Do you like to travel and you are looking for ways how to make your hobby your career?
It seems that you have stumbled upon a company called Ascira and you want to make sure that Ascira is a legit company.
I have spent some time doing research on Ascira since I also wanted to know what is this company about.
And let me let you right off the bat, there is something shady about this company.
What does it mean?
Is Ascira a scam?
We are going to find out.
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for Ascira. This review is based on research and information available online in the public domain.
Any recommendation and conclusions are only opinions and may not apply to all persons or situations.
Table of Contents
- 1 Ascira Overview
- 2 Ascira Summary
- 3 What is Ascira
- 4 Is the Ascira Pyramid Scheme
- 5 Who is Ascira for?
- 6 What is the Price to Join?
- 7 Products, That Ascira Offers
- 8 Compensation Plan or Financial Rewards Plan
- 9 How Much Can You Make with Ascira? – Income Disclosure
- 10 Update September 2020
- 11 Where to go from here?
- 12 What I like about Ascira
- 13 What I don’t like about Ascira
- 14 Some Thoughts at the End – Conclusion
- 15 How to Get Started with Affiliate Marketing?
Price to Join: $199 – $4,999
What is Ascira
Ascira is a new MLM company that deals with education and traveling.
On March 1st it was the pre-launch of the Ascira Academy.
The second program Ascira is about to offer is called Ascira Smart Travel and it should be available by June.
Regarding Smart Travel, unfortunately, the timing was not very fortunate, because of the lockdown throughout the world.
But let’s assume the situation will recover and you can start to travel again. Meaning, people will want to have a discount, and Ascira seems to be one of a few successful MLM that offers that.
At least, it is presented that way.
The corporate headquarters is in Singapore. The address is 68 Circular Road.
It is probably just a small office according to the google maps.
Who is the Founder?
He is the founder and CEO of Ascira.
Mr. Sachtouras (or Johny the Greek as he is called) has been involved with network marketing in the last 30 years.
His major breakthrough came in 2009. With an MLM company named Organo Gold Cofee, he was making $400,000 a month by 2013.
For whatever reason, he left that company and in April 2019 joins the FutureNet corporate. Here is a promotional video of the FutureNet:
Looks impressive, right.
It did not take long to find out that FutureNet was a pyramid scheme and the FutureNet Chairman Stephan Morgenstern does not have a good reputation either. In fact, one of the reviewers calls him a “serial cheater”.
And there is something about the statement.
The thing is that Herr. Stephan Morgenstern founded several companies that collapsed within 6 months or so.
All of them.
One of the other key person within the FutureNet was Steve Martin.
Regarding the FutureNet, the office of Competition and Consumer Protection claim that this can be a pyramid scheme.
What did John say in that video?
“2019 is gonna be amazing”
Well, in June 2019 FutureNet collapsed.
Does it mean that the Ascira will collapse, just because of the connection between John Sachtouras, Steve Martin, and German scammer Stephan Morgenstern (who lives in Poland and allegedly received Gambian Diplomatic Passport, illegally)?
But it is always good to know who is behind the company, what is history and so on.
Later we are going to see that Steve Martin is now with Ascira Academy.
Legal Issues with the Ascira
Since the launch was only in March 2020, there are no records of any legal issues regarding the Ascira.
Based on the history of the founder, we will keep an eye on this company.
Is the Ascira Pyramid Scheme
Technically, the pyramid scheme is any multi-level scheme where people make money from recruiting only. In other words, there is no real product that people can sell and make money. In most countries these are illegal.
Ascira seems to have products to sell and you can generate retail sales commissions.
But at this point, it is not quite clear which direction Ascira will go.
Will they heavily rely on recruiting? Well, most MLMs act that way and therefore the structure looks like the image below:
If a person or the Independent Marketing Associate (IMA) of Ascira will be able to make living as an affiliate (meaning just selling the products) and won’t be “forced” to recruit other people, then this company might be sustainable in the future.
But at this point, it is too early to predict.
Does the history or the founder play a role?
It is to early to make a conclusion.
Who is Ascira for?
Anyone who wants to change the direction of his/her life and is interested in making money, other than just from 9-5.
Since there is this vision to connect billion people around the world I am sure the top leaders of Ascira would answer, that this company is for everyone.
It is a very nice idea but at his point, it more seems like they want to sell these products to a certain number of people. And these people will sell it to another and so on and so forth.
According to John Sachtouras, there are 3 phases planned for the next 3-4 years.
Plan for 2020:
He wants to build a Global Marketing Team with customers and IMAs (the Ascira associates). His goal is to reach over a billion people, give them education, and improve the quality of their life.
So it is for anyone who has a desire to become his or her own boss.
Plan for 2021:
These people would get connected in some kind of Social Media Community where they all can share information, photos – something like FaceBook.
Plan for 2023:
In the last phase of this project, he wants to invite and incorporate an e-commerce platform where companies would offer their products to Ascira members for a discounted price.
I mean, this sounds truly revolutionary. Really audacious plans.
Will it work?
What is the Price to Join?
At his point of the pre-launch, there are 3 different Packs you can choose from.
- Associate Pack – $199
You’ll have access to the Virtual Management System, which is something like a back office of the Ascira (at least in my understanding).
On top of that, you have activated
- 1 Marketing Center
- 2 Months access for Ascira Smart Travel
- 2 Months access to Ascira Academy
- Pro-Pack – $499 (Limited Offer – only until June 4)
It comes with the Virtual Management system as the associate pack above.
You have 3 Marketing Centers and 4 months of access to both Ascira Smart Travel and Academy
On top of that:
- 1 General Convention Ticket
- Team, Matching, and Personal Wholesale Bonus
- Digital Business Kit
- Founder Club Pack – $4,999 (Limited offer – only for 1st thousand applicants)
With this Pack, you can go to VIP events, and apparently an opportunity to travel around the world.
Here are the benefits that are coming with the Founders Club Pack:
- Founders club pin
- Priority access to events and customer service
- Invitation to training events
- 4 VIP convention tickets
- 1-year Ascira Smart Travel
- 1.5-year AScira Academy
- Digital Business Kit
It is not quite clear what all of these terms mean.
So those are the pre-launch packs.
According to the compensation plan here is the overview of products and prices available after the launch.
What I find at least disturbing is the fact that it is possible to pay by Bitcoin or Unicrypt.
Products, That Ascira Offers
So far Ascira has 2 major products to offer. Ascira Academy and Ascira Smart Travel.
Let’s take a look at the first one.
This has been available from 1st March 2020.
Even though this has been launched in March, there is no information about what this academy teaches you.
There is no free webinar, no free trial, nothing.
It supposed to be a “live-streaming on-demand platform for knowledge and education”.
When we take a closer look we see that Steve Martin is part of this Academy.
He was already behind the FutureNet and other FutureWhat-ever “projects” and they did not do that good…
Ascira Smart Travel
This will be a platform where customers can benefit from travel offers, whether it is a hotel, renting a car, or booking a flight. The booking process and payments should be much easier with Ascira Smart Travel, but most importantly much cheaper.
At least it is announced that way.
Well, we will see how it will go.
There is another player in this industry, iBuumerang, and they have seemed to do quite OK (even though the CEO has an interesting history as well).
Well hopefully the travel industry will open again and in the summer we will see Ascira Smart Travel in action, so we will be able to assess the service more accurately.
How to get the offer?
You are either a retail Customer or the IMA.
As a retail customer, you can purchase access to the platform and you can pick the retail offer you want.
As an IMA, you can buy packs for wholesale prices and sell them to the customers.
That way you make a profit.
… that brings us to the compensation plan.
Compensation Plan or Financial Rewards Plan
If you have ever done research on any MLM company I am sure you did check the compensation plan as well.
I would bet that it was not easy to understand.
Don’t worry, it is always made that way.
And even though it may seem like it is very important to break it down, I am of the opinion that you don’t have to know all the details of it.
It all comes down to recruiting and “building your team”.
There are 15 ranks in Ascira and at the very bottom is a rank called Bronz.
To become a bronze you have to have at least 3 people as your downline.
These can be either customers or IMAs, it does not matter.
What matters though, is the requirement that they have to make at least 5,000 PGQV in one calendar month.
PGQV stands for Personal Group Qualifying Volume.
It does not say what is the equation between the money spent by the customer and the accumulated PGQV.
To give you an idea what are the requirements for the ranks, check the table:
Here are the 9 ways to make money with Ascira:
1 ) Retail Bonus
2) Direct Sponsor Bonus
3) Personal Team Bonus
4) Placement Sales Volume Bonus
5) Monthly Subscription Bonus
6) Matching Bonus
7) Rank Advancement Bonus
8) Lifestyle Bonus
9) Global Diamond 3% Pool Bonus
If you want more details I suggest reading the complete Compensation Plan (about 24 pages).
If you don’t understand it all, don’t worry. It is not meant to be understood completely.
This is a common thing along with all MLM companies.
And even if you are interested in joining one, and you ask questions, your upline will just ignore your questions in a polite way, saying something like “oh don’t worry about it right now. You see what a lifestyle you can have, so do you like it? – Great hop in” …
Well, something in that manner.
How Much Can You Make with Ascira? – Income Disclosure
Obviously, no income discourse is revealed since this is still a new company. (Most of the MLMs do not reveal the income disclosure).
And we know that Ascira is still in the pre-launch mode.
Maybe at this time, you still can get into the game.
When it comes to the commission you can make 20% (buy the product for $99 and sell it for $129)
But this is still theoretically. We don’t know how the business at the pre-launch stage goes.
Why People Lose Money?
At is common that people within MLMs lose money – especially those at the bottom.
Regarding the Ascira, to be a qualified and active member. one must purchase a monthly subscription of a minimum of $99.
Or by generating a minimum of $200 in retail sales per calendar months.
It happens that people, in order to stay active members, buy the packages (products) whether they sell them or not.
Update September 2020
Here is a short update regarding Ascira products and a company.
Since summer 2020 there is no major change and my recommendation NOT to invest in Ascira is still valid.
Find other ways how to make consistent income.
I might help you with that as well.
Where to go from here?
What bothers me the most is the “unknown” when it comes to the Ascira Academy program.
In my experience, when there is a pre-launch of the product, you have access to the demo version. Or at least you can watch a webinar.
This all thing about Ascira is not clear.
Let me share with you a specific example.
I have learned about affiliate marketing. It took me a long time until I found the proper platform but that is not the point right now.
The point is that the reason why I’ve joined this platform was that it allowed me to take a look inside the training platform.
I had 7 days’ access to the 2 lessons and I could test it out, thought about that, made comparison with similar platforms, and only after that, I made the decision.
And after 7 days I had 2 options:
- Stay as a starter member for free with limited access to the platform
- Buy premium that costs about $50 a month (about $42 if signed up yearly)
But with Ascira, we have not money-back guarantee, we have not a free-trial period and it is all bit of shady.
Not mentioning the history of the founder and his associates.
If you for whatever reason don’t like the whole Ascira company I have some alternative for you.
It is not MLM and it is not a course that costs $997.
I am talking about a business online. In other words, a website that can be monetized.
You don’t have to chase people, you don’t have to call them.
What I have in mind is the affiliate marketing training.
Imagine you will learn how to create a website around one specific niche.
Let’s say you are passionate about cycling so your niche can be cycling simulator.
Most people don’t go directly to the merchant website and buy. They want to do some research first and learn what specific product is the best for them.
You as a passionate cyclist have a website with the description, all the product pros, and cons and stuff like that (you don’t have to buy all of them to write a report).
This website of yours is an affiliate website – with affiliate links to that merchant website that offer a 10% commission on every product it is sold.
You can be associated with as many merchants as you want.
Now, this may seem easy, but you need to work on your website.
I have been a member of one platform that teaches you how to create such a website in a way that ranks well in Google (on the 1st page of google).
With proper training, you can start making money within 6 months. I said this is not a get rich quick scheme. The point is that you need to learn certain skills before making the first dollar.
And this training shows you step-by-step how to make the first dollar.
Then, it becomes easier. You just repeat the process over and over again. I know it may sound easy. Well for some it is easier, for others it is a bit more complicated.
But the training is ideal for total newbies as well. Besides, you will have me as your mentor so whenever you feel stuck, you can contact me. I will level a link at the end of this post, so you can check it out.
What I like about Ascira
- Theoretically, there is an Earning potential (but at this stage, it is still risky)
What I don’t like about Ascira
- Founders with a bad reputation
- Not clear what the Academy course teaches
- The Founders pack is quite overpriced
- A potential pyramid scheme (not proven though)
Some Thoughts at the End – Conclusion
Ascira is a new company that looks promising and according to the CEO, there are big plans ahead.
I don’t want to mislead you, but personally, I would be careful with Ascira. Let’s wait a couple more months, maybe it will be a unique opportunity but for time being I don’t recommend joining the Ascira.
It is too bad, they don’t offer you a money-back guarantee, you can’t even take a look at the products.
My personal guess is that Ascira eventually will be a pyramid scheme. But I can’t make any final conclusions since there are no proofs.
On the other hand, Ascira is free to make claims that they will make billions of people happy and they become their own boss.
And I believe the entire future of Ascira depends on people who are getting in, during the pre-launches.
Will Ascira have enough people who are able to sell the packs and programs to others?
Will they find people who can pass on the message to further levels?
These are still open questions.
Well, if you have any concerns, let me know in the comment section below. I will be more than happy to give you feedback.