Panvoya Review v2.0: Affiliate membership separated via $10 fee
BehindMLM initially reviewed Panvoya back in May of 2015.
A few days ago “Panvoya Support” left a comment on the review informing me that the compensation plan has since changed.
The Panvoya compensation plan we reviewed in 2015 saw Panvoya affiliates sign up, pay a fee and get paid to recruit new affiliates who did the same.
Today we review Panvoya’s updated compensation plan and see if anything’s changed.
The Panvoya Product Line
Panvoya sell access to third-party travel discounts via a “Premium Membership Subscription”.
A Panvoya Premium Membership Subscription costs $299.97 and then $39.97 a month. It can be purchased by both retail customers and Panvoya affiliates.
The Panvoya compensation plan also mentions “Travel Savings Packs” for $39 to $199.
There is no mention or explanation of Travel Savings Packs on the Panvoya website.
From what I can make out they appear to be a pre-purchased discount on travel booked through the Panvoya engine.
- a $100 Travel Savings Pack costs $39
- a $200 Travel Savings Pack costs $69
- a $400 Travel Savings Pack costs $99
- a $1000 Travel Savings Pack costs $199
The Panvoya Compensation Plan
The Panvoya compensation plan pays affiliates to sell $299.97 Premium Membership Subscriptions to retail customers and recruited affiliates.
Panvoya affiliates must purchase or sell a Premium Membership Subscription to qualify to earn commissions.
At least one active Premium Membership must be maintained in order to continue to qualify for commissions.
Panvoya Affiliate Ranks
There are four affiliate ranks within the Panvoya compensation plan.
Along with their respective qualification criteria they are as follows:
- Travel Affiliate – sign up as a Panvoya affiliate and be commission qualified
- Travel Promoter – sell and maintain at least three active Premium Membership Subscriptions
- Travel Director – maintain at least three active Premium Membership Subscriptions and recruit at least three affiliates who have also sold three active Premium Membership Subscriptions (alternative qualification: sell three Premium Membership Subscriptions within 30 days of signing up as a Panvoya affiliate)
- Travel Broker – have an affiliate downline of at least 300 affiliates (no more than 100 counted from any one unilevel leg)
Direct Premium Membership Subscription Commissions
When a Panvoya affiliate sells a Premium Membership Subscription to a retail customer or personally recruited affiliate, they earn a $50 commission.
A bonus $50 (Travel Director) and $100 (Travel Broker) “Training Commission” is paid out if a Panvoya affiliate helps another affiliate close a sale.
If a Travel Director or Travel Broker ranked affiliate closes the sale themselves, they keep the $50 or $100 Training Commission.
Ongoing payment of monthly Premium Membership Subscription fees generates a $1 residual commission each month.
Residual Premium Membership Subscription Commissions
Residual Premium Membership Subscription commissions are paid out via a unilevel compensation structure.
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.
Panvoya cap payable unilevel levels at ten, with commissions paid out based on Premium Subscription Commissions throughout the unilevel team.
How many unilevel levels a Panvoya affiliate can earn on is determined by their rank:
- Travel Affiliate – $10 direct and $1 residual on levels 1 and 2
- Travel Promoter – $10 direct and $1 residual on levels 1 to 5
- Travel Director and Travel Broker – $10 direct and $1 residual on levels 1 to 10
Residual Matching Bonus
Panvoya affiliates can earn a Matching Bonus on residual commissions and bonuses earned by downline affiliates.
The Matching Bonus is payable on up to two levels of recruitment:
- Travel Promoter – 25% matching bonus on level 1 (personally recruited affiliates)
- Travel Director and Travel Broker – 25% matching bonus on levels 1 and 2
Infinity Team Bonus
The Infinity Team Bonus pays Travel Director affiliates $250 for every six Premium Membership Subscriptions sold by themselves and their downline.
Travel Broker ranked affiliates receive a $350 Infinity Team Bonus.
A residual commission of $20 is paid to Travel Director affiliates per six Premium Membership Subscription monthly payments made within their downline.
Travel Broker ranked affiliates earn a $30 residual commission.
10% (Travel Director) to 20% (Travel Broker) of residual commissions and matching bonuses are paid out via Lifestyle points.
According to the Panvoya compensation plan, an affiliate can redeem Lifestyle Points ‘for travel and other expenses‘.
Panvoya affiliate membership is $10 a month.
If an affiliate chooses to self-qualify for commissions, an additional $299.97 ($39.97 a month) must be spent on a Premium Membership Subscription.
Whereas Panvoya initially bundled travel subscriptions with affiliate membership, they’ve since separated the two with a token $10 monthly fee.
The retail viability of Panvoya’s Premium Membership Subscription is at the forefront of the company’s legitimacy.
What it comes down to is whether non-affiliates are going to fork out $739.64 a year for access to travel discounts.
Historically this hasn’t happened in MLM travel companies selling subscriptions for a couple of hundred dollars, so I’m having a hard time believing it’s going to happen at over seven hundred dollars.
The most recent official Panvoya compensation plan video, uploaded to YouTube on January 19th, 2017, makes no mention of retail Premium Membership Subscription sales.
We will assume that each affiliate is a product of the product and purchases a Premium Membership.
The good news is you can easily verify the retail viability of Panvoya’s Premium Membership subscription yourself.
All you have to do is ask your potential Panvoya upline how many active retail (non-affiliate) Premium Membership Subscriptions they have. Compare this with how many personally recruited affiliates they have with a Premium Membership Subscription.
What you’re looking for is a healthy mix (approx 50/50). If there are no retail subscription sales or very little, that affiliate is running their Panvoya business as a recruitment-driven pyramid scheme.
In the absence of significant retail sales of the Premium Membership Subscription, Panvoya would be defacto recruitment commissions (affiliates are the only ones purchasing the subscription).
Panvoya could make an affiliate’s own subscription purchase not count (requiring them to make at least one retail subscription sale), however this is not the case under the current compensation plan.
To avoid fake accounts (affiliates paying for the subscription through a dummy account), I’d suggest the minimum retail subscription sale amount to two.
Pending further changes to the Panvoya compensation plan, practically speaking I don’t think much has changed since BehindMLM’s initial review.