• Report: #24759
Complaint Review:

Magic Vacations

  • Submitted: Tue, July 16, 2002
  • Updated: Fri, August 09, 2002

  • Reported By:Warren MI
Magic Vacations
410 Ware Blvd 10th Floor Tampa, Florida U.S.A.

Magic Vacations ripoff ripoff abused & mistreated INTERNET ripoff Tampa FLORIDA *UPDATE ..Letter to the EDitor, why so many complaints

*0: Letters to the EDitor ..Why there are so many complaints on Mini-Vacations/ Magic Vacations

*Consumer Suggestion: Send e-mail to Magic Vacations

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Here is some additional help

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Responding To Deceitful Rebuttal

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Recived a phone call recording from vacations galeria In troy, MI. After listening to the recording it said that i have won a free 2 day 3 night airfare and hotel stay in las vegas. to redeem the trip i must call the number given in the recording to redeem my free trip. So i ended up calling the number

After talking to the girl on the phone she said that i would have to listen to a 90 min seminar and no obligations and that i would receive a free trip to las vegas. So i went to the seminar to listen to this idiot try to sell me a vacation club package crap for 15,000 bucks...

So i ended up getting my free voucher for the free 2 day 3 night stay in las vegas It said to send them $50.00 dollars each for the tickets so i mailed a cashiers check for $100.00 dollars to MVi Marketing in Tampa, Florida. and also filled out the form for the dates of travel. a month later i recieved a letter from mvi marketing it said that my travel dates are not available and to fill out for diffrent dates. or check the box for my $100.00 dollars back.

So i filled out the form and put different dates on the form and mailed it back certified mail and so i did that. So a couple of weeks later i recived the same form thats said my hotel dates are not available... After recieving that form 2 times back i relized that i had been ripped off. These people are a bunch of jerks... And that i would contact a lawyer.... After reading these outher peoples letters i knew i had been ripped off...Can anyone help me what i should do about my $100.00 dollars and if anyone has recived their money back? Thanks.....

Warren, Michigan

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Letters to the EDitor ..Why there are so many complaints on Mini-Vacations/ Magic Vacations

AUTHOR: - ()

----- Original Message -----

From: "Brian Cummings" bcummings@minivacations.com

To: editor@badbusinessbureau.com

Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2002 1:55 PM


Dear Editor,

I am writing on behalf of MVI Marketing (Mini Vacations, Inc.) to respectfully request that you remove the cell phone number of our company's CEO Mike Burke from your website ripoffreport.com. This phone number was placed on your website by someone claiming to be an ex-employee but falsely using the name of a current employee. We certainly are not requesting

that anyone's comments on your website be censored, but we feel that allowing an individual's personal cell phone number to be published without his consent constitutes harassment.

We would be appreciate a response from your office as to whether or not you remove this phone number. Thank you.

Brian Cummings

Mini Vacations, Inc.


-----Original Message-----

From: EDitor@ripoffreport.com [mailto:EDitor@ripoffreport.com

Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2002 5:14 PM

To: Brian Cummings bcummings@minivacations.com

Cc: NevisReviewBoard@badbusinessbureau.com

Subject: Fw: PLEASE REMOVE CEO'S CELL PHONE NUMBER FROM YOUR WEBSITE ..MVI Marketing / Magic Vacations ripoff # 24759

We are sending this to go before our review board. I can tell you, I never heard of them removing something like this, but I will send it anyway..

Question: Why is there over 50 Rip-off Reports on your companies (under various names) ...how come you don't resolve them? There are over 100 e-mailed complaints to us here at Rip-off Report too!



----- Original Message -----

From: "Brian Cummings" bcummings@minivacations.com

To: EDitor@ripoffreport.com

Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 7:50 AM

Subject: RE: Your Questions

Dear Editor,

I hope you will remove this phone number and please consider the following:

we are certain that the person who placed the phone number on your website is a former executive who now works for a competing firm and has an interest in attacking our company's reputation. Her comments were made in self-interest, not out of any empathy for consumers.

Now, I hope to answer some of your questions. First, our primary

corporation is Mini Vacations, Inc., although we do business under the name "MVI Marketing". Another affiliated corporation is Diamond Escapes, Inc., which sells higher-end vacation packages to corporations which use them as employee rewards. Diamond Escapes is much smaller than Mini Vacations and I

do not believe anyone has ever complained against Diamond Escapes on the RipoffReport. So, you are dealing with only one company, Mini Vacations, Inc.

Mini Vacations has been in business for 18 years and its primary product is the vacation certificate, which is typically a voucher that offers recipents two complimentary nights of hotel accommodations at one of a dozen or more vacation destinations listed on the brochure. At any given time, we have in

excess of 2 million vacation certificates in circulation. Accommodations are based on availability and there are limits on the certificates' use. This is all fully explained in the certificates' terms and conditions.

These certificates are sold to businesses which in turn award them to their customers as an incentive to make a purchase, attend a sales presentations, opt for an ungraded service, etc. With few exceptions, consumers receive our certificates as a gift.

Why are there so many complaints? There are several answers to that question, but the primary reason is misunderstanding of the product. The misunderstanding stems from a lack of communication sometimes on our part, sometimes on the part of the consumers (who may neglect to follow the instructions on their certificates) and most often on the part of our distributors.

Improving our communication with customers has become one of our company's biggest challenges in recent years, as we have experienced tremendous growth. We have also created new products that may offer airfare, cruise accommodations or week-long condominium stays. The challenge comes in patroling our corporate clients to ensure that they accurately represent our

products to their customers. We have about 8,000 corporate clients and we do alter or terminate our relationships with them when we uncover a pattern of complaints that suggests they are not fairly representing our products to the customers.

Additionally, your website makes it very easy for a consumer to complain anonymously about any company and encourages them to get "revenge." You are even highly critical of the Better Business Bureau and would be considered an "extremist" among consumer advocates. However, you are obviously offering a valuable service to the public by giving people a forum to air their complaints. We take complaints against our company seriously and make our best attempt to contact the customers and resolve their issues.

You may feel free to forward any customers' emailed complaints either to my attention or to the attention of Lindsay Gordon (lgordon@minivacations.com). We both work with the different fulfillment departments to investigate complaints and find solutions to satisfy our customers.

Thank you for your time.


Brian Cummings

Mini Vacations, Inc.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Send e-mail to Magic Vacations

AUTHOR: anti - ()

The fastest way to request/get refund is by sending an e-mail to:






AND if they do not answer, to fill a complaint with Florida Florida Department Consumer Services.

They have so many travel related complaints, that they created a special form:

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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Here is some additional help

AUTHOR: Lindsay - ()

The owner of the Company, MVI, is Mike Burke Sr.

Their new office is in Sarasota. Only Customer

Service call center personal work in Tampa. The Tampa number is (813)621-1400/ Mike Burke's Cell phone number is 941-685-5021. The COO is Jim Valente.

The customer Service people are trained on how NOT to travel people especially if they do not meet the time share qualifications. Most of the locations on the certificates are not even hotels that they have contracts with or work with. That is why you can not travel.

The only to get to them is them is in a lawsuit.

If there is an attorney that is willing to do a class action suit or go after them for Federal Mail Fraud.

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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Responding To Deceitful Rebuttal

AUTHOR: Mike - ()

We at Mini Vacations were very disappointed to see the slanderous rebuttal made by someone masquerading as a former employee who deceitfully used the name of a current employee.

Mini Vacations has been in business for 18 years and is one of the largest promotional travel companies in the nation. Our business depends upon customer satisfaction and we attribute our success over the years to providing our customers with enjoyable and affordable family vacations. We serve more than 8,000 corporate clients in North and South America. At the present time, we have hundreds of thousands of vacation certificates in circulation nationwide that have been distributed by our clients. We simply could not stay in business if we did not take care of our clients' customers.

Therefore, it is preposterous to suggest that our Customer Service personnel are trained in any manner other than to accommodate the maximum number of travel requests that they receive.

Lastly, Mini Vacations has accommodations contracts with hotel corporations that provide the room allotments for our vacation certificates. Although we always strive to accommodate our customers' first travel choices, sometimes our room allotments are fully booked at a particular destination. For this reason, we request that customers submit an alternative date that can be accommodated in case their first choice is unavailable. However, we can and do accommodate our customers at every destination listed on any of our vacation products. It is patently false and fraudulent to state, as this person did in their rebuttal, that we do not have accommodations for most of the locations on our vacation certificates.

Ironically, our commitment to customer service is evidenced on this very consumer revenge website. As you can see, if one of our customers feels they need to complain about our company on the Ripoff Report, we take action to provide them with whatever assistance can resolve their problem. And, in our replies, we provide full names, email addresses and phone numbers, unlike the consumers who provide at most only their first name.

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