Possible Scam - Passport Premiere

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  1. bucketlist
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    Got an email this afternoon from Passport Premiere - am nervous about these folks.

    Wondered if anyone has any experience/reviews on them. There's some negative press on this group from a few years ago on TOBB.

    Especially nervous when someone sends something out w/ just a few hours to act on it.

    Mods, feel free to move if there's a better place - searched for Passport Premiere and found nothing.

    If anyone has worked with these folks and had good results, please post that. For now, am cautious.

    Their email excerpted below:

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    MASSIVE
    Business Class Fare Corrections
    Currently in Progress!!!
    Join Passport Premiere to capture business
    class fares at 65% savings through April 15th
    Offers currently available to our members through this extraordinary fare correction include the following

    Business Class to Europe from $1,445 round trip +taxes for April-September departures with leading Skyteam/Star Alliance carriers. France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey are included and Switzerland and the U.K. are excluded.
    Business Class to South Africa from $2,445 round trip +taxes for April-September departures with leading Skyteam/Star Alliance carriers
    Business Class to Singapore/Shanghai $1,930 round trip + taxes for April-September departures with leading Skyteam/Star Alliance carriers
    Business Class to Dubai from $1,880 round trip + taxes for April –September departures with leading Skyteam/Star Alliance carriers
    Both Star Alliance and Skyteam carriers have initiated sweeping fare corrections of up to 65% on thousands of routes worldwide. Members have been advised of this buying event and are already cashing in. If you haven’t joined Passport Premiere, you are likely paying elevated fare premiums.

    "Join Passport Premiere to capture these amazing offers before the current buying event ends on April 15th, 2013."
     
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  2. MSPeconomist
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    If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
     
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  3. Mike Reed

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    Anything that "ends soon" is a scam of some sort, even if it's just price. They're going to want you to pay to join and that's absolutely unnecessary with MP, TOBB, FlightFox, Matrix and EF.
     
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    First off I believe it is now not proper to advertise fares without the taxes in the US. So a firm not following US advertising rules or law is suspect.

    Second off anyone who promotes fares without taxes is low balling the price and you have no idea what the final price is. That $1,445 price could be $1,700 or it could be $2,445.
     
  5. TRAVELSIG
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    Looks dodgy.
     
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    Indeed. It smells foul, because it probably is.
     
  7. Mike Reed

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    Also seems like your question was answered on TOBB with a link to prior bad experiences.
     
  8. MSPeconomist
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    I bet it costs a lot to "join" this scam. It might be interesting if people report them for advertising airfares without taxes and fees.
     
  9. Mike Reed

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    They'll claim they're advertising club offers, not selling tickets directly, so the rules don't apply to them. And I'll bet it costs what they think you'll pay. :)

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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