InterNations.org is the online home of InterNations, a company that promises to help people who are moving to foreign countries and cities with everything they need through their community of expatriates.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, it’s not a surprise that people who are considering or preparing for a move to a foreign country or new city could be anxious or overwhelmed by the amount of information and assistance they need, and the fact that they simply aren’t sure of where they can find all the answers.
InterNations.org says that they have worked hard to create a single resource where people can go to meet and connect with other expatriates and knowledgeable locals in order to exchange information and helpful tips with them.
They say that their website is set up to meet all their customers’ needs from the moment you decide to move until you are actually settled into your new home city, and even beyond, as they want to make sure that people can experience their time abroad to the fullest.
In addition, InterNations.org says that they are the largest international online community for people who live and work abroad, with more than 390 cities worldwide and more than 3,500 monthly events and activities.
Currently InterNations.org does provide their members with a free downloadable mobile app for either iOS or Android devices.
This website does provide their customers with the opportunity to have a free Basic Membership, but they also provide an upgraded, paid for membership called their Albatross Membership.
This paid-for membership provides customers with benefits like free or reduced entrance to tickets InterNations Events, priority on event guest lists, the ability to see which members have recently visited your profile, full access to all articles in the Guide section as well as to their Expat Magazine, and more.
Unfortunately the website does not provide a published list of the cost of this membership, as the price likely varies depending on the country of residence of the member in question, but some websites quote the cost as being as low as under $5 USD per month.
This website does say that any customer who has just upgraded to their Albatross Membership for the first time is entitled to a 14 Day Money Back Guarantee, which states that members who cancel during their initial 14 day enrollment will have the opportunity to receive a refund of any fees they have paid thus far. Any customer that is eligible for this Guarantee will be notified of this eligibility during their sign up process.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact their Customer Service team with questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by submitting them to their website through the FAQ section of their website and clicking on their Request Support link.
Though this company does seem to have a lot of praise for the information available on their website, there is one specific customer complaint that seems to be repeated over and over again on various websites, and it has to do with unauthorized credit card charges.
These customers claim that they attempted to cancel their membership so it would not renew, and unfortunately they still continued to receive charges from this company and when they contacted Customer Service to complain, they were denied a refund.
This is obviously a very serious issue, and customers may hesitate to upgrade to their paid membership because of it.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are actually many different websites and resources available to people who are interested in researching different cities and countries that they may be considering living in, so if customers feel that InterNations.org isn’t meeting their needs for some reason, there are likely to be other options that better meet your needs.
If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your InterNations.org reviews below.
20 ‘InterNations.org’ Reviews
Got blocked because I didn't want to pay Albatross membership, When did it become compulsory? I think this organisation is rather miles away from it's initial aim and is a scam, scamnations.org is a better name for it. I am happy that my credit card had changed before they can take money from me without permission! auto-renewal £55 for a 6 month memebership I can't believe it!
BUYER BEWARE and read the reviews! Do not join this organization. It has outrageously unethical billing and business practices! It claims that basic membership in InterNations is "free", but then you must pay full-price to attend every single one of their events. If you then upgrade to Albatross membership, which allows you free entry to social functions, it is almost impossible later to cancel your membership. They give you NO direct Notice when they automatically charge your credit card for their annual fee, and if you object, and state that you no longer wish to be a member (which is why the charge was blocked to begin with), they threaten you with a collection action. This is an unscrupulous organization, which is all about profit. Do not be scammed. BTW, if you're interested in attending one of their events, you can go as a guest, without even risking joining their despicable organization. You still have to pay (of course; it's all about the $$$), but far better to do it on an event-by-event basis than ever risk giving them access to your bank account.
As many of the other members of this site, I was also a victim of the unethical practise and policy of internetions.org. They are asking me to pay over 30 euros for something I was not aware I was scamed to pay for.
Clearly, they "took" all the steps they need to, not to clearly inform me on time, that if I don't cancel the autorenewal, they will charge me about something I don't need, want and I will not going to use anymore.
Even from the beginning they managed to subtly hide the autorenewal informations, subtly enough that you feel comfortable to just klick all the "next" buttons until you finish the subscription.
At the end, they don't allow me to delete my account until I pay the invoice they sent to me, threathening me that they will take legal actions against me.
Not letting me to delete my account is pure kidnapping of the user's privacy!
All of the members, or the future members should a ll be aware that the Internations.org practises are rude, not user friendly and fraudly.
We're a group of Internations.org victims and we decided to team up and take legal action against them. Please contact us on internations.scam[at]gmail.com
If InterNations has access to your credit card information, it is already too late.
You will no longer be able to do anything to be billed for undue amounts.
Phase 1: They reassure you before they get the informations. Once the informations has been obtained, internation.org moves on to ...
phase 2: your access to the invoicing data will disappear from their site. You will not be able to change anything before the trial period and even at the end of the year you were unduly charged, they will charge you again: they will tell you that access to cancellation is still available, but do not believe them, that is not true. They know that their trap works. Then Internation.org moves on to ...
Phase 3: there are successive threats of prosecution against you. Do some research on the internet and you will see that hundreds of people complain about the process. The other victims are silent.
I leave in France and have filed a complaint against InterNations.org so that this type of scam can be neutralized.
Be careful, it is the same site that manages all payments from all countries, no matter what your country is, it is the same treatment you will undergo. So don't be careless or naive. Make it known and run away from these crooks
This organisation claims that I joined as an "Albatross" member. I did not. Somehow they got my credit card details and have been debiting it by stealth for years. No invoices issued. No emails sent to state my "membership" would be renewed. The only thing I heard from this scam outfit was a moaning email stating my last payment had not gone through (my credit card was cancelled this is why) and threatening me with legal action.
I complained stating my case. They stated they could not cancel my membership at their office and I had to go into my "account" to do it (I have no logon details for it). Have tried contacting the CEO's of the company, who are cowards and will not reply - if they exist. Do NOT give any details to this organisation. It is a FRAUDULENT SCAM!
They are very sneaky in the terms for paid membership. Nobody has the time to read the small letters. I thought i was just paying for 6 months when I subscribed for albatross membership. Just in case, I gave a one month valid credit card just to make sure they would not automatically charge me... after 6 months they tried to again and did not succeed since my credit card was no valid anymore. then they threatened me with legal action. So sneaky. Internations lost my trust. Luckily there are other organizations planning similar events, like meetup and many more.
They are not interested in helping expats acclimatise to life in a new country, they are just looking for your money.
Signed up to what I thought was a year of membership, ended up not using it. Turns out there is smallprint in their Ts&Cs where it automatically renews for another year unless you actively cancel it. Contacted customer service to explain the issue, they hounded me with debt collection notices until I paid for another year of membership they know I will not use. If they check their records, I have clearly not been using their product.
Happy to share screenshots from customer service department, they were rude, offensive and thoroughly unpleasant.
Very unethical. Posting my experiences to hopefully prevent others from going through this horrible ordeal when trying to build a life in another country.