Check With Jeff: What Is Behind Spike In Supposed Lifetime Gym Memberships


COMMENT CONDEMNING DONALD TRUMP’S PLAN TO BUILD A WALL AND HE INVITED DONALD TRUMP COME TO THIS COUNTRY TO SEE WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. PAUL: AND ALERTS NIGHT FOR PEOPLE THAT THINK THAT THEY ARE GETTING A GOOD DEAL ON THEIR GYM MEMBERSHIP. PAT: JEFF VAUGHN HAS MORE ABOUT WHAT HE DISCOVERED ABOUT A POPULAR WORKOUT CHAIN. REPORTER: THIS CAME FROM A VIEWER’S E-MAIL AND WE THANK THEM FOR THAT. I SAT DOWN WITH A MAN WHO COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT HIS MONTHLY BILL SUDDENLY SPIKED. REPORTER: FOR THIS MAN AND HIS WIFE FROM RANCHO CUCAMONGA, STAYING IN SHAPE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF A GYM MEMBERSHIP. BUT HE WAS SURPRISED WHEN HIS WIFE’S LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP AT 24 HOUR FITNESS RECENTLY JUMPED DRASTICALLY. HE AND HIS WIFE GOT THIS BILL SAYING THAT IT’S NECESSARY TO INCREASE THEIR ANNUAL RENEWAL AMOUNT FROM $99 TO $149. SO HE DOES IT CHECK THING THAT I’M SURE THERE MUST BE MANY OTHERS IN A SIMILAR SITUATION. AND HE WAS RIGHT. DUSTIN IN CHINO, JORGE IN HACIENDA HEIGHTS AND OTHERS. ALL COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS SAME THING. SUPPOSE A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS THAT SUDDENLY JUMPED IN PRICE. WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN? THAT YOU CAN SAY SOMETHING AND DON’T HOLD YOUR WORD FOR IT. WE BROUGHT THE CONCERNS DIRECTLY TO 24 HOUR FITNESS AND THEY TELL US THAT 24 HOUR FITNESS NO LONGER OFFERS PREPAID MEMBERSHIPS WITH THE OPTION TO RENEW ANNUALLY. FOR WE ARE HAPPY TO CONTINUE TO SERVICE THE CUSTOMERS THAT MAINTAIN MEMBERSHIPS 30 YEARS. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PRICE INCREASE OF THAT MEMBERSHIP? WE ASKED AGAIN AND WE GOT NO RESPONSE. BUT IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO GET A BETTER DEAL, CONSUMER REPORTS HAS THESE TIPS. NEGOTIATED DEAL, SOMETIMES CLUBS CAN ACTUALLY OFFER A BETTER PRICE IF YOU ASK. JOIN WITH THE GROUP, ASK YOUR EMPLOYER TO GET A LOWER RATE FOR EMPLOYEES. INSPECT HEALTH INSURANCE AND YOU COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR A DISCOUNT AND IS ALWAYS, READ THE CONTRACT AND MAKE SURE THAT THERE ISN’T HIDDEN FINE PRINT. AS FOR HIM, HE SAYS THAT HE AND HIS WIFE WOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE THEY EVER GET ANOTHER LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP. I WOULD LIKE TO CHAT WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR STORY IDEAS. CAN JOIN THE CONVERSATION BY HAVING THE CBS L.A..COM MONDAY AFTERNOON. AND AS YOU CAN SEE THE HASH TAG

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