Zyndio (ZynTravel) Review: $69-$469 three-tier matrix cycler
Despite having a “company” page, there is no information on the Zyndio website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The Zyndio website domain (“zyndio.com”) was registered on the 24th of October 2011, with a “Integrity Management Group” listed as the owner. An address in the US state of Arizona is also provided.
Further research reveals the email address used to register the Zyndio website domain appears to belong to Anthony Powell:
It follows that Powell (right) owns Zyndio, or at the very least is running the company. However for reasons unknown, Powell’s name does not appear anywhere on the Zyndio website.
Powell is currently heavily advertising Zyndio on Facebook, referring to it as a “a ‘Mark Hughes of Herbalife’ type of business”.
Perusal of Powell’s Zyndio marketing efforts reveal he’s primarily focused on affiliate recruitment:
Anthony Powell is best-known in MLM for his time in Herbalife.
It is believed Powell’s primary Herbalife income was generated through selling leads to recruited affiliates in his downline.
This focus on recruitment and selling of leads to recruits saw Powell mentioned in numerous FTC complaints against Herbalife.
It was my intent to recruit rather than to sell retail as I was told there was much more money to be made in recruiting.
Multiple calls by company President Anthony Powell urging me to do “whatever it takes to get to the next level”.
Herbalife cracked down on this practice in 2012, which prompted Powell to leave the company and join Vemma in January 2013.
Vemma was recently shut down by the FTC, with the regulatory accusing the company of being a $200 million plus pyramid scheme.
A court-appointed Receiver has since revealed that, through his company Global Pro Systems, Powell was mentioned in 42% of complaints about Vemma filed with the FTC.
In light of regulatory action against Vemma, Powell announced earlier today that he is ditching the company (September 6th):
And that brings us to Zyndio.
Read on for a full review of the Zyndio MLM business opportunity.
The Zyndio Product Line
Zyndio operate a travel portal they call “ZynTravel”, which Zyndio claims provided ‘access to 65,000 resorts and 200,000 hotels worldwide, with discounts of up to 85%‘.
Based on how much is spent on affiliate membership, Zyndio affiliates are given a ZynTravel travel credit when they sign up:
- Silver ($69.98) – $75 credit
- Gold (219.98) – $300 credit
- Platinum ($469.98) – $750 credit
The Zyndio Compensation Plan
The Zyndio compensation plan sees affiliates paid a commission on any travel booked through their ZynTravel portal.
The company also heavily focuses on paying existing Zyndio affiliates to recruit new affiliates.
If travel is booked through a Zyndio affiliate’s ZynTravel portal, a percentage of the commission paid on the travel booking is paid to the affiliate.
How much of a percentage is paid out is determined by how much a Zyndio affiliate spent on their affiliate membership:
- Silver (69.98) – 25%
- Gold ($219.98) – 50%
- Platinum ($469.98) – 100%
Note that these percentages aren’t calculated on the price paid at the time of booking, but rather the commission paid to Zyndio by third-party travel companies the booking was made with (in other words it’s a percentage of a percentage).
Zyndio affiliates are paid to recruit new affiliates down two levels of recruitment (unilevel).
How much of a commission is paid out is determined by how much a newly recruited affiliate spends on their Zyndio affiliate membership:
- recruit a new Silver affiliate = $10 on level 1 (personally recruited affiliates) and $2.50 on level 2
- recruit a new Gold affiliate = $40 on level 1 and $10 on level 2
- recruit a new Platinum affiliate = $90 on level 1 and $22.50 on level 2
Residual Recruitment Commissions
Residual recruitment commissions in Zyndio are paid out via a 3×2 matrix.
A 3×2 matrix places an affiliate at the top of the matrix, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them:
These initial three positions make up the first level of the matrix, with the second level generated by splitting each of the first level positions into another three positions each (12 positions total).
Commissions are paid out as positions in the matrix are filled, with each affiliate tier (Silver, Gold and Platinum) operating as an independent matrix cycler.
A Silver Zyndio affiliate has access to the Silver cycler, a Gold affiliate access to the Gold and Silver cyclers and a Platinum affiliate access to all three cycler tiers.
Each cycler is filled with newly recruited affiliates who bought positions at that level:
- Silver affiliates receive a Silver matrix position
- Gold affiiates receive a Silver and Gold matrix position
- Platinum affiliates receive a Silver, Gold and Platinum matrix position
Commissions are paid once a matrix across any tier is filled as follows:
- Silver – $150
- Gold – $600
- Platinum – $1350
Once a Zyndio affiliate cycles out of a matrix, their position is then re-entered into a new matrix at that particular level (Silver, Gold or Platinum).
Note that in order to qualify for cycle commissions, a Zyndio affiliate must personally recruit three new affiliates.
Cycle Matching Bonus
The Matching Bonus pays out a percentage bonus on recruited affiliate’s matrix cycle commissions, paid out down two levels of recruitment (unilevel).
How much of a commission is paid out is determined by how many matrix cycles an affiliate themselves has been paid on.
At 50 or more cycles a Zyndio affiliate is paid a 25% match on level 1 (personally recruited affiliates) and a 10% match on level 2.
Zyndio affiliates who have been paid on less than 50 cycles earn a lower matching bonus percentage (not disclosed in the Zyndio marketing material I reviewed).
Global Bonus Pool
If a Zyndio affiliate generates cycle commissions but does not recruit three affiliates within a year of generating their first cycle commission, those commission funds are put into the Global Bonus Pool.
The Global Bonus Pool is paid out annually to qualified Zyndio affiliates.
Affiliates can qualify for a share in the Global Bonus Pool by cycling at least fifty times themselves.
The Travel Bonus is a 5% bonus paid as ZynTravel travel credits, to Zyndio affiliates who have personally recruited three or more affiliates.
The 5% bonus is generated each time a personally recruited affiliate is paid through a matrix cycle (the percentage is of the actual cycle bonus paid).
Platinum affiliates can qualify for a 10% Travel Bonus by recruiting three Platinum affiliates within 15 days of joining Zyndio.
The Lifestyle Bonus rewards Zyndio affiliates for cycling through matrices:
- 5 matrix cycles = Mini iPad
- 10 matrix cycles = GoPro Hero camera
- 25 matrix cycles = MacBook Air
- 50 matrix cycles = a “Mastermind Session” in “an exotic location with Anthony” Powell and “his team”
- 1000 matrix cycles = BMW or Mercedes car plus $10,000
Due to the lack of complete information available on Zyndio’s compensation plan, I’m unable to provide a complete list of Lifestyle Bonuses offered.
In a Zyndio marketing video I watched however, additional bonuses such as vacation trips and a one million dollar cash payout are mentioned.
To qualify for Lifestyle Bonuses, a Zyndio affiliate must sign up as a Platinum affiliate ($469.98), recruit 3 new affiliates and complete one matrix cycle within fifteen days of joining the company.
Affiliate membership with Zyndio (referred to as ZynTravel Club membership), is available at three price-points:
- Silver – $69.98 plus $12.99 a month
- Gold – $219.98 plus $12.99 a month
- Platinum – $469.98 plus $12.99 a month
The trouble with MLM opportunities is that commissions usually have little to do with travel and instead focus on affiliate recruitment.
Zyndio continues this tradition, with the bulk of the Zyndio compensation plan ignoring travel altogether.
Before we get into that, I’ll point out that access to third-party discounts is not a valid MLM product.
Neither Zyndio or ZynTravel own the travel services provided, with those services provided instead by third-parties.
Marketing material simply refers to these third-parties as “travel providers”, failing to disclose who actually provides the travel discounts Zyndio and ZynTravel promote.
All Zyndio and ZynTravel do is offer affiliates access to discounts on said travel services. That access is the only product Zyndio and ZynTravel market – and that’s a problem.
Following on, aside from the travel commission offered when travel is booked (which is typically peanuts due to travel industry margins), the rest of the Zyndio compensation plan is all about recruitment.
Primarily Zyndio affiliates are paid through the matrix cycler, positions in which are paid for with Zyndio affiliate membership.
You sign up for a Silver, Gold or Platinum position, and then get paid to recruit others who do the same.
The travel discounts side of Zyndio has nothing to do with the MLM compensation plan, which is all affiliate recruitment.
Furthermore, the math behind Zyndio’s matrix cyclers lends itself to that of a Ponzi scheme.
At the Silver level a matrix position is $69.98, with a $150 ROI paid out once twelve subsequent $69.98 positions have been invested in.
The Gold level pays out a $600 ROI off a $219.98 position investment and Platinum $1350 ROI off of $469.98.
Those of course are only initial ROIs, with subsequent $69.98, $219.98 or $1350 payments possible with continued affiliate recruitment (new matrix positions entering the system).
These commissions obviously have nothing to do with travel. Instead it is subsequent matrix position investment which funds them, qualifying Zyndio’s ZynTravel offering as a Ponzi scheme.
The rest of the Zyndio compensation plan adds a pyramid layer to the scheme, making it a Ponzi pyramid hybrid.
Outside of the travel commissions and cycle payments, every other layer of the compensation plan is tied to affiliate recruitment, either as an incentive or qualification criteria.
Pay to play is also strongly featured in the Zyndio compensation plan, with how much an affiliate spends and how much those they recruit spend, directly affecting commission payouts.
Nowhere is this more bluntly advertised, then in an unlisted Zyndio marketing video uploaded to YouTube:
Featured on the August 30th video is John Beall, who tells viewers
Everybody’s coming in at Platinum to grab these Founders positions and uh, with good reason as well because you’re gunna see when I show you this, that Platinums make about nine times the money than what Silvers do. And about four times the money than Golds.
When you can make 9x (the commissions) right here, that’s called a no-brainer, right? So that’s why you really want to be Platinum.
Some bonuses, such as the Lifestyle Bonus are only accessible if an affiliate signs up at the Platinum level.
Having built an affiliate recruitment empire in Herbalife and then Vemma, it’s apparent that Anthony Powell is now trying to do it again – this time whilst running the company he does it through himself.
To be entirely fair though, give any Zyndio affiliate who might approach you about ZynTravel the benefit of the doubt.
Ask them how much they’ve made in travel commissions versus that in matrix cycle bonuses.
If the matrix cycle bonuses dwarf travel commissions (or you get a blank stare answer while they try to think up some way to avoid the question), then you’ve pretty much just confirmed Zyndio is the Ponzi pyramid hybrid scheme its compensation plan identifies it as.
What with all the regulatory heat Vemma is currently getting, one has to wonder to what extent that will affect Powell’s MLM marketing ventures going forward.
In Vemma alone Powell was a Star Ambassador who likely made millions of dollars.
In a report filed by on the 4th of September, the court-appointed Vemma Receiver wrote:
The Temporary Receiver intends to evaluate what claims, if any, may exist against highly compensated (Vemma) Affiliates.
Food for thought, in addition to the blatant compliance issues inherent in Zyndio’s compensation plan and business model.
after years and years in MLM, THIS ^^ is what anthony powell came up with?? a bottom of the barrel travel ponzi!
at least vemma tried to hide behind a real product. but zyndio is an obvious ponzi/pyramid scheme.
in the face of the herbalife trouble, and now vemma, anthony powell’s new zyndio launch is a very fearless, brave move. but looking at zyndio, he could be just plain stupid too.
He’s still trying to clone his existing infrastructure though. Guess you can’t teach old dog new tricks. 😉
Blame the FTC. They didn’t give him enough time to jump ship to a new company, so he had to come up with something. 🙂
oz! all because of you, anthony powell went and deleted all zyn travel related posts on his FB page!
and the zyntravel FB page, has no mention of anthony powell!
i guess powell wants to be ‘smart’ and pretend he doesn’t own zyntravel, but is just a poor little rep who can be a ‘victim’ when it crashes. plus, he doesn’t want vemma receiver evans to notice him too much.
hello powell, the screenshots are preserved on this article, mopping up your FB page now, is like trying to stop an accident After it happened.
Wow! True comments from someone who don’t even understand what a ponzi/pyramid scheme is. Truly narrow minded, and I can understand why you think that way since you also don’t have any true facts at all.
See if you were to do your proper research you would find that Herbalife, Vemma, Zyndio, or any other Affiliate marketing is something that merely “scares” the public because they don’t want to see these businesses operate only on a different marketing plan versus the traditional marketing plan.
See people are afraid to change to see there are many different ways of doing things. Also, Vemma and Herbalife did nothing wrong. The public only thinks they did because the government stepped in……..WELL.
I hate to tell you this, but the government is run by “idiots” who think they know it all. Well, I’m here to tell you….. I worked for those idiots and they are in the wrong. So stop Society from brainwashing people into thinking there is only one way of doing things.
Oh, and get your head out of your ass while you are at it too!!!
^^ So how far up your ass does Anthony Powell’s dick have to be for you to not recognize an obvious matrix cycler scam?
Stop making excuses for MLM fraud and face facts, Zyndio is a recruitment-driven pyramid scheme in which little to no retail will take place.
Par for the course from Powell’s involvement in both Herbalife and Vemma.
And can you idiots stop leaving comments with your Zyndio affiliate links? Leave the amateur-hour spam on Facebook kthx.
The problem is you’re pointing at yourself. Look up “Dunning-Kruger effect”. You’re so incompetent, you don’t recognize your own incompetence.
You don’t even know what affiliate marketing really means, only what those recruiters have told you what they said it means to them (and thus, to you).
You are the “idiot” you’re been lambasting. Emperor’s new cloths and all that.
I think it’s more to do with the media reporting on him. They’ve apparently been trying to get in contact with him but he’s gone into PR hiding:
Powell has since scrubbed his Facebook profile(s) of ZynTravel promotion. He’s also marked one of his previously public Facebook profiles to private.
When the owner of the company feels he can’t publicly advertise the opportunity by name – you know something’s up.
For the record, ZYN Travel offers a legitimate 3 party service which is Travel Reservations at a discounted rate.
This is no different than say AAA Travel club. They provide third party services such as discounted rates on reservations, amusement park tickets, flights, rentals etc..
When your car breaks down and you have AAA plus, they will call a THIRD party tow service to come get you and take you up to a hundred miles for free. Or is it free? No, you have to pay higher rates to get the plus.
Your argument doesn’t stand to reason with this new travel club.
If AAA Travel Club aren’t paying affiliate commissions across multiple levels via an MLM compensation plan, then they are completely different.
How is that not painfully obvious?
Your premis of pyramid schemes stands to reason. What happened to my post that I submitted on major corporations (Ozedit: If you wish to discuss non-MLM corporations do it elsewhere).
Zyndio is a legitimate company providing a legitimate service; access to discounted rates on reservations for being a Travel club member.
an MLM opportunity that pays existing affiliates to recruit new affiliates through a three-tier matrix cycler.
A buying club is NOT a MLM opportunity. Buying clubs are governed by very different rules, MUCH stricter than MLM / business opportunity. Even MLM lawyers recommend against calling your business a buying club.
Since you compared it to AAA, let’s check… what’s the difference between AAA regular vs. AAA platinum? For difference of about $50 a year (70 vs 120 or so), you get more towing, more coverage for lockouts and such, and similar car club services.
What’s the different levels in Zyn? How much you get paid. Not for amount of discounts, mind you.
Clearly, the emphasis on Zyn is NOT travel… since higher level doesn’t save you any money. Higher levels only enables you to EARN more money via recruiting.
Think about it. Do you really save any money vs. booking via the big names? WHERE is Zyn getting the money to pay out all this commission when Hotels are reporting 5% margin and airlines 2%?
Or perhaps you haven’t even thought of asking such questions?
it’s just like every other pseudo-mlm travel scam.
they all try to claim alleged discounts but they’re not different discounts than anyone can get on their own. It’s always about recruiting.
I don’t think there has been any disputes about that either?
From the article:
From the “Conclusion” part:
So it has been covered, and I don’t think anyone have disputed it.
Hey take a look at this “kickoff” for Zyndio today Jan 16 2016.
I knew this was a ponzy scheme from the beginning. The way this guy talks made me think he was full of….. I already was a distributor for Herbalife and knew right away with Vemma about the pyrimid.
This company draws it out for you… front matrix and back hybrid. And I was wondering, where’s the vacation?
Its still on-going with Mr Anthony Powell now launching another MLM scheme into Merchant Services processing with a company called Proceed Pay.
He claims this company has been around for 17 years and won the most profitable merchant processing award for 12017 (I can find no record of this claim in the public domain, and repeated requests for further verifiable information have been ignored)
The ZynTravel portal, I did a comparison with what i can get online at full retail and it was not comparable, ZynTravel worked out more expensive in 8 out of 10 cases for accommodation included travel, and there is no advantage in using flights via Zyntravel
its not even an effective “Travel Club”
Anthony has also reverted back to selling leads for his “Proceed Pay” product
All publiuc records for Proceed Pay show it was formed in 2016 by a small town operation in Wyoming and they only applied to process visa and mastercard services this year
So much for “Award Winning” or a long 17 year history
The promised commissions is interestingly depicted in marketing material, in that they are percentages of commission, based on what level you buy in at. (from 20% to 50% of the commission on the processing charges)
I did the math from their webcasts they say each merchant on average processes $12500. If you process 20 per month they pay a $60 signing bonus and commission will amount to roughly $40 per month in perpetuity (as there is little to no churn in this marketplace).
All you have to do is process 15-20 new accounts every month and in a year you will be earning $96,400 forever (or something like that).
He claims “this has never been done before” – when a simple google search shows multiple companies offering the same, and they pay you a signing bonus when you start selling for them!
He claims to be a “Wholesale tier 4 merchant processor dealing directly with the bank” (when the bank he originally quoted as being affiliated with has no record and has asked for more details)
What it seems to me is he is selling merchant processing on behalf, and clipping the ticket on the way, and taking at least 50% of the retail commission that would otherwise be payable.
They charge you for the privilege of selling their products and gouge every transaction fee.
I’d be interested in how the numbers stack up and what sort of dodgy scheme this is.