Last updated: 08:00 PM ET, Thu March 19 2015

New Travel Giveaway Promotion Should Have Consumers on Alert

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 19, 2015

New Travel Giveaway Promotion Should Have Consumers on Alert

Travelers are always on the lookout for deals too good to be true, and a letter from the National Association of Travel Centers promoting giveaways featuring major prizes has raised some eyebrows.

According to Connie Thompson of, the letter promises four possible prizes ranging from round-trip airfare to $50,000 in cash. Unfortunately, the enticing offer comes with a few hidden requisites.

The fine print of the letter states that to be eligible for prizes, you must attend a sales presentation that lasts 90 minutes with your spouse or partner. Once you sit through the sales pitch, you are given a scratch-off card that will determine which prize you’ve won.

To claim the prize, the consumer would have to send in the scratch-off card via the mail with a copy of both your government identification card and your social security card for tax purposes.

As Thompson continued with the fine print, it revealed, that the Travel Time Game "is not valid in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Wisconsin or Texas.”

The National Association of Travel Centers executive director Dave Nopanen told that his company is a lobbying organization that represents and markets group travel companies, travel membership clubs and travel agencies.

Nopanen claims the NATC is sending out millions of the letters.

Travelers must be smart about sending out personal information to anyone. It is crucial that people thinking about buying into a promotion like this do all the necessary homework on the companies involved before committing to anything.

Deals that are too good to be true are usually not true.


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