Tied in a Bow November 2014 - Page 23

Never heard of Dreamtrips or Worldventures? That’s because the company eschews traditional advertising in favor of the 21st century method of growth: person to person. Dreamtrips are custom crafted adventures that are usually escorted by a host or hostess, with a heavily discounted price based on the bulk buying concept of Sam’s Club or Costco. Just like those and similar companies, members enjoy big savings and access to products non-members do not have, in this case, luxury vacations at deep discounts.

But you do NOT have to be a Dreamtrips member to use the site, or to book travel through Rovia, although Rovia does offer two guarantees that are unmatched in the industry. First, the Rovia Price Pledge declares that after booking travel through Rovia, if you find a better price online within 24 hours, the company will refund 150% of the difference in Roviabucks, which dollar for dollar may be used for future travel. Second is the company’s exclusive Rateshrinker technology, which searches for a lower price on airfare and hotel/resort reservations up until the moment of travel. If it finds a better fare, the customer is automatically re-booked at the lower price and is refunded the difference, minus any applicable fees (such as airline change fees).