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Pro Travel Plus versus Paycation…Who Wins?

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The question in your mind might not be “Do I choose between Pro Travel Plus and Paycation, but rather, do I choose a travel mlm at all?” If that’s your question, then skip this review and listen to an alternative that’s make money every hour of every day, but there is some work you have to do.

If the question you have is “Which of these two is the better?” then this review is intended to help you make your own conclusion.

I’m not solving the choice, just trying to help you study and compare. I’m just like you, a person looking for unbiased information. I don’t need someone to decide for me, just a convenient comparison to all the other information I care to consult.

I’ve gathered this information from each company websites and from insights shared in forums, blogs, and other internet reviews. This should not the final word, but merely a quick discovery to start you on your way, or a quick confirmation of what you’ve already decided.

Given the travel mlm industry strength of over eight trillion (that’s with a “t”) dollars spent annually, it’s a safe bet there are plenty of users and sellers out there. You could be one or the other, or both.

If the travel mlm industry has its way, you would be both a user and seller of what they have.

These two travel mlm enterprises have similar and dissimilar offers.

Let’s start with where you can them for yourself:

  • Paycation had its beginnings in early 2014 and you can find them here: www.paycation.com
  • Pro Travel Plus is just a bit younger, having launched in April, 2015 located here: protravelplus.com

Who’s Leading These Companies

Momma always said, “Don’t just get in the car with anybody, even if they are going your way.” It’s important to know who is driving these companies:

  • Paycation – CEO, David Manning (from Traverus formerly) is also the Chief Executive Officer of Xstream Travel and has a track record easily viewable on the web.
  • Pro Travel Plus — Seth Fraser, is the CEO (formerly of Kannaway mlm) and previously was associated with Uneeqlee, That Free Thing, and Freebie Force (whose reputation can equally be found on the web)

It Has Everything To Do With The Price of Rice In China?

Ironic, isn’t it, that the globalization of so many businesses has emphasized what everyone knew before Columbus’ discovery, The WORLD IS FLAT!

The Price of Rice in China sets an economic dismay worldwide in these days of a shared global market. Here we are talking about global travel and you’re thinking about travel mlm. Are you thinking global, national, or local?

If you are considering either of these companies, you need to think large, VERY LARGE.

Consider for a moment the acceleration of social media and youtube viral communication. The mlm part of the travel mlm experience has exploded with social media platforms.

You could just as easily share the opportunity of mlm travel with your next door neighbor in a face to face or screen to screen; as you could with someone in England or Australia. You can see Russia from your front porch? (couldn’t resist the Sarah Palin reference). She could!

Why shouldn’t you give thought to getting in on this business if you can do it in your spare time and it meets a need for travel for you and for your friends, why not make a little (or a lot) of cash?

That’s the very concept that Paycation and Pro Travel Plus want to get in your head.

Let’s let it ruminate and cogitate in those beautiful synapses of your grey matter for a few minutes.


Both Paycation and Pro Travel Plus (PTP) offer customers access to third party travel services at discounted prices with the hope that you and your acquaintances (family, friends, coworkers, neighbors) want to save on travel and want to make some money telling everybody to do the same.

Paycation and PTP equip each member with the means of promoting and providing access to resorts, condos, hotels and to vehicle rentals, airfares and cruises galore. The most common provision among mlm travel entities is a member-only access internet portal maintained and updated by third party travel connections.

It really must be said, these member-only discounts should be compared against what is already available to the internet public worldwide (Expedia, Travelocity, hotels.com, Trivago, etc.). After all, that’s what any discriminating travel package shopper would do if you were trying to sell them travel discounts, right? Sometimes the advertised forty-five percentage plus savings doesn’t quite add up.

To their credit, most mlm travel companies arrange a more industry savvy third party like Gold Crown Resorts or Saveon Resorts. These are not the well known third parties most of the public recognize, but they have been in business for years and offer white label services to mlm companies and corporations. (White label simply means these mlms and corporations can make it appear as though the travel is generically their very own. They are not required to point out that the service is actually carried on by a third party).

Paycation prefers for their salespersons to become recognized “travel consultants.” Xstreme Travel is the source Paycation members are expected to use in their process toward greater knowledge and use of the travel requests by customers.

Pro Travel Plus likes for those who sell others into the company to see themselves as “professional tourists.” In addition to the browse and book travel portal, PTP members have a Rewards Network that allows them opportunity to acquire gift cards and brand name products and entertainment opportunities.

How Much Does It Cost To Be A Member

Paycation offers members the choice of three different membership levels:

  • $29.95 monthly sets a member to the Independent Affiliate status.
  • $99.95 upfront with $59.95 monthly sets up a Referral Travel Consultant.
  • $199.95 upfront and $59.95 monthly sets up a Certified Travel Consultant.

Pro Travel Plus also provides a choice of three membership levels. They are:

  • $69.95 is the cost of 1 STAR membership ($35 upfront and $34.95 monthly fee)
  • $269.90 is the cost of 2 STAR membership ($69.95 upfront and $199.95 prepays for 6 months)
  • $469.90 is the cost of 3 STAR membership (69.95 upfront and $399.95 prepays for 12 months)

Both of these travel mlms want you to come in at the highest level of membership. The advantage to the new member is the level of compensation paid to any member varies according to the level of membership occupied at the time of sales or recruiting. It does make a difference. You must decide if it makes enough of a difference to require a higher upfront cost against a higher potential compensation.

Compensation Figures Differently

Just so you are reminded, compensation (commissions both direct and indirect) can change at the discretion of the particular travel mlm. In fact, having studied these for some time now, it is quite obvious that some mlm companies make changes to the compensation more often than others. The following is what I understand to be accurate at the writing of this material.

You should only accept compensation information directly from the source by whom you expect to be paid. Anything less (including this report) is like whistling in the wind, even if it’s pretty, you can’t hardly recognize it. Get your information directly from those you plan to receive payment.

Getting commissions is fun. Getting commissions from the efforts of those you bring into the business is even more fun. If you fail to get adequate compensation for those you bring into any mlm, then in truth you are simply amassing a group of competitors. Fair compensation for the efforts of others you have enlisted will make all of you partners, not competitors.

Remember, it makes a difference the status level of your membership at the time of the sale just as much as what it is you sell.

With Paycation, there are no commissions given for air travel, but when you make any other type of travel booking for a customer (hotel, vehicle rental, etc.):

  • if you are a Referral Travel Consultant you will receive a sixty-five percent commission.
  • if you are a Certified Travel Consultant, if you make the same sale that a Referral Travel Consultant makes, you will receive a seventy-five percent commission. (It pays to be you.)

Pro Travel Plus membership grants a savings for personal travel to its members. (A person is enlisted as a member and then has access to $500 rewards to apply to member selected travel services. As a member browses through the travel bookings the member will see displayed a public price, a price discounted by the rewards dollars, and a savings).

  • 1 STAR member earns a $15 commission per new member sold
  • 2 STAR member earns a $25 commission per new member sold
  • 3 STAR member earns a $30 commission per new member sold

PTP members cannot sell member selected travel services. Members receive enlistment commissions as they enlist new members. Pro Travel Plus tells potential members recruitment is not required in order to make money (you’ve got to listen closely to the explanation coming up about this one).

Multi-level Means Indirect Compensation

You get paid for the efforts made by those you recruit into the organization. The questions are, “How? and How much?”

Pro Travel Plus members earn according to their own membership status and the level of membership purchased at time of sale. A more careful study makes it appear that a forced 2×3 matrix is involved at the 3 Star member level.

A forced 2×3 matrix requires an understanding of a few terms. Level 1 in a mlm organization means that member Blue had personally enlisted member Green, member Yellow and member Orange. All three new members (Green, Yellow, and Orange) are Level 1 to member Blue. When member Green enlists member Pickle, member Pickle becomes Level 2 to member Blue. Now, when member Pickle enlists member Salmon, that creates Level 3 for member Blue. (Blue to Green, Level 1; Green to Pickle, Level 2; Pickle to Salmon, Level 3, all related to Blue as Level 1, 2, 3).

The forced 2 means that the maximum personally recruited new members any member can have to themselves is two. Obviously, everyone is encouraged to recruit more than two, and when they do, their third recruit will be placed under someone who has not yet be credited with having recruited at least two. It’s called “spill over” and it happens when your upline graciously places under you someone they have recruited. All you did was join, and the upline did all the work.

Unfortunately, “spill over” engenders a false sense of growth. There are those who just ride along expecting others to do all the work. Sometimes, the expectation is poor, but fair. That’s what some people were told when they were recruited, “You can earn money and you don’t have to recruit anyone.” That’s a certain path to disappointment.

Here’s what happens in PTP commissions:

  • 1 STAR member earns a $15 commission per new member sold
  • 2 STAR member earns a $25 commission per new member sold and, IF there are at least ten active PTP members in their downline, a $5 commission per each new member sold by the efforts of their Level 2.
  • 3 STAR member earns a $30 commission per new member sold and, IF there are at least ten active PTP members in their downline, a $5 commission per each new member sold by the efforts of their Level 2 and $3 commission per each new member sold by the efforts of their Level 3.

PTP Powerline Bonus

(Having read several complaints, I think this is the most misunderstood PTP compensation.) When a new membership is sold, three percent of the new member upfront cost is paid upline as a bonus to the fifth level to all upline members (again that means as related in the illustration above). Some people evidently and mistakenly figure everyone receives an upline bonus of 3%, instead of what is truly meant as a “straight line” distribution payout. It pays a maximum of $5.25 ($1.05 paid one time at each of five levels).

Paycation awards commissions for recruitment of new people

  • $10 commission earned with enlisting a customer at $39.95 and paying monthly $29.95
    • $10 commission earned with the sale of an Independent Affiliate membership
    • $25 commission earned with the sale of a Certified consultant membership

Paycation has a similar approach as PTP regarding compensation. There are only three members directly credited to an upline member; then the fourth membership sold by any member is placed under someone who hasn’t yet sold their own three memberships.

That’s right, it’s a forced three matrix and it goes to the seventh level, so it’s called a forced 3 x 7 matrix. There are never more than three members directly related and the commission payouts will include Levels 1 to 7.

Remember, it’s a matter of what membership status you hold when the sale is made and what level of membership is sold, that’s what sets your commission payout.

There are two membership types: Referral and Certified. But, there are five commission paying ranks established by Paycation. They are:

  • Executive – at least three new members at Level 1; at least three are Referral or Certified; at least six members in the entire grouping.
  • Regional Executive – an Executive sells at least six more memberships with at least three Referral memberships.
  • National Executive – a Regional Executive sells at least ten more memberships with at least six Referral or higher memberships.
  • International Executive – a National Executive sells fifteen new memberships with a minimum of three National Executives, each of which must be in a separate leg or direct chain of enlistment.

A “leg” occurs in mlm organizations when there is a direct chain of enlistment without any breakage. Meaning, as stated earlier, (Blue to Green, Level 1; Green to Pickle, Level 2; Pickle to Salmon, Level 3, all related to Blue as Level 1, 2, 3), every member can trace a direct chain of enlistment.

  • Presidential Executive – an International Executive sells twenty new memberships and has at least three International Executives, none of which can be in the same leg.

Residual Commissions

Both of these companies pay residual commissions.

Paycation has a straight eight percent commission on all personally sold memberships no matter where those members are located in the downline (meaning the fourth membership sold was placed under someone else, but that fourth membership and all additionally personally sold memberships are attributable to the member who actually sold the membership). This is referred to as a uni-level model.

In a unilevel model of multi-level organization, anybody could get confused. Essentially, the member who makes the sale keeps a universal connection with that member no matter at what Level the member may be. That puts the uni in the multi for the money!

The eight percent commission on all uni-level connections is calculated as eight percent on the type of membership sold. No matter when, where, who; if you sold them into membership, you get eight percent on all memberships sold by that person.

PTP uses a 2×14 matrix when paying out on residual commissions. They also pay out monthly (which makes me wonder if the membership purchase stops…the guy doesn’t keep paying on membership…how is PTP going to recover the premature commission?)

Using a 2×14 matrix you can anticipate percentage payouts according to what your membership status is at the time of the sale (STAR 1, 2, or 3) and the Level (1-14) and the specific type of membership purchase. The percentages are:

  • 1 STAR Levels 1-4 pays 2%, Levels 5-8 pays 2.5%, Levels 9-10 pays 3%
  • 2 STAR Levels 1-4 pays 2%, Levels 5-8 pays 2.5%, Levels 9-12 pays 3%
  • 3 STAR Levels 1-4 pays 2%, Levels 5-8 pays 2.5%, Levels 9-12 pays 3%, Levels 13-14 pays 2%

Matching Bonus (that matches the matrix percentage payouts above)

PTP pays all the way to Level six with a bonus that matches the efforts of others you have personally sold (uni-level sales as mentioned earlier).  Be sure to keep an active downline as mentioned earlier, in order to keep your member status.

  • 1 STAR Level 1 pays 15% match for each directly enlisted member
  • 2 STAR Level 1 pays 25%, Level 2 pays 10%, Level 3 pays 5%
  • 3 STAR Level 1 pays 30%, Level 2 pays 15%, Level 3 pays 5%, Level 4 pays 3%, Level 5 pays 2%
  • 3 STAR ELITE (minimum of 500 current members) Level 1 pays 50%, Level 2 pays 15%, Level 3 pays 5%, Level 4 pays 3%, and Levels 5 and 6 pay 2%.\

Final Remarks

Hopefully you have a good start at comparing the two travel mlm offers. I personally keep evaluating these opportunities because they are there and people like you are jumping into them. I’ve never been one to be silent when I see people inflicting self-disadvantage.

Just Don’t Do It (to adulterate a Nike slogan). There’s a better way. I’ve found it. You can, too, if you’ll take a few moments to listen for FREE. You’re obviously a curious and committed student of these things. It won’t take you very long to know if what my friend Brad will work for you. It has for me.