World Ventures is the MLM where network marketing meets vacation memberships.
Members get discounts on travel, and distributors, known as sales reps, have the opportunity to work from home and earn income by selling vacation club memberships.
The business model seems legit and there’s a ton of money in the travel space (see: TraVerus, formerly known as Paycation), especially in a good economy.
1. What is World Ventures? World Ventures is an MLM company in the travel industry. It was founded in 2005 by Mike Azcue and Wayne Nugent and has since grown immensely.
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. They call their memberships DreamTrips.
3. What is DreamTrips? DreamTrips is the name of the travel membership they sell. They have three membership levels which are the standard membership, Gold, and Platinum. Gold is an upgrade from the standard membership and Platinum is an upgrade from Gold.
4. Who founded World Ventures? Mike Azcue and Wayne Nugent. Mike has been in MLM since graduating college in 1995, moving up the ranks in several MLM companies. He’d trained hundreds of thousands of sales reps throughout numerous countries by his 3rd year in MLM. Before Wayne was in MLM, he was in the US Marines, which instilled in him a love of travel. He then pursued a successful sales career, eventually founding World Ventures with longtime friend Mike.
5. How to cancel DreamTrips membership? You can either mail them a written cancellation notice or email their support email address indicating you’d like to cancel your DreamTrips membership. You must notify them at least 5 days prior to the date you’ll be charged, or otherwise, you’ll be charged for the whole next month too.
6. How do I become a World Ventures Representative? To become a sales rep, you need a sponsor first. If you have a sponsor ID number, you can use that to sign up. To maintain your status as a World Ventures Representative, you have to pay your monthly Representative Business System (RBS) fee.
7. What are VolunTours? VolunTours are service-based DreamTrips where travelers can work on volunteer projects to assist communities around the world. These are organized through the charitable arm of World Ventures called World Ventures Foundation.
8. Are representatives and customers the same? No. Customers are those who purchased any level of the DreamTrips membership. Representatives sell the membership products directly to the customers. What separates representatives from customers is the RBS fee, also known as the Representative Business System fee. Paying this retains your representative status, but the moment you stop paying it, you become a normal membership customer.
9. How many people can you bring on a DreamTrip? You can bring one other adult age 18 or older with you, as long as one of you are members. If you have children under age 18, you can bring them by paying an extra amount for their trip.
10. What Are DreamTrips Points? Customers earn these a variety of ways, most commonly through paying their membership fee. Each point is equivalent to a dollar and they can be used towards DreamTrips vacations. You can only use a certain amount of points on each trip, even if you have more points. All accumulated points expire if your membership is terminated.
11. Does DreamTrips have a mobile app? Yes, DreamTrips has a mobile app for iOS and Google Play.
12. How much does it cost to join World Ventures? The standard membership costs $99.99 up front then $31.99 per month. Gold is $279.98 upfront then $56.99 per month. Platinum is $479.98 up front then $99.99 per month.
13. Is World Ventures a scam? World Ventures is not a scam, although lawsuits have been filed against them for running a pyramid scheme (1).
14. What is World Ventures BBB and complaints rating? C+ (2)
15. Comparable companies: TraVerus
16. Recommended? Yes, they are a legitimate company with which you can earn some good money, especially if you enjoy traveling too.
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 on that.
Needless to say, I was intrigued, and I knew I had to investigate further.
Buzz-wise, World Ventures has had their ups and downs over the years, but that’s pretty normal, especially for MLM companies.
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 its VolunTourism program. VolunTourism is a group vacation which involves giving back to the community in some way. Travelers get many of the same DreamTrips travel perks while also impacting the lives of people around the world.
Good stuff… glad they are all about giving back. It lends some legitimacy to their image and helps dispel notions of greed, too.
World Ventures founders Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue were successful businessmen and long-time friends before they started this company, both having worked in other sales and MLM organizations. But both of them wanted to be 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. It’s travel, after all.
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.
World Ventures reps are selling a club membership called DreamTrips 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 their travel search engine called Rovia. Customers can choose from 3 different travel club memberships, ranging from their standard membership to the high-level Platinum membership.
Prices are as follows:
|Product||1-Time Cost||Monthly Cost|
|DreamTrips Gold Membership||$279.98||$56.99|
|DreamTrips Platinum Membership||$479.98||$99.99|
The standard DreamTrips membership. This membership is best for the budget-conscious traveler, but it has some interesting stuff with it. You have access to a lot of trips around the world, but they also give you great specials on cruises. Each DreamTrips member can bring one other adult age 18 or older with them, and you can pay a little more to bring your kid along.
When you arrive at your accommodation, you get a little reception from DreamTrips that usually involves a drink or two. It’s hard to find much information about their standard membership without diving deep into Google, and if I had to guess why, it’s so they can sell more Gold and Platinum memberships.
The Gold membership. Gold members gain a lot more benefits and tools on top of the standard membership. One of their coolest is the RateShrinker, which aggregates flight prices from all over the web the moment you book a flight to monitor if a cheaper ticket becomes available. If Rateshrinker finds a cheaper ticket, it will automatically void your current one, reissue a new ticket at the lower price, and refund you the difference. It’ll do the same thing after 24 hours if it finds that the new ticket price plus the ticket swapping penalty still results in savings.
Your Gold membership also comes with 24/7 concierge service. They throw in a bunch of extras for Gold members too, like flight accident insurance and discounts for room upgrades, online shopping, entertainment, and restaurants. To help recruit other members, World Ventures gives you a personal website with your Gold membership.
The Platinum Membership. At the Platinum level, you’re getting all the benefits of Gold plus more. There’s your typical Platinum-exclusive DreamTrips, but World Ventures gives you some other goodies like advance booking, trip-specific upgrades, and emergency evacuation services if you book with their preferred vendor. Platinum members can also use more of their DreamTrips points on each trip than Gold or standard members.
DreamTrips Local. Every membership includes something called DreamTrips Local, which is exactly what it sounds like – DreamTrips for your city. You can discover new spots in your city and earn DreamTrips points at participating vendors without leaving town. It’s kind of like one of those cashback apps that rewards you for shopping.
DreamTrips Points. Speaking of points, every DreamTrips member earns an amount of DreamTrips points equal to their monthly membership fee each time they pay that fee. You get some initial DreamTrips points when you sign up as well. Same with upgrading – they give you some extra DreamTrips points if you decide to jump up a level. You unfortunately have to wait a year from the day you join before you can use the points, but you’ll have a bunch accumulated by then anyways. On top of that, you aren’t allowed to use all your points at once. Can be a bit of a bummer, but at least you’re saving even more money on an already-discounted trip.
Get Four, Pay No More. As a DreamTrips member (not a sales representative), recruiting 4 people into any membership level will get your monthly membership fee waived. Platinum members must recruit 4 other Platinum members to have their fee waived, but World Ventures will count each Gold member you recruit as half a Platinum member and each standard member as a quarter Platinum member. So any sufficient combination (like 1 Platinum, 4 Gold, and 4 standard) will earn Platinum members some waived membership fees. As long as your referrals maintain their memberships, each of your monthly fees will be waived. Get Four, Pay No More works similar to one of the sales rep bonuses that I’ll talk about more below.
VolunTours. Like I said earlier, DreamTrips members can do volunteer work while still taking advantage of membership perks by going on VolunTours. They offer a diverse set of volunteer activities. You might build a school, work at an orphanage, or assist with recycling efforts. Many of these VolunTours also give you an inside look at the local culture as you get to observe the daily life of the locals while volunteering.
Rovia. 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 either… 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.
Many of their packages go beyond just travel and include exciting activities in them. I saw one on there that involved helicopter tours and an all-day tour of multiple vineyards. Seems pretty neat to me.
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 Travelocity, Orbitz, and Expedia. Users of Rovia have never reported search results with higher ticket costs. Rovia’s results either match or blow the competition away.
Pros of World Ventures:
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. Not only are many of the bonuses large, but there are so many types. More on the compensation plan below.
Exciting Product. It’s easy to get people excited about travel, especially via online network marketing. If direct selling in person isn’t your thing, this program lends itself especially well to the online marketplace.
Real Product. The DreamTrips travel memberships are unique and real.
Product Value. The product offers actual value to its customers (good deals on travel).
Cons of World Ventures:
The World Ventures website. The main World Ventures website is a little unsettling and confusing because there are actually 3 websites. They have World Ventures’s main site, the DreamTrips site, and Rovia. Keeping track of these sites is a bit of a headache. The World Ventures website is where you can find information about the business opportunity, while the DreamTrips site is for buying your DreamTrips membership, but even that site obscures many details about the standard membership. This could be so easy to fix and would vastly improve the customer and member experience.
Start-up cost 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, a $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 and Wheels Bonus. Sponsor 4 customers to get elevated status, which means monthly fee waived and/or 8% lineage commission on sales. There are higher tiers to this bonus you can reach through more sales and sponsorships. These higher tiers boost your bonuses even more. The first tier is essentially the sales rep version of the Get Four, Pay No More customer program.
Weekly Team Bonuses. Your weekly team bonuses are determined by you and your team’s sales performance each week.
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 many more bonuses to be made. Almost too many to count.
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. Doing so incentivizes product sales rather than recruiting more people without completely eliminating the potential for a downline. If you can prove your sales mettle, then you’re granted the privilege of downlines.
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, your 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. It’s basically what separated normal customers from actual sales reps.
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 an actual unique value for its vacation club members. They could do better with their slightly fragmented online presence, but at least they aren’t peddling any BS.
The amount of traveling people engage in is directly proportional to the state of the economy. After all, people need money to up and go somewhere.
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 by selling discounted travel packages.
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