The detailed info is very helpful. When I read on the back of the postcard that the promotion was not sponsored by any of the businesses listed, I thought for sure it was a time share deal. I just waited on hold for a representative that 'would be with me shortly' and thought my 'call was important' for 16 and a half minutes. When I read the above, I chose to hang up.
Hard to get stuff for free...just doesn't seem to happen these days.
Thanks for the info, Capt. We used to go to these years ago, and you got your gifts right then and there...didn't know they started charging you for your "free" gifts. Definitely will pass on this one!
Thank you for detail updates. I always wonder if I don't call. That really helped me to decide not to waste my and my husband 90 minutes. I truly believe that "there is no free lunch"...Thank you very much now that I can toss the note away not wondering if I would have the round trip and hotel stay
Got the same postcard w/travel channel logo and the "as seen on tv" logo..called the number just for the heck of it even though I was very suspicious and got a recording saying " transferring to gift department" but no company name was mentioned..after being transferred got a ring no answer.
Thanks for the update..... Help me decide... Not a real winner here...:-)
The whole thing was legit, but the phone number may not be...
The presentation was for a Vacation Club called something like "Your Best Vacation Ever" (I didn't even bother to remember the name), and they were very up-front and straight-forward with us. We listened to the presentation, we said "No", they let us go with our "Bribes".
The phone number is for an outside Telemarketing Firm.
This means that whenever you see the phone number 1-800-613-1886, it may be for a completely different company. Today they're taking reservations for "Your Best Vacation Ever", tomorrow they may be verifying your information for a free carpet cleaning, and after that they may just need to ask you a few questions for a National Survey. The Telemarketing Firm that's manning the phones for this probably takes a pretty even mix of "Legit" and "Scam" clients.
This Telemarketing Firm was in charge of the "Bribes" (the two tickets to anywhere Delta flies + Marriot Stay + Android Tablet) and they are... well, I'm not sure about the bribes yet. They smell fishy to me, but we have an acquaintance who swears by them.
To get your free Airfare and Hotel Stay, you need to send this company a $50 "Deposit" per person to find out more information. According to the acquaintance who has done this before, they then send you a form to fill out with several options for your preferred travel dates. So you send them a thing that says, basically, "Okay we would like to go to Disneyland during the week of September 19th, or the week of October 11th, or the week of December 19th". They then send you back (via Snail-Mail) vouchers that are non-transferable and non-negotiable; "You wanted to go the week of October 11th, here are you tickets for the October 15th 1:20AM flight out of Seattle with a 3-hour layover in Nevada, return flight is October 18th at 10:45PM. The Marriot Inn that you will be staying at is not the one near Disneyland, it is the one in Oakland which is a mere hour away".
They may also tack on other "fees" after your $50 "deposit". The person I know who did it ended up paying a grand total of $175 for 2 red-eye flights to Orlando FL and 2 nights at a hotel 2 hours away from where they wanted to go :/
The Android Tablet is an out-and-out SCAM. You get a voucher to mail in for one of four different nondescript items with no brand names or specs or anything - the entirety o the description and information is "Android Tablet", "Netbook Computer", "High-Quality Digital Camera" or "Flat Screen TV". No measurements, no brand names, nothing beyond a RIDICULOUS "Shipping Charge" for each item that is more obviously a price tag (unless you know of someplace that would charge $50 to ship an 8-ounce Android Tablet, $80 for a Netbook Computer, $75 for a High-Quality Digital Camera and $130 for a Flat Screen TV).
My assumption is that these are the same off-brand electronics that you can find at your local Big Lots Clearance Store for a little bit less than what this company is charging for shipping.
So in the end, my wife and I wasted a perfectly good 90 minutes to get nothing :(
How did it go?
We did call yesterday. We're going today. We'll let you know tomorrow if we're still alive :-D!
I received the same postcard. Called the number 3 times today - is transferred to the gift department and no one answers the phone.
Guess they have their fill of people.
Good luck with your presentation!
Received the postcard in Bothell, WA (98011) mail today, picture of an airplane on the front with "2 DELTA TICKETS AND A MARRIOTT GETAWAY ANYWHERE DELTA FLIES" on the front, on the back it says (under a "Travel Channel" and "As Seen On TV" logo)
"Dear BRIAN PIERCE
Congratulations! You are going to receive 2 Round Trip Airfares on Delta Airlines flying anywhere in the continental US and 3 Days/2 Nights at any Marriott or Hilton in the Continental U.S.
CALL WITHIN 48 HOURS. YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE AS A BONUS AN ANDROID TOUCHPAD TABLET OR NETBOOK LAPTOP COMPUTER!
We have been trying to contact you! (This is not a Timeshare or Land Sale Offer)
TOLL FREE 1-800-613-1886
Mon-Sun 9am to 8pm
*small print: "Certain restrictions apply. Call for details. Taxes & registration fees and/or processing fees are the responsibility of the recipient. This promotion not sponsored by Delta Airlines, Marriott or Hilton. Recipient is responsible for shipping and handling charges.
I called the number and spoke with a friendly guy named Tony Taylor. He was up-front and told me that this was a sales presentation for a Vacation Club, no purchase was required, just sit through a 90-minute presentation, listen to the sales pitch and they hope we'll see the value they are offering but if not then the tickets, hotel and Android Tablet are their way of saying thank-you for listening. He said that there were requirements; I have to be married (I am), I have to bring my wfie with me to the presentation (I will) and we have to have a combined annual household income of at least $60k (we do). He offered us several different presentation times at the Lynnwood Embassy Suites for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings or Saturday during the afternoon. An appointment was set, Tony gave me a Gift Code to write on my invitation card, and we're done.
Googled the phone number and found LOTS of folks on-line who think this is a scam and have associated it with other similar scams, but no one who has actually called or went to a presentation.
Having gone to many Time Share, Land Sale, Pyramid Scheme, Gym Membership Drive and Business Opportunity Presentations over the years, I'm ready to assume that this is just another lengthy presentation in a stuffy hotel meeting room with free cookies and a hard sell. The presentation will take 90 minutes, followed by a half-hour of sitting with a sweaty person who will make no money if he doesn't sell us on this Vacation Club, then another 45 minutes of waiting for our "Rewards" after we refuse the sale. The Delta Airline Tickets and Marriott Getaway will involve some complicated redemption process involving "Points", the Android Tablet will be an off-brand piece of plastic junk, and I'll be apologizing to my wife for having dragged her to another one of my "Something For Nothing" waste-of-time presentations.
I'll update after the presentation on Saturday to let you know if I was right :)
Postcard with same number, with a Travel Channel logo, 2 r/t airfares on delta plus 2 nights at any Marriott or Hilton. Has anyone actually called them to see what the scam is?
I got one too today...2 air tix and hotel...also says if i call within 48 hours I get a tablet or netbook...says it's from travel channel...i doubt it's worth anything
I got one too but addressed to my dad which is weird...there is nothing that has ever had his name on it at this address...very janky...
got a card in mail saying I won a 2 roun trip airfare with an bonus of hotel if call in 72 hours.
Got a postcad saying Congratulations@ You are going to receive 2 Round Trip Airfares to anywhere Continental fies in the continental USA. Have not called. Slightly suspisous. Mt. Juliet, TN
Got a postcard indicating it was in celebration of there anniversary in our area (Glen Burnie, MD) that I was selected to receive a complementary 7 day/6 night cruise from any port on Carnival as well as 2 round trip airfares leaving from or going to any major airport in the continental US - said it was NOT a time share or land sale offer - call: 800-613-1886.
Too good too be true, did not call - if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...then it must be a duck...
No calls. But got a free 7 day cruise offer in the mail- a little sketchy