American Resort association Travel Club

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I was wondering if you have any information on the travel club called American resorts association? It was presented to us at a meeting that offered discounts on hotels, condominiums, airfare and cruises. It requires a large initiation fee of approximately $5000 and then $300 a year membership today. They claim to be the go-between the hotels and resorts and the on line booking companies such as Priceline and booking.com and offiers substantial savings compared to those companies. I was unable to find any reviews on line and I was wondering if you were familiar or had any information. Thank you!! Leigh
 
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Don't do it! I'm not in travel but I would be willing to be that Priceline, Expedia, etc are big enough entities that they deal directly with the airlines, cruise lines and hotels. They don't need a go-between.

Doing the math, let's say that they get you a 20% discount on everything, you'd have to spend $25,000 to recoup the initial $5000, and $1500 a year to recoup the $300 annual dues. And this is just to break even!
 
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Thank you guys soooomuch!! I LOVE this Advocacy group! It’s the best thing I ever found!I tell everyone about them nation point I think probably I’ll contribute some of that money I’m not giving to the scam to this website! I go with my gut and it was never really settled and you just confirm that I had the right feelings!!!thanks sooomuch!! Many thanks!
 

Neil Maley

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Anything asking for money up front into ANY club is a scam. And don’t go on vacation and sign up for a time share either.

When you want to find out about the legitimacy of a business or club, do a google search for “Complaints about (company name) “. That’s what we do - except on this case we didn’t need to.
 
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I would suspect that this is a time share company and there are no special relationships other than their own time shares.

Kriseye makes a very valuable point about assessing the numbers when reviewing an offer.

And run away from high pressure sales tactics, no matter the industry.
 

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Don't do it! I'm not in travel but I would be willing to be that Priceline, Expedia, etc are big enough entities that they deal directly with the airlines, cruise lines and hotels. They don't need a go-between.

Doing the math, let's say that they get you a 20% discount on everything, you'd have to spend $25,000 to recoup the initial $5000, and $1500 a year to recoup the $300 annual dues. And this is just to break even!
"Doing the math" as Krisseye says, is just the thing. I remember our first time-share pitch, a gorgeous resort at Squaw Valley, we were absolutely gung-ho ... until I whipped out my calculator. We did have a fabulous weekend there on them, tho. That's the only way to win this little game.

You're a smart cookie to post here, Leigh! And thanks for the kind words; we're all volunteers and we love to help people, especially BEFORE they run into trouble.
 
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