… you want the raw truth about Paycation Travel!
I am pretty sure that if you’re reading this Paycation Travel review, you are probably conducting some research because you have an interest in becoming a customer or the business opportunity.
If that is the case, just keep reading!
In this unbiased Paycation Travel Business Opportunity Review I will attempt to provide enough information about the Company, Product(s), and Compensation plan for you to be able to make an informed decision.
NOTE: Unbiased (meaning I am not a distributor of their products/services and I do not promote their business opportunity). Your decision to join or not join the Paycation Travel business opportunity is entirely up to you.
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Paycation Travel also known as Traverus is a United States based travel club and network marketing company that officially launched in 2014. Traverus has been in business since 02/01/2002. The company relaunched under a new name (Paycation Travel), new compensation plan and with some new leaders on the management team.
The company CEO is David Manning (also the CEO of Xstream Travel). Xstream Travel is a 12 year old licensed and bonded travel agency. Paycation travel (network marketing side) is the marketing arm of Xstream Travel (travel club/service side).
COMPANY NAME: Paycation Travel AKA Traverus
INDUSTRY: Travel, Travel Clubs/Network Marketing
FOUNDER: David Manning
COST: Three options (See below); Basic Membership: $40.00 + $29.95 month
Paycation Vision Statement:
To become the premier provider of travel-related services and to become the most respected and admired company in the world by adhering to the principles of trust, respect, integrity and edification. To revolutionize travel through the power of relationships and technology along with an unprecedented income opportunity. By so doing, Paycation will become a “Legacy” company, helping families worldwide live the lives of their dreams.
What Are the Products?
There really are no Paycation products. The company provides travel-related services and travel education. Paycation associates can only market membership to the company itself (which provides access to these third-party travel partners like Xstream Travel). The company claims that Customers get access to discounted prices on travel, hotels, car rentals and cruises.
How to promote the products
Many associates leverage the power of the internet and through their own websites and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
NOTE: A lot of inexperienced Paycation associates are spamming Facebook and Instagram walls. Read this post “The quickest way to lose your Real and Facebook friends” before advertise on Facebook.
Paycation provides a marketing system for their Independent Associates. A marketing system is a must have for any Paycation associate that desires to have a profitable business.
Marketing systems consist of lead capture pages you can use to send your prospects to and autoresponders (automated follow-up email system).
So how did the Top earners become so successful?
The Top Paycation earners build their businesses totally different than the masses do. The top earners who are making money in Paycation are great at marketing, both offline and online. They know how to generate traffic and leads, and then convert those leads into sales, and they know how to recruit the best people into their business.
The teams that seem to be successful are using other lead marketing tools in order to train their group on internet marketing techniques and give them the tools and knowledge to generate their own online leads. If you want to become a top producer, you will need a powerful lead marketing system to foster and build a relationship with your prospects.
Not understanding how to drive traffic to their capture pages or having a high converting lead marketing system is why most Paycation associates fail; because they follow the masses and get the same old results.
HINT: Most Top earners use their own website or blog and not company replicated sites.
The Compensation Plan
Can you make money with this business opportunity? That my friend is the million dollar question. Paycation calls it’s compensation plan the 3D. It is actually a combined network marketing unilevel and matrix plan.
What is a unilevel plan mean?
This means is you can only recruit people front-line to you. The more people you personally sponsor, the wider your organization grows
You also earn a percentage through a certain number of levels of distributors within your organization. The higher the rank you achieve, the more levels from which you can earn commissions.
NOTE: A network marketing Unilevel Plan is a compensation plan which permits the affiliates to introduce new comers in its front line. There is no restriction for width i.e. a members can sponsor unlimited in width under his/her frontline and compensation distributed up to the limited depth. Further all frontline also efforts to do the same for earn bonuses or compensation.
What is a matrix plan mean?
The Paycation Travel compensation plan also incorporates a forced matrix (3×7) plan tied into various membership levels.
NOTE: A network marketing Matrix Plan also known as ladder Plan or Forced Matrix Plan is a compensation plan in which members which are organized in a particular width and depth are compensated when they achieve a set level. The network marketing company can set structure for members to qualify a particular level that may be 3 in width and 7 in depth. In other words a distributor only can introduce 3 as his front-line and a member can earn compensation up to 7th level. A forced matrix means that anyone who joins under you is placed underneath you in a matrix. You can also get spillover from your upline as they fill up their own matrices.
For a more detailed look the full Paycation Travel compensation plan/overview here.
You must be a qualified Referral Travel Consultant (RTC) or higher to be eligible to earn 65% to 75% of commissions paid to Paycation from their vendors and suppliers for travel booked through your Paycation travel website. Qualified RTC’s or higher rank are paid “Coded Bonus” commissions on all personally Enrolled active IA’s after your first two – with no limits. So, beginning with your third personal IA, you will be eligible to earn both the “Personal Sales” commissions AND “Coded Bonus” commissions on RTC’s and CTC’s.
Note: A complete 3X7 Matrix that is filled with everyone in the Matrix paying $59.95 monthly pays out $25,000 monthly.
Associate Membership Ranks
There are five associate membership ranks within the Paycation compensation plan. Listed below are the criteria to qualify for each:
- Executive – must have purchased Referral or Certified Travel Consultant affiliate membership and have recruited at least three Referral or Certified Travel Consultant affiliates – recruit at least 6 associates (three or more of which must be Referral Travel Consultants or higher)
- Regional Executive – enroll 6 associates (at least three of which must be Referral Travel Consultants or higher)
- National Executive – enroll 10 associates (at least six of which must be Referral Travel Consultants or higher)
- International Executive – enroll 15 associates (at least three of which must be National Executives in three separate unilevel legs)
- Presidential Executive – enroll 20 associates (at least three of which must be International Executives in three separate unilevel legs)
WARNING: 95% of Paycation Affiliates FAIL!
Unfortunately the sad truth is, if your looking at Paycation solely for the purpose of the compensation plan and you are an inexperienced marketer without the drive and ambition to make a serious change in your life, Paycation probably isn’t for you. I’m assuming that we haven’t personally met yet and that I haven’t gotten to know you. So, I’m going to be pretty blunt here. If you expect to sign up and instantly start to make money without a lead marketing system, let me be the first to tell you … YOU WILL FAIL!!!
Yes, your success or FAILURE as an Agent will ultimately be determined by how many people you can attract to you and your team. Without understanding Attraction Marketing principles, you will always be at a serious disadvantage. If you want the best chance at success in your Paycation business, you need to learn and understand how to apply Attraction Marketing principles.
By using attraction marketing, learning a few marketing skills, and leveraging the power of the internet, you can succeed where the other 95% fail.
Well this is a comprehensive Paycation Travel Business Opportunity review, right? Then let’s look at the good as well as the bad.
- Residual income opportunity on affiliate memberships
- A variety of different ways you can get paid.
- Low start up cost.
- The business is available in many countries outside the U.S.
- Growing Industry: $8 Trillion Industry-Will Grow To $15 Trillion In Next Decade
- Bonuses. In addition to to the above compensation, SBC has multiple bonus pools that are available on a weekly basis to its distributors.
- The company provides a turnkey marketing system but at an extra cost. Two options: (Monthly$19.95 +$9.95 for the first month) or (Quarterly $59.95+no set up fee).
- Target audience is limited to those seeking to travel.
- Requires $59.95 monthly fee in order remain active as associate and participate in the compensation plan.
- Most of the commissions don’t kick in unless you recruit someone into the company and the residual is tied into themselves bringing people. Comp plan that will require heavy recruiting and building large teams to sustain and maximize income potential.
- Matrix compensation plans can create what is addressed as “spill over, ” which is dependent on the work of those above you (i.e. your upline). This can potentially attract passive – or “lazy” – distributors that will make no effort to generate their business, but instead will simply wait to profit from the work associated from others.
- Additional cost: annual $40.00 renewal fee for RTC’s and CTC’s.
ARE THERE ANY CONCERNS OR RED FLAGS ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY?
At this time I have no concerns or major issues with this company. Paycation (Traverus) is NOT a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business. The BBB file opened 7/31/2007. Their current BBB rating is: . At the time of this post there was only one Traverus complaint for this company over a three year period.
Xstream Travel is also NOT a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business. Their current BBB rating is: . At the time of this post there two Xstream Travel complaints for this company closed over a three year period, one within the last 12 months.
Is the Paycation Travel business opportunity right for YOU?
If you are interested in travel products then Paycation may be a good fit for you!
To join Paycation and become an associate you have two options:
1) Become a Referral Travel Consultant (RTC) for $99.95 and $59.95 monthly, or
2) Become a Certified Travel Consultant (CTA), you have to pay $149.95 and $59.95 monthly for the travel membership.
NOTE: Another option, not widely discussed or emphasized in Paycation travel presentations is to join as an Independent Associate (IA), Travel Club Member, for $40.00 and a $29.95 monthly fee. This includes Travel Club Membership (IA’s earn on personal sales and are eligible to qualify for the Paycation Residual Commission Program). This package also comes with your own Travel Club website and back office to track your organizational growth and commissions. IA’s if qualified earn in the Paycation Commission program and on personal sales to customers. This allows you to earn personal sales on each Travel Club sold to a customer and the sale of a Referral Travel Consultant Package.
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, you are doing a good thing researching Paycation Travel reviews. Make sure you get to know as much about the company as you can before making a decision. But also understand that if you are new to the direct sales and network marketing industry that your success will come from your ability to generate continuous leads in order to make sales. I am not a fan of compensation plans with a matrix design, however Paycation seems to have a balanced compensation plan that balances out recruitment with a strong sales commission.
In my opinion Paycation is just like any other direct sales and network marketing company. If you are interested in the travel industry then this company is certainly a business opportunity worth looking into. If not, find an industry you are passionate about, that is expanding and innovative and be willing to plug in, be a student and apply those teachings to your business and your team’s success. Success in network marketing is not a huge mystery. It is just a matter of correct education, proper skills and effective action.
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