The VIP Pass is a scam! someone said… Lately there has been a lot of controversy around The VIP Pass. Many have asked, is it real? Am I going to get scammed? Can I really travel for so cheap?
Here we go into those exact questions and understand the workings of The VIP Pass.
The VIP Pass was created as an Exclusive member portal to get special deals and offers for its members. A member Purchases a specific type of VIP Pass and they get to redeem the many offers they have. There are many types of VIP Passes on offer right now.
The VIP Pass has 2 dedicated teams and AI tools to constantly find the best deals for our members. When you get a specific pass, our team actively keeps trying to find better and better deals for you.
1st team) This team works 7 days a week monitoring hotel rates and offers using our AI and Exclusive systems that have direct access to the hotel room inventory of over 3,000 hotels worldwide. These systems give us the lowest prices that are not available online to retail members.
2nd Team ) Partnership team is constantly engaging hotels and other travel industry operators to negotiate and get the best deals from them. The team sometimes buys in advance a large number of room nights/ inventory from these hotels and we get a very low price for these nights. The team has even bought out all the room nights in a hotel for 2 days in a row.
Yes this happens sometimes, because with some hotels or operators, we don’t have direct partnership with them but we go through what the industry calls “wholesale hotel bed banks”. These systems are exclusive offline corporate portals that give us access to hotel inventory. These systems are open to only corporations and larger travel portals like ourselves. We are still able to lock in the booking directly into the hotel system as it is all integrated, even if they don’t know us directly.
Yes we do, we have many direct contracts with hotels and for some brands that we don’t have direct contracts with, we have indirect access to their hotel inventory. The indirect access is through exclusive offline systems called “wholesale hotel bed banks” that are available to only corporations and large travel players like ourselves.
No, in fact they make more from partnering with us. Some hotels have said they get more rooms sold with VIP Pass than some of the established online travel portals.
The reason is simple, the hotels are never full, for at least 76% of the year they are not 100% occupied. They are only 100% on the peak times. The rest of these times the best hotels are running at 50-80% occupancy. Hotels can't just drop their prices to fill up these rooms as this would upset their full paying guests. This is where VIP Pass comes in. We help fill up their unsold room. Hotels give us these rates at bottom prices because it just covers operations cost and they know the guests will still spend more in their restaurants and other outlets.
So yes, the hotels do make more from VIP Pass.
YES, when we launched in Singapore, we really took the industry by surprise and many hotel players were not happy with us disrupting the industry. As with any new disruptions, the traditional associations actively did everything to stop us such as bad PR, even coming to our office and demanding we stop our promotions and even lodged police reports claiming we are committing fraud. The police blocked our website! It was an interesting time for us. We are glad to say we cooperated with all investigations and after they were satisfied that we are a legitimate business and there were no truths in the reports against us, they removed all blocks and we are free to continue our operations.
As with any of the previous disruptors like AirBnB, Uber, and Grab, we expect some resistances in different localities but we are always working with the regulators to address their concerns.
There are many types of VIP Passes on offer right now. Following are some examples:-
The VIP Pass (United Kingdom)
The VIP Pass (United Kingdom+Spain+Portugal)
The VIP Pass (Thailand)
The VIP Pass(Malaysia)
The VIP Pass(Singapore)
And many more..
Let's take some examples
One example is the “The VIP Pass ( United Kingdom )”, if you have this pass, you will get FREE 6 Hotel Night vouchers that you can use in any of the 200+ selected hotels. You can redeem all these room nights together or you can use them separately.
Or another example is the “The VIP Pass ( Malaysia )”, if you have this pass, you will get FREE 6 Hotel Night vouchers that you can use in any of the 137+ selected hotels. You can redeem all these room nights together or you can use them separately. Plus you also get free offers and amazing exclusive discounts from another 90 partners brands such as hotels, spas, lunch and dinner buffets, restaurants and other brands.
Currently the VIP Passes are limited and offered at specific promotional times only, the passes are NOT available all the time. These passes are issued in limited numbers for specific regions as and when the offers are available, we can't get a good deal offer all the time and when we do, it is limited to a specific number only. The passes are available for purchase via the website www.getvippass.com
Not at all, it's just a great deal. Many have used it for planning their birthdays and anniversary trips and loved it.