satisfaction Commitment: First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. restructured Customer Service Department ensuring 100% satisfaction with every client. First Class Vacation's main focus is providing customers with best vacation at best price.
*UPDATE: First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. pledges to always resolve any issues, feel safe, confident & secure when doing business with First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. Recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.
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EDitor’s UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. for its commitment to excellence in customer service.
Ripoff Report’s discussions with First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. have uncovered an ongoing commitment by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any complaints or concerns. First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.
First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp's principal, Mr. [continued below]....
Another top executive of the company told us that Mr. Nahom's personal business philosophy is based on the premise that "everyone deserves a vacation and is committed to changing the way America travels”. First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp's mission statement says it all: "Our goal is to provide our clients the best quality, value and professional excellence in the travel industry." Some of the other things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review is that typical customer feedback reads: “First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. (and Mr. Nahom) truly communicates all aspects of their service in a timely and effective manner. We are very pleased with the responsiveness that he and his employees show us. They are serious about meeting commitments, and deliver on all of their promises.”
The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by President and CEO Jeffrey Nahom during an on-site inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward First Class Vacations.
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First Class Vacations is a company that specializes in selling luxury cruise vacation packages with some of the biggest cruise lines in the world, such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean. First Class Vacations operates a call center to field incoming inquiries and reach out to potential customers, and prides themselves on the 0% interest payment plans they are able to offer their customers. “We give the customer a lot of flexibility in terms of making small payments at 0% interest, which they can’t do anywhere else. If a customer can afford a deposit (with monthly payments at 0% interest), we lock the rates of the cruises for them,” states President and CEO Jeffrey Nahom.
To acquire leads, First Class Vacations utilizes in-house “fronters” that will reach out to potential customers to inquire if they have any interest or plans to book a luxury cruise in the near future. After establishing whether or not the potential customer has any interest in the vacation package, the “fronters” inform the person that a sales representative will contact them again in about 10 to 15 minutes, allowing the potential customer time to decide whether or not a luxury cruise package is for them, and also the opportunity not to answer the return call if it’s not something that interests them. This provides a hassle-free decision making opportunity for the customer.
Once a potential customer has decided that he or she is interested in purchasing a cruise package, the next step is to put down a small deposit to secure the package. Once the customer has decided on a date for their vacation, he or she can “call the reservations department, and our highly trained reservation staff will spend hours [going] back-and-forth for even several days, planning everything and getting to the lowest cost possible,” including airfare, states Mr. Nahom. At this point, the representative in the reservations department will also work with the customer on any special details of their trip, such as room preference, adding travelers, determining the length of the trip, or adding a stay at a hotel in addition to the cruise. “We do take pride in spending a lot of time booking the customers as opposed to just having them go to a website and do everything on their own,” states Mr. Nahom.
QUALITY CUSTOMER CARE AT FIRST CLASS VACATIONS
A common complaint that First Class Vacations receives is related to the time of year customers are able to take their vacation. First Class Vacations works to lock in the lowest price for the customer, which will allow them to take the cruise almost any time of the year, however, peak seasons such as summer months are more expensive, and therefore, the customer would have to either pay more to go on the cruise at that time, or choose another time of year in order to keep the cost low. A particular instance of this was when a customer wanted to go at a peak time of year, but preferred not to have to pay the additional money. At this point, First Class Vacations gave her a full refund of her deposit and any additional payments she had subsequently made. After a complaint is resolved, First Class Vacations strives to stay in touch with that customer and ensure not only that the customer is satisfied, but also that the complaint was resolved amicably, allowing the customer and First Class Vacations to do business together in the future. First Class Vacations feels that this philosophy has contributed to their success and their 90% customer retention rate.
One particular complaint posted to Ripoff Report refers to First Class Vacations as a scam and accuses them of misrepresenting their accounting practices. In response to this, Mr. Nahom states that they sell a travel portfolio which has at least three vacation options in the package, and sometimes people will compare the feature vacation, which is typically a seven-night cruise, to the price featured online, which is typically the price for a four-night cruise. Mr. Nahom states that First Class Vacations strives to inform and explain the options and technicalities to the best of their abilities to the customers up front, to ensure that there are no misunderstandings. To this end, they utilize a script to ensure all points are covered, as well as record all conversations and developments with the customer.
First Class Vacations recognizes the value of working with Ripoff Report and their Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. “It means a lot [to us] because customers are the lifeline of our business… We can show the customers that a complaint might happen, but we’re here to pick up the phone and handle the situation,” states Mr. Nahom. “We want to make sure we’re always doing the right thing. For us to be the leader in travel in the United States, and eventually the world, there’s no doubt about it, we have to have the highest level of customer satisfaction.”
Since receiving complaints through Ripoff Report, First Class Vacations has hired an additional administrative person and are also in the process of getting some outside financing to assist in their expansion, which will include approximately six additional customer service representatives, more quality assurance, and a corporate trainer.
"We are credible company who is expanding. We have made some mistakes in the past, we did promotions with other travel companies that went out of business and we still had to fulfill all of the vacations. Bottom line we want 100% customer satisfaction and are willing to do anything to make the customer happy. If we can not satisfy the customer we have no problem refunding the customer in full.”
First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. / Statements from the owner.
"Working hand-in-hand with the most sought after cruise lines in the world, we are intent on offering only the best and most lavish cruise vacation packages to our valued customers. Our primary goal is to develop life-long relationships with our clients. Traveling is done over the course of a lifetime and we know that once you travel with First Class Vacations you will not accept anything less than our impeccably high standards.
Our affiliation with top resorts, major airlines, car rental agencies, and of course the top cruise lines in the world make it possible for us to present you with an affordable and all-inclusive package that will guarantee you the cruise of your dreams!”
First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp's Reservations Specialist team have decades of combined experience and use their talents and expertise to create a memorable vacation for every customer. The Reservations Manager at First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. stated "I have seen Mr. Nahom take personal interest in our customers. With his many years of experience and 10 years in business, I know that he strives to offer the best luxury vacation package promotions. It always gives me great pleasure to hear from a customer a year later and help them plan another unforgettable vacation.”
Mr Nahom takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this: "First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. provides a very positive environment to work. Opportunities for suggestions and improvements are encouraged. Jeff is truly concerned about our contribution to the company and providing growth opportunities for us. He takes the time to listen and communicate with employees and customers." Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp's past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.
WHY FIRST CLASS VACATIONS IS BETTER THAN IT COMPETITORS
"We provide a high level of service when we book our customers vacations. We have highly knowledgeable reservationists based here in the US. They spend hours on the phone with each one of our clients to ensure that they are going to have the vacation experience they deserve. If people are looking for the lowest price we can do that too. If the customers are just looking to book an a la carte cruise or hotel we can give the the lowest published fare while still providing a much higher level of service than what they will receive online.
We provide highly trained agents that book every detail of the customers vacation. We offer multiple trip or cruises for about the same price as just one trip, we offer flexible payment options, several years to travel and we are the first company to eliminate time share tours from our promotions.”
STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM FIRST CLASS VACATIONS.
"We have added more reservationists, additional sales management and will be hiring trainers and csr’s. Most of our complaints come from the fact that prices in the industry fluctuate due to season plus we need to hire more customer service reps. We give full disclosure to our customers and tape record the transactions. we tell customers that traveling during peak season or holiday will be more than the price that they paid. This is how every cruise line advertises. We can fix this by explaining this in further detail. We also get complaints when people compare the price of just one cruise which will be slightly less than our travel packages which offer two cruises and a hotel stay. We can fix this by adding a longer hotel stay and taking more time to explain to customers the difference between booking a single cruise and buying a complete travel portfolio. We have also received complaints because we get overwhelmed during busy booking times. We are in the process of hiring 2 additional customer service reps.”
First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report’s review First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.
In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Mr. Nahom, Ripoff Report is convinced that First Class Vacations/Firefly Travel Corp. is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.
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NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED -----------------------------------
FIRST CLASS VACATIONS INC CRUISE FIREFLY CRUISE FIREFLY, FIRST CLASS VACATIONS BY UNLICENCED SCAMSTER JEFFERY NAHOM BOCA RATON Florida
CRUISE FIREFLY, FIRST CLASS VACATIONS BY UNLICENSED SCAMSTER JEFFERY NAHOM.
FIRST CLASS VACATIONS
1515 SOUTH FEDERAL HIGHWAY
BOCA RATON FLORIDA 33432
Officers, Board Members, Directors, Vice Presidents, Business Partners and Consultants:
HAVE YOU BEEN SELECTED TO RECEIVE A DISCOUNTED CRUISE FROM CRUISE FIREFLY?
HAVE YOU BEEN OFFERED 75% OFF YOUR NEXT CRUISE?
GET ONE FREE PROMOTION?
IN THE CASE OF CRUISE FIREFLY, FIRST CLASS VACATIONS THE SCAM IS REASONABLY SIMPLE; JEFF NAHOM CHARGES $698.00 BUT NONE OF THE COST OF A CRUISE IS IN THIS CHARGE. THIS CHARGE IS JUST THE CUSTOMERS FRONT END COST. $698 OR ANY AMOUNT DEMANDED UPFRONT PAYS FOR ZERO TOWARDS YOUR CRUISE OR IN FACT ANY VACATION.
HOWEVER, BEFORE WE GET INTO JEFF NAHOM’S NEFARIOUS SCAM BUSINESS, LET’S BREIFLY LOOK INTO FLORIDA TELEMARKETING LAWS TO SEE IF CRUISE FIREFLY OR FIRST CLASS VACATIONS HAS EVER BEEN A LEGITIMATE TELEMARKETER IN ITS PRIOR TEN YEARS OF BUSINESS?
Florida's Division of Consumer Services manages all of the licenses for telemarketers. Businesses that wish to telemarket must apply for permission to do so, which includes disclosing criminal histories of all the applicants and copies of all sales scripts to be used in order to comply with licensing criteria. Salespeople for telemarketing businesses must also obtain individual licenses for a fee of $50.00 P/A per person. The business application carries a $1,500 P/A fee, and business applicants must also post a bond of $50,000.
Every licensed telemarketing organization has a valid license number and every sales person has a valid license number issued by FDACS.
Telemarketers may only call between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the time zone of the person being called. They may not block their name or number from showing up on the recipient's Caller ID system. Telemarketers can't tell you that you can only pay for their service by credit card or otherwise express any preference for payment method. From the moment you answer the call, the marketer has 30 seconds to state his or her real name, the company’s name, address and telephone number and the goods or services being offered.
Who do telemarketers that don’t have licenses answer to?
The Florida Telemarketing Act governs the actions of these businesses. All non-exempt telemarketing companies must be licensed with FDACS, and post a security bond of no less than $50,000 and have every salesperson licensed prior to soliciting a single potential customer.
Background checks are conducted as part of this process, and individuals with suspicious and / or criminal histories involving fraud are denied licensure. With a continuing focus on protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices, the Department’s Division of Consumer Services partnered with the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement to conduct a series of inspections on over 250 telemarketing businesses in Florida.
Cease and desist orders were issued to 170 of the businesses and over 1000 salespeople. More than 3000 violations of the Florida Telemarketing Act were cited, resulting in fines being collected and assets seized, frozen and forfeited.
The following are a few requirements set forth in the statute that consumers should be aware of;
Register for the Florida Do Not Call Program by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or
Don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number on your caller ID.
Instead, let it go to voicemail.
Don’t provide any personal or financial information over the phone and don’t be
pressured into making any immediate or impulsive decisions.
Don’t send cash by messenger or overnight mail. Using a credit card will allow you to dispute the charges if you don’t get what you were promised.
Report telemarketing scams!
Fraudulent telemarketers should be reported to both FDACS and
the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Filing a consumer complaint with FDACS can be done online or by requesting a copy of the form from the Consumer Assistance Center.
Either visit 800helpfla.com or call 1-800- HELP-FLA (435-7352) from within Florida, 850-488-2221 from outside of Florida.
Business required - $1500.00 P/A
Individual Sales person required - $50.00 P/A
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$10,000 per violation.
Does the national
FIRST CLASS VACATIONS
1515 SOUTH FEDERAL HIGHWAY
BOCA RATON FLORIDA 33432
1 (800) 650 5124
Regardless of the unlawful, unlicensed method of solicitation and contact, Jeff Nahom, Cruise Firefly and First Class Vacations want you to believe you are being solicited as part of a selected group of people specially chosen to receive a cruise vacation package promotion that resembles:
A LUXURY CRUISE VACATION PACKAGE
* 7 Night cruise – your choice of Carnival or Norwegian – you choose from most US ports and over 50 itineraries * 4 Night Bonus Cruise – Your Choice of Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean – you choose from Bahamas or Key West and Cozumel, Mexico * 2 Resort stays...
Once they have you on the line, unlicensed Jeff Nahom, Cruise Firefly and First Class Vacations may describe an exciting vacation and a "luxury cruise" filled with unlimited casino, entertainment and shows, onboard facilities, offshore excursions and never ending Filet mignon & Lobster tail buffets.
Jeff Nahom and the unlicensed fireflies state that the vacation is worth a significant amount, but that you will pay a much smaller amount to receive it, typically $698. Jeff Nahom and his unlicensed call center fireflies urge you to immediately "secure" or "register" the vacation with a major credit card in what the call center industry recognizes as an unsolicited impulse sale or “One Call Close”.
Jeff Nahom’s unlicensed gang insists that you purchase immediately or they will read you scripted rebuttals until you hang up or pay.
In fact, there is no limit to the number of such promotional cruise vacations for sale by Jeff Nahom and the unlicensed cruise Fireflies. Jeff Nahom is relying on a customer’s dumb naiveté to make his nefarious living. So you give your credit card number to the convincing unlicensed call center grunt. Once that is obtained, the unlicensed grunt will pass you over to a "cruise specialist". In actuality, the call is transferred to the "T O or “Take Over” unlicensed sales person who comes on to the line to confirm the details of the sale and relies heavily on your naivety to close the sale and take your non-refundable credit card cash.
How does Jeff’s Nahom‘s, Cruise Firefly & First Class Vacations merchant account – PayPal.com allow this unlicensed and unlawful activity to persist and more crucially, how should it be stopped?
Unlike the sales portion of the call, the "T O verification" is generally recorded. During the verification, the T O will ask for your credit card number again, quickly reviewing the details of the vacation package and, in some but not all instances, tell you “for the very first time” that you will have to pay additional upgrade charges for "port service reservation processing fees" and that the vacation package is "non-refundable". These disclosures occur only after you have provided a credit card number which will be charged within seconds of giving it up.
In the travel certificate industry, the amount a customer is initially charged during the sales call is known as the "front end" fee. This is because you do not receive a vacation for the money initially charged to your credit card, nor does the front end fee pay for any of your vacation.
In fact, most, if not all of the front end fee simply pays Jeff Nahom and the unlicensed call center fireflies for their illegitimate labors and unlawful, misleading sales practices. For your initial money, you receive nothing more than a package about your ‘to be paid for’ cruise vacation.
When you receive the vacation package you discover that you will have to pay more to take the vacation, and you believed you had already paid for it! You find you have actually just paid for the "option" to purchase a vacation and you also realize that you were not really selected for a discounted promotion at all, you’ve been duped!
The required additional payment, or the "back end" fee, is due when you actually try and book your cruise. Booking the cruise is a separate fiasco for another day. Cruise Firefly, First Class Vacations may state that the back end fee is for "port reservation processing fees or upgrades". In fact, the back end fee pays for most, if not all, of your "cruise" and your vacation accommodations.
Should you call and attempt to cancel your vacation option it is flatly stated that unlicensed Cruise Firefly First Class Travel have a "no refund" policy and that you cannot cancel your initial purchase. If you read the fine print on the back of the reservation vouchers that are included in the mailed vacation packages, you will discover that there is actually a return policy within a specified number of days, depending on the state in which you live.
If you return the vacation option package, even following the instructions on the back of the reservation voucher, you inevitably receive your package back, often several times, until you either give up or call the FTC, a law enforcement agency, the Better Business Bureau, your credit card company or a private attorney.
People who seek third party assistance generally receive a full refund immediately.
Those who do not are generally stuck paying for the misrepresented vacation option package. Should you be one of those relatively few people who decide to pay the extra "back end" fee to take the vacation you may find that the vacation is not what you bargained for. The cruise ship you're booked on may look more like a tug boat. The hotel accommodations provided may be shabby, and if you wish to stay at the better-known hotels and resorts referred to in the solicitations and brochures, you must pay yet more undisclosed "upgrade" fees; otherwise you must endure the substandard accommodations provided.
It should be no surprise that unlicensed Jeff Nahom, Cruise Firefly First Class Vacations features customer testimonials not from its actual customers but from its employees;
Firefly Travel booked the last two cruises I have taken. I just cruised to The Caymans and Jamaica. The cruise was great and the booking was effortless. Barbara is so pleasant and was always there to answer any questions. Her suggestions for excursions were fantastic! When I received my booking information in the mail, she had all of the information right there. She even sent me luggage tags! Barbara, get ready! I want to go to Alaska for my next cruise! Thank you for all of your help!
-Jen P. Florida
(Barbara could have walked the booking information over to Jen P aka employee Jennifer Pioli rather than wasting postage)
Of course it’s of no shock that First Class Vacations original web presence remains shuttered (fcvonline.com)
Below are examples of Jeff Nahom, Cruise Firefly and First Class Vacations reputational damage that cannot be SEO’d off the Internet
Jeffery Nahom, Cruise Firefly and First Class Vacations are regulars to Ripoff Reporters:
Better Business Bureau claims:
First Class Vacations, Inc. is not BBB Accredited
First Class Vacations, Inc.
Summary 41 complaints
7 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed
Complaints Advertising / Sales Issues - 20
Billing / Collection Issues - 2
Delivery Issues - 1
Guarantee / Warranty Issues - 2
Problems with Product / Service - 16
Total Closed Complaints 41
See more at: http://www.bbb.org
Firefly Travel Corp.
Firefly Travel Corp (Cruise Firefly) is not BBB Accredited
3 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years
2 closed in last 12 months
Total Closed Complaints
Advertising / Sales Issues 1
Problems with Product / Service 2
Billing / Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues 0
Total Closed Complaints 3
- See more at: bbb.org
As always with all Call Center offerings, particularly those from Boca Raton unlicensed call centers, if it sounds too good to be true…. it’s generally not true.
Enjoy your Vacations
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