Book and Sea Travel Club is promoting a contest to draw people to a sales presentation to buy some type of travel club program. Whether it for $2,995 or $4,995, I don't care. If people wish to buy in that is free market capitalism, I suppose. My wife and I are interested in listening, most likely saying "No Thank you" and getting our door prize.
If the "door prize was a $50 voucher at Olive Garden that would make sense. However, they have four consolation prizes with the most likely awarded one being a cruise with Royal Caribbean cruise lines. The fine print on back side shows that the vast majority of people win a 7 day Royal Caribbean cruise and air fare for only paying port charges, taxes and activations fees, to be used anytime within 12 months. So we don't have to go during the fall hurricane season or in the middle of July heat!
In checking with Royal Caribbean, they said that these charges might be around $150 per person, and that frequently travel agencies might buy a block of rooms and use for their various promotions.
I was told by Book and Sea Travel that if our prize is the cruise we would be given a confirm with the booking number on site. Royal Caribbean confirmed that with the booking number we would then have direct access to their log-in and go through check-in procedures, shore excursions, etc. A meal at Olive Garden sounds more reasonable as a give away, but a cruise is appealing.
However, we could pay $300 by credit card and be given a piece of paper with a cruise ship photo and fake confirm number, and be stuck with a credit card fight to get our charge reversed.
Anyone familiar with Book and Sea Travel Club and this promotion? Thank you.