Do I have to take a timeshare presentation in order to take advantage of your vacation certificates?
NO, you will never be required to attend any sales or timeshare presentation. These are real, top quality Vacation Resorts. Apart from standard room taxes and resort fees that all guests must pay – and which are nominal – there are no additional hidden fees, surcharges or other strings attached.
This promo is being offered through BookVIP.com and we are simply filling otherwise empty rooms which the hotels and resorts turn into additional revenue from on-site amenities, such as room service, spas, restaurants, bars, casinos and extra days stayed, etc. If you qualify, you may be offered additional incentives and upgrades that you can choose to accept or decline. These additional incentives will save you anywhere from $500 to $1500 and will include a discovery tour of the property to introduce you to the benefits of resort membership or ownership. You will, however, never be required to upgrade as a condition of this promotion.
How are you able to offer these incentives?
BookVIP.com has traveled over 1 million families to date and has contracts with the world’s leading hotel chains and resorts to help them fill their otherwise empty rooms. We help fill empty rooms, which the hotels and resorts turn into additional revenue from other areas of their property such as amenities and future bookings. Hotels rarely experience full occupancy, yet they remain open, providing rooms and services at fixed costs. When hotels give out their rooms by partnering with BookVIP, they might give up the room revenue, but they already didn’t have that in the first place. Now, at least, they have the opportunity to gain a customer for their in-house restaurants, room service, casinos, an extra day stay, future bookings, etc.
The reason why our program works so well is the fact that it’s a win-win for everyone involved. Our partners and affiliates win because you received an awesome incentive gift from them. The resorts win because they gain additional revenue from other areas of their establishment that they otherwise would not have been able to get, and they also have a new client that may book with them in the future. If you qualify, BookVIP will also offer additional upgrades and incentives that you can choose to accept or not.
Do the certificates have an expiration date?
Yes, our digital certificates created will be assigned an expiration date 7 days out from the date you sent it. Please note that the expiration date shown on the digital certificates only pertains to the actual activation of the certificate. After you activate a vacation certificate, you will have at least 18 months to travel. To activate, you simply need to pay the daily taxes and fees that correspond to the certificate. You can activate by phone or online.
Will I have to book my reservations and travel by the expiration date printed on the certificate?
No, the expiration date pertains to activation of the vacation certificate only. Once you activate by paying the room taxes and fees of a vacation certificate you will then have at least 18 months to travel. As an example; for our US resorts the activation fee is $19.45 per night and for our Mexico offers it is just $19.70 per night.
Do you use my email or info for any other purpose?
No. We do not do any other marketing to the certificate recipient. We respect our business partners and have no intention of spamming you with email. You will receive up to 3 email reminders during the first 7 days prior to the certificate expiration to remind you to activate. If you do activate then you have become a customer of ours as well and we may need to have further communication with you concerning the reservation, or reminding you to book your vacation dates, etc.
Are children included?
The short answer is YES. The US resorts options will include up to 4 people in the room regardless of age except for our resort in Branson, Missouri, where the studio included is for up to 2 adults. For the Mexico offers, you can travel with 2 adults and up to 2 children, ages of 12 or under. If traveling with extra adults or older children, upgrades may be available to accommodate, depending on availability. Upgrades require the purchase of additional rooms or larger suites which may not always be available. Prices for additional children etc. depend on room availability and seasonality so prices cannot be quoted until travel dates are selected. These promotional certificates are designed for couples or small families. More than 4 persons will be harder to accommodate with these promotions and in some cases not possible.
Can I book before the required 30 day advance notice on the travel certificates?
These promotions do not work for last minute bookings. You must book with a minimum of 30 days advance notice prior to preferred or selected check in dates. So as long as you are booking more than 30 days out we can fulfill based on availability, of course. The properties that we work with release their unoccupied inventory to us daily with 30 days out, so there is no way around this. Remember, we are filling otherwise empty rooms for the participating properties and this is the time frame that they use to project what their occupancy will be. Based on what their projection is will determine how many allotments they can provide to us for these promotions. The one exception to this is when – and if available – the guest agrees to an upgrade that requires a resort preview. In these cases we may be able to get them in with less than 30 days advance notice. As with most travel situations, the earlier you make your reservation the better.
Can I choose the hotel?
We promote specific properties with each certificate destination. For example, currently we are offering Westgate Resorts in both Orlando and Las Vegas. However, if the property we promote is not available, we may give the user other choices they can select from. Keep in mind that these are promotional offers that we provide to you with significant savings on accommodations, so it’s not going to work the same way as going to www.hotels.com and paying full rack rate and you get to choose the hotel. With us,the properties that we work with and that participate in these promotional offers, release the unoccupied inventory just 30 days ahead of time.
What resorts can I choose from?
This depends on the promotion you’ve been offered. These are the resorts currently in the program: