5 On Your Side

Hold off before accepting travel offer

Posted December 18, 2012
Updated December 19, 2012

— Did you get a letter in the mail saying you've qualified for two round-trip airline tickets from U.S. Airways?

Many WRAL viewers contacted 5 On Your Side after receiving one over the past few days. But 5 On Your Side cautions – you did not win airline tickets.

The letters come on official-looking U.S. Airways letterhead, but the airline says it's not affiliated with the offers in any way. The offer claims to be "personal and confidential" with tickets worth up to $1,400. The sender also claims to have attempted to contact you several times.

5 On Your Side found out that the ultimate goal of the letter is to get people to join a vacation club. When 5 On Your Side called the phone number on the mailing, the operator said it was an open house put on by East Coast Travel.

A quick web search uncovered numerous consumer complaints about East Coast Travel from people saying they were pressured into paying thousands of dollars for travel club memberships.

The company appears to operate under different names in multiple states and has used the names of several different airlines on their offer letters.


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  • jlh4jdj Dec 19, 2012

    Monkey boy is spot on.

  • joeBob Dec 19, 2012

    If US Airways wanted to do something about this they could. See what happens if you print up some scam letters on US Airways letter head with your phone number on it.

  • bill52674 Dec 19, 2012

    My wife and I amused ourselves and went the sales pitch meeting. When we left we were given a sheet with different "options" for a free trip, except that you have to pay the taxes, port charges, and all the other little fees which end up costing more than if you booked online. Redonkulous.

  • monkeyboy Dec 19, 2012

    if you're gullible enough to believe that any major company is going to send you free stuff unsolicited, then you deserve to lose whatever the scammers are trying to get from you.