My husband bought a 3 day 2 night bluegreen vacation package in Wisconsin Dells while at a Golf show in March. I was NOT happy, but it was a Dells vacation and we got it for $99 and some gifts; all we had to do was sit thru a presentation of "90-160 minutes".
We booked for July 14th.
We had to check in at Christmas mountain before we could do anything. They couldn't find us and it took about 30 minutes to get everything straightened out. They needed both our ID's and a CC.
My husband had worked out a gift package when he signed up of a $50 visa card, a $75 restaurant gift card and water park passes to Mt. Olympus. My first red flag was when she tried to say that our Chula Vista waterpark passes could be picked up at our hotel, the Best Western. No, we were offered water park passes to Mt.
Olympus and we want them...another 20 minutes and they finally coughed them up. We set our "presentation" time for 8am the next day to get it out of the way so we could enjoy the rest of Monday and Tuesday. Monday, 8am: 1 1/2 hrs in a room with about 15 other people and our "presenter" Glen, who sweat and spoke rapidly thru the entire thing. Glen caught me not watching him intently towards the end and asked me if I was texting.
Um, what? Dad, is that you? I wasn't texting, in fact my phone was locked in my purse on mute, but I wasn't paying attention either. I'd admit if I was texting.
I gave him a "What??" look and said No, I'm not texting and he told me to at least be respectful and made a devil sign at me. Seriously. Maybe Glen was coming down off whatever he was on, not sure, but you catch more flies with honey Glen. At the point I stopped "being respectful" they were talking about this point system and renting yachts.
What it translated to was I'd STILL have to pay for these hotels and yachts, but hey, YOU GET THESE GREAT DISCOUNTS! Huh? So what am I buying? A discount program?
So yes Glen, you lost my interest and b/o your comment to me, you DID lose my respect (not that I was giving you any, I admit that, but I was trying to listen). After this, we are shuffled off to the "sales team". They grab you and take you to kiosks and start throwing numbers at you. Of course the dollar amounts they say you spend for the amount of time you vacation are grossly overinflated.
The deeper we got into it, the less value I could see in it. Even if we vacationed a lot, there is no more value in this then just going to priceline.com or Disney or hotels.com on line and booking thru them. If we bought, we would of had the joy of paying them for a "deed" on "property" that technically doesn't exist for the next seven years of our life at 15.99% interest. Oh and yearly fees and maintenance charges.
THEN we'd STILL have to pay for the rooms, albeit discounted. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD BUY INTO THIS??? 4 HOURS LATER we were released. We did have a great time with Dustin, our sales rep and do wish him all the best...and I hope he finds a new job too, he seems way to honest for this line of work.
Another 30 minutes of standing in a line waiting to get our gifts and we were out of there by 1pm. Oh and PS the "restaurant gift card" is actually just another discount program...you have to pay x amount before they'll apply your gift card. And most of the restaurants don't take anything except $5 or $10 off a meal. We don't eat out that much so this is really a pointless "gift".
I'm going to give it to a friend who might get more out of it. We ended up having a great time on much of Bluegreens dime so thank you for that! But I wouldn't ever do this again and I wouldn't recommend anyone bother to even do the vacation package and the presentation. It's not for the weak at heart, it's very high pressure and they'll keep you and offer you deal after deal until you get to the "free" package, which we also turned down.
Poor Dustin was amazed.
Sorry Dustin, nothing in life is "free". And *** you Glen.
Product or Service Mentioned: Bluegreen Resorts Vacation Ownership.
Monetary Loss: $103.