Surge365 Scam

The travel industry is a common area where business opportunity scams thrive. Your Travel Biz YTB was a scam that was popular back in early 2000. It was sued by California Attorney General Jerry Brown for being a “gigantic pyramid scheme” in 2008 and went bankrupt in 2013. One of the founders of YTB is the CEO of Surge365. My subscribers have requested I take a look at Surge365. Here is what I have found.

Surge365 Scam Claims

We help people travel more.

We help people save more and make more.

The system does most of the work.

This is the next big thing!

Here is how this business opportunity is presented:

Surge365 Scam Presentation Video

Surge365 Scam Reality

Surge365 started operations in the United States on March 2, 2015.

The CEO is Scott Tomer. Previous Founder of YTB
The President is James Tackett. Previous Chief Marketing Officer of YTB.
The Chief Visionary Officer is Lloyd “Coach” Tomer. Previous Founder of YTB.

All of these people were involved with Your Travel Biz YTB which was a scam that was popular back in early 2000. It was sued by California Attorney General Jerry Brown for being a “gigantic pyramid scheme” in 2008 and went bankrupt in 2013.

In my opinion, Surge365 is a reworking of their old scam: YTB. Surge365 is an endless recruiting product-based pyramid scheme.

Cost
Surge365 Membership – $349.00 plus $19.95 S/H and $59.95 each month thereafter $24.95 S/H charge for orders shipped to Canada. Plus $1.50 processing fee and city/state/providence taxes where applicable.

Membership Includes:

  • Exclusive Members-Only Pricing Platform
  • Exclusive Weekly Specials
  • Personal Concierge
  • 110% Price Match Guarantee
  • 10 Easy Travel Buttons

Surge365 Business Associate – $39.00 and $39.00 annually thereafter.

Benefits Includes:

  • Surge365 Training Academy
  • Back Office
  • Commissions
  • Reporting
  • Videos
  • Presentations

Additional Easy Travel Buttons are $100 for 10.  An Easy Travel Button is a usb device that you can hand out to people to get them to try out Surge365.

You are going to have to get over $1028 in travel savings in the first year just to break even with your membership costs. You will have to spend thousands on travel to get this savings.

Products

Surge365 does not sell a product or service of their own. What they offer is from a third party. The primary product of Surge365 is a travel membership.

Surge365 Membership – $349.00 plus $19.95 S/H and $59.95 each month thereafter $24.95 S/H charge for orders shipped to Canada. Plus $1.50 processing fee and city/state/providence taxes where applicable.

Membership Includes:

  • Exclusive Members-Only Pricing Platform
  • Exclusive Weekly Specials
  • Personal Concierge
  • 110% Price Match Guarantee
  • 10 Easy Travel Buttons

Compensation Plan

Surge365 Business Associate Level (SBA)
As a newly enrolled SBA, you will earn $30 on personal Surge365 Membership sales.

Team Builder Level
To qualify at the Team Builder level, you and your team of SBAs must make a total of seven (7) Surge365 Membership sales, three (3) of which must be your personal sales. There is no time limit to qualify for this level.

Team Builder Level – 60-Day Fast Start
You can become a Team Builder when you personally make three (3) Surge365 Membership sales in your first sixty (60) days as a Surge Business Associate!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The three (3) personal sales qualify you to Override (QTO). Being QTO is a requirement for earning commissions at all compensation levels, bonuses and the 100% match. (See Qualified to Override –QTO below).

As long as you remain QTO, Team Builders earn $20 for every Membership sale made within your Team Builder Group. This includes all of your personal sales, as well as any sales made by the SBAs in your group who have not yet become Team Builders. For example, when you personally sell a Membership, you earn $30, plus $20 for being a Team Builder, for a total of $50! When one of your SBAs sells a Membership, you earn $20.

Qualified to Override (QTO)
SBAs are considered QTO when they have personally sold at least three (3) Memberships. They remain QTO as long any three (3) of their personally sold Membership sales are active. You must be QTO to earn Team Builder Commission, Bonuses and the 100% Match.

The 100% Match
As long as an SBA is QTO, they will earn a 100% match on the Team Builder commissions earned by all of their personally sponsored SBAs. For example, if one of your personally sponsored Team Builder SBAs earns $20, you earn $20! Additionally, the 100% match also applies to the $2 Team Builder residual paid on the monthly hosting fee. (Please note: There will not be a match paid on any Bonuses, the 100% Match, or others where noted.)

Team Builder Bonuses
Additionally, there are Team Builder Bonuses available as you continue to grow and build your team. Every seven (7) Membership sales made by you and/or members of your Team Builder Group who have not yet reached the Team Builder level will generate a $1,000 bonus.

Regional Team Builder Level
The next level of leadership is the Regional Team Group. You achieve the position of Regional Team Builder by reaching thirty (30) active Membership sales sold by you and/or members of your Team Builder Group. You then start your Regional Team Builder Group by personally enrolling one more Surge365 Business Associate.

As long as you remain QTO, the earnings at this level increase significantly. As a Regional Team Leader you will earn $70 on each personal Surge365 Membership sale and a $40 override on Membership sales made within your Regional Team Group by SBAs who have not yet reached the Team Builder level. You will also earn $20 on Membership sales made within your Regional Team Group by any SBA who is, or reports to, a qualified Team Builder.

Regional Team Builder Bonuses
The Bonus for seven (7) Membership sales increases up to $100, depending on the Regional Team Builder Group where the sales are made. PLUS, there is up to $2,000 paid to you as the Regional Team Builder when a Team Builder within your Regional Team Group qualifies for the $10,000 bonus. $10,000 Bonus Each time you grow your Team Builder Group by 100 active Membership sales, you will earn a $10,000 bonus. To fully qualify for this bonus, you must have 100 active Membership sales in your Team Builder Group at the end of any given month. This month is considered your “Qualifying Month.” You must maintain the 100 active sales throughout the following month, which is your “Maintain Month.” Your bonus will then be paid on the 11th day of the next month, your “Award Month.”

Example: A Team Builder achieves 100 Membership sales in their Team Builder Group in March and is qualified for the bonus. They must maintain 100 active Membership sales through April in order receive the $10,000 bonus on May 11th.

National Team Builder Level
As with the Team and Regional Builder levels, as long as you remain QTO, you are qualified to receive additional compensation. National Team Builders earn $80 on each personal Membership sale and a $50 override on sales made within their National Team Builder Group by SBAs who have not yet reached the Team Builder level.

When an SBA starts their Team Builder Group you still earn $30 on Surge365 Membership sales made within their Team Builder Group by an SBA who is, or reports to, a qualified Team Builder. And, you will earn $10 on all sales made by them and their SBAs after they start their Regional Team. The Bonus for seven (7) sales increases up to another $100 and there is an extra $2,000 paid to the National Team Builder when anyone in their Regional Leader Team qualifies for the $10,000 Bonus.

Click Here For The Surge365 Compensation Plan

Here is a compensation plan overview Video:

Surge365 Scam Compensation Plan Video

 

The money that is made from this business opportunity is primarily from recruiting people into the scheme and not from commissions for selling travel: Hotels, Flights, Cruises.

Income Disclosure

“Based on industry standards and company projections, the average annual gross income for participants is projected to be anywhere between
$500 and $2,000. These numbers do not account for costs incurred while building a Surge365 business.” – Source Surge365 Income Disclosure

They do not have data to back up any income claims.  No income claims should be made by Surge365 representatives. Any income claims made at this point are deceptive marketing.

Refund Policy

Member can cancel within 5 business days for a full refund less shipping and a $50 Easy Travel Button fee. The $50 Easy Travel Button fee will be refunded if all 10 buttons (USB thumb drives acting as electronic access devices containing electronic discounts for purchases from third-party suppliers) are returned to home office in original packaging within 30 days of cancellation. – Source Surge365 Terms & Conditions

There are many free affiliate programs that will allow you to sell travel and you get commissions for airfare with these free programs. Why pay Surge365 to make money?

Examples of free travel affiliate programs:

TripAdvisor Affiliate Program

50-80% commission on revenue generated via TripAdvisor commerce links.

Hotwire Affiliate Program

  • Earn 2%* commission for hotel and rental car bookings.
  • Earn 2%* commission for discount air and package bookings.
  • Earn $2 for every regularly priced airline ticket.
  • Earn these fees for all bookings made within 7 days of your referral.
  • Gain direct access to a dedicated support team.
  • Receive monthly payments if you earn at least $10 per month.

Priceline.com Travel Affiliate Program

  • Airline Tickets 3% / $7 / $5
  • Hotel Rooms 7% / 5% / 3%
  • Rental Cars 3% / 3%
  • Vacation Packages 3%
  • Cruises 3% ($45 Avg.)

It costs $0-$7 per month for your own WordPress website. On your website you can sell travel from anyone you want. You are not stuck with one company.

Surge365 Scam Conclusion

In my opinion, Surge365 is another product-based pyramid scheme from the creators of a “gigantic pyramid scheme” Your Travel Biz YTB. There is no reason for you to pay to sell memberships for this company. The money that is made from this business opportunity is primarily from recruiting people into the scheme and not from commissions for selling travel. Each individual who profits, therefore, does so primarily from the payments of others who are themselves making payments in order to obtain their own profit. Avoid the Surge365 scam.