“Congratulations! You Have Won!”

If you have attended a bridal show I am sure you have then received a call congratulating you on winning one prize or another. A couple weeks after dragging Mr. Pineapple to a fairly horrifying bridal event I received such a call. Congrats to us! We had “won” a free honeymoon. The catch being that we would have to attend at 90 minute cooking demonstration.


Well, Mr. P and decided why the heck not. We would check it out, sit quietly for 90 minutes and see if there was any legitimacy to the free vacation. The demonstration was put on by American Prestige and it was fairly awkward. We were in a small room in a rundown hotel here in Pittsburgh with a bunch of other couples. After an hour and a half of bad jokes and whispered chuckles between Mr. Pineapple and I the demo was over.

We were then told what a great deal the cookware was and why we should spend a large chunk of change that night. We didn’t have to actually buy anything to get the free vacation and we didn’t. Our choices were either 2 nights and 3 days in one of several hotels across the country or 2 nights and 3 days in one of 4 all-inclusive Caribbean resorts. Both very short stays considering we would still have to pay for airfare.

Mr. Pineapple and I had already planned on going to Florida to visit my family this Christmas. Since the Bahamas are just a hop skip and a jump from Miami we went with the Caribbean stay. We have not decided if we will extend the vacation beyond the free days. Other than a $40/night fee for taxes it seems to be legit and there are no blackout days. We will obviously look into it further before actually buying our plane tickets and giving anyone money, but I think it will be a nice short get away before all the craziness of the holidays.

Here are some photos from the Viva Wyndham resort where we would be staying:


Has anyone actually gone on one of these free vacations or known anyone who has?

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Mrs. Pineapple

Location:
Pittsburgh
Wedding Date:
October, 2008
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    Mrs. Pineapple 682 posts, Busy bee @ 9:49 pm

    @FlaGirl: the reason we even gave it a chance was that we could see the benefit for both parties. American Prestige gets to try and sell couples their super expensive cookware and the resort tempts the couples into extending their stay or as you said, purchasing a time share. If there was no benefit to the parties giving away free trips then it would be too good to be true, but a lot of couples do purchase the items that are being peddled.

    We are not one of those couples – sorry American Prestige. We are still going to re-read all of the fine print and add up all the taxes and make sure there are no hidden “resort fees” before we decide for sure.

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    redflowers, Guest @ 11:38 pm

    I got a call from this company twice in the last two days. The first caller informed me we had to attend the demonstration as a couple. Well that didnt work because my fiance is deployed. She quickly got off the phone with me. So I was very surprised today when I got a second call from another person telling me that I had one. She didn’t appear to know that that other lady had called and went on to tell me I could attend with my mother or sister as long as it was a family member. I wasnt impressed that I as a graduated student living away from home with an an active duty military FI I didnt qualify. Sure I could have pretended a friend was a sister, but I was so turned off that I just didnt confrim the reservation.

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    Michelle, Guest @ 11:05 am

    I have actually stayed at that resort on a family vacation and it is quite nice. You are a little confined to the compound but the city/town area is only a 25 min bike ride or a short cab ride away. the food is all average, nothing absolutely terrible or great. go and enjoy yourselves.

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    SweetPetunia, Guest @ 12:23 pm

    I drove by the hotel you posted. It looks really nice. If you could get cheap airfare, i say go for it. We’ve sat through a couple presentation to get free things and don’t regret it. It is work though since you have to listen to everything and pretend to be interested. But in the end its worth it. Granted we’ve never been on the free trips. Just free boat tours, restaurant meals etc. Just, whatever you do, dont give in and purchase anything!

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    abbyful 5164 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:37 pm

    We almost did this. Well, actually we did submit our order form and everything, but I called and canceled it (note to others that make the same mistake: they HAVE to let you cancel if it’s within 3 days by some consumer protection law, even though the order form says “no cancellations”).

    When I was looking through the paperwork on how to cancel, I found out they lied to us. They told us the interest rate on the cookware was ~1.5%, it was actually 21%.

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    neon flex, Guest @ 9:50 am

    I can say the same as these guys, we also got scammed from a similar company in the UK.

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    neon flex, Guest @ 9:54 am

    I have the same story accept in the UK. We got ripped of with $3000, nightmare trip.

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    clairelizabeth23 30 posts, Newbee @ 6:55 pm

    @Miss Pineapple: So what happened? Did you ever sign up for the vacations? Run into any red tape?

    I got this call earlier today, although this offer also included champagne flutes…which I actually had registered to win at a bridal show in Nashville, TN two days ago.

    From my research on the internet during the last two hours, I am thinking that it’s a horrible scam if you buy the pots – but otherwise, they give you the vacation with a few taxes. I can’t find many people who refused the pots and then actually took the vacation.

    So how about an update on your situation, please?!

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    laura, Guest @ 8:19 am

    Hey so i went to the show and took the 3 day 2 night stay in an all-inclusive out of county stay with viva Wyndham. I sent my form in with the $99 deposit and after they took my money couldn’t get anymore info out of the to keep booking my info. its been almost a year and out $99.

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    Kayla, Guest @ 10:44 am

    Did anyone go on the vacation????

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