How to Avoid a Vacation Rip Off Scam

RSI Vacations knows how important it is to plan and have a great vacation. Unfortunately, there are people and businesses out there that are simply out to scam vacationers out of their well-deserved, stress free time away. Here are some of the most asked questions about special travel packages and timeshares, so you can avoid the dreaded vacations scams.

Why Are They Offering Me Discount Vacation Packages and Free Gifts?

What is the catch? Why am I getting these free gifts and a discounted vacation? The truth is there really is no big catch. Typically, all that's asked is that you attend one of the area’s "resort tours" that showcases the property, amenities, and options to participate as an owner at the resort. In exchange for this special accommodations vacation package and complimentary gifts, the resort typically requires you to take a preview tour of the vacation resort and your hugely discounted special vacation package is simply their way of saying “thanks” for letting them show off their host resort. The resort is willing to offer these promotions in hopes that you will purchase a timeshare, but there is no cost or obligation to purchase. If you do like the resort and products offered, you will do business, or at least go home and tell your friends about it.

Timeshare Tour Facts

Why do I have to pay a deposit to take the timeshare resort tour?Deposits are usually required to secure your tour time for the resort tour. With the popularity and number of tours given each day, a deposit is required to ensure everyone shows up at the required time so that the day's schedule runs smoothly. The deposit is a fully refundable reservation deposit and will be refunded back at the time of the tour, along with the promised free gifts.

How long is the timeshare resort tour?
In exchange for this special accommodations vacation package and complimentary gifts, the resort requires you to take a tour of the property that can last from 60 to 90 minutes or more.

 Make Sure You Understand Your Vacation Package Deal
If you purchase a vacation package, take care to make sure you understand the deal and its requirements to receive the discounted vacation package. Your special vacation package will typically let you visit an amazing vacation destination and preview a fabulous resort at a fraction of the cost you would typically pay. Usually, all that's asked is that you attend one of the "resort tours" that showcases the property, amenities, and options to participate as an owner at the resort. In exchange for this special accommodations vacation package and complimentary gifts, the resort requires you to take a preview tour of the vacation resort.

Where do I "check in" when I arrive when using my special vacation package?
Guests should make sure they find out exactly where they are to check in when they arrive for their vacation. Often times check in is not located at the actual resort property. Often at check in, you may be provided with a listing of activities discounted exclusively for guests as well as inform you of a variety of pre-packaged family activity itineraries for sale at a reduced price.

What time can I check in? After hours check in procedures?
Make sure you find out what time you can check in. Most places will typically be ready by 4pm for check-in.  If you will be arriving after office hours, be sure to ask about their policy.  

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