Well it appears that YTB is #2 in the UK and they have not even launched there! But I am pretty sure this is, yet another list they had not intended to top.
From a February 3, 2008 article in the Sunday Times the headline reads: The 13 best travel scams: From Floridian fraudsters to fake Peruvian police, these are the scoundrels out to scam you.
This internet scam, known as “card milling”, is on the increase. Greedy travellers are told that by spending up to £260 on a travel-agent ID card, they will become eligible for industry-insider rates, meaning huge discounts on flights, hotels and, most commonly, cruises.
You cough up the credit-card details, your ID card arrives – and the first time you slap it down on a reception desk, you’re laughed out of the lobby.
The problem is becoming so widespread that Royal Caribbean Cruises has just announced a crackdown on card-mill chumps – if you flash one of these cards, not only will you not get a discount, you won’t be allowed to book at full rate.
Now what "card-mill chump" could they be talking about that was cracked down upon by Royal Caribbean?
There is something to be said about a reputation preceding you.