Appi Travels Review: Danny Gauthier moves into travel recruitment
There is no information on the Appi Travels website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The footer of the Appi Travels provides a corporate address in Quebec, Canada.
The Appi Travels website domain (“appitravels.com”) was privately registered on the 17th of September, 2016.
Further research reveals Danny Gauthier identifying himself as owner and CEO of Appi Travels on his LinkedIn profile.
Why this information isn’t provided on the Appi Travels website is unclear.
Danny Gauthier first appeared on BehindMLM in early 2012 as the owner of Ultamex.
Ultamex was a chain-recruitment scheme that lasted for about a year before it was rebooted as Wealth Podium.
Wealth Podium was a similar matrix-based recruitment scheme.
Alexa traffic estimates for the Wealth Podium website suggest the opportunity has long-since collapsed, prompting Gauthier to now launch Appi Travels.
Read on for a full review of the Appi Travels MLM opportunity.
The Appi Travels Product Line
Appi Travels has no retailable products or services, with affiliates only able to market Appi Travels affiliate membership itself.
Bundled with Appi Travels affiliate membership is access to a travel discounts via a third-party booking engine.
Appi Travels do not disclose who their third-party travel discount provider is.
The Appi Travels Compensation Plan
Our compensation plan ensures that anyone can make a 4 figure income their very first month. Then turn that into a 5 figure, or even a 6 figure, true residual income.
The Appi Travels compensation plan sees affiliates pay either $50 or $300 for affiliate membership a month.
Commissions are paid when Appi Travel affiliates then recruit others who do the same.
Direct Recruitment Commissions
Appi Travel affiliates are paid a direct recruitment commission for every odd-numbered affiliate they recruit.
- recruit an Explorer ($50) affiliate and get paid $25
- recruit a Navigator ($300) affiliate and get paid $150
Appi Travel affiliates are also paid a 100% match on recruitment commissions earned by personally recruited affiliates.
Residual Recruitment Commissions
Residual recruitment commissions in Appi Travels are paid out via a perpetual 1-up compensation structure. This structure is tracked via a unilevel team.
A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1):
If any level 1 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 2 of the original affiliate’s unilevel team.
If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.
Every second affiliate recruited into the first level of the unilevel team is passed up to an Appi Travel affiliate’s immediate upline (the affiliate who recruited them).
This is true of the entire unilevel team, with every affiliate passing up commissions earned from every second affiliate recruited.
Residual commissions paid out are the same as direct recruitment commissions:
- $25 for recruiting an Explorer affiliate and
- $150 for recruiting a Navigator affiliate
Both the Explorer and Navigator Appi Travels affiliate memberships generate travel points (250 and 500 points respectively).
Travel points can be put towards purchased travel through the Appi Travels booking engine.
Appi Travels affiliates also receive a 100% match on travel points generated via direct and residual affiliate recruitment (only on passed up affiliates).
Joining Appi Travels
Appi Travels affiliate membership is either $50 for Explorer or $300 for Navigator.
Note that these are ongoing monthly fees.
The primary difference between these two options is bundled travel points.
Like most MLM travel opportunities, Appi Travel’s commissions have nothing to do with travel.
Instead Appi Travel affiliates pay a fee and get paid to recruit others who do the same. Chain-recruitment in MLM constitutes a pyramid scheme.
This is in line with Danny Gauthier’s previous schemes, Ultamex and Wealth Podium.
As with all recruitment schemes, once recruitment of new affiliates slows down the system collapses.
Being a monthly-fee based opportunity, this will manifest itself in Appi Travels by way of affiliates at the bottom of the company-wide unilevel team being unable to recruit new affiliates.
Because these affiliates aren’t earning them, they’ll stop paying their monthly affiliate fee. This will immediately see the affiliates above them stop getting paid.
Eventually they too will stop paying their monthly fees and before you know it the entire affiliate-base has collapsed.
Can I get a refund?
A) No Refund Policy.
At that point any Appi Travels affiliates who haven’t recruited enough new affiliates to cover their own membership fees, loses out.
Mathematically this is guaranteed to be the majority of Appi Travels affiliates.
Update 15th May 2018 – In late 2017 Appi Travels released an updated compensation plan. The company also integrated bitcoin for commission payments.
BehindMLM published an updated review of Appi Travels on January 4th, 2018.
Update 22nd March 2019 – Throughout the second half of 2018 Danny Guathier reworked and added to the compensation plan.
In March 2019 BehindMLM published its second updated Appi Travels review.