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Macgyver
Jan 23, 2013

Classic Escape Holidays

Classic Escape Holidays - beware of what they offer you and how they offer it to you.

My wife and I were approached by Classic Escapes Promoters in a major shopping center in Sydney in Jan 2013. We were handed 4 scratch cards to win a prize. We scratched the 4 cards and one of those cards was a winner. We had won either a holiday, an ipad or $1500.00 cash. All we had to do is pay $50.00 refundable deposit to attend a 90min presentation at Classic Escapes head office.

We booked a date to attend the presentation. However after viewing the 4 scratch cards it appeared that the winning card was different from the loosing cards. It is possible to tell which is a winning card or losing card prior to scratching the prize/loss. Therefore the promoters can force a winning card upon you mixed in with some loosing cards making it appear that "Your luck is in".

See attached photos of our 4 cards, 3 of which are loosing cards. On the winning card there are two images that have been swapped. The picture of the Money and the Beach Holiday. Notice all the loosing cards are the same but different from the winning card. So from the very onset of this "Winning" card you have been scammed. This was also verified by some friends of ours who were also given a "Winning" card mixed in with some losing cards. The differences were the same.

We attended the presentation, was refunded our $50.00 and then we witnessed a multitude of complicated algorithms to have us believe their product offered value. Over 5000 accommodation sites they promote that we can accommodate in provided we sign up to their lengthy and costly membership time share deals. After 2 hours of time wasting, hard selling and question avoiding by the sales team we declined the Classic Escapes offer and opted to claim our prize only.

The prize was a 7 night holiday in either Queensland, Bali or Thailand. We were given a plastic card to redeem online. We were informed there is a $200 cleaning and admin bill to pay for the holiday. As we have children in our family we went online to book our "Prize Holiday" for the four of us. To include our children on the holiday it would cost a minimum of $400 upwards. So this "Winning" holiday is now costing $600.00 minimum for accommodation.

My complaint is the sneaky methods used to promote a "Win" from their scratch cards, this is not a game of chance it is a game of scam. You are only a "Winner" if you walk away and have nothing more to do with it.

Overall my wife and I feel elated that we did not sign anything with Classic Escapes. We have put in the bin our winning holiday card from Classic Escapes and look forward to booking our holiday through the normal methods using the hundreds of thousands of destinations the world can offer..

Classic Escape Holidays

comeandcomplain
Jan 28, 2013

classic escapes

I was stopped by a lady telling me to scratch a ticket to see if I won a prize. I was with my wife and it was my honeymoon. I scratched my ticket and it said I won. I was so excited, i was going to pick the iPad. The lady then booked us for 7 or 9pm and we put a 20$ deposit. So we went and had dinner and we had a bottle of wine and I also had some scotches. I recall handing my ticked in for my prize and the ticket said I had to be 28years of age but i wasn't at the time. They were still happy to sign me up to the trial escapes.

I have formally complained to the financial services ombudsman on the following points:
1) my age at the time with the scratchy lure.
2) I was intoxicated at the time
3) I pay for a yearly fee that was not told to us, the only fees and charges we were told of we signed for, On the direct debit request.
4) we can never book for anything

Our honeymoon memory is now destroyed due to this.

Concerned Citizen 845
Jul 2, 2013

Classics Escapes

There are families that this club helps to get holidays. When was the last time that you got a week in a resort for $199.00 booking fee, geez you really got to wonder where people's head are at. That surely represents value for spending 90 minutes of your time.

It cost less than $100 to get Pizza, burgers or any fast foods for that matter, which I might add can cause hardened arteries and endanger your health and life.

It would cost an individual household $500,000 Minimum to obtain a holiday home. This option gives the families of Australia access to thousands of holiday destinations worldwide for a lot less money.

Maybe if people went on holidays more, there would be less road rage, necessity for refuge for women and children from broken families, less crime and a more peaceful Australia.

There are Australian families who are also employed by this organisation to service their needs as a household.

Look in before looking out. STOP WHINGING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Signed: Concerned Citizen

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