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Plan B Trial Membership

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Perth, Australia
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Plan B Trial Membership

Has anyone joined up for the trial membership offered by Classic Holiday Club? If so, have you had any trouble when trying to book a holiday? I have tried numberous dates and destinations, only to be told they are not available.

South Pole
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1. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

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is this the same mob?

Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
2. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

it is classic holiday club

Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
3. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

If you dont sign up for the full membership, they offer this Plan B so you can try a few places in the hope you will eventually join up

Moreton Island...
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6,622 posts
68 reviews
4. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

Some of these sites are very suss. Classic timeshare some of them.

Look on www.wotif.com.au or www.takeabreak.com for accommodation, both have a good reputation.

Yes lien, spot on yes it is the same, they have so many names, don't bother about these websites, you may end up very unhappy.

LTB

Wellington, New...
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for Wellington, Bay of Islands
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5. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

Classic Holiday Club is a subsidiary of the a timeshare management company which manages most of the Timeshare REsorts around the Gold Coast and a few elsewhere in Australia. Because most of the resorts under management are "weeks" ownership and have long since sold out the Classic Holiday Club is a "points" club. I wont go into the differences between points and weeks, that is for another day and there are plenty of threads especially on the TA Timeshare forum where one can get the information if required.

The cheap access to resorts and most will be timeshare resorts because that is where Classic Holidays can get access is exactly what it appears. It is not a wrought but another way to tempt a punter into buying into the concept of holiday ownership. If you can get a good deal under the scheme by all means take but be prepared for hard sell activities during your holiday period and after getting the hard sell put on you dont come here complaining because that is the reason for the marketing campaign.

If you find that the holiday ownership as presented is not for you and you are prepared to resist the hard sell you can do very nicely and get a great realitvely inexpensive holiday. One must remember though travel to and from the resort is not normally included as part of the deal.

It is another form of marketing similar to the short term presentations in return for theme park tickets or cruises. The marketers are appealing to ones vanity and greed in the hope than in a moment of weakness they will sign up to a long term committment.

Parrearra
3 posts
6. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

We stupidly purchased the 'Plan B' trial membership on Friday 27th May and want to get out of it. We gave our credit card for $295 deposit and 3 monthly installments will come out starting next month. We went in today to cancel it but later on in the day got a txt from the appropriate person saying there is no cooling off period for this type of membership, but "once you have paid it off you will have 3 wonderful holidays"......and when I called straight after the txt, she didn't answer! I phoned our bank, they can't do anything about the deposit without permission from debtor.....not gonna happen. I can dispute the next three payments and may be alright, not definite though. Can anyone tell me if they can hold us to this contract and take the rest of the money from our credit card? Is there automatic cooling off periods for this type, or any type of large purchase?

Please help!

South Pacific
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for Hobart, Tasmania
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7. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

In Qld there's a cooling off period for real estate, timeshare, used cars and energy contracts. I doubt that there's one for holidays, but you could ask Fair Trading. www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/contact-us.htm

Luigi

Wellington, New...
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for Wellington, Bay of Islands
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9,787 posts
180 reviews
8. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

Nats74 in order to better understand your reasons for cancelling and why you think you were foolish would you please answer the following:

1. Why did you enter into the agreement?

2. Why have you changed your mind?

3.Has the company done anything to change your original decision?

Parrearra
3 posts
9. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

Everything seems like a good idea when you are shown the best on offer. We weren't thinking about the other commitments we already have and have since seen from this site as well as another, that it's not going to be as easy as they say it is.

We do have a trip already planned for this year and also next year so don't think we can afford to go overseas next year.

Have seen previous comments regarding this company and how properties you want to stay at aren't usually available.

Financially wise, we aren't struggling but feel that this money could be used better and may just go to waste because of timing and family stuff.

Not the company itself, just previous comments regarding it. Also, when trying to sort out cancelling, we felt the person we needed to speak to was dodging us, not returning calls and only txting. Just given us the flick, got what they needed, signed piece of paper and eventually will take our money.

The screw up is that we didn't do all this checking before we went to the meeting!

Wellington, New...
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for Wellington, Bay of Islands
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180 reviews
10. Re: Plan B Trial Membership

The reasons why we repeatedly provide advice about leaving cheque books behind , carry no credit cards to presentations is to prevent exactly what has occurred to you. Timeshare presentations are very slick and professional and for the unwary it is very easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour and benefits that vacation hoilday ownership has to offer and to be fair it does offer all that is promised, but the down side is that in the emotion of it all they leave out the bit of later self doubt and stress of financial over committment. If you attend any more prsentations you will find that it will be almost identical to the one you have just attended and the reason for this is that they work. The words the actions, the delivery are well practiced and rehearsed. Many of the staff working at such prsentations are unaware of the slickness of the presentation and its power. If you can get resolution to your dilemma you will find if you poke deeper the guy you dealt with only deals in the prsentation part of the business, the ongoing financial side and other bits are conducted by other people. This is one way of keeping the punter off guard because until they know who to contact they run around in ever decreasing circles until eventually they give it up as a lost cause. Getting a successful resolution may be difficult but I would continue with the credit card challenge. Whilst the challenge is in the credit card company shouldnt make any further payments. If at the end of the day you have to pay, try and take the holidays afterall you have paid for them and you can end up having a great time despite the cost.

For what little comfort it is worth you arent the first and wont be the last to have fallen prey to timeshare salesman and to top it off they dont care, they are commission only salesmen who very quickly move on to other endeavours s over time there is not enough money to be made in the industry