Primo Vacations Reviews – Legit or Scam?

Primo VacationsPrimo Vacations is a throwback to the old days of travel clubs, when you would attend an informational meeting in the hopes of receiving a free cruise.  While drinking mediocre coffee out of tiny Styrofoam cups, you would watch a slideshow of all the world’s glorious destinations, and hear promises of how you could be there yourself for dirt cheap prices – once you join the club.

Travel clubs earned terrible reputations because once you signed up for the club (and paid lots of money to do so), any time you actually tried to book a discounted vacation with your club, your request was inevitably denied.  There was a laundry list of reasons they could – and did – give you, but the long and short of it was that you almost never saw a vacation, much less a free cruise.

Primo Vacations is interesting because they merge the concept of a travel club with a work at home business opportunity.  Apparently your membership fee of $697 not only pays your way into the travel club, but it also gives you the opportunity to sell travel club memberships to others.  For each membership to Primo Vacations that you sell, you receive $500.

So is Primo Vacations a Scam?

Actually, Primo Vacations has the potential to be two scams.  First of all, as a vacation club, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence showing that Primo is different than the old school clubs where you paid your money and received excuses instead of plane tickets.  I have not been able to find a single person who says they actually use Primo Vacations for travel purposes other than the people who are trying to sell you memberships to Primo Vacations.

Second, as a home business opportunity they are a direct sales company.  Direct sales generally means that you are responsible for attracting clients and closing the sales.  Primo Vacations takes the closing out of the equation – once you attract the clients, they claim to basically take the work off your hands and have the sales team follow up and close your sales for you.  Also, for $39.99 a month, Primo Vacations will create a website for you to attract those clients.

And, once that sale is closed at the price of $697, $500 of that price goes to you and $197 goes to the company. Now, as a 1 Up organization, your first $500 will actually go the person that recruited you.  But, after that, all your consequent sales go in your pocket.

Here’s the problem.  Unless Primo Vacations is actually, truly arranging discount vacations for people, then they have a silhouette of a potential pyramid scheme.  A pyramid scheme is when a company claims to be selling a product in a network marketing fashion, where you are rewarded for recruiting in addition to selling the product, but the truth is there is no real product – the only money changing hands is from people being recruited.  I would approach with caution.

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Customer Responses, Reviews, or Complaints

Average Rating for " Primo Vacations " is 0 out of 5 based on reviews.
  • My wife and I attended a presentation today. I cannot yet verify whether Primo is honest or not, but their style of the presentation reminded me vividly of the high pressure salesmanship we experienced during time share presentations. We never purchased a time share either.
  • My wife and I went to the presentation just yesterday. Great presentation. Great idea. But financially not in the cards for us right now. It seems they take what I would call a passive-aggressive high-pressure approach. To many, it may seem to be deceptive but I realized going in we were probably going to be the low-end prizes. No surprise there. I don't blame them I blame the American consumer. When an insurance salesman shows up at our door trying to get us to buy something we need we tell him/her to get lost. But when stores send all those salacious coupons and flyers in the mail offering things we don't need, we jump into the car (well not so much anymore with amazon), and off we go thinking we got a deal. They are simply taking an approach that works and is commonly practiced in our culture. Can't fault them for that. We are basically telling them to take that approach. And to be fair I thought what they had to offer had value. If I had the means I might have taken the jump. But our western capitalist marketplace culture says those of greater means (no matter how obtained) get to live better and those of lesser means get to eat the table scraps and play with the toys they throw away. If you don't like it change it or move on. As for me I am going to have a cup of coffee and harvest from my garden.
  • Primo is a complete scam!!! What they said in the presentation wasn’t true. An example: we looked into an Italy trip. They basically priced out a bus trip with gate 1 travel. The price was basically the same as I found if not more. The flight was awful. I had specifically asked about villas etc. they don’t answer calls. We were suckers!
  • Same as all the rest. Scam!!!! Got the cruise, airfare (both cost to register with fees and taxes so that cruise will end up costing about $800.00 or more. Then the hotel card of course that seems to be useless and a $5.00 walmart card. Total waist of time. Started at $11,000 and got down to about $5,000 at the end. Total scam. Stay away.
  • My wife and I attended this event last night just to try and get free stuff. It was a great presentation and they are darn good at salesmanship. However, their services and costs was not applicable for our lifestyle. Point is I took the chance for free stuff. Unfortunately, I don't have thousands to throw around whether I lose it or not in a possible scam. Thus, I can't ever complain about something I was never really apart of. If I walked out of there with nothing free I made the choice to go. I have nothing to complain about with this company, because I chose to put myself in that position. In the end, they took nothing from me other than my time that I volunteered to them.
  • Have you reported them?? I think that they should be reported, and I plan to do so to the Better Business Bureau and blow up Social Media to warn others. Went yesterday.
    • I disputed on my credit card. I contacted bbb and attorney general office. Both organizations cannot get through to primo. They won’t return calls. We are thinking of small claims court but I’m sure they won’t show up. And we were stupid enough to sign a contract.
  • We have traveled more now than ever. These guys are the best at getting high-end resorts for good prices. We use to stay in hotels and motels. Now beautiful condo's for the same price or less. Best part no extra person charges. Seems like many are not happy that are upset at something they have not purchased.
  • I agree .
  • We went yesterday... we weren’t even told what was being offered on the phone. We did get that paper that said we won two prizes and a Walmart gift card, so why not let’s go and see what it is. Turns out they wanted us to buy into a vacation planning service. It offered high savings and sure those numbers are impressive. Reality though, no family can afford to take three vacations a year for that full savings. They want 11,000 ( knocked down to 4995.00) up front .. no credit card, no installments nothing. We had to decline, we are redoing the outside of our home and pool this summer ( priority).

    So they gave us the free a cruise slip and airline slip as wel as Walmart gift card.

    Just the fees on the paper for each puts you at over 700.00 ( between registering the “ free” gifts, frees per person etc ) I can only imagine trying to book and the other fees they would add on. So for the 5.00 Walmart gift card we got, well played Primo.

    I’m sharing this everywhere. They accidentally sent me home with the sheets with the numbers for the winners of the truck, cash iPad etc. I bet no one wins it...

    I think if they re-did some things it may be a good service, but trying to pull stuff like this isn’t cool at all. Not to mention the more I look this company up, the more bad experiences and reviews I find ..
    • They knocked our price down to 4945 and we were told to not tell anyone what we would pay. We were told they gave us a discount for being a veteran and it was the lowest in the room. As soon as they said don't tell anyone the red flags went up. Also told us if we didn't sign that night it would be full price. That's a lie also. Look closely at their site and you will find these packages at discounted prices also. Nothing but a typical high pressure sales presentation.
  • Has anyone doing all this page complaining even USED the actual membership? I’ve read about 8-9 complaints complaining about the gifts that it clearly states you have to pay the taxes and have blackout dates. Bashing a company that you’re clueless on is disgusting. My wife and I bought this back in September in MN. Yes they start the price off at $11000, and yes they do over a program for 4943 but it’s only good for 5 years! A trial membership, we opted to do the Platinum because we have way more than 5 years left in November we went to Fort Lauderdale and stayed in a 3BR condo that was gorgeous and it cost us $434 for the week and saved $1835! The sales people were nothing but direct and professional in our eyes and the few of you on here whining need stop being babies. Read the invitation on the back of the letter! People these days are so negative it makes me sick. Everyone makes fun of millennials but us Baby boomers as a generation are a bunch of whiners sometimes! Sheesh!!!
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