If you are searching for information about whether or not YTB is a scam, you came to the right place! I will address some of the big misconceptions and rumors going on about YTB at the moment.
YTB is a “Card Mill”. Fiction.
The “Card Mill” label has gotten slapped onto pretty much every opportunity to sell travel except brick-and-mortar travel agencies. A true “card mill” is a company who sells “travel credential cards” for a fee, and the company does not really sell travel.
In response to the rapid growth of YTB and other travel companies using the network marketing business model, a band of really angry brick-and-mortar travel agents have gone on a quest to rid the world of all network marketing travel companies. They’ll try to tell you its because YTB and others don’t sell travel. The problem is: we do, and we have started putting a dent in their customer base...which is what has prompted this reaction from the brick-and-mortar folks.
Truth be told, YTB was named by Travel Weekly (which dubs itself the "National Newspaper of the Travel Industry") as one of the top eleven leisure travel agencies and one of the 35 largest travel agencies overall for 2006. Just recently, YTB International President, J. Kim Sorensen, was even named by Travel Weekly as one of the 33 most influential people in the travel industry. Not to mention that little record-setting cruise "sail-a-thon," YTB held last November which booked more than 12,000 passengers in less than 24 hours. Sound like a card mill? I don't think so.
YTB Lost Its IATAN Status So It Can’t Book Travel. Fiction.
Yes, IATAN temporarily has suspend YTB's IATAN status. However, it really isn't that big of a deal. IATAN is a travel trade organization. It sounds like a fancy governing organization, but the bottom line is, it is just a trade organization. Now that you know this, it should be no surprise that YTB can and is still booking travel while the technicalities of the suspension are being ironed out. My bet: YTB will be back in IATAN’s good graces in the next few months.
If I Join YTB, I’ll Have to Recruit Other People. Fiction.
Looking at my own YTB team, I can tell you that I did the statistics and exactly 50% of my team is composed of people who were interested in just selling travel. Some were in the brick-and-mortar travel industry and moved to an on-line business due to the overhead, others are in the wedding industry who are marketing to their clients’ honeymoon needs, and others travel a lot and enjoy the perks of booking their own travel. The YTB Travel opportunity is very real, and very serious. Learn more about the opportunity to sell travel by visiting: http://www.bluescitytravelbiz.com/
YTB has never made a profit. Fiction.
YTB recently reported its second consecutive quarter of profitability and record revenue and net income figures of $39.9 million and $2.1 million respectively. The truth of the matter is that most companies are not profitable from the start. The costs of getting the big machine turning far exceed initial revenue. This is how the story goes for most businesses. What is incredible about YTB is that it actually became profitable while also investing substantial money into improving travel training for its Referring Travel Agents by the creation of an eCampus Training feature is incredible. YTB is going to spend money to improve the company, and if you are looking to join YTB, this should be a plus not a minus!
YTB revenues come mainly from selling business opportunities rather than from selling its core product: travel. Fiction.
YTB offers two real products: Travel and Travel Stores. Referring Travel Agents (RTAs) sell Travel only. They make commission based on the travel they sell. RTAs cannot sell Travel Stores. There is a fee to become an RTA of around $500, with a $49.95 monthly web-hosting fee. Quite reasonable for a travel store in a box!
Independent Marketing Representatives (IMRs or Reps) sell Travel Stores. Reps make commissions from the sale of travel stores ONLY. There is no fee to become a Rep. Reps cannot sell travel. Reps do not make money from signing up other Reps. Since it is free to become a Rep, the only “business” being sold by YTB is the opportunity for a person to become a Home Based Travel Agent who can sell travel and make a commission. This opportunity isn’t just some invisible “opportunity.” It is a tangible product: an e-commerce-ready travel booking engine, complete with sales tracking, marketing resources, training, etc. It is truly a business-in-a-box!
YTB Changes Lives. Fact.
A little over a year ago, I was pretty bummed at the idea of spending the next 40 years trading my time for money as an attorney, and categorizing my days in increments of tenths of an hour. I was introduced to YTB, and after about eight solid months of studying network marketing and working my YTB business, I am enjoying a four-figure supplement to my monthly income, and now it appears that within the next couple of years I will be putting away my time sheet, walking away from my law practice, and spending my time doing what I love to do most: help others reach their goals.