Is Coastal Vacations A Scam?

is coastal vacations a scam

Coastal Vacations Review

Coastal Vacations is another home based multi level marketing company in the travel industry.  Although Coastal Vacations is an association with a Board of Director, it did not open as a publicly traded company in order to protect itself from lawsuits and people out there that are hurting the home based business industry. Most people don’t hear about it, but chances are all of the big MLM and home business companies have many lawsuits against them because of unsatisfied clients.

Before going any further, I have to mention:

I am in no way associated with Coastal Vacations, so this is not a biased review.  I do not have any financial gain as to whether you sign up or not. I am here to provide you with the details regarding Coastal Vacations so you will make the best decision possible.

I am in the position to share this review with you because I was involved with a similar company called World Ventures a couple years ago before I got into Affiliate Marketing. Some people may disagree with me on what I am about to say on Coastal Vacations, however, through personal experience it is very difficult to build a successful business through their methods. You can form your own opinion of Coastal Vacations and decide for yourself if it is worth joining.

Coastal Vacations promotes travel discount packages that provide discounted access to third party travel services. On the bottom of their website it states that they are not a seller of travel and therefore is not licensed to sell travel. Like most typical mlm companies, Coastal Vacations encourages members to recruit new members to get paid a commission and start generating an income out of it.

Membership

The costs to become a member of Coastal Vacations depends on what level an affiliate buys in at.

There are three levels in which a prospective member can join in. Each is an upfront cost of:

  • $1,295 LEVEL 1
  • $3,500 LEVEL 2
  • $7,500 LEVEL 3
  • The Coastal Vacations Level I discount travel membership package (considered the Resort Vacation Package) provides a minimum of twenty-five membership cards and a minimum of 24 vacation bonuses (customization, but pre-set travel packages) inclusive of hotels, condos, restaurants, vehicle rentals, RV hookups, recreation, airfares, cruises, and theme parks.
  • The Coastal Vacations Level 2 discount travel membership package (considered the International Vacation Package) provides all that the Level 1 package provides with hundreds of international vacations and unlimited cruises as well as a discounted ticket to one of CV’s training seminars.
  • The Coastal Vacations Level 3 discount travel membership package (considered the Universal Vacation Package) with thousands of vacations and hundreds of 5,6, or 7 day cruises and a discount ticket to one CV training seminar.

During the initial purchase the three membership levels can be purchased at discounted rates by bundling two or more.

  • $3995  The Premier Package is a combination of membership LEVEL 1 and membership LEVEL 2. This is a savings of $800 off the combined cost of each level if purchased separately.
  • $11,000  The Platinum Package is a combination of all three membership levels (LEVEL 1, LEVEL 2, and LEVEL 3). This is a savings of $1,295 off the combined cost of all three levels if purchased separately. The encouragement is you save the entire cost of a LEVEL 1 membership if you purchase the Platinum rather than the Premier package.

Coastal Vacations memberships are considered lifetime memberships with an optional renewal fee for $89.95 a year applied to membership cards only. (these cards expire unless renewed, but the Coastal Vacation relationship is lifetime).

The concept is that members will have access to all their travel and entertainment needs, both local and international at wholesale prices opposed to retail prices.

In most travel and entertainment situations the member will have access to discounts by contacting the Coastal Vacations listed travel or entertainment service, using a Coastal Vacations membership code and securing a service code or certificate at a reduced charge. Some travel packages are prearranged and other arrangements can be customized to the liking of the member.

Compensation

Coastal Vacations travel services provided to their members can not be re-sold individually.  Membership cards provided in the name of the member are not transferable, but individual vacation and airline discounts are transferable as a gift or donation.

With that said,  the compensation plan is based entirely upon the recruitment of new members to the Coastal Vacations program.

 

There are three levels within the Coastal Vacations compensation plan based on the three membership levels in which a person joins. A new member receives commission equal to or below the membership level held by the member. A new member is encouraged to purchase at the highest level possible in order to receive corresponding commissions, and must pass up the first two commissions the new member recruits at that level or lower. All commissions after the first two will come directly to the member who recruits.

The commissions per each level are:

$1,000 LEVEL 1

$3,200 LEVEL 2 (package purchase)

$9,705 LEVEL 3 (package purchase)

Once the first two commissions are passed up, you will receive a commission from each new member recruited after the first two.

When talking about the business aspect of Coastal Vacations, most mlm companies like this rely to much on recruitment than selling an actual product.  Multi Level Marketing companies should have products to sell to customers along with affiliates to be on the safe side. As a distributor for Coastal Vacations you are simply a sales rep, working for free unless you recruit other members to join and promote products which Coastal Vacations don’t even own. They save money on advertising and paying a workforce while the distributors do all the work. Essentially you don’t own anything and instead of being a sales rep for Coastal Vacations(an affiliate for the companies they represent), you can become a direct affiliate and market a variety of products including travel packages.  Click Here To Learn More

Conclusion

Having launched on June 16 of 2002, Coastal can never be shut down because it is an association and each entrepreneur is its own business owner. Coastal Vacations simply gives its members the ability to get a travel package at wholesale prices and recruit new members to get paid a commission.

I’m not a fan of the MLM way of doing business due to the fact that all the benefits are with the company and not to the individuals doing all the work to make those at the top rich.

While there may possibly be some good travel deals to be had by becoming a member, if you are involved with the goal of earning an income you will most likely be dissappointed in the long run. This company has zero products of its own and is really operating as an affiliate of all the travel vendors it is in partnership with.

There are better travel marketing opportunities to join, and up front costs are steep and may not be affordable for many individuals looking to start the business.  However if you are still interested here is a link to their official site  http://www.coastaltravelpackage.com

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As always, I welcome your comments on this review of Coastal Vacations and I will be more than willing to discuss it with you. If you have ever joined Coastal Vacations,  feel free to share with us your personal experience in the comment section below.

 

10 Comments

  1. I have not heard of this company but appreciate your review. I tend to shy away from companies with such a large start up cost. I recently joined a travel company that actually allows me to sell travel for much much less. I had to go through an approval process before being allowed in. These MLM’s that just sell membership and not products are popping up all over the place we have to keep ourselves educated. Thanks again.

  2. i have never heard of this company and as reading i thought the start up was a bit high. I dont travel much but when i do i stay for a long time, at least a year. I do not travel often and when i do its overseas so do you know of any programs for overseas traveling?

  3. I foolishly purchased the platinum Package and began being trained by a platinum director, Susan Davis. The training was free. However, Susan abruptly dumped me at a very critical point in the training. I made many attempts to find assistance. After several months I finally was put in touch with a member of the board of directors who very reluctantly offered to continue my training. He made it clear it would be a great burden to him and he would not derive any financial benefit. By this time I became so disillusioned I decided to not pursue my Home based business. I tried getting my money back but was unsuccessful. I am 68 years old and had to invade my minimal retirement savings. Given my personal and financial situation I was led to believe that if I just followed the scripts provided by Dani Johnson I would make a lot of money. You also needed to pay a lot of money for leads to call in order to enhance your chances of success. There was always something that cost more money. The interesting thing is that I did not initiate contact with Coastal Travel. I was actually responding to an Amazon ad for Home based employees. When I called the number it was Susan Davis with Coastal Travel. In hindsight I allowed her to take advantage of me and my vulnerability and great need for financial security.

    • I am sorry to hear about your loss in the Coastal Travel opportunity. There are a lot of businesses that promises success and then have individuals put out a lot of money with no positive results. I wasted over a $1,000 in joining World Ventures years ago and the model of businesses like that only leads to a few that can actually be successful.

    • Thank you so much for posting your experience. I’m sorry you had to go through it though. I too was contacted and spent a few days thinking about joining. Your review has made up my mind for me. Thank you!

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