Bon Voyage 1000 launched two weeks ago on July 14th. The company originally caught my eye because it’s being marketed as having originated ‘from the same group that created the Reverse Funnel System‘.

Having just written about a possible resurrection of the Reverse Funnel System (RFS) via GiveOpp, I was naturally curious to see if these claims held any weight.

Unfortunately beyond the marketing claims I have as of yet been unable to clarify whether or not the company was indeed the brainchild of Don Glanville and Ty Coughlin. It is clear though that some Bon Voyage 1000 marketers appear to be employing the Reverse Funnel System itself to sell the newly launched opportunity.

More important then whether or not the RFS is being utilised however was what I learnt about Bon Voyage 1000 itself in conducting my research. At the end of the day I was left sitting here wondering how this business opportunity was even remotely legal.

Bon Voyage 1000 bill themselves as ‘a multinational conglomerate based out of the Caribbean‘ who provide ‘our members with the best lifestyle products and travel services at the best prices available‘.

In short they’re a travel club MLM. You pay a one time fee in exchange for access to Bon Voyage 1000′s lifestyle products and travel services. This should be your first red flag, that the business opportunity revolves around selling access to Bon Voyage’s services rather then actually retailing the services themselves.

The Bon Voyage 1000 “product purchase” as it were appears to be a ‘free’ cruise ‘worth over $400′ to the Bahamas. This is made available to all new members.

To join Bon Voyage 1000 you hand over a one time fee of $349 which makes you a Bon Voyage 1000 cardholder, provides access to their travel services and rewards you with your Bahamas cruise.

The compensation plan you’ll be relying on for commissions however is where the business really starts to fall apart. Bon Voyage 1000′s compensation plan utilises a 2×2 cycling matrix that looks something like this:

As a new Bon Voyage 1000 member you start off at the top of your own 2×2 matrix. This matrix is then filled directly by yourself or your upline. Once full you cycle out and are awarded a flatrate $1000 commission.

After you’ve cycled out you are then cycled into the bottom leg of an existing matrix that hasn’t been filled yet. You then set about recruiting new members and/or relying on spillover from your upline or downline. Spillover can occur when multiple members cycle out at once or when people cycle out of an existing matrix that one of your downline or upline are in.

From the sounds of it the matrices you will cycle into are related to those your upline or downline are in or are a part of.

Additionally there’s a Leadership Matching Bonus on offer too. Once you’ve cycled out of a matrix twice, you’re then awarded $200 each time someone you’ve personally referred cycles out of a matrix. Cycle out of a matrix three times and you’re then awarded $100 each time anyone in your second level (you’re personally sponsored member’s directly sponsored line) cycles out of a matrix.

Whilst it all might sound amazing on paper, the problem here of course is the absolute constant requirement for new recruits to the opportunity. If every existing Bon Voyage 1000 member stopped recruiting new members, the matrices would grind to a halt and nobody would get paid.

The ‘product’ is a one time non-consumable so once you’ve sold someone it there’s zero chance for repeat business. This translates into a never ending recruitment cycle on which commissions are then paid.

This isn’t the first time a travel club MLM that ultimately relies on new member recruitment for people to get paid has surfaced and it probably won’t be the last. Recently TVI Express, a similar travel club scheme that operated on a matrix based compensation plan, was declared a pyramid scheme by Australian authorities.

Approach with caution.