What is World Ventures About? Is World Ventures a Scam? - A Customer's Perspective

What is World Ventures About? Is World Ventures a Scam? – A Customer’s Perspective

What is World Ventures AboutAnyone who knows me knows that I love to travel. Further, it’s my entire reason behind creating an online business. I want a business I can travel with. If you love to travel as much as I do, you may have been approached about World Ventures. What is World Ventures about? Is World Ventures a pyramid scheme? Is World Ventures a good deal? How good are their dream trips?

Most people nowadays are very, very careful about getting involved with anything that has those three little letters in it’s branding: MLM.

Don’t worry. This article isn’t about getting you involved in something where you need to recruit or have home parties or travel every month to a seminar.

The traveling we’re going to talk about today is the fun kind. Think global vacations and cheap travel packages. Read on and see why the customer side of World Ventures is something you shouldn’t be running away from just yet.


What is World Ventures About? Is World Ventures a Scam?


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World Ventures has both a customer side and a representative side.

The customer side involves being a member of a travel club. This review aims to show you how to get the absolute best bang for your travel buck through that club.

The representative side involves getting paid in a multilevel marketing (MLM) structure and recruiting a downline.

Hold on! Don’t run away yet!

If you’re already cringing just having read “MLM” and “recruiting” in the same sentence, I totally understand.

In fact, if you’re really serious about building your own business, you NEED to check out my #1 recommendation for creating a consistent monthly revenue stream online. There’s no MLM and they absolutely deliver.

However, if you’re still interested in seeing what World Ventures is all about from a customer’s perspective, this is the review for you. This review will cover all the major details of the World Ventures travel club membership and how to get the best bang for your buck WITHOUT dealing with another MLM.


Who are the owners of World Ventures?


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Wayne Nugent and Dan Stemmen brought World Ventures into business December 10th, 2005. It is the world’s largest direct seller of curated group travel with Independent Representatives in 28 countries.

Both have backgrounds in direct sales and network marketing.

Website:
worldventures.com


How Much Does It Cost to Join World Ventures?


There are three tiers to the World Ventures membership as a customer: Standard, Gold and Platinum.

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So, to sum up:

  • Standard membership: one time $124.98 + $24.99/month.
  • Gold membership: one time $249.98 + $49.99/month.
  • Platinum membership: one time $399.98 + $99.99/month.

You might think these packages are a bit expensive, and I would agree. Shelling out $400 for the platinum package along with a recurring $100/month is steep. And you still have to book a trip.

[Additionally, if you’re looking to join the business side of World Ventures as a representative, it’ll cost you an additional one time $119.94 and then an additional $19.99/month on top of your customer dues.]


Gold and Platinum Package Breakdown


The Gold and Platinum packages each offer extra perks, ranging from free airport transfers, to resort credits, room upgrades, lift tickets, green fees, spa discounts, culinary classes and more.


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One thing World Ventures Dream Trip packages don’t include is airfare. This is a major bummer.

However, they do have something called Rate Shrinker available to Gold and Platinum members. Rate Shrinker is a tool that reimburses you if you book your airfare through World Ventures and then it later drops in price.

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So how do I feel about all these extras?


Personally, I feel you can get the most bang for your buck with the Standard Membership. Why? Most people just don’t need a lot of these extras.

Now my tastes may differ from yours. Maybe you enjoy those extra perks, and if so, absolutely consider the Gold and Platinum packages.

Personally, I don’t do spa treatments and I’m not spending money on room upgrades while traveling. I didn’t go all that way to hang out in a room.

World Ventures also likes to push their dining and entertainment perks. If you go out to eat or shop through participating merchants, portions of your purchases are credited to your WV account for future travel.

This is great and all, but you can already get rewards points like this on 100% of your purchases through any rewards credit card without paying membership dues or searching out participating partners.

The perks I do like are the free airport transfers and early check-in and late check-out. Those are awesome, but not $100/month awesome. That’s what you’d be paying each month as a Platinum member for those perks.

BUT HOLD ON, THERE’S A GAME CHANGER HERE.

Referrals! And no this has nothing to do with recruiting. (Whew!)
This brings us to the next section on how the Dream Points system works and how you can eliminate your member dues completely!


How Does World Ventures Work?


In case I haven’t established this yet, World Ventures offers some pretty lavish vacation packages. Welcome to World Venture Dream Trips. And they’re offered at a pretty solid discount.


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From a customer’s perspective, think of this travel club as a big travel piggy bank. Every dollar of your membership dues go towards Dream Trips points to further discount the vacation package.

$1 = 1 Dream Trip point.

Let me show you how it would work for a Dream Trip to Australia.


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4 days and 3 nights in Melbourne at a luxurious resort hotel with a full day Great Ocean Road excursion for $399. Also included is a daily buffet breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 buffet dinner. Pricing is per person, minimum 2.

And you see that sticker in the bottom left corner?

You can apply Dream Points to this trip. With those, this package gets discounted $100 from its total, making it now $349/ea. for a couple.

Luxury hotels don’t come cheap, $349/ea. isn’t bad at all. (Just make sure you understand that you’re technically still paying $399/ea. because you did in fact pay $100 via your membership dues for those 100 Dream Points you’re using to “discount” the package.)


AND NOW FOR THE GAME CHANGER:


As a customer, if you refer 4 or more people, World Ventures waives your monthly dues but still contributes the Dream Points to your account as if you were paying them each month!

You’ll also get Dream Points for the package your referral buys: 50 for Standard, 100 for Gold, and 200 for Premium.

Get 3000 Dream Points from your referrals in one year and WV removes the limits for how many Dream Points you can use on any trip!

In the example above, if you had 399 or more Dream Points you’d be able to use them all and get this vacation just using points alone without spending cash.

Can you say FREE VACATIONS?!


World Ventures from the Customer Side, the Pros and Cons


Pros:

  • Discounted luxury trips available all over the world.
  • Standard Membership is very affordable.
  • Many of the Welcome Dream Trips available to brand new members have an on-site representative to help you with anything you need. They can suggest places to go and are really friendly and good at their job.
  • You can use your monthly dues and enrollment fees directly to further discount most Dream Trips.
  • Potential for free vacation packages if you make enough referrals.

Cons:

  • Gold and Platinum Memberships can get pricey.
  • Pricing isn’t nearly as cheap for a single traveler. All prices listed on Dream Trips are for 2. This same Australian Dream Trip shown above goes from $399 to $598 for 1 traveler.
  • You still have to book your own airfare. It’s not included in their packages.
  • While there are plenty of trips you can book throughout the year, some go quickly, and you don’t have absolute freedom when finding packages. You have to plan around the dates they have set, not your own.
  • If luxury accommodations aren’t your focus, you can find much cheaper vacation packages, many including airfare, through Expedia, Priceline, or a travel agent.

Is World Ventures a Scam or Legit?


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Some positives, some negatives. The jury’s still out.

World Ventures “Customer Side” Summary:

World Ventures is not a scam. As a customer there are ways to enjoy what they have to offer. However the cost of the Gold and Platinum packages may be steep.

My advice: Jump in at the Standard membership just as I have. Then refer plenty of your traveling friends and get yourself some free accommodations.

Join World Ventures as a Customer and Choose Your Standard, Gold, or Platinum Package here.

World Ventures “Business Side” Summary:

While the business side isn’t a “scam”, it is basic multilevel marketing. There are much better ways to create a monthly revenue stream online.

And as with most MLMs, a very, very small percentage of people create a full time income doing this. Additionally, a surprisingly high percentage of people make no money at all.

From the 2015 Annual Income Disclosure for World Ventures:

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I recommend Wealthy Affiliate for anyone serious about creating a stream of revenue online. No home meetings, no recruiting, NO MLM.

Then take that income you earn from your online business and meet me on a Dream Trip!


Give Me Your Feedback


There are always passionate people when it comes to MLMs. I get it. I made upwards of $50k over the course of a few years with one myself, so I fully understand how they work.

World Ventures has some good deals to enjoy as a customer. I’m headed to Australia later this month and the first 4 days of my week’s stay I’ll be enjoying the exact Dream Trip I used as an example above.

But I prefer a more straightforward stucture to online business. I do welcome all opinions. There are very clear cut ways to turn the internet into a tool that creates consistent profit. Are you a World Ventures success story? Are you a customer who has enjoyed a Dream Trip? Do the packages and/or membership seem expensive to you? Be honest. Let me know how you feel in the comments below. I hope this review has helped you out.

22 Comments

  • Craig says:

    I personally don’t like MLM schemes but I can see how this system would be beneficial if you like taking holidays and have a large circle of friends with similar tastes. I’d definitely not jump in at Gold or Platinum level and I’d join at Standard based on your recommendation. Is there an easy way to advance from Standard to Gold by # or referrals or is it all down to money?

    • Eric Cantu says:

      You have to pay more to get to those levels. The way it’s set up there just isn’t enough of a benefit, atleast personally, for those levels. And I agree, I wouldn’t get involved on the business side, but managing the customer side correctly can bring some solid discounted trips your way. Thanks for the comment!

  • Andrea says:

    Hi Eric,
    Really great article here on the pros and cons of WV. Interestingly enough my friend joined WV and I got into it for a bit too (interested more in the business side)… it wasn’t for me and now I have found WA which I like waayyyy more 🙂 I much prefer the online business structure as it is much more straight forward and transparent than what I have experienced in the past with any MLM company…..

    • Eric Cantu says:

      Yeah, MLMs usually run their course and plateau and are all about recruiting. Done correctly though, World Ventures can be enjoyed from the customer side for some discounted vacations. Personally, I’d stay away from the business side.

      And I agree, the straightforward training at WA is real business, no recruiting needed, and a real eye opener to how to successfully build something online from the ground up. Thanks for the comment!

  • Anita Turner says:

    Hi Eric! This is definitely something I would be interested in doing if only for the travel perks. Hey but one business at a time lol. I will definitely be back or if you have an email list add me to it. I think the travel savings is worth a sign up as a customer.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      One business at a time? Are you saying you see traveling as business? Lol you gotta take more vacations then! I’m not a World Ventures rep, (just not into MLM for a sustained business personally) I’m just someone who likes having travel options, and done right, World Ventures can be a decent one as a customer. Thanks Anita!

  • Rosa says:

    Hi Eric,

    I didn’t know there was a business venture on world travel such as World Venture. I would imagine anyone who loves to travel would look into this business. But to become a member does look a little too pricey. I think I would go with the standard membership since it’s not quite pricey. And go in as a customer only.

    I’m thinking about looking into Wealthy Affiliate. Is it really free?

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      Thanks for your comment, Rosa. My tastes may be different from some, but I just don’t need a lot of the extras the higher end World Ventures packages offer. Standard Membership is just right for me.

      And yes, Wealthy Affiliate is absolutely free to try. No credit card needed. You can read my full review here and try it out for yourself. I highly recommend it.

      Thanks again for your comment, Rosa!

  • Aaron says:

    Hey Eric! Great post on world ventures, I had absolutely no idea they existed until I read this.

    As a consumer coming in their membership levels do seem somewhat pricey compared to the services offered. If I were to sign up I would take your recommendation and use the base level package. It seems that they offer excellent travel pricing but I do believe you can get similar deals through other sources.

    Having worked with a Travel agent quite a bit I find that they usually can find a very affordable option and a lot of them offer a payment plan for the trip. They also will offer support and service during your travels which pays off if something goes wrong. Does world Ventures offer any type of payment plan if you book in advance? I see they offer concierge but does the basic package include any sort of travel insurance or assistance? Do they only offer luxury hotels, or is there time share or rental house options?

    • Eric Cantu says:

      How’s it going, Aaron? When you book your Dream Trip through World Ventures unfortunately there is no payment plan. You pay it in one payment. As far as travel insurance, they recommend it, but it would be extra.

      When it comes to personal assistance, they do excel there. Some Dream Trips have an on-site representative that really does take the time to take you under their wing and show you everything you have available to you. Huge thumbs up there.

      No rental house options or time shares. But trust me, the accommodations are incredible. I really enjoy using these trips as a change of pace from my usual humble accommodations lol. I can go very minimalist, so it’s nice to splurge here and there and there is definite comfort in the resort hotels you stay at with World Ventures.

      Thanks again for the comment!

  • Andrea says:

    This is the first time I’m hearing about this! If anybody is into MLM’s, I think this is an exciting opportunity!

  • Kien says:

    Hi Eric,
    Great article,
    I’ve never heard about world ventures about but I’ve been in some MLM companies before. I wouldn’t say it’s bad but it is not for me. I heard WA is really amazing. Great review!

    • Eric Cantu says:

      MLM isn’t really for me either. I prefer a more straightforward approach to online business myself. You’re preaching to the choir as far as WA goes lol. It’s a great platform with great training. Thanks for the comment!

  • Andrew D. says:

    I like the concept, but it feels like just another take on the classic MLM or network marketing design. Either way, it was a fantastic breakdown and definitely takes any guesswork out of what comes with this program. Great Job!

  • Hi Eric. This sounds like you could save some money by referring and Dream Trip Points. It’s nice that you explained the business side; but I agree with you. I just don’t like any MLM schemes. Thanks. Jeannie

  • Udoh says:

    If I were to join World Ventures, I probably would go with the standard membership. Even so, I don’t really see where the added value is. Especially if you have to make a monthly payment and on top of that, when you want to take a vacation, you have to pretty much plan around the dates they have set. Where is the flexibility in that?

    I am glad you shared this info.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      I agree with you on the flexibility part. But these are package vacations with excursions built in, so you have to go with their dates. I will say they have several dates all throughout the year for most of their Dream Trips. I’ve enjoyed a trip to Greece 2 1/2 months ago and I’m headed to Australia in a couple weeks.

  • Shirley says:

    Very interesting information here, but I still think it’s better to save the monthly membership fees and put that money towards the trip! Thanks for sharing.

    • Eric Cantu says:

      It’s a bit of a different system, but technically the membership fees do go towards the trip. All your membership dues become Dream Points that you use to discount the package. When I travel I usually like finding small rooms at small hotels or hostels, but it’s nice to change it up now and again with a bigger stay when it’s priced right.

      Thanks for the comment!

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