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Old 06-12-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Beware of Reserve America

In May 2013 made a reservation or a campsite in Mississippi through Reserve America. The reservation was made using our debit card as a credit card and everything went okay. The site we chose was reserved and available when we arrived.

Then a week ago we received an email from some place called Active Advantage. Neither my wife nor I recalled signing up for their email. Then this week we received a notice stating that our temporary membership had lapsed and that they had charged us $64.95 for a one year membership using the credit card information we had provided when reserving the campsite. We never authorized this charge. We immediately contacted Active Advantage and they told me that we had signed up for their service as part of the campsite reservation process. Apparently Reserve America is a subsidiary of Active.com and that they automatically enroll you for a trial membership when you make a reservation unless you opt out during the reservation process. However, when I recently returned to the website to make a trial reservation I saw no indication of anyplace to opt out of special offers or trial memberships.

I complained to Reserve America and Active Advantage. Reserve America said there was nothing they could do because Active.com is their parent company. The people I spoke with at Active Advantage said they would refund my membership fee, but it would take 3-5 business days to do so. I also notified my bank not to pay the charge as it is in dispute. I have notified the Good Sam Club, the Pennsylvania Attorney General and plan to call the Mississippi Parks Department and other state park departments that use the Reserve America system to complain to them about their choice of reservation service and its unethical practices.

Apparently this company also does race registrations for local 5K and 10K races as well as other events.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:43 PM   #2
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Beware of Reserve America

This happens all the time and people complain it's a scam. It's not. I use reserve America for two local state parks and during the registration process a window pops up about the feature you're complaining about. I believe you have to uncheck the box so this doesn't happen to you.
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I have seen that box and unchecked it. Never had a problem.

Sounds like it is a little shady for you to have to opt out. Hope you can get it resolved satisfactorily.
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This happens all the time and people complain it's a scam. It's not. I use reserve America for two local state parks and during the registration process a window pops up about the feature you're complaining about. I believe you have to uncheck the box so this doesn't happen to you.
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I'll have to watch for the pop up box. I have been using Reserve America for years and never have had an problem, and never seen the additional Active Advantage pop up. I wonder if it is a location specific feature? I use Reserve America for our state camprgounds, have never used it for any private ones. I wonder if that makes any difference?
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I'll have to watch for the pop up box. I have been using Reserve America for years and never have had an problem, and never seen the additional Active Advantage pop up. I wonder if it is a location specific feature? I use Reserve America for our state camprgounds, have never used it for any private ones. I wonder if that makes any difference?
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I never saw a pop-up either. No trouble with unexpected charges. I also wonder if its location specific.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:20 AM   #8
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Been using RA for years for WI state campgrounds and have never seen an additional window pop up or a box to uncheck. To the OP, good luck getting this settled.
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I wonder if your pop-up blocker/filter is set up to where it wouldnt display it or give you the option to opt out.
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I agree and fully understand the OP's frustration with Reserve America/ Active Advantage.

Whether or not the 'subscribe' box was unchecked, just by having it pre-checked before hand is deceptive and a dishonest business practice.
You should never have to unsubscribe from something you don't want.

I was recently in a similar situation where I got a phone call from some 'do nothing' legal service saying my free trial period was beginning and would be automatically renewed and charged to my Visa card. I told them I had never signed up for their service, which they replied I had when I ordered a item on-line. I told them in no uncertain terms to cancel their service or else. I felt there was a possibility this might have been a case of credit card theft or fraud. So I called my credit union and cancelled my card number and they sent me a new card.

Haven't heard a peep from those clowns since.
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