Bad Business with Power Places Tours
When my aunt invited me to join her on a trip of a lifetime to Machu Picchu in Peru with Gregg Braden this summer via Power Places Tours, I knew it would be an amazing experience.
What I didn’t know was that the amazement would come from very unwanted sources once we discovered how Power Places Tours does business.
There is an LOA lesson here worth sharing so you can learn from my experience.
The travel contract they mailed said the trip would cost $6,599 per person, with payments to be made in three installments, and a 50% cancellation fee if done with enough prior notice.
That was an expensive trip for both of us (and the two other family members who decided to join as well), but it seemed SO worth it to see Machu Picchu than with Gregg Braden! I’ve been a huge fan of his work for years and was looking forward to this experience.
Until … we each sent in our first payment of $1,450 to the tour company.
That’s when they immediately mailed new paperwork with higher figures informing us of an additional $725 “surcharge” on top of the $6,599 stated in the contract.
That seemed like a pretty big unexpected “surcharge.” (Over 10% of the total trip fee.)
So my aunt asked about it. They claimed it was primarily a fuel fee, and said their contract allowed fees like this to be added on top of our original contract price.
My aunt observed how interesting it was that they didn’t know about this fee before we paid our first installment, but the minute they got our money, they immediately knew what the extra fees would be.
That didn’t feel like a fabulous vibration to me.
That’s when I started having bad dreams about being abandoned in a foreign country, with them pointing to contract language that said they were within their rights to cancel our hotel reservations and return flights home.
Okay, no good vibes here, and conversations with them weren’t making it any better, so what felt best was to unplug. I was totally willing to take a hit on 50% of the down payment I’d already paid, just to prevent any future unwanted surprises.
So I politely asked for a refund, explaining that I thought it would be nice if they’d reimburse the entire deposit rather than keep the 50% their contract allowed them to (since I was well within the time frame for a 50% refund).
Which is when they told us that not only would they not refund the entire amount, but they weren’t even refunding the 50% – because the contract says you only get 50% back if you paid for the entire trip in full.
Gregg Braden, I love you dearly, but I cannot believe you use a company who does business like this!
So I wondered …
… how in the world did I manifest this?!
Between the four of us, we’re out nearly six THOUSAND dollars.
That’s a lot of money for us.
In my coaching sessions when someone asks how they created something very unwanted, I ask them to check how it feels, and then see if that vibration has been recently activated.
When I check in on that, I realize I feel some outrage, and recall that yes indeed, I know that vibe from other recent events. (In the way one of my family members treated my parents.) So it’s easy to see how I’m a match to this.
Where to go from here?
Like any good deliberate creator would, I reached for relief. For thoughts and actions that felt better. (I emailed and phoned Gregg as well, but didn’t hear from him.)
So today, that relief is in the form of telling others about how Gregg’s company, Power Places Tours, does business.
My suggestion visit Machu Picchu with Mike Dooley instead.
If you DO use Power Places Tours, be prepared for big surprises in additional fees, a management team that stands behind misleading contracts (a Colorado judge said it was dangerously on the verge of deceptive business trade practices), and owners Theresa and Fred Weiss who offer no regrets or apologies in doing business like this.
You know how you’re supposed to write the mean letter in order to feel better but not really send it? It really does feel better to hit publish on this one.
This is where a lot of deliberate creators get kinked up – not working their way up the vibrational scale. Revenge and anger aren’t pretty, but sometimes it’s the step you have to take to get relief.
I am, of course, in full recognition that we attract what we focus on, and I know that how we feel is an indication of what’s coming next.
For that reason, I am intending that sharing about the unsavory practices of Power Places Tours offers some relief. And that this experience of mine offers some manifesting insight about how to handle any challenges that may come your way.
PS – another helpful fyi as a U.K. speaker and blogger shared about his less than fabulous experience with Power Places here.
Update July: Judge Winograd ordered Power Places Tours to immediately refund our money in full, with interest and court fees.
Update August: Power Places Tours’ attorney filed a cease and desist order threatening to sue me for $1.5 million if I didn’t remove this post. They also filed a movement to dismiss Judge Winograd’s court decision in our favor.
Update September: when I refused to pull these posts, Power Places sent a new threat to sue me, my company and my aunt for these “causes of action”: Aiding and Abetting, Breach of Contract, Conspiracy, Deceptive Trade Practices, Defamation per se, Defamation per quod, Fraud, Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Relationships, Invasion of Privacy, Misrepresentation, Negligence per se, and Wrongful Civil Prosecution.
Update October: Power Places countersued saying we owe them the rest of the money we hadn’t paid as required by the contract. This fiasco is officially ridiculous.