World Ventures Dream Trips, vacation of a lifetime?

World Ventures Dreamtrips sells for $199.95 up front and $24.99 a month.  This product is described as taking the bulk buying concept of Costco and applying it to travel; in short it’s a monthly membership that gives the member access to discounted vacations.  At the time of writing there were 68 vacations listed on the schedule of available vacations.

So is it worth it?  It would be an impossible task to research all of the 68 vacations currently being offered to determine value but our research showed that they do in fact provide vacation pricing that cannot be matched anywhere else online.  One of the price comparisons I researched as a test was for a Jamaica vacation at the Grand Lido Braco.  For two adults this vacation cost $890 via the World Ventures Dreamtrips product and Travelocity came in at $1050.  Another example I researched was a Cabo San Lucas trip to the Riu PaIace.  For two adults this vacation cost $758 via Dreamtrips product and Travelocity came in at $950.28.  There were some more extravagant trips that could not be easily compared because they would not show pricing unless you were a member and others were hard to compare because the Dreamtrips included extras that could not be purchased via the normal online booking engine.

Looking at the numbers it seems most consumers would recover their World Ventures Dreamtrips membership investment with the money they save by taking their first “Dreamtrip”.  Please be aware that this was by no means an exhaustive investigation as we only priced 2 of the 68 Dreamtrips available at time of writing, but based on this analysis, it seems that families taking at least one decent vacation a year would see the value out of their membership.

WorldVentures LTC (Leisure Travel Consultant) package sells for $199.95 up front and $24.99 a month.  The best description for this product would be an online travel “business in a box”.  This includes an online retail travel website, online travel tutorials and exam, along with opportunities for higher level travel industry training.

Evaluating the legitimacy of the World Ventures LTC product is a little tougher as it is not as much of a retail product for end consumers but rather the training, tools and systems to market to end consumers. To this end it looks as if they have the gamut covered pretty well.  I was particularly impressed by the Rovia search engine that powers the retail travel websites of LTC’s.  In doing an airfare search I was surprised to see that they also check Southwest airlines.  Because I actually needed to book the travel I was researching I ended up booking the airfare and had no issues with the fulfillment. There is also a “Match or Beat” price guarantee for online bookings against Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline and Travelocity.  After using the booking engine and seeing how it searches all the other booking engines I can start to see how the marketing claims of not needing to go anywhere else could be very true.  We have recently added a video review comparing WorldVentures Rovia to the competition on an airfare search as well as a cruise vacation search.

WorldVentures Scam Claim: WorldVentures LTC product is essentially a travel agent “card mill”

Travel agents have been hit especially hard in the past 10 years as more and more travel continues to be booked online.  In this same time frame several network marketing companies have made a failed attempt to take advantage of this shift.  Most are not around anymore and left a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of people because they were not delivering any true value. Instead, they were operating what is commonly referred to in the network marketing based travel industry as a “card mill”.  This is a situation where a networking company sells a travel agent package similar in description to WorldVentures LTC product but in reality it’s just a cheap plastic card designed to give the holder discounts as if they were a licensed travel agent.

I am happy to say that there is no sign that WorldVentures has gone this route with the LTC product.  I cannot find any reference to a travel agent discount card anywhere in their marketing material.  Further verification with WorldVentures agents has confirmed that you cannot obtain this card until making an industry standard of travel sales along with training and certifications similar in nature to what traditional travel agents must undergo.

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