Just Dreams Travel Club Alerts & Reviews
In updating this article, it has now been a few years since my family and I returned from a lovely vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii. Like most people visiting, we were approached by one of the many tour desk operators situated on almost every street corner in Waikiki.
We were looking for the best deals for area tours and attractions that we wanted to do while on holidays!
We walked up to one of these tour booths as because of the tour pamphlets displayed are were greeted by the operator. This booth was convenient and located just beside our hotel. We spoke with a very friendly and helpful gentleman, an as a result, we selected a number of attractions that we were interested in and he said he could work out a great package deal for us!
After working out what seemed to be an acceptable deal for some multiple tours, he then casually said that we would have to attend a one hour talk about a new Travel Membership Club. It would be quick and we would be on our way. Over the years my wife and I have attended many of these types of presentations, time share opportunities, around the globe for two reasons.
- Interested in receiving the attractive gifts after the presentation.
- Wanting to view the property as well just out of curiosity.
For the most part, we have always enjoyed the informal talks, viewing the property and knowing that we can leave at any time, without any pressure.
He quietly mentioned that this was definitely NOT a Time Share Presentation!
Suspicions Regarding Just Dreams
Having attended numerous Time Share presentations in many different holiday destinations over the years, I thought nothing of going to this presentation and in fact, thought it may be interesting! This very casual and friendly individual did raise one Red Flag .
He said when attending for the talk, there is a small form to fill out at the front desk. He mentioned to be sure to mark my annual income at over $45,000. Sure, I said and we paid him a $40 deposit at that time. This he explained was to ensure our attendance at a specific time and date and that the deposit will be credited to our total owing for our selected tours and attractions. A formal receipt was given at the time and we were on our way.
I could not help but notice at the bottom of the receipt the words in big black bold letters …
This Is Not a Time Share Presentation
Caution in the Wind for Just Dreams
Now this is where the story gets really interesting, disappointing and very sad for a lot of people! 🙁 Over the years, all but for one time share presentation we have attended, those individuals giving the talk and sales pitch have been very polite and cordial, with very little pressure to purchase immediately. We’ve enjoyed a nice breakfast during the presentation, drinks served at others and none taking more than 90 minutes of your time.
This was definitely not the case here at this presentation!
Vacation Breeze Review
Here is a brief outline of our experience with this, how would you say … Shady Enterprise.
From what I have also learned, this company also goes by the name of Vacation Breeze or using both. Maybe someone can help me out here with an update if they can?
Upon our arrival into their office on the 6th floor of the Bank of Hawaii building in Waikiki Beach Oahu Hawaii, we were greeted by the receptionist and what looked to be the Man in Charge. Here, we were told to complete a basic form with our names, address, household income, vacation preference and so forth. Nothing out of the ordinary, but my wife and I immediately looked at one another and knew that we definitely were in for another time share presentation. We were then escorted into a waiting room with approximately 5 other couples. One by one we were greeted by our host and / or hostess in our case.
Red Flag # 2
Our hostess was very insistent before entering the main presentation room that our cell phones be turned Off. She wanted to check each persons phone to make sure that they were in fact turned off. I explained to her that we did not have any phones with us, which in turn I received a very curious and surprised look from her. Just another red flag that raised my suspicions as to what we were actually getting into here.
After 30 years as a police officer, my instincts immediately told me that it appears that what ever we are about to hear, they definitely do not want it recorded!
Once seated at our table with our representative and just prior to the main presentation, she started asking very personal questions about travel, employment, household income and the main question …
Is There A Possibility Of Making A Sale To You Today?
This caught me by complete surprise and I made the fatal mistake of saying …
No, that I am Not an Impulse Buyer!
Red Flag # 3
She immediately called the Big Kahuna ( the guy who greeted us at the front desk ) over to our table. This came as another surprise and at this point I was beginning to think, what have we got ourselves into?
He immediately said to me …
” I understand that there is no possibility of selling you anything today and I am not about to be paying for ‘Gifts’ unless you are open minded and willing to listen and think about what we have to offer. “
This was not relayed in a friendly manner, but more of a … You will be open to a purchase or get out! 😈 Of course, we had just wasted our precious holiday time attending this presentation, so I was not about to leave empty handed and admittedly, I can be stubborn at times!
I responded that I was in fact open to what they had to offer and would be happy to stay and listen. Not really! 🙂
My eyebrows lifted when he referred to our discount attractions as that of …. Gifts. 😕 Now, I don’t know about you, but I would certainly classify that as a High Pressure statement directed towards us!
We listened to your typical time share type slide presentation given by a man that could talk the ear off an adult elephant! Throughout the talk, always making the offering more and more enticing if you purchased today, in order to receive all those extra great incentives! No different than that expect for the reactions of each parties sales representative seated with them during the talk.
It was almost comical to watch each sales representative during the talk, seated behind or beside their prospective clients, laughing, encouraging and nudging their targets at what a great deal this was and that they could not believe what fantastic additional incentives they were offering just for us. 🙄 Give me a break please!
Just Dreams Preys on Impulse Buyers
In trying to make a long story short, when they concluded this amazing sales pitch, our representative again asked if we would be interested in taking advantage of this outstanding offer today? I simply replied No, that we were not interested at this time, but thank you for the presentation and we would like to be on our way.
Oh but wait, there is more, they were not finished with me yet!
She then called over for the Sales Manager to our desk. This is the third representative we now had to deal with and believe me, this was guy who simply could or would not be interrupted and definitely would not take No for an answer!
This man was …
This irritating man was indeed their heavy hitter, who would and could apply so much pressure to people, that they would almost be forced to purchase just to be able to leave. If not for my years experience as a police officer in dealing with people like this man, it most certainly would have been difficult to get up and leave!
Vacation Breeze Scam
As a matter of fact, he was even willing to offer me a membership absolutely Free! That’s right, he was about to offer me a $9995. membership absolutely free if I went into the back office with him and deal with him one on one. Not in your wildest dreams would I ever get locked into a room alone with this man not knowing what was waiting for me back there!
It was clear he had met his match and we were going to go at it like two gladiators and fight to the death until one of us backed down!
Trust me, if it is too good to be true, it is certainly not!
Just Dreams Travel Club Reviews
Do not take this from me alone, I searched the internet for just a couple of minutes and this is just a sample of some of the feedback people have experienced with Just Dreams Travel Club.
Wow what an experience we had at their presentation. Imagine going to your worst timeshare presentation with a cast of characters from a used car lot and you pretty much have what to expect from them. Don’t waste your time!
Please be aware that Just Dreams is operating under another company name called Vacation Breezes.Same scam different name.They are located in Waikiki Business Plaza. Destination Paradise-Paradise Blue-Just Dreams and now Vacation Breezes.
I’m embarrassed to admit that my husband and I fell for the Just Dreams scam, too. I don’t need to go into all the gory details as the many comments posted here sum up their “business practices” very well.
OMG, These people are scam artists. They should be shut down immediately! Hawaii is such a beautiful vacation destination and to have their own kama’aina’s scam tourists who bring in LOTS of money into their island is super BAD and should be STOPPED!!
I have tried to call and book a trip this summer and have very little help or response. After frustration and anger, my daughter discovered the unhappy people online complaining and calling it a scam. I will not stop until I get them out of business for how they operate and how they do absolutely nothing they promised.
I was really disappointed to read about such poor business practice allowed to continue in the beautiful State of Hawaii, where millions of tourists visit each year from around the world. What was really sad was that 3 of the 5 couples in our group signed up immediately without taking the time to evaluate, research and find out what they were really getting themselves into.
The representatives made a loud announcement each time, standing up, clapping and cheering for all others to hear!
This article is from our personal experience only and to make my readers aware of such practice going on in Waikiki, Hawaii. A note of caution is to choose your tour and attraction booths carefully! If you have a tendency to Impulse Buy, then my advice is to stay clear of these presentations at all costs.
” Me – The So Called Pro ” 🙂
After this humiliating and harrowing experience and while waiting for the elevator to take us down to the main floor, I asked our representative why she sent these two men to our table. She replied that in their world of sales, I was categorized as a …
Because of this label placed on me, she sent the heavy hitters my way to make a sale and that I would be too difficult for her to sell me anything. I told her that it was completely unnecessary, a high pressure sales tactic and that the sales manager was way out of line the he was acting and treating me in front of my family. She did not respond either way.
Next Comes the Real Insult
After returning to the main floor to retrieve our discounted paid attraction tickets, which was the main reason for attending this scam presentation in the first place and what the presenters referred to as … Gifts, we were kept waiting an additional full one hour at the tour desk on the main floor.
This after having been told before attending the presentation, that our purchased attractions tickets would be waiting and ready for us immediately. Some people just can’t take No for an answer and will make you pay for it dearly!
While seated and patiently waiting for our tickets, I told the rest of my family to carry on and I would catch up with them after I was served. No use all of us standing around wasting valuable vacation time! While waiting, I couldn’t help but notice that the individuals that did sign up, came down with their representatives and were given first class treatment. The Gifts ( attraction tickets) that they had purchased prior to the presentation, were all ready for them as soon as they walked in. Well how about that! 🙂
Just a few weeks ago, I decided to do a search for this business once again. Unfortunately they are still around and people are still signing up with this club. The unfortunate thing is that I have yet to read anything positive from those that have signed up. If I can offer any recommendation to those attending the presentation, it would be to exercise caution and do not make your purchase based on Impulse.
Never allow yourself do be pressured into buying immediately. Take the time to discuss your options on your own prior to purchase. Any business that pressures sales should raise suspicions and red flags. Trust your instincts!
BBB Business Review Update
! There is an alert on Vacation Breeze LLC !
71 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years!
Last information I have received is that they may have changed their name once again!
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