About Vacation Sooner

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Jul 14, 2014

Billing themselves as the “great experiences company,” Vacation Sooner claims to help individuals and their families create great memories at great prices. On top of this, the company also provides the opportunity to sell Vacation Sooner memberships to others, which is claimed to give you the opportunity to earn a residual income.

But are Vacation Sooner packages really a good deal? What can you expect if you decide to become an independent representative? We dug into the facts in order to answer these questions and more, and here’s what we found.

How Vacation Sooner Works

Founded by Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue in 2005, Vacation Sooner claims to make it affordable to check off all of your bucket list items and to create the experiences of your dreams. In order to accomplish this, the company claims to offer unique vacations of all sizes, from private romantic getaways to resort “takeovers,” at deeply discounted prices, similar to the group-buying concept used at popular low-cost retailers such as Costco and Sam’s Club.

Ultimately, this means that you can buy 5-star experiences from top resorts, cruises, theme parks, hotels, and even sports and event tickets, but at 2 and 3-star prices. On top of this, Vacation Sooner claims that each of their packages provides a high level of service with all planning done for you, including airport pick up, hotel pre-check, parties, and daily perks.

To search for vacation packages, Vacation Sooner claims to use their proprietary Rovia Booking Engine with RateShrinker Technology, which allows you to search for your flight, rental car, or cruise, similar to Expedia or other travel deals websites. Unlike these other sites though, Rovia is claimed to constantly keep an eye out for lower prices, and if it locates one, it will automatically book the lower price fare and refund you the difference.

Vacation Sooner Pricing and Refund Policy

In order to become a Vacation Sooner member, you’ll need to pay a one-time activation fee of $199.99, plus a monthly maintenance fee of $54.99, which covers you, another adult, and all the children in your household. Once you become a member, you’ll also gain access to the Vacation Sooner online mall, which features more than 900 retailers.

After signing up, each DreamTrips dollar you spend, whether through activation fees, monthly dues, or shopping in the online store, translates into 1 point, which can eventually be redeemed to pay for a portion of your next vacation (see more about this in the Bottom Line section).

Vacation Sooner also offers standard purchase DreamTrips, as well as weekly deals released every Monday at 11am Central Time, in addition to sponsoring more than 50 humanitarian trips each year.

Vacation Sooner claims that once you book a trip through them, you’ll be covered by their Price Protected Rate. This means that if you book a trip and find the exact one at a lower price within 7 days, you’ll receive a 100% refund, and you’ll be sent on the vacation completely free of charge.

Selling Vacation Sooner Memberships

Similar to other multi-level marketing companies like Amway, Herbalife, and others, Vacation Sooner gives you the opportunity to sell memberships to others, and to earn a commission off of each sale you make. Through this option, you’ll pay an initial $99.95 activation fee, along with a $10.99 monthly fee.

Under this program, if you refer any 3 customers within a 4-week period, you’ll earn $100. As long as they remain active, your membership dues are waived. If you refer a total of 6 customers in 4 weeks, you’ll be paid an additional $350. Beyond this, the compensation structure can be fairly complicated, so if you’re thinking about signing up as an Independent Sales Representative, you’ll definitely want to read through their compensation plan.

What’s the Bottom Line About Vacation Sooner?

Now that you know a whole lot more about Vacation Sooner, should you sign up as a member and/or as an independent sales representative? Maybe, but carefully consider the following beforehand:

High Prices

Based on a number of customer reviews we read during our research, Vacation Sooner vacation packages appear to be priced higher than nearly all other vacation deals sites (e.g. Expedia, Hotwire, etc.). In fact, more than one review claimed that Vacation Sooner prices are even higher than purchasing them at face value directly through the providers themselves.

Strict Limits

On top of this, you can only apply a certain amount of points you’ve earned to any single trip. In other words, let’s say you’d like to book a trip to the Riviera Maya, and the trip is priced at $700 (e.g. 700 points) per person. While you may have enough points to completely cover the cost of one person on the trip, you can only apply up to 450 points per purchase. In this example, this means that you’d still be left with 250 points in your account that can only be used if you book another vacation.

The Company

As most MLM companies eventually do, WorldVentures (the company behind Vacation Sooner) has recently come under increased scrutiny for its business practices. This is because it appears that you’re not actually selling a tangible product, only memberships. In addition, many former reps have claimed that the main revenue source is by signing up people underneath you (also known as your “downline”), instead of selling actual memberships. As such, the biggest accusation regarding Vacation Sooner is that it’s simply a pyramid scheme.

We can understand how this seems to ring true for many people since you must go through an existing representative in order to sign up for the program, who will then earn a commission off your purchase. In fact, you can’t even test out their website to check prices without first signing up for a membership.

Bottom line: Between the company’s mixed online reputation, their odd pricing/points structure, and inability to preview their services without first signing up for a membership, you may want to look for more mainstream methods of obtaining cut-rate vacation packages than with Vacation Sooner.

Read 19 Vacation Sooner Customer Reviews and Complaints

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  • Get Your Facts Straight

    I've researched so much of this company when I was introduced and I wish people would get their facts straight before posting. The Rovia site is optional to look for airfare/rental cars etc. It's not the site we use to search our trips. And yes, the company was audited by Ernst and Young and after scrutiny, they were awarded the Business of the Year Award.

    I have seen and looked into many MLM business and I am absolutely in love with this one. It's not a get rich quick scheme. It's not a scam. It's smart. It works. And it's actually a lot of fun.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Scam!

    • By Jay,
    • Chicago, IL,
    • Jun 6, 2015

    A few kids in my town joined and I knew instantly it was some type of scam. They get more people to join but still I haven't seen them get anything. Both have tried to get me to join "the team" I watched the video and a few minutes in, I began to understand that the few top people of this company make lower people pay monthly dues for a membership and you apparently get to use points for vacations. I have an easier solution how to vacation – work hard and save money and go where you want. Don't help these low life people.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • vacation Scheme

    • By Madison,
    • New Jersey,
    • Feb 4, 2015

    It sounds like creative accounting and instead of saving money; you're going to spend double for that dream vacation. Should you become a member, your points expire within a year.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • The Truth About WorldVentures and Vacation Sooner

    • By Ed Joseph,
    • Destin, FL,
    • Jun 8, 2015

    So I joined Vacation Sooner because a great friend of mine introduced it to me. I became a member of the highest level of the travel club "DreamTrips Platinum" ($400 one time/$100 a month) and became an independent business rep ($100 one time/$11 a month). I understood that all the money I put into the travel club was returned to me to use as DreamTrip points and all the money I put into the business was sent to the company.

    My first 4 months into my Vacation Sooner experiences I didn't share the concept with anyone or try to earn any income but I did book a DreamTrip. I was able to use the money I invested four months ago ($400) towards my trip. The trip was unreal and was like nothing I've ever seen in my 12 years of traveling. I was completely blown away. I stayed at a 4 diamond all inclusive resort for a whole week.

    After realizing what I really got myself into I begun treating Vacation Sooner as an actual business. I began sharing the concept with friends and family members the way the company suggested. After working really hard at it and putting in many hours, I have replaced my 14 year military career income with the money I make with Vacation Sooner.

    Please know that this did not come easy and it took a lot of HARD WORK. All-in-all I love the company. I've been on six DreamTrips and now I'm just counting the days until my enlistment to my country is over so I can travel full time and get paid for sharing what I do.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Great Company and Residual Income

    • By Ronald R Corum,
    • Knoxville, TN,
    • Jul 13, 2015

    The person that wrote this article did not get the facts straight about the DreamTrip pricing. The company backs up their guarantee price with a promise to be cheaper than anyone. Apples to apples the company will always be cheap or if you find it cheaper they will give your money back and also send you on that trip. You just can't beat that promise.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • World Ventures

    • By Lakhila Tellis,
    • Rockford, IL,
    • Jan 2, 2016

    I understand how people get confused with the purpose of the product, but it is so much more than a vacation membership. I have reconnected with people I grew up with and met new people that are all just amazing at heart! It is a family. I have never witnessed or heard of such a community of people that genuinely care about each other, support each other and enjoy each other! It has been uplifting for me. It put me in a situation where I can better my life and be available to my children. Thank you World Ventures! Any other questions or concerns I love sharing my experience with others, find me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • The only way to enjoy what the places in life has to offer!

    • By Chris DeLange,
    • Madison, Wisconsin,
    • Nov 5, 2015

    This product and company will soon be the Facebook of travel. This company has set 50 consecutive record setting months in a row of growth and that is mainly from people using the product. The one thing people don't think about when comparing this to other vacation packages is what's included with the trip! This isn't a vacation, this is a Dreamtrip. I have been on 3 Dreamtrips with the company and they have all been under priced compared to the rest with much more to offer that just booking a stay somewhere. The people you meet on these trips are people that become life long friends!

    There is no better culture out there than what you get with Worldventures. I am a proud member and representative of the company and will be in it until I die, regardless of whether or not I ever make any money at it!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Our Vacation Sooner Experience

    • By Anna Welsh,
    • Georgia,
    • Jul 22, 2015

    All that Vacation Sooner has to offer for the members is delivery. Read your own recommendations. We are not saying that we are better than any other company, but as a member, we are. Thank you Vacation Sooner and WorldVentures. Yes, it may appear that we are a pyramid but have you ever thought that other companies are pyramids as well? There is a CEO, manager, supervisor, etc. That's a pyramid too and the CEO gets the profit like the rest. We have fun, made memories with the family and friends and get paid.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Very Happy Customer

    • By Mia Owens,
    • Charleston SC,
    • Oct 23, 2014

    My husband and I purchased a membership to the club in July of 2012. We love to travel and wanted to be able to do it more often. We thought having access to wholesale luxury travel would allow us to do it more often. We were right! Since joining the club we have either booked a Dream Trip or used our Booking engine 27 times! We have been to so many locations I cannot name them all. Every time we use our booking engine for hotels, airfare or rental cars we pay ourselves the commission. I also enjoy the daily discounts on dinning and entertainment and have saved my self on average of $100 per month using the apps on my phone. I paid my initial membership fee of $199 and was able to refer 8 friends that also purchased memberships so my monthly of $55 was waived and I never made an additional payment since day one. Our lives have been a lot more fun to say the least and we love our membership.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Dreamtrips are rock solid

    • By Vanessa,
    • Omaha, NE,
    • Jul 6, 2015

    I've been a member for 5 years been on 39 vacations booking with them, 15 being Dreamtrips. Dreamtrips are best price guaranteed or your money back if you found it cheaper within a week anywhere else. There's simply no better way to travel. I decided to do my own research instead of paying attention to people who write reviews but yet have never booked any travel through the club or been on a Dreamtrip themselves. Well worth the membership dues and never had a complaint personally in 5 years of my experience with them. Book a trip and then you'll see.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Experience it for yourself

    • By Susi,
    • MD,
    • Oct 26, 2014

    I have been involved in WV for almost 2 years and I will simply say that this company has completely shifted my life. Before this my definition of travel was going to Miami and since I've been apart of this company I've been to Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Las Vegas, Denver, Kentucky and Texas. Each trip was top notch, there is no one in this world that could tell me different. There is a vast difference between a Dream trip and a vacation. Book it! Not to mention I have met and built relationships with some of the most amazing people in the world. All MLM's work this just made sense to me! I love to have fun, travel, help people and create experiences that I will pass down to my kids, kids, kids, kids. Life is very different. One word of advice do it, if it's for you fabulous, if not cool!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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