World Ventures is the MLM where network marketing meets vacation memberships.
Members get discounts on travel, and distributors have the opportunity to work from home by earning income by selling vacation club memberships.
Business model seems legit and there’s a ton of money in the travel space (see: Paycation).
1. Is World Ventures a scam? World Ventures is not a scam, although lawsuits have been filed against them for running a pyramid scheme (1).
2. What does World Ventures sell? Travel memberships. It’s a travel membership “club” that hooks you up with discounts and points for travel deals.
3. How much does it cost to join World Ventures? $199
4. What is World Ventures BBB and complaints rating? C+ (2)
I first heard about World Ventures from former Arizona basketball player Nic Wise.
It was on Instagram, and he had a lifestyle pic – I think it was a selfie draped in ocean blue on some exotic beach in Cyprus – with #worldventures in the description.
I liked the image there…the former borderline-NBA-bound point guard was playing ball overseas while building some executive income on the side.
Hard to hate that.
Needless to say, I was intrigued, and I knew I had to further investigate.
Buzz-wise, they’ve had their ups and downs in 2014, but that’s pretty normal.
This is a real company that closely follows its mission to not only better the lives of its own family of representatives, but also to help communities around the world.
In evidence of this, the company fulfills its corporate social responsibility via their VolunTourism program. VolunTourism is a group vacation which involves giving back to the community in some way.
Good stuff…glad they are all about that stuff.
World Ventures founders Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue were successful businessmen before they started this company, but wanted to part of something they felt passionate about…travel..
…and World Ventures is no exception. Obviously this is a product that’s marketed to people with money…a luxury product.
This is not a drawback but rather quite an appealing point to make: with higher prices tags come higher rewards for the right reps who know how to find the right market.
What reps are selling is club membership where the benefit is discounted travel packages and access to a great travel booking engine.
World Ventures membership offers access to special deals. These deals are offered through a travel search engine called Rovia. Customers can choose from 3 different travel club memberships, from standard to luxury
Prices are as follows:
|Product||1-Time Cost||Monthly Cost|
|DreamTrips Life Membership||$199.99||$54.99|
|International DreamTrips Life Membership||$199.99||$49.98|
|Luxury DreamTrips Membership||$999.99||$99.99|
|DreamTrips U Membership||$99.99||$20.99|
Rovia is brought to us through World Ventures…it’s their booking engine. It’s a real product, it’s not a repackaged booking engine that’s available elsewhere. World Ventures is not an affiliate for this booking engine…they own it.
Rovia’s authenticity is further elevated by the fact that they do in fact assemble their own travel packages for members. They are not reselling other company’s packages. This is a legitimate travel company with offices full of employees developing travel deals for their members, and it’s only offered through World Ventures’ Rovia.
What are Rovia’s benefits to the consumer?
1) Rovia has an easy-to-use, clean-looking interface, much nicer than the competition.
2) Rovia quite often has lower prices than the big well-known travel search sites like Travocity, Orbitz & Expedia. Users of Rovia have never reported search results with higher ticket costs. Rovia’s results either match or blow the competition away.
The Compensation Plan. The compensation plan offers some great potential for making some real money fast. We’re talking $100 bonuses, not $10 bonuses. This is high-stakes marketing with expensive products, so expect large bonuses.
Exciting Product. It’s easy to get people excited about travel, especially via online network marketing, so if direct selling in person isn’t your thing, this program lends itself especially well to the online marketplace.
Real Product. The product is real, unique and original.
Product Value. The product offers actual value to its customers (good deals on travel).
The World Ventures website. The main World Ventures website is a little unsettling and confusing because prospects who want to check out the 3 packages are directed to three separate websites. None of the websites have package pricing readily accessible. This could be so easy to fix.
Start-up is high. Yes, it costs a bit to get started, but then again this is a high-end product so everything, including start-up, is on a higher scale. But think of this: all it takes is 3 recruits in one month and reps get a $100 bonus (see below for details on the Compensation Plan).
Members earn money by getting like-minded travel enthusiasts to sign up for membership and then learn how to sell more memberships to others…everyone earns money along the way through bonuses and commissions.
Kinda like the “digital Costco” memberships you sell at Wake Up Now, you’re opportunity lies in the travel membership packages you can peddle out.
The compensation plan is good, especially the generous Personal Sales Bonus.
Personal Sales Bonus. When a rep sells 3 of the higher end trips within 28 days, $100 bonus is paid. If 3 more are sold on top of that, it’s another $150…and $150 for every subsequent set of 3 during that same 28 day period. If 3 of the lower-cost packages are sold, the bonus is $50. If another 3 are sold, $75 in bonus is earned.
Wings & Wheels Status. Sponsor 4 and 5 customers to get elevated status, which means monthly fee waived and/or 8% lineage commission on sales.
Residual Commissions. Reps must earn Senior Representative status to earn commissions on their downlines. Senior Rep status means 30 x 2 downlines in the rep’s lineage.
Other Bonuses. As reps sell more and rise up in status, there are more bonuses to be made.
As you can see, the money to be made right away is in selling the packages rather than in earning commissions, which only comes later on with Senior Representative status.
But how do you make money?
The RBS Fee. In order to be eligible for earning money, a representative must be “active”, which means being up to date on paying his or her monthly “RBS fee”.
This stands for Representative Business System and covers the following: maintaining the admin website, online training programs, personalized website, sales and marketing tools and the Representative Marketing Kit.
The RBS fee is in addition to monthly Product fees. New reps pay a one-time RBS fee of $99.95, then $10.99 per month in order to remain active, thereby allowing you to make money through your team. If you don’t pay the RBS, you’re simply a vacation club member, which has its own initial fee plus ongoing monthly charges.
So, your start-up cost as a rep is $99.95 + $10.99 = $110.94.
That will get you through your first month and then it’s $10.99 monthly to keep going. If you’re good at selling travel packages and have a good network of moneyed people you can sell to then the initial hump should not be a problem. Your first Personal Bonus will cover the start-up RBS fee.
World Ventures offers a real product that has actual unique value for its vacation club members. How much people travel is directly proportional to the state of the economy. Luckily right now, with an improving economy, that outlook is very good. People have more money now and they’re willing to put it towards enticing travel packages like the ones offered by World Ventures and its travel booking engine, Rovia.
Things are looking good for World Ventures.
So if cruise-lines, exotic travel and passive income are some of your passions, World Ventures might be something to try. Just don’t expect to build a home based business overnight.
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