Almost a year to the date from when they hit the Upper Midwest last summer, suspicious travel offers are once again landing in area mailboxes.
Consumers in our area are contacting Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota to say they've been offered two round-trip airline tickets from Cheap Tickets - although a disclaimer on the mailer says "This promotion is not sponsored by or affiliated with Cheap Tickets."
The BBB is advising people to watch out for high-pressure sales tactics and be aware, based on the Cheap Tickets distinction alone, there is likely much more to this offer than meets the eye.
A BBB employee who received this mailing secret-shopped the company via telephone recently and the representative that answered identified the company as Grand Travel Worldwide, which purportedly offers discount travel services.
Though the representative said repeatedly there is no obligation to purchase anything, the company passed through the Spokane, Washington area last fall and attendees of seminars in that area reported rude behavior and poor customer service to the BBB in that region.