“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 2014
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    Eims 43 posts, Newbee @ 4:13 pm

    We went to one of those presentations after receiving a similar call. We ended up not using the vacation voucher because they were asking us to prove that we were going to pay on a joint card from a joint billing address. At that point we were not living together. They did give us some nice toasting glasses though!

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    vailbride 55 posts, Worker bee @ 4:24 pm

    We also went to a presentation like this and got another call from this same company… we didn’t end up going because like you said they were requiring us to buy our own airfare and it just wasnt worth it. We also couldn’t find a date that would work because the blackout dates were outrageous… let me know if it works for you, and maybe I’ll reconsider!

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    babesilvia 133 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:24 pm

    Wow, ive been thinking about this the whole week! My FI and I signed up for a “tour” of a new Vacation resort and if we sit through the 90 minute tour we would receive a free 5 day stay somewhere in Napa Valley and we also thought of using this as oour honeymoon sisnce that was our original plan anyway.

    We are scheduled to to this weekend, we shall see. I am also a little skeptical.

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    Jessica, Guest @ 4:26 pm

    I just received a call from these people yesterday, and I live in Knoxville TN. I have been pretty skeptical of phone calls like these in the past. I googled the number they called me from and found a bunch of postings about people being scammed into buying thousands of dollars of merchandise. But I figure if I can make it through the presentation without buying anything (because I really can’t afford to), I’d be happy to go through it to get a free vacation! Our meeting is on Saturday… here’s hoping it’s legit!! :)

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    Shay 438 posts, Helper bee @ 4:26 pm

    My FH and I just recently went to something like that but it was Celebrity something or another. We actually did win a cruise and have been working with the gentelman who hosted the show he owes a travel agent. We havent had any problems what so ever! Thank God! We have even upgraded our room to one with a balcony. Unfortunately we went for the toasting glasses and did get those but we have booked one of our two cruises that we have won with out a problem.

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    suzanno 2683 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:31 pm

    My sister went on something like this – it was a timeshare presentation (not cookware) and the free vacation options included Phoenix, where her hubby has always wanted to golf. A couple who are friends of theirs went to the presentation with them, so the four of them had a long weekend in Phoenix. She has a million frequen flyer miles, so they got the airfare for free. She said the resort was actually really nice, and it’s good it was free as the boys played some really expensive gold and the girls did some serious Scottsdale shopping.

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    msbutton, Guest @ 4:33 pm

    How weird that you posted this…I received a call from Prestige yesterday afternoon and called them back…but I feel in my gut that it’s a scam….I’d love to hear from anyone who had an experience with them!

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    jordanje, Guest @ 4:33 pm

    This is a HUGE SCAM. I received a call froma guy by the name of Ralph. I googled the number, his name, and what he was pitching and descovered it was a huge scam and nothing was free.

    The thing the caught my attention was that he claimed that I had entered a drawing at a local bridal show on a day that I wasn’t even in the country. When I told him this, he tried to change the story to someone I knew entered me in the drawing at the event. Wrong again, I don’t know anyone where I currently live, we just moved here.

    Oh and the cookware is really bad, and if you purchase any of it you can only cancle the order within 3 days of purchase, no returns after that.

    Watch out brides!

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    Red 119 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:50 pm

    Just make sure you don’t fall for the free 2-night Hawaii vacation that includes airfare from Holiday Travel of America. It’s so incredibly difficult to redeem and any deviations to their travel plans (they want you to fly out on a Tues and fly back on a Thursday) will have you spending more than what you’d pay had you booked the vacation yourself.

    Definitely google any of these offers before you waste your time in a seminar.

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    BaghdadBride, Guest @ 4:54 pm

    Mrs. Bee did a 4 part series on spam and scams from bridal shows awhile ago (wow I’ve been reading this blog way too long), including a section on those cookware schemes. Every bride should read it if they haven’t already

    http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/03/08/bridal-spam-and-scams-part-iv/

    Sounds way too good to be true…Run AWAY!

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    pineapple 682 posts, Busy bee @ 4:58 pm

    @BaghdadBride: thanks for posting this link. I too read Mrs. Bee’s very through post. A couple of the links are no longer working from her post because it was over 2 years ago and the pages simply no longer exist. Also, she did post a couple success stories. Most of the complaints seem to be from people who actually purchased the cookware. So, we didn’t purchase the cookware and haven’t given anyone any money or credit card info. I am skeptical, but not completely scared off…

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    spider 120 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:58 pm

    SCAM ALERT! I was actually the bride (Sandy) who emailed Mrs. Bee (http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/03/03/bridal-expo-spam-and-scams/)!

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    lulubelle 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:04 pm

    It is a total scam! I got obnoxious phone calls for weeks on my cell phone (which is illegal, by the way) from these people or one of their affiliates. Once I threatened to turn them in for violating federal law, the calls stopped. I’ll never go to a bridal show again– complete waste of time, considering all of the spam and calls I got for months afterward.

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    Shay, Guest @ 5:10 pm

    I was very skeptical at first but after googling this company I did not find anything that was negative only certain cookware products that lucky we did not buy.But I have heard some horrible things regarding Prestige. The company that my FH and I won a cruiser from is VitaCraft. Its a 5 day 4 night cruise through Carnival cruise line. The catch need to use within the next two years, inside cabin, airfare is not including and finally unable to cruise the week of Christmas and the week of New Years.

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    Ms Popcorn, Guest @ 5:18 pm

    I’ve heard of this company many times on wedding boards, and as far as people can tell, the vacations are basically legit at face value, but the cookware is expensive garbage.

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    Kelly M, Guest @ 5:48 pm

    I went to one of those 90 minute presentations last year by Royal Prestige, another cookware company. You get a 3 day-2 night stay hotel voucher only at certain cities and certain dates of the year. You do have to purchase your own airfare though.

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    cherrypie 1059 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:17 pm

    Ugh, I have turned down so many of these. They make me feel really icky.

    My cousin fell for one of these spiels and actually bought some of the horrible and overpriced cookware (um, oops)? Then, her vacation ended up having a million little catches and loopholes and was a big mess – but they DID get to go on a free trip after all that hassle, it just wasn’t great.

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    mspomegranate 961 posts, Busy bee @ 6:20 pm

    Dude. I won no less than FIVE Grand Prize Honeymoon Vacations from different vendors just like this from only ONE bridal show!

    While I didn’t go to any of the presentations, I DID go out and buy a lottery ticket. No dice. ;)

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    Ally, Guest @ 7:15 pm

    I went to a 90 minute Royal Prestige presentation [waste of time]. We did not buy anything (thankfully, my fiance is a chef and saw right through the crappy cookware), but we did get vouchers for the hotel stay. I haven’t tried to cash it in yet, so I don’t know whether it will be worth it or not. All I do know, is that it was the worst 90 minutes of my life, listening to a balding, mustached man, sweating through his black silk shirt, talk about cooking a full meal (biscuits included) all on one burner!! :o )

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    FlaGirl, Guest @ 9:23 pm

    Ms Pineapple–
    I am addicted to reading WB, but I’ve never commented! However when reading your post, I started smiling and thought “aha! I can finally contribute!”…because I work in corporate marketing for the resort you mentioned. I can guarantee you that’s it’s not a scam, just a sales ploy for said resort’s vacation ownership program.

    This is how it works: American Prestige purchases these certificates from resorts, and then uses the “free vacation” to entice you to attend their sales presentation for cookware. They try to sell you on their product, and in return give you this free vacation “certificate.” (I’m assuming they gave you some kind of “certificate”…that’s usually how it works.) Be prepared when you get to your Wyndham resort, as they will probably try selling you a timeshare, but otherwise it’s a good deal and truly is free. (With the exception of taxes.)

    I hope this helps answer any lingering questions/doubt to the legitimacy of your trip! Have fun on your vacation!

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    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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