Resorts 360 is a luxury travel club that allows you to enjoy four and five-star vacations worldwide, at a fraction of the price the general public would pay. Not only that, but members can earn big ticket commissions by referring others.
It’s a cool way to live lavish and get paid, all at the same time. Or is it?
In theory, working from home, promoting Resorts 360 and earning huge paydays would give you the ultimate time freedom and cash flow.
Which you could then leverage to take advantage of all the fabulous vacation deals that are exclusive to you, and just a click away, as a club member.
Now, I don’t know about you.
But to me, that all sounds just a little too good to be true.
So let’s dig a little deeper.
First, some background.
Resort 360 is a home based business opportunity that offers a high-end travel club membership and has been in business since 2008.
At the time of starting this review, that’s six years strong, which is pretty good for the MLM industry. Most of these travel deals end up getting shut down at some point because they tiptoe that line of legitimacy.
(Sometimes, the government decides it’s nothing more than a facade to cover up an aggressive recruiting scheme.)
Many companies are here today, gone tomorrow.
Score one for Resorts360 for still being in operation today, as of mid-2015.
The next thing that jumps out is the lack of hype.
They have a very professional, no-nonsense approach to marketing. Refreshing to see, since most opportunities in this space are overflowing with exaggerated claims.
A quick check of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website confirmed their squeaky clean reputation. They’ve got an A+ rating, with no complaints even listed for the previous three years.
If you arrived at this review expecting to see cries of a Resorts 360 scam, sorry to disappoint.
Even forums, which are notoriously filled with whiners and complainers, had nothing but positive things to say about this home based opportunity.
Pretty impressive stuff. Then again, a lack of negative press, by itself, doesn’t mean it’s worth investing in. Amiright?
It’s important to point out that Resorts 360 is not a timeshare company, nor are they a travel agency or travel certificate company.
There are different types of travel clubs that exist and Resorts 360 takes pride in being a private membership that allows you and your family to save thousands of dollars on luxurious vacations, but without the annoying drawbacks of timeshares or agencies.
The company was founded by an experienced commercial airline pilot, Captain Rodger Rutter.
Clearly, having someone as highly traveled as an actual pilot (with a 25-year history of flying) to head your travel business is always a solid move.
“Rodger” that, right? stealth secrets
There are three different membership levels to choose from, the major differences being the length of membership and the amount of commissions you can earn (prices listed for each level are one-time fees only):
- Executive ($1,995) – a three year membership, with direct commissions up to $1,000 and pass-ups up to $500.
- VIP Premium ($3,995) – a ten year membership, with direct commissions up to $2,000 and pass-ups up to $1,000.
- Elite Life ($9,995) – a lifetime membership, with direct commissions up to $5,000 and pass-ups up to $2,500.
All membership levels come with a no questions asked 5-day 100% money back guarantee.
With the VIP Premium and Elite Life membership levels, you get access to private home reservations as well. Plus, those levels are transferable and willable, should anything happen to you.
Also, there’s an annual fee of $99 for anyone who wants to promote, and receive commissions for, the Resorts 360 membership levels.
Payouts occur weekly, so you don’t have to wait around too long to get your money.
You can have a check mailed to your home, use direct deposit or bank wire.
For a network marketing company (they refer to their company as a “direct sales” or two-tier affiliate program), the Resorts 360 compensation plan is fairly straightforward.
As a business owner, you’re either an Associate or a Manager.
You’re an Associate until you reach your third sale, and a Manager thereafter.
Associates make 25% commissions, while Managers earn 50% commissions. So basically, you’ll earn 25% on your first two sales and 50% on every sale after that.
Important: you only earn commissions up to your membership level.
For example, if you’re an Executive level member, and you just made sale number three to a new recruit who signed up at the VIP Life level, you’d make $1,000 (which is 50% of the level you’re in at).
In this hypothetical example, you would’ve earned $2,000 if you were a VIP Premium level member, and a hefty $5,000 if you’d been an Elite Life member.
Obviously, it pays to play big.
You can always upgrade at any time, though.
Now, in cheesy infomercial fashion, “But wait… there’s more!”
The MLM aspect (again, that’s me labeling it that and not them) comes into play when your referrals make sales.
Each time someone you referred gets a new sale, you actually get “passed-up” a 25% bonus override. This occurs for each sale they make, at any level, once they’re managers (their third sale and every sale thereafter).
If that sounded confusing, here’s a pdf report with pictures that makes it easier to visualize.
Bottom line, with a proper marketing plan, you could make some serious bank. Well, maybe. Okay, probably not. Wink.
Here are just some of the aspects that make Resorts 360 so tempting:
- You can literally save thousands of dollars on elaborate vacations, regardless of whether you’re vacationing during a Holiday or not. (Hard to prove since they show no prices before joining.)
- Select from: nightly stays, pristine resorts, cruises, car rentals, theme parks, tours and excursions, golf outings, concierge services, travel insurance, guest passes, and more.
- Straightforward, what you see is what you get pricing. No hidden fees or sneaky upsells to worry about.
- You gain unlimited 24/7 access to a secure members-only portal, where you’re free to browse, research and book your next getaway with the click of your mouse.
- The more you travel, the more rewards points you earn. And when certain thresholds are met, you can actually travel for free.
- Unlike most travel clubs, there’s absolutely no restrictions or blackout dates. The world is your oyster, in the most literal sense.
- Resorts 360 is powered by a top tier software infrastructure, meaning they’ve gone above and beyond to ensure members experience a flawless, premium quality, aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-use website.
And all of that’s just from a traveling point of view. What about from a business opportunity standpoint?
Here’s what jumps out in my eyes:
- You can work from home or anywhere in the world with an internet connection, as much or as little as you’d like.
- This could supplement, replace or greatly exceed your current income – the potential for massive multi-thousand dollar paydays is certainly there.
- On top of that, you’ve got major tax benefits. I’m no accountant, but just think of the additional money you could save by writing off (totally legitimate and legal) business trips that you’re using to market this opportunity to others.
- The ultimate in lavish living. We all want to make more money to live better, and with Resorts360, you can do both simultaneously.
- There’s no need to worry about stocking or shipping products or dealing with pesky customer service issues.
- You don’t need any employees, independent contractors or outsourcers. In fact, other than the cost of your membership, this business can be run with almost no additional expenses, whatsoever.
- You get to tap into the done-for-you marketing materials and sales funnel, meaning your only duty is to tell others. And therefore, there’s absolutely no previous experience or skills that are required to make money with this.
What about the downsides?
Here’s what might turn you off about this MLM travel opportunity:
- The price point. Even though you can get started for $1,995 and upgrade at any time, to really set yourself up for big commissions, you’d need the Elite Life level, which costs a whopping $10k.
- Depending on your schedule and the amount of available spending money you have, it may be hard (at first) to get your money’s worth. Even at discounted rates, vacations still add up when entertainment is factored-in. Plus, like I said, how do we even know how legit the savings are when they don’t show us any actual numbers before purchasing? Seems kind of shady to me.
- There’s no guarantee that you’ll make any money as a promoter of Resorts360. Based on my experience in network marketing, this one would be tough to knock out of the park. There’s very little demand for a $10,000 travel savings club, making it tough to get in front of large amounts of buyers.
- I just think if the savings were that great, they’d display ’em with pride, so it feels a little wrong to me. I also think the MLM model is flawed and downright shady, overall.
Even though it’s easy to fall victim to the allure of lavish vacations and massive commissions, the reality is you probably won’t save much on traveling. And getting others to drop this kind of money on a suspect savings club? Is no easy challenge.
Bottom line, there’s too much risk for too little upside. And the product is questionable at best.
I’d sit this one out.