Global Resorts Network Review

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Global Resorts Network Review

 

This Global Resorts Network review will shed some light on the some of the conflicting information you may have read out in internet land because of the company's structure, name change and pay plan changes over the last couple of years. 

I tried to keep this page up to date for the most current review because I was an affiliate for Global Resorts Network, however, with the new management and branding that was being put into place toward the end of 2013, I changed my affiliation in representing the travel club membership.

Therefore, because I'm not intimately involved with Global Resorts Network anymore, I can only speak accuracy with regards to the product and give you some background history on the company.  

I would like to say for the record, Global Resorts Network was a pleasure to work with during my time with them and I proudly represented the Global Resorts network name for years. I'm grateful for the experience and opportunity it provided.  

My leaving GRN and aligning with GAAB™ Travel International marketing the exact same travel membership was a personal decision based on my target audience, personal brand preference and business model.

Having said that, the product itself, the actual travel membership, is so outstanding, I believe every family around the world who likes to travel should own it.  It's so affordable, has such red carpet customer service and those who have the membership travel more, thus creating more family memories and spending time together.  

 

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I've owned the travel membership since 2007 and have interacted countless times with customer service who provides red carpet service to it's members.  It's just a joy to work with the travel provider and I'm definitely a proud happy owner of the club membership.

If you're considering purchasing the Global Resorts Network travel club membership to strictly use the product as a happy customer, OR, if your intentions are to have a home based business offering this product to others, the following will be of great interest to you. 

This Global Resorts Network review is not from someone who's not inherently involved with the product.  If it's the product information you're seeking, THAT is up to date because as I said, it's the same product I'm still marketing through GAAB™ Travel International.  The only difference is the pricing in terms of the products is that GAAB™ Travel International offers a better week/pricing structure.  It's very exciting.

Having said that, here's my Global Resorts Network review.

 

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Established … Location …. and Owners

 

global resorts network review  Background and history for Global Resorts Network

Global Resorts Network was established in 2006 by Al Morales as the exclusive online marketing arm for the travel provider, offering a luxury resort membership to the public. 

Debbie Turner and Al Morales, owner, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona

The travel provider is a well known and highly respected giant in the travel, resort and timeshare industry.

I first met Al Morales, the founder and CEO of Global Resorts Network in 2009 and had enjoyed many conversations with him.  I have found him to be a straight shooter and down to earth.  What a great man.

Global Resorts has Affiliates worldwide.  The company was originally headquartered in the United States maintaining a physical location at  22601 N. 17th Ave. Suite 230, Phoenix, Arizona.  In 2010, the company went to a virtual office merging low cost overhead practices and the advancement of technology together. 

Towards the end of 2013, new management, new ideas, new commission structures and a new brand was established for Global Resorts Network.  This is when the owners decided to keep the name Global Resorts Network as the retail side of the business (they wanted to completely do away with it at first) and use Internet Lifestyle Network as the home based business side of it.  

I don't have the current status of how it's being marketed or what it's called today.

GRN had the exclusive rights to offer this membership using online marketing and purchasing privileges allowing people to bypass the dreaded timeshare presentation from 2006 through the end of 2013.  

While they still offer the travel club membership online, they are no longer the exclusive online marketing arm.  You can now purchase this membership through other affiliates online as well, GAAB™ Travel International being one. 

In the fall of 2010, Mark Hoverson became part owner of Global Resorts Network.

I first met Mark in 2007 at an internet conference in Minnesota.  At the time we were both affiliates for a company called Coastal Vacations and had decided independently that Global Resorts Network was far superior.  We started our own home based businesses using the Global Resorts Network travel club membership in the fall of 2007.  We had a lot of fun together and I learned a lot from him.  I have nothing but good things to say about Mark Hoverson.  He's a great family man, a great mentor, and a great friend.

Last I knew he positioned himself as a silent partner with GRN and put it under management, the details of which I'm not sure of.

 

 

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Global Resorts Network and The Travel Provider

A lot of people don't understand this….

Global Resorts Network is separate from the travel provider. 

They are two different entities. 

Global Resorts Network is one of many affiliate arms ("store outlets" if you will)  for the travel provider who actually holds your travel club membership.  

Once you purchase the lifetime travel club membership through ANY affiliate, you no longer deal with the affiliate with whom you bought it.  You will deal with the travel provider. 

You'll have extraordinary personal attention with your travel professional through phone and email during regular business hours.  The customer service is amazing and the staff goes above and beyond to assist you with your vacations.

 

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Marketing Strategies for GRN Affiliates

There are a SEVERAL ways that Global Resorts Network Affiliates can run their home based business.  

  •  Market the travel club membership as a retail product
  •  Market the product and opportunity to those seeking a home based business
  •  Market the product to those who go after the affiliate marketing business
  •  Market the product Business to Business 
  •  Market the product as a fundraiser
  • Any other way you think of

Global Resorts Network gives it's affiliates the freedom to market using whatever method they choose.  

However if you're an affiliate outside the US, the travel provider agreement indicates you must market solely online.  Be sure to read the terms and conditions on that.  This applies to any travel provider affiliate.

The way I built my Global Resorts Network business was through blogging, video marketing, email marketing and developing relationships with those looking to travel by staying in timeshare resorts without having to buy the timeshare… or having to sit through any grueling timeshare presentation.  

If you want to blog about your Global Resorts Network business or ANY business for that matter, I recommend the Empower Network blogging platform

For list building, I recommend you use the Aweber autoresponder'.

In terms of what the owners of Global Resorts Network are now directing their affiliates to do in terms of marketing, I'm not sure.  But all the traditional ways to market online and offline I would imagine are still in effect with social media being a big one.

The key to any successful business is to pick a marketing strategy that you enjoy and are willing to get good at and do that.

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Mis-Names for Global Resorts Network

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Global Resorts Network has been mis-named by some as

  • Global Resort Networks
  • Global Resorts Networks
  • Global Vacations Network
  • Resort Network
  • Global Vacations
  • Global Vacation Club

The actual name of the company was Global Resorts Network LLC  at the time I left.  I may have changed since then.  

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Official Website For Global Resorts Network

There is no official company website that I'm aware of.  When I was an affiliate for Global Resorts Network, we created our own websites, our own sales presentations and designed all our own materials.  That may have changed. 

 

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Name Change/Alternation

The end of 2013, they announced that they would no longer be using the name Global Resorts Network, but rather Internet Lifestyle Network.  This caused a stir among long time affiliates who has been marketing this for years (I was one) and where we have content through blogs and articles, forum posts and videos and such that we've spent years embedding on the internet.  

So after seeing the response, they decided to keep the Global Resorts Network name for the "retail only" side of marketing.  

They would implement the name Internet Lifestyle Network, a name and company created by Vincent Ortega, Jr. for the "home based business" side of it.

Inside of ILN, they are calling the travel club membership something other than Global Resorts Network.  

 

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Global Resorts Network Product

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The Global Resorts Network product (as is GAAB™ Travel International's product) is a lifetime travel club membership offering 7 night stays in timeshare properties and resorts in over 5,000 locations worldwide.  

You are NOT buying a timeshare.  However, you have member benefits as if you did.  Actually, you have BETTER benefits!

As a member of this travel club, you do NOT have to sit through any timeshare presentations either before purchase or at any time EVER. You simply click a button to buy and it's yours.  No hassle.  No hard core sales tactics.  No pressure.  You are not being offered a timeshare. 

At the time I left Global Resorts Network, the GRN membership could be purchased one of three ways.  

1) As a lifetime Platinum PLUS member for $12,500

  •          Access to all resorts offered.  ($398-$799 per week)
  •          20 Premium weeks per year with concierge services
  •          Unlimited Non Premium weeks per year
  •          Unlimited use to all other travel, including hotels, cruises, flights, car rentals
  •          Travel 52 weeks a year
  •          Unlimited guest weeks, booked through guest week section only
  •          Fully Transferable ($75 Charge)
  •          Pay ONLY when you use the week
  •          No recurring fees or maintenance costs

2) As a lifetime Platinum member for $4,995

  •          Access to all resorts offered.  ($398-$799 per week)
  •          10 Premium weeks per year with concierge services
  •          Unlimited Non Premium weeks per year
  •          Unlimited use to all other travel, including hotels, cruises, flights, car rentals
  •          Travel 52 weeks a year
  •          Unlimited guest weeks, booked through guest week section only
  •          Fully Transferable ($75 Charge)
  •          Pay ONLY when you use the week
  •          No recurring fees, costs, maintenance, zilch


3) As a Lifetime Silver Member for $1,995

  •          Access to all resorts offered.  ($398-$799 per week)
  •          2 Prime weeks per year with concierge services
  •          Unlimited Non Premium weeks per year
  •          Unlimited use to all other travel, including hotels, cruises, flights, car rentals
  •          Travel 52 weeks a year
  •          Unlimited guest weeks, booked through guest week section only
  •          Fully Transferable ($75 Charge)
  •          Pay ONLY when you use the week
  •          No recurring fees, costs, maintenance, zilch

Global Resorts Network offers Upgrades as follows:

Silver to Platinum Upgrade – $4,000

Silver to Platinum PLUS Upgrade – $12,000

Platinum to Platinum PLUS Upgrade – 8,200

 

GAAB™ Travel International's price can beat these prices by the way by quite a bit.

 

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Global Resorts Network Product Benefits

1)  Members have the privilege and ability to stay at 3 and 4 star timeshare resorts in over 5,000 locations worldwide. (You are NOT buying a timeshare, but rather, "access" as if you did.)

The savings to the members of the travel club are quite significant.  In fact, it's not unheard of to recoup the cost of the entire membership after using it just once or twice and then you have a lifetime to enjoy it. 

Some of the resorts in the registry allow the public to stay at non-member pricing through listings on the search engine while others do not.  So in some cases, the only way to stay at these luxury timeshare resorts is to own the membership or own the timeshare itself.

Most of the resort accommodations include all the luxuries and amenities you desire.  These are 3 and 4 star properties.  You'll find resorts everywhere:

  • golf courses
  • lakes
  • ocean front
  • mountains and ski resorts
  • next to Disneyland™ and DisneyWorld™ and other theme parks. 

The resort pictured here is the Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix, AZ.  It's a golf club and I've stayed there on a couple of occasions.

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 You'll most likely find the resorts to include many of the following amenities:

  • Designer decorated furnishings
  • hotel, studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condos
  • laundry in the units
  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • King size beds
  • Living rooms with sleeper sofas
  • Spacious bathrooms
  • Stereos and fireplaces
  • Pools, hot tubs, and barbeques
  • Fitness Centers
  • Bikes and game rooms
  • Laundry facilities (although many units have washer/dryer)

Additionally, many resorts offer family and children activities.  This allows the adults to enjoy themselves while their children are involved with supervised programming guaranteed to give them a good time.

2)  No annual fees

3)  No taxes

4)  No maintenance fees or upkeep

5)  No blackout dates

7)  Transferable and willable for $75 (each membership is good for 100 years)

The only costs you will pay after the purchase of your membership are for the actual trips you take. ($398-$799)

 

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How To Reserve Your 7 Night Resort Stays

How to Search and Make Reservations Using the Global Resorts Network Membership

Members receive a username and password exclusive to them and they log into their membership online.  There are various sections inside the membership to search from and secure their reservations instantly.

Members also have access to communicate via phone and email directly with customer service.

Searching for and selecting resort stays is easy to do. All the information is provided to the member including the name and location of the resort, resort and unit amenities, things to do onsite and offsite, the weather for the area, directions from the airport and all terms and conditions. 

Once members have decided on a resort, finishing up their reservation takes just a minute through one of two ways. 

1)  By selecting from a list of resorts with live published dates for a specific room at a specific resort has available, how many people the unit sleeps and what the total cost is.  In this case, the member may reserve it and confirmation takes about 10 minutes. 

2)  By requesting a stay at a specific resort for a specific date.  In this case, customer service goes to work immediately to accommodate them.  If the vendor is unable to confirm the member’s dates for the requested specific resort, the member will be provided with other choices of resorts in the city/town/area they want to travel.  They will have the option to accept or decline any offer.  The vendor works diligently to accommodate its members to affect a satisfactory outcome.

Either way, members receive all confirmation and travel documents which they are able to print off safely through their communication and reservation center in the travel club back office which can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Member pricing for the resort stays range from $398 and cap at $799 which includes 7 nights and 8 days accommodations.  The cost of the resort stays is the actual lodging and most often that includes taxes as well. 

In some areas of the world a member will be required to pay a resort tax but there are never any surprises before the member's reservations are final.  All fees (if any) are disclosed before the member confirms their final reservations.

There are some all-inclusive resorts offered in the membership as well.  If a member reserves these, there will be all-inclusive fees, of course.

 

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More Than 7-Night Resort Stays

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The mainstay of the Global Resorts Network travel club membership is the 7 night, 8 day resort stay. 

However, members have access to search engines best pricing on other travel needs. 

  • air fare
  • car rentals
  • hotels, cruises
  • specialty vacations
  • holiday lettings
  • attraction tickets

 

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Global Resorts Network Business Opportunity

Global Resorts Network offer individuals who want to start a home based business the ability to become an affiliate.  I don't know what the current requirements are to be an affiliate.

Difference Between Global Resorts Network Member and  Member/Affiliate

A Global Resorts Network member

Someone who owns the membership and is not an Affiliate.  

Global Resorts Network Member Affiliate

A Global Resorts Network member and pays an affiliate fee to refer the membership to others for a commission.

Can a Global Resorts Network Member become an Affiliate Later?  Yes.

 

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Global Resorts Network Compensation Plan

The Global Resorts Network Compensation Plan has changed many times over the last couple of years.  It was changing again towards the end of 2013 which was part of my departure reasons so I can't answer this question.  I don't know what the compensation plan is at this time.  

I realize having to say this makes this review a bit lacking from the business side of things however, from a product standpoint I'm very familiar with it.

 

Secure Your Travel Club Membership

If you want to secure your travel club membership, CLICK HERE is super simple and takes about 4 minutes to get signed up.  When you use this link, you will be purchasing the membership through my affiliate link with GAAB™ Travel International.

You will begin to receive emails from the travel provider with tutorials on how to use the membership. 

You will receive your login information and can begin using your membership in about 3 days. 

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 Take A Tour Of The Travel Club Membership

If you would like to schedule a one on one tour of the travel club membership, CLICK HERE and fill out the form and I'll be in touch.  They're fun, fast and simple.  I also have a recorded virtual online tour I've created for you as well.  I know you'll appreciate watching it!

 

Travel Club Newsletter

When you join my newsletter, I'll send you live examples of resort savings every Thursday to your inbox.  CLICK HERE to subscribe.

 

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I'm Debbie Turner, a proud affiliate for GAAB™ Travel International offering you this fantastic travel club membership.  

I and invite you to give me a call, drop me an email through the contact form above or connect with me on Facebook to get any last minute questions answered before securing your travel club membership.

If you want a private tour with me, I look forward to it.

Happy Travels and Live Your Life On Vacation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this Global Resorts Network Review:

  • When Global Resorts Network was established.
  • Global Resorts Network Location and Ownership.
  • Global Resorts Network Affiliate status relative to the Travel Provider
  • Global Resorts Network Product Information
  • Global Resorts Network Commissions
  • How to Purchase Your Travel Club Membership