Travelor Review: $1500 SEO course & travel
There is no information on the Travelor website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The Travelor website domain (“travelor.me”) was registered on the 3rd of May 2015, with Yossi Cohen of “V. TRAVELOR LTD” listed as the owner.
The address provided in the Travelor domain registration belongs to DSIT Solutions. The same address is provided on the Travelor website.
On their website, DSIT Solutions claim to ‘develop and produce sonar and acoustic-based systems for the commercial, energy, defense, and homeland security markets.‘
Alexa currently estimate that 75.8% of traffic to the Travelor website originates out of Israel.
Furthermore, the Travelor Terms and Conditions state:
Arbitration shall be made by the Arbitrator at the place he sees fit, provided that it is no farther than 20 km from the city of Tel-Aviv.
Travelor affiliate marketing material identifies Yossi Cohen (right) as the owner and founder of the company. In his Facebook profile, Cohen cites himself as Travelor’s CEO and owner.
Possibly due to language barriers, I was unable to put together an MLM history on Cohen. His Facebook profile does identify him as CEO and owner of MBK, which appears to be a web development company.
Read on for a full review of the Travelor MLM opportunity.
The Travelor Product Line
Travelor offer access to a free travel booking engine, populated with discounts from a third-party vendor or vendors.
Travelor do not disclose who provides the travel discounts they offer through their website.
The Travelor Compensation Plan
The Travelor compensation plan pays affiliates for travel booked through their replicated travel booking engine. A portion of travel commissions are also paid out via a series of profit sharing pools.
Travelor also pay affiliates to recruit new affiliates, directly and indirectly via a unilevel compensation structure.
Travelor Affiliate Ranks
There are 8 affiliate ranks within the Travelor compensation plan.
Along with their respective qualification criteria, they are as follows:
- Member – pay $1500 to sign up as a Travelor affiliate
- Senior Member – pay $150 a month and personally recruit and maintain four affiliates or have a total downline of ten affiliates
- Silver – maintain at least one personally recruited Senior Member in your downline
- Gold – maintain at least two personally recruited Senior Members in your downline
- Platinum – maintain at least four personally recruited Senior Members in your downline
- Diamond – maintain at least seven personally recruited Senior Members in your downline
- Black Diamond – maintain at least ten personally recruited Senior Members in your downline
- Blue Diamond – maintain at least fifteen personally recruited Senior Members in your downline
When non-affiliates book travel through a Travelor affiliate’s replicated travel booking engine, the affiliate earns a 50% commission.
Note that this is a 50% split of the commission Travelor is paid by the travel vendor, not the total amount spent on travel by the customer.
Travelor affiliates are paid a $150 commission per affiliate they recruit.
A bonus $480 is paid out for every four affiliates recruited within a calendar month.
Senior Member affiliates earn a one-time $720 bonus when their personally recruited affiliates recruit six affiliates of their own.
Residual Recruitment Commissions
Residual recruitment commissions in Travelor 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 personally recruit affiliates of their own, 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.
Travelor cap payable unilevel levels at seven, with affiliates paid a $45 commission per affiliate recruited into levels two to seven of their unilevel team.
How many unilevel levels a Travelor affiliate earns on is determined by their rank:
- Silver – $45 per affiliate recruited on level 2
- Gold – $45 per affiliate recruited on levels 2 and 3
- Platinum – $45 per affiliate recruited on levels 2 to 4
- Diamond – $45 per affiliate recruited on levels 2 to 5
- Black Diamond – $45 per affiliate recruited on levels 2 to 6
- Blue Diamond – $45 per affiliate recruited on levels 2 to 7
Travelor pay affiliates a minimum 50% share of commissions paid to them by travel vendors.
Travelor’s share of travel commissions is approximately 50% (the other 50% is paid to the affiliate who the travel was booked through), minus ‘all Company payments and deductions of undertakings by law‘.
- 50% is shared among all Travelor affiliates
- an additional 5% is shared among Senior Member and higher ranked affiliates
- an additional 5% is shared among Silver and higher ranked affiliates
- an additional 5% is shared among Gold and higher ranked affiliates
- an additional 5% is shared among Platinum and higher ranked affiliates
- an additional 5% is shared among Diamond and higher ranked affiliates
- an additional 2% is shared among Black Diamond and higher ranked affiliates
- an additional 2% is shared among Blue Diamond and higher ranked affiliates
Finally, a bonus 1% is shared among Travelor’s first 1000 affiliates.
Neither the Travelor compensation plan or website gives any indication as to how many affiliates have thus far signed up.
Affiliate membership with Travelor is $1500 and then $150 a month.
According to the Travelor website, affiliates pay $1500 when they sign up for an “SEO course”. The $150 monthly fee is for ‘trainings in marketing and advertising‘.
That neither of these has anything to do with travel is telling.
The reality is Travelor charge affiliates so much to cover recruitment commissions paid out. It’s also extremely probable that on some level, affiliate fees are used to bump the value of the profit sharing pools.
Travel is notorious for being a competitive industry with razor-thin margins. If Travelor’s profit pools were funded on a percentage of travel commissions alone, each affiliate would likely receive peanuts each month – even at the upper affiliate ranks.
Without documented proof from Travelor however, it’s hard to make a definitive call on whether this happening.
What we can look at though are Travelor’s recruitment commissions, which identify the opportunity as a pyramid scheme.
A Travelor affiliate pays $1500 to sign up and is directly compensated for every affiliate they recruit. Once they’ve recruited enough new affiliates, they also receive residual commissions on affiliates their downline have recruited.
This has nothing to do with travel and is entirely funded by fees Travelor charge affiliates.
At no point in Travelor’s compensation plan is there any requirement to sell travel to get paid.
All a Travelor affiliate has to do is pay $1500, pay a the monthly $150 fee and then recruit others who do the same.
This is chain-recruitment and makes Travelor a pyramid scheme.
As with all pyramid schemes, once recruitment of new affiliates dries up, so too will the majority of commissions paid out.
What little is shared through the profit sharing pools isn’t likely to keep affiliates paying $150 a month, with the scheme collapsing once enough affiliates stop paying.
At $1500 upfront and then $150 a month, it goes without saying that most Travelor affiliates are not going to make back their initial outlay through recruitment.