I apologize for this article during the Holiday season but I know these scam artists don't believe in the festive season. They are too busy putting coal in everyone's stocking.
The companies listed below are either an MLM or a card mill. Some are both. I just cannot understand why some suppliers continue to support the 95% of these MLM affiliates when they are just consumers trying to discount their vacation. Some suppliers will say they support these companies because they can't separate the consumers from the serious agents. The solution is to stiffen the requirements for all incentives to travel agents. Of course, there are those suppliers that feed on pure greed for a sale and allow consumer affiliates to book travel and provide commissions. ( It's called "commission rebating" or throwing manure against the wall to see what sticks). It's OK for the suppliers but not the travel agent to rebate commissions. Suppliers who really care about the travel professional would not advertise on the MLM websites or display at their "smell the money" conventions. A supplier does not need to terminate the MLM agency, they just need to toughen up their requirements as to who sells their products and who goes on a FAM.
The following companies are either MLM's, card mills or financially troubled host agencies. If you know of others please let me know and I will add them to the list. If you find that I am incorrect in listing one of these companies, I will do a retraction in the following issue.
ALL TRAVEL and CRUISE CENTER, INC
AMERICAN TRAVEL BUREAU
AMERICAN VOYAGER TRAVEL a/k/a GRAND VOYAGER TRAVEL
CASH CARD WORLDWIDE, now known as TRAVEL REACTION
COASTAL VACATION CLUB
GATEWAY ASSURANCE SYSTEM
EE TRAVEL BENEFITS
GLOBAL TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL (I plan to write about this company in upcoming articles) Many hotels no longer accept their card.
FUN TIME VACATION CLUB
GT TRENDS formerly PRT TRAVEL
HOLIDAY PLANNERS a/k/a INFINITE FRONTIERS and formerly AMERICAN VOYAGER, not to be confused with Holiday Planners , Branson, Missouri.
INTELETRAVEL(terminated by IATAN)
INTERNATIONAL WORLD VACATIONS
JOIN CRUISE TO CASH
PLATINUM ONE DESTINATIONS
PROTRAVEL NETWORK, not to be confused with ProTravel International
TRAVELOGIA already cooked
TRAVELSTAR(JOYSTAR), A new MLM
TRAVELWIZE a/k/a CYBERWIZE
TRAVERUS ( A real Prize)
ULTIMATE CHOICE TRAVEL
WORLD VENTURES TRAVEL (Believes there is a sucker born every day and they are correct.)
YTB INTERNATIONAL (Terminated by IATAN, RCL and Perillo Tours and being sued by everyone.). YOUR TRAVEL BIZ, YTBCARS, YTB TRAVEL NETWORK and REZconnect TECHNOLOGIES operate as separate companies under YTB International may not be affected by the terminations. For example, Vacation Central, under Rezconnect is not affected.
I have only heard of three agency terminations by RCL effective November 9, 2007. They are YTB, GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL and JOYSTAR. I understand RCL reinstated Global. IATAN terminated 4 agencies, two of which are YTB and Inteletravel. If you know of others please let me know.
MY LIST OF VENDORS WHO DON'T APPRECIATE PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL AGENTS
The purpose of this list is to name those vendors who are not really looking out for the interests of professional travel agents. I've tried to do thorough research in coming up with those that make my list. This is a lengthy process which is why the list is short. I really need your help in finding these vendors and of course we won't list them without proof. We will also remove them from the list if we can get them to think more positively about our professionals.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES refused to help or advise travel agents concerning unpaid commissions and future reservations from JoyStar. There were others but most of the agents singled out this company. A huge YTB supporter.
CCRA, a YTB supporter
GATE 1 seeks to sign agents away from their Host Agency
PRINCESS CRUISES, A YTB supporter
STERLING VACATIONS offers FAM trips to any card mill operation.
TRAFALGAR, A YTB supporter
TRANS-HOTELS allows anyone to be a travel agent and earn commissions.
TRAVEL GUARD, A great friend of the MLMs
TRAVEL WEEKLY, creater of the Homebased and Luxury trade shows held in Vegas last week promoted YTB's Sorensen in an upcoming trade show panel as a questioner. Shame on you Arnie Weissman.
VAYAMA also allows anyone to be a travel agent and earn commissions.
THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIERS, WE CALL THEM THE "GOOD GUYS," NO LONGER DOING BUSINESS WITH YTB
ALL THE ARTICLES I WRITE ARE GENERATED FROM MY OWN PERSONAL RESEARCH. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN AND IN NO WAY REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL, COMPANY, ORGANIZATION TO WHICH I MAY OR MAY NOT BE CONNECTED.
||THE YTB SCOREBOARD, A CHRISTMAS LIST FOR THEIR SUPPORTERS |
WE ARE KEEPING SCORE AND CHASING THE BAD GUYS.
IATA terminates relationship with YTB
RCL terminates relationship with YTB
YTB find loopholes in CLIA's photo ID card program
Prominent attorney, John Simmons, quits YTB board
Insider deals at YTB raises questions, concerns
Michael Brent, former YTB CEO selling off his stock
YTB lays off 17 employees
YTB International Reports Net Loss for Second Quarter
State of Illinois proposes to work with California in YTB case
YTB Executives Sued in Federal Court in Illinois
Illinois Attorney General's office is investigating YTB
BBB received 90 complaints about YTB
Calif. AG sues YTB Your Travel Biz over alleged pyramid scheme
Florida AG looking into YTB activities
Only 50 out of 443,000 Reps and RTAs earned a bonus in their recent "Leadership Bonus Incentive" program.
Recent SEC reports show sharp decline in # of RTAs and an 87% drop in net revenue.
BBB received 90 YTB complaints
Cash flow continues to tighten as company plane and administrative offices are sold at a loss.