Pro Travel Plus Review: Seth Fraser & travel recruitment opp
There is no information on the Pro Travel Plus website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The Pro Travel Plus website domain (“protravelplus.com”) was registered on the 12th of January 2015, however the domain registration is set to private.
Further research reveals Seth Fraser credited as the CEO of the company. Why this information is not available on the Pro Travel Plus website is not clear.
More recently Fraser (right) was credited as a “Field Leader” in Kannaway.
As per a Kannaway News blog post dated October 15th,
Seth Fraser: Why I Sold My Company and Joined Kannaway
I’ll admit it. I never really cared enough about a true “product-based” relationship marketing company to join one before.
And here’s a weird twist to the story:
I had *never* joined any relationship-marketing company as a distributor before.
One of the things that always held me back from joining ANY company as a distributor…….the trust factor.
When you’re no longer “the guy” that makes the decisions, one of the most difficult things to do is have faith and trust in the people you are working with side by side, and I wasn’t sure I would ever find a working environment that was suited to me for that reason.
Evidently those trust issued appear to have prevailed, with Fraser ditching Kannaway earlier this month.
When we were in our pre-launch phase, we had a very unique person fly in to town, a gentleman by the name of Seth Fraser.
He had launched a few different relationship marketing companies and had a strong team of leaders that came to the table with Kannaway.
After spending some time getting to know him, we made the decision to bring him in to our corporate team. The results of that decision helped us to create a strong team that has helped provide the BEST product line ever created to the masses!
We appreciate the efforts that Seth has provided toward creating this life-changing movement that is helping improve thousands of lives.
Seth has been offered a position as the CEO of another company and we wish him the best in his new venture.
That “other company” is of course Pro Travel Plus.
Interestingly enough who offered Fraser the position has not been publicly disclosed. Who owns the company remains a mystery.
Of note is that a recent Pro Travel Plus presentation was co-hosted by Fraser and Lee Friedman.
Friedman’s position within the company was not disclosed, but his name appears as the owner of the domain “ptpmember.com”.
This domain is used to provide services and bookings to affiliates through the Pro Travel Plus backoffice.
Earlier this year Friedman was promoting Nerium International on his Facebook profile. Whether or not he is still a Nerium affiliate is unclear.
Read on for a full review of the Pro Travel Plus MLM business opportunity.
The Pro Travel Plus Product Line
The Pro Travel Plus website details no marketable products or services, retail or otherwise.
A recent Pro Travel Plus “launch presentation”, hosted by Fraser and Friedman, provides some actual product related information:
What we’ve done is we’ve actually partnered to be able to offer to all of our Pro Travel Plus members, an exclusive opportunity to book condos worldwide.
What we’ve done is we’ve packaged a program that allows our members exclusive access to over sixty-two hundred resorts worldwide.
Other discounts shown in the presentation include airfares, cruises, hotels, rental cars, entertainment and “travel essentials”.
Other than bundling access to third-party discounts with affiliate membership, it’s unclear whether or not Pro Travel Plus actually sells anything itself.
The Pro Travel Plus Compensation Plan
Pro Travel Plus currently do not provide a copy of their compensation plan on their website.
The following analysis has been put together from various Pro Travel Plus affiliate presentations, citing compensation plan material available in the Pro Travel Plus affiliate backoffice.
Most of the Pro Travel Plus compensation plan revolves around recruiting new affiliates, with how much they spend dictating their earnings potential:
- 1 Star – $69.95 and $34.95 a month
- 2 Star – $269.90
- 3 Star – $469.90
Alternatively, 2 Star and 3 Star affiliate membership can also be earned via recruiting new affiliates:
- 2 Star – maintain at least 10 active affiliates in your downline
- 3 Star – maintain at least 100 active affiliates in your downline
Direct Recruitment Commissions
When new Pro Travel Plus affiliates are recruited, commissions are paid out to existing affiliates via a unilevel compensation structure.
A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate on the top of a unilevel
Commissions are paid out via a unilevel compensation structure, with every personally recruited affiliate placed on level
How much of a commission is paid out depends on how much a Pro Travel affiliate paid to join the company, or the size of their downline:
- 1 Star – $15 per affiliate recruited
- 2 Star – $25 per affiliate recruited and $5 per affiliate they recruit (level 2)
- 3 Star – $30 per affiliate recruited, $5 per affiliate they recruit (level 2) and $3 per affiliate recruited into level 3
Residual recruitment commissions are paid out via a “Powerline Bonus”.
This appears to be a straight-line queue commission, paid out of monthly affiliate fees.
How it works is not entirely clear, with Pro Travel Plus affiliates claiming everyone who joins after you is placed on level 1 of your powerline.
Here’s the official corporate marketing spiel on the powerline:
In fact, as people are placed below you in your team, YOU WILL GET PAID on a full five levels of members in your powerline REGARDLESS of who enrolled them!
That means as soon as someone in your powerline becomes a member, YOU EARN A COMMISSION!
The bonus pays out down five levels, but what those levels are is not clarified.
If it’s recruitment, then logically everyone who joins after you makes up level 1 of the unilevel, affiliates they recruit make up level 2 and so on.
Mathematically that makes little sense though, as everyone earning 3% on everyone who joins after them each month doesn’t work.
One affiliate’s monthly fees can only pay out 33 affiliates before them (at close to 100% of the fee being paid out as a commission), leaving the other four levels of the Powerline Bonus unexplained.
Pending further clarification of the Powerline Bonus, I’m putting it in the”doesn’t make sense” basket for now.
Residual Recruitment Commissions
Residual commissions in Pro Travel Plus are paid pays out of the ongoing monthly affiliate (irrespective of whether the fees are paid monthly, every six months or annually), via a 2×14 matrix compensation structure.
A 2×14 matrix places an affiliate at the top of a matrix, with two positions directly under them (level 1):
Those two positions branch out into another two positions each to make up the second level of the matrix. Level 2 positions branch out into another two positions to make up the third level, and so on and so forth down a total of fourteen levels.
Using this matrix structure, commissions is paid out based on how much a Pro Travel Plus affiliate spent on their own affiliate membership, or the size of their downline:
- 1 Star – 2% on levels 1 to 4, 2.5% on levels 5 to 8 and 3% on levels 9 and 10
- 2 Star – 2% on levels 1 to 4, 2.5% on levels 5 to 8 and 3% on levels 9 to 12
- 3 Star – 2% on levels 1 to 4, 2.5% on levels 5 to 8, 3% on levels 9 to 12 and 2% on levels 13 and 14
Matching Bonus (Matrix)
Matching bonuses are paid out on the matrix commissions earned by recruited affiliates, paid down six levels of recruitment.
How much of a matching bonus is paid out is primarily determined by how much an affiliate spends when they signed up, or the size of their downline:
- 1 Star – 15% match on level 1 (personally recruited affiliates)
- 2 Star – 25% on level 1, 10% on level 2 and 5% on level 3
- 3 Star – 30% on level 1, 15% on level 2, 5% on level 3, 3% on level 4 and 2% on level 5
- 3 Star Elite (maintain at least 500 active affiliates) – 50% on level 1, 15% on level 2, 5% on level 3, 3% on level 4 and 2% on levels 5 and 6
Joining Pro Travel Plus
There are three affiliate membership options for those looking to join Pro Travel Plus:
- 1 Star – $69.95 to join $34.95 a month
- 2 Star – $69.95 to join, $199.95 six months prepaid
- 3 Star – $69.95 to join, $399.95 twelve months prepaid
The primary difference between these options is income potential through the Pro Travel Plus compensation plan.
Pro Travel Plus continues the tradition of MLM travel-related opportunities having nothing to do with travel.
Commissions wise all that’s happening here is ongoing affiliate fees are being paid out as commissions. Any attached access to third-party travel related discounts can be ignored entirely.
This dependency on affiliate recruitment, with nothing being marketed to or sold to retail customers, qualifies Pro Travel Plus as a recruitment-driven pyramid scheme.
Given that affiliate fees also have an impact on earnings potential, there is also a strong “pay to play” element within the opportunity too. This element exists irrespective of whether or not the same ranks can be achieved via recruitment.
As with all recruitment-driven schemes, once affiliate recruitment dries up, those at the bottom will stop paying their fees.
When that happens, those above them stop earning commissions and eventually stop paying their fees too.
This means those above them stop getting paid, and as this effect trickles up the company-wide genealogy, eventually an irreversible collapse is triggered.
At that point anyone who has paid more in Pro Travel Plus affiliate fees then they’ve earned in commissions loses out. Statistically this is the vast majority of affiliates in a recruitment-driven MLM opportunity.