Timeshare owners Julie Willis and Paul Hodgson felt trapped with ever-rising maintenance fees and seemingly no way out.
Their points with US operator Bluegreen Vacations were costing more than £2,000 each year.
"Bluegreen has always told us that the contract is for life," said Julie. "So when we thought we were being given an opportunity to get out we decided to take it."
That chance came in the shape of a cold call from a company called CA and M International.
"They said they could get us out of our contract and get compensation because there had been a ruling in the European court about how timeshare sales were conducted."
The call was followed by meeting with a rep in a hotel near their home in Southill, Beds, last November, resulting in the couple paying £7,055 to see the back of their timeshare.
"We were told we would be out of our contract by the end of March, while the compensation claim would take longer as it would be a mass claim for lots of people," said Julie.