Frequently Asked Questions

Great question.  

No, your customers will never be required to attend any sales or timeshare presentation. 

These are top quality resorts with no hidden fees or strings attached. 

Our business partners own and operate several high-volume travel companies and are simply filling otherwise empty rooms. 

The hotels and resorts aim to gain additional revenue from participating consumers spending money on the property, such as room service, spa, in-house restaurants, bar purchases, an extra day stay, etc. 

Our business partner (www.redeemvacations.com) has contracts with the world’s leading hotel chains and resorts to help them fill their otherwise empty rooms.

They’ve been helping hotels & resorts fill these empty rooms for many years – resulting in additional revenue for hotels from other areas of their property and through future bookings.

Hotels rarely experience full occupancy, yet they remain open, providing rooms and services at fixed costs.

So, when hotels provide rooms by partnering with our travel partner, they might forego the room fee, but they didn’t have that in the first place.

At least now they have the opportunity to gain a customer for their in-house restaurants, room service, an extra day stay & future bookings, etc.

The reason this program works so well is because it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

You win because you gain more business from using our incentives. Your customers win because they receive an awesome incentive gift from you.

And 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 who may book with them in the future. 

Redeem Vacations will also offer additional upgrades and incentives that your client can choose to accept or not.

The “Vacation Accommodation Certificates” have a 7 Day validity period – the Expiry Date is shown on the Certificate.

It’s therefore important that if you are giving your customer a “printed” Certificate, you should expedite handing it to them as soon as you download it from our Members’ Page (because the 7 day validity period starts when you download it).

IT’S AS SIMPLE AS 1,2,3:

1. Your customer needs to simply register their “Vacation Accommodation Voucher” online within these 7 days and select their preferred location.

2. Then after that, they’ll have a further 7 days to “activate their vacation” by paying the nightly taxes & fees.

3. After your customers activate their vacation (by paying the taxes & fees), they have 18 months to select their hotel & travel.
 
The activation must be paid in US Dollars.

The business model works best when the customer “activates” right away, otherwise many people will forget they even received it.

(“Activate” means paying the nightly taxes & fees)

During this 7-day period, Redeem Vacations will send your customers up to 3 emails to remind them to “activate”.

Redeem Vacations’ redemption rate is one of the highest in the industry because the 7-day expiration date provides a sense of urgency to activate and use it.

Another important reason for the 7-day expiration date is to protect Redeem Vacations (that has negotiated the special deals with hotels) and your business.

In the event that the contracts change with the participating properties and travel companies, offers can easily be updated or changed. 

This way, our “travel industry” partner & your business are not exposed to ramifications of customers wanting to choose a destination that may have been available when the Accommodation Certificate was provided, but later was not part of the program.

(Keep in mind that available destinations change from time to time, due to supply & demand – & change in hotel management)

No. We do not market anything in the future to your recipient. 

We respect our business partners and have no intention of spamming your clients with email.  

Redeem Vacations will send up to 3 email reminders during the first 7 days prior to the incentive expiration – to remind them to activate.

You’ll be able to choose to provide your customers with their Vacation Accommodation Certificate by email or a printed version.

Should you choose to give a customer the “printed” Certificate, be mindful that once you download the Certificate from our Members’ Page, the Certificate will show a 7 Day validity period from THAT DATE.

So for example, if you were to download & “print” an Accommodation Certificate on 1 December, that Certificate will show an Expiry Date of 8 December.

This simply means that your customer needs to visit www.redeemvacations.com & select their preferred destination within the 7 day period.

And after having done that, they have 7 days thereafter to pay their taxes & fees (Redeem Vacations will remind them via up to 3 emails during this 7 day period).

Your customer then has 18 months to select their hotel & travel.

Keep in mind that the reason for requiring people to choose their destination within this timeframe is to encourage people to actually “take action”, rather than perhaps put the Certificate in the kitchen drawer & forget all about it.

Remember, the hotels & resorts are in this program because they WANT people to claim the complimentary rooms – & our experience shows that if the people are not given a validity date to choose their destination, many forget all about the free vacation.

It is a great idea to use them as incentives for employees to meet their goals, but keep in mind that they are not meant for group travel. 

Our incentives are to be used for promotional use only and are not designed for group travel.

Please keep in mind that there is a limit of 1 vacation per household per year using the Vacation Accommodation Certificate.

So if you decided to reward staff with more than 1 Accommodation Certificate, your staff members need to be aware that there’s a limit of 1 vacation per household per year.

In other words, if a staff member earned 2 Certificates, they’d need to use the second one at least 12 months after using the first one.

Or alternatively the staff member could “gift” additional Accommodation Certificates to friends or acquaintances.

Yes, they will then be able to select from a number of “available” hotels & resorts.

Different hotels & resorts will have different availability depending on the times that your customer has selected.

Keep in mind that these are promotional offers to fill what would otherwise be an empty hotel room.

The properties that participate in these promotional offers release the unoccupied inventory to us just 30 days ahead of time.

Therefore, it requires the end user to provide a minimum of 30 days advance notice to book the dates they want. 

We also recommend your customers choose weekdays vs weekends and avoid major school vacations for best hotel options and availability.

Yes, your customers do get to choose the destinations that they wish to travel to.

They will get to choose from multiple locations & they make the choice when they register their “Vacation Accommodation Voucher” at www.redeemvacations.com

Customers must book with a minimum of 30 days advance notice prior to preferred or selected check-in dates.

So as long as the guest is booking more than 30 days out, their reservation can be fulfilled, based on availability of course. 

The properties that we work with release their unoccupied inventory to us daily, 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 timeframe that they use to project what their occupancy will be.

Based on what their projection is, we’ll determine how many allotments they can provide to us for these promotions.

The nightly taxes & fees are a hospitality industry standard & entail, but are not limited to remuneration to a 3rd party booking engine (eg: Expedia, Booking.com etc), travel agency fees, local tourism & bed taxes, sales tax based on the full rack rate of the accommodation, maid service fees & federal, state, local or municipal taxes.

The recipient of one of these incentives will receive 4 days/3 nights luxury hotel accommodation room rate free of charge, which retail is valued at up to $250 per night in the US and up to $350 per night at many of the International destinations.

However, the recipient is responsible for all other expenses, including but not limited to: airfare, transfers, food & beverages, gratuities, resort fees if applicable, and any other personal or miscellaneous expenses.   

 

Resort fees are commonplace in the travel industry.  As a matter of fact, over 96% of tourists traveling to Orlando or Las Vegas now have to pay a resort fee when they check-in at the resort. 

This is so common now that it’s just expected by any seasoned traveler.  

 

When you award someone a complimentary Vacation Accommodation Certificate, you are giving them a vacation that is arguably valued between $750 & $1,000 for US destinations – and up to $1,750 internationally, depending on where and the time of year they travel. 
 

Here are examples of resort fees for properties in the program: 

Las Vegas at the hotels we use run from $16.00 to $38.00 per night
 

Orlando at the hotels we use run from $5.00 to $12.00 per night depending on hotel and season. 
 

Gatlinburg / Branson / Williamsburg run from zero to $12.00 depending on hotel and season. 

Daytona Beach runs from $15 to $20 per night based on the season.
 

Myrtle Beach SC runs from $5 to $15 depending on the season.
 

Mexico hotels we use are from $10 to $14 per night based on the season.
 

The above are just examples of resort fees
 

If there is a resort fee, it will be disclosed when the end-user chooses travel dates and the hotel. 

 

Resort fees cover items like WiFi Internet Access, Local Calls, Resort Amenities,

Fitness Centers, In-room Safes, Beach Chairs, Umbrellas, Beach/pool towels,  activities and more.

The short answer is YES…..for many of the hotels. 

Whilst the Vacation Accommodation Certificate is for two people, most hotels allow 2 children up to 12 years of age to stay in the same room as 2 adults.

If traveling with extra adults or children, upgrades may be available at some resorts to accommodate this.

The upgrades require the purchase of additional rooms or larger suites.  Prices for upgrade options and or additional children etc. depend on room availability and seasonality, so prices cannot be quoted until travel dates are selected. 

All upgrade options will be online where the end-user can select the option to upgrade or continue to search for other participating properties.

These promotional incentives are designed mainly for couples – but as highlighted above, many hotels allow 2 children up to 12 years in the same room as 2 adults.

ONLY one incentive will be honoured per household or friends & relatives traveling together.

Group travel or combining these incentives to travel with friends and family is not allowed & there are extra costs for additional rooms or room nights.

No sorry, these vacation incentives cannot be used for groups of more than 1 room.

The hotels & resorts that are offering this promotion will honour only one package per family, friends, acquaintances, or known groups traveling on the same, similar, and/or adjoining arrival and departure dates.

There are additional costs associated with group travel. They also will not be available to use during conventions or other special events at the resort.

This incentive activation is FINAL & NON-REFUNDABLE.  Your customer will have 18 months to travel and can choose from all available destinations to find travel dates and vacation options.

Once dates are confirmed with the incentive, no changes will be allowed.

Cancellations after dates are confirmed will result in forfeiture of the activation fees.  (The  inventory used for these rooms are not as flexible as booking at retail rack rates – once confirmed, changes will not be allowed and cancellations or no-shows will result in forfeiture of fees paid)

No, the flights are not included.

The recipient of this incentive is responsible for all expenses including but not limited to: airfare, transfers, food, gratuities, and any other miscellaneous expenses. This incentive cannot be combined with any other promotional vacation offer.

With these promotional offers, the resorts are hoping that the “free accommodation guests” will spend on the property at the restaurants, spa, poolside cocktails, room service, etc. 

For this reason and others, they are requiring that at least 1 person in the party be over the age of 21 for all the resorts – and hold a passport to travel if overseas.

They must also have a Major Credit or a Bank Debit Card with a Visa or Mastercard logo plus a valid government-issued ID to check-in. 

(In other words, they must not be cash customers with no recourse for damage to rooms, etc.)

Your customers can choose from any of the locations as long as they reside at least 100 miles or 160 kilometers away from the participating resort.

Facebook Ad Management

The free month of facebook management includes our team creating the ad copy, the ad imagery and a custom landing page. 

We will also send you a weekly report with all the statistics.

After the free month, there is no obligation to continue, however if you are happy with the service and the results from the first month, we offer an ongoing management service for $247.
Up to 2 campaigns or offers in the first month.
The landing page will be hosted on a specific vacation themed URL such as vacationbonus.net or similar. However if you have a WordPress site, we can also connect the landing page to a subpage on your domain.

We build the landing pages using a paid software called Instapage that has a monthly license fee.

Instapage usually charges $199 a month if you’d like to get your own plan with them, otherwise we also offer a landing page only plan for $79 a month to keep hosting your landing page on our account.

If you decide to go ahead with our $247 full management offer, the landing page is already included.

The Facebook ad spend is not included in the complimentary month. 

Just as if you were doing ads yourself or through another agency, Facebook charges to advertise on their platform. All Facebook spend is charged directly from Facebook.

The answer is dependent on your target market, catchment area and how many leads/sales you want to make.

We suggest starting with $20 per day and if you want to increase it at any time you can.

Yes, we provide a range of editable vacation themed artwork templates, however as a valued Vacations Incentive member, we also have a graphic design team that can create any additional artwork you need at no additional cost.