Those 'free airline tickets' aren't really free

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) - Many local residents have been getting letters in the mail which tell people they have won two free airline tickets worth up to $1,350.

What they find out later is to get them you have to sit through a 90 minute seminar for a travel club.

Many who called the Truth Squad were worried about the letter being a way for others to get personal information. When you call the number at the bottom it directs you to a person who signs people up for the travel club seminar if you qualify.

We found out the seminar was being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Meridian. When we showed up a representative of the company confronted our news crew and asked us to turn off our camera.

"Sir, if you'd like to talk to us turn that (the camera) off immediately," the representative said.

We asked the representative why the company's name wasn't on the letters being sent out. He said it was from a third party marketing company, and they had nothing to do with it. He also revealed the real company's name is Destination Vacation 365 out of Memphis, Tenn.

During our interview the man continued to ask us to turn off the camera and was avoiding many of the questions we asked.

Eventually the hotels management asked us to leave. Even though we went across the street on public property, someone at the hotel called police on our news crew. When they arrived they let the hotel manager know we were well within our rights to be where we were standing.

Destination Vacation 365 does have a B- rating with the Better Business Bureau, although it said on the same site they were formed in December of 2012.