Travel Club Benefits – What Are They?

Does this describe you?
You and your family love to vacation. Unfortunately the price attached to the luxury condos and villas are out of your price-range. So, you scour the internet for the best deal you can afford to give your family an amazing time and make memories you hope will last a lifetime. Excitement runs high as you pack your bags, and head off to your destination. Checking into your room, you are slightly disheartened that the room is small, and the bathroom is 20 years out of date. Your room doesn’t face the beach, but instead the road or the small pool outside your window. Your family quickly puts on their swimsuits to head to the beach. Even though your room is small, the decor is outdated, and it doesn’t face the ocean, you are determined to make the most out of your stay. Even so, you secretly long to stay in a 5-star resort villa and to be pampered during your vacation.

Is there a better way?
Did you know that millions of 4 & 5-star villas and timeshare condos sit vacant each week because there simply aren’t enough people to keep them occupied throughout the year? To alleviate this problem, timeshare management corporations and large hotels sell their vacant rooms at pennies on the dollar in large wholesale lots. As an individual consumer, these discounts are simply not available. You must belong to a “club”.

How a Travel Club Works
Since timeshare management and large hotels can’t possibly rent out all of their properties and rooms each week, they offer a large portion of them to “wholesale” clubs so that they can make at least some amount of money on each property. The rest of their properties, they offer at inflated prices to the end consumer…YOU. A good travel club will require a fee to gain access to these wholesale condos and villas. But, the actual price of the properties should not be inflated. In other words, once you join a travel club, you should then have full access to the real prices the travel club has already negotiated for you. Some vacation clubs have several hundred properties to offer their members, and others have tens of thousands.

How should you choose a travel club?

No Yearly Dues: A good travel club will not force its members to pay yearly dues. If you want to pay yearly dues, consider a timeshare.
Cost to join: A reputable travel club will not charge more than $1,000 to join.
The price of a travel club should not vary per person. If one person pays $795 to join, everyone should have to pay $795 to join.
There should be NO Blackout dates. You should have the flexibility to travel any week of the year including holidays and high travel weeks.
There should be no fees whatsoever to be paid to the travel club once you have enrolled. This includes maintenance fees, renewal fees, up-charges, and concierge fees. If there are additional fees of any kind, do not join.
Concierge Desk: A real plus! Some travel clubs offer a full service concierge desk to help you book and search for your next vacation.
No limitations: You should be allowed to travel as much or as little as you like without restrictions of any kind.
4&5-Star Vacation Club Resorts: A good travel club will offer high quality resort and condo accommodations.

How much money can I save using a travel club? How much you save depends largely on how much you travel. You can expect on average to save on average 30-50% per vacation. There are some vacation clubs that offer as much as 80% discounts to their members. Many who join a reputable travel club find that they have made back their enrollment fee after booking their very first vacation

Travel Clubs

Are Travel Clubs worth the investment?

My traveling days have slowed down since I’ve become a new mom, my priorities have changed, but my husband and I still try and take a vacation at least once or twice a year. My boss travels several times a year and was telling me about the opportunities that come along with them and suggested that I check things out. Well, my curiosity got the best of me and I started searching different sites for information on the pros and cons. I hope my findings help you with your decision on whether or not to purchase a membership.

Wondering what a travel club is? Members a charged a membership fee in return for providing travel at cost or an extremely discounted rate. There are several different types of clubs, ranging from luxury leisure travel to affordable adventure travel and a whole slew of others.

My boss chose to go with “Travel RCI”, which guaranteed the lowest prices for flights, hotels and other forms of travel. He has been very happy with the services and said he wished he would have joined earlier. The savings have truly added up for him, and they might for you as well.

Benefits

Becoming a member can be extremely beneficial if you travel more than just once a year. Most memberships come with several free trip offers each year. Travel club memberships offer cheap trip options that are not available to the general public. Investing in a membership can range anywhere from unlimited flexibility in travel options, trip packages in thousands of destinations. You can save on all the extras that go hand in hand with planning a trip, like car rental, hotel reservations, airline tickets and discounts on food and drinks. Travel club membership also works like airline mile rewards programs, giving you additional benefits for traveling more.

Types

There are a handful of different types, ranging from women’s only clubs, sport-specific like ski or golf travel to clubs for traveling singles. Most memberships require a one-time nominal fee, while other may require annual or monthly membership fees. There are also several companies that coordinate for the professionals, like teachers and dentists, with professional services related travel opportunities.

With the vast array of options and types, just about every traveler can find a club that is unique to their individual tastes. An important factor is convenience. A travel club allows members to maintain up-to-date profiles based on their travel interests that help the club to weed out potential offers and trip options for them. With a vast array of traveling tools, a travel club can simplify your travel planning process for you by keeping everything you need on an easily accessible site.

Advisory

Like any other special offers and discounts you may find on the Internet today, travel club options should be thoroughly researched for legitimacy. There are many travel-related Internet scams on the Internet and they prey off vulnerable trusting individuals. Be sure to check out the company’s reputation by conducting a basic Internet search. Like contacting the Better Business Bureau, or simply calling the company in question to ask for more information.

Also, remember that the benefit of a travel clubs really ramps up once you travel twice in a given year. If you do not travel at least twice a year you will likely not save enough money to justify the cost of your membership. If you travel more than twice a year your travel club should be a great investment.

Conclusion
Travel clubs can be a great investment for the avid traveler. If you plan on traveling several times a year I would highly recommend that you research the different travel clubs and see which one will best suite you and your family and/or business needs. Please take the time so you too can get the best out of your future travels.

Travel Clubs – Can They Save You Money On Your Next Vacation?

The Travel Dilemma:

Each year thousands of people join travel/vacation clubs in hopes of saving money on vacations and travel. They believe that by paying a fee to a private club, they will be privy to some “insider” information and have access to discount travel options which will in turn save them money. Travel Clubs aren’t new, but their popularity is rising. As the travel industry hikes up its prices year after year, consumers are eager to find new options to afford the vacations they want to take. In today’s economy, only the elite can afford to spend a week at a beachfront luxury resort. The rest of us take what we can get and make the best of it.

How Discount Travel Works:

Basically, it goes like this. Large travel industry companies own millions of properties which they rent out at retail prices to the consumer (you and me). A large portion of their properties remain vacant every week of the year. So, after they get as many consumers to pay top dollar price for as many rooms as possible, they then sell off the remainder of their “empty” rooms to discount brokers. If you have ever shopped on Priceline, Kayak or TravelZoo, you have probably noticed their prices are less than what you would pay if you booked through the actual property itself. These discount brokers pay a certain price for the properties and then increase the pricing before they market them to the public. The consumer must pay the discount broker more than they obtained the properties to offset advertising, personnel management and web rankings. So, while you can pick up some good deals through these discount travel brokers, options are generally limited and you still aren’t getting the “steal” you may be looking for.

How is a Travel Club Different?

Unfortunately, some travel clubs act like the discount broker. They will acquire large lots of properties, mark them up and then offer them to their members. But, there are a few travel clubs that go about discount travel in a whole new way. These elite few will charge you a one time fee for a lifetime membership. As a member, you are then welcomed into the inner workings of the company and exposed to travel deals that you can’t get on the open market. A good travel club will never mark up their properties before they offer them to their members.

How to Tell a Good Travel Club from a Bad One:

Of course, price is the largest determining factor. You should look for a travel club which has a “one time join fee” of under $1,000. Steer clear of travel clubs that charge renewal fees. You should never pay maintenance fees, association fees, Red Week Fees, prime vacation week fees, or dues of any kind. A good travel club will have thousands of properties available from a large geographic area….possibly world-wide. Make sure the club only carries high-quality properties. If the club offers properties at the Motel 6 or Howard Johnson’s, this is not an elite club. The best clubs will offer 3,4 & 5 Star resorts and condos at prices you are currently paying for a 2-star hotel room. Be choosy, and expect great service at an affordable cost.

Some clubs do not advertise themselves at all. The club members advertise for them, which saves the company money which they in-turn pass on to members. One particular club allows its vacation club members to become club associates at no additional charge. Many members choose to only to take part in saving money on vacations, and enjoying club benefits. But, others will choose to be an associate and advertise for the company for a commission on new sales. As such, this particular travel club has very little operating expenses which allows them to offer club memberships at a low price with no recurring fees or dues of any kind.