Budget is Trying to Screw Me Again

I got a letter from Budget [1] with a check in it. Again! This time $5. How nice of them!

The check also says: “Cashing this check automatically activates a membership in the Elite Excursions program.” Smells fishy. Let’s see…

The small print reads: “Unless you call XXX to cancel during this one-month period, all privileges will be automatically continued at the $19.99 monthly membership fee for the first twelve months after your initial trial period. Your membership will be automatically continued at the $20.99 monthly membership fee for the next twelve months, and continued at the then-current monthly membership fee for each month thereafter. For your convenience, we’ll bill the card you have on file with Budget, without you having to do anything further.”

Aha. I wonder how many people are stupid enough and fall for it. You end up paying $239.88 for the $5 you get within a year.

Thanks Budget, but if you call me stupid I’ll take my business elsewhere!

[1] At least I think it’s Budget. Their logo is on the envelope and mentioned several times in the text. But it seems to be sent by Elite Excursions.

Update: A quick search for “Elite Excursions” reveals others complaining about the same scheme one year ago already. I wonder if this deal works for Budget!?!