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Vacation Club Opens to Overseas Personnel, Goes Online

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2000 – The terms "cheap" and "vacation" don't often go together, but the Armed Forces Vacation Club manages the feat.

The club started Aug. 1, 1999, offering active and reserve military ID cardholders, military retirees and DoD civilians vacations in resorts around the world for $209 per week. More than 1,000 people have used the club to date.

Mike Overfelt, vice president of Cendant Alliance Marketing, said the company has opened the program to service members and DoD civilian personnel overseas. The company also opened a club Web site at www.afvclub.com to make it easier to book a condo.

To book a $209 vacation, check the Web site and make your selections. Then call the club's toll-free number, 1-800- 724-9988. Give the vacation counselor your name, the number of people traveling with you, your service and your installation. Be prepared to give at least three choices of places you want to go and times and have a credit card handy.

Overseas personnel can contact the club phone number by using a "call back service" or "call back card" offered by various telecommunications companies. Basically, you buy or pre-pay for the service, dial the phone number, listen for a ring or two and hang up. You receive a call-back shortly later that completes the connection. The overseas caller pays for the call, and the rates vary.

Overfelt suggested checking the Web site often because the $209 vacations depend on availability, which changes daily.

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