I had previously written that Hilton Grand Vacations offered me a deal for $223 where I would get to stay at a HGV property for 3 nights, get 15k HH points, and get 2 dinner and show tickets. All I needed to do was go to a timeshare presentation for 2-3 hrs. Here is my experience in Vegas.
I was offered a stay at several properties in Vegas and one that was offered was the Trump hotel (review here). They do not have an affiliation with Hilton, instead HGV bought a block of about 300 rooms in which owners of a timeshare with HGV and timeshare presentation guests could use.
I had an appointment scheduled and a shuttle took me to a HGVC hotel to do the presentation. They put me with a friendly sales associate and I was asked what I knew about the program and my travel habits. I proceeded to tell them that my parents had a timeshare so I knew how they worked and how I like to travel on miles and points and also told them I had both the Citi and Amex version of the Hilton credit card in which to earn points. It was surprising that 2 hrs flew by. I also got to take a tour of one of their model units. Basically, HGVC is selling a deeded property in which you would get points annually to use at any HGVC resort or they could also be transferred to RCI or Hilton. HGVC is on a different points system than with HiltonHonors. Here is their schedule below of what you could use these points for at HGVC resorts:
So how much would HGVC points cost? They were offering 1,600 points for $30k and this doesn’t include the annual maintenance fee of approximately $900-$1,000, So if I wanted to transfer to HiltonHonors (HH) to use at their properties, how much would I get? well 1 HGVC point equals 25 HH points so this 1,600 will only get you 40,000 HH annually which is crazy because I could earn these points and more for a low annual fee with my credit cards. Here is a visual I recreated:
So I obviously said no that this did not work for me and I didn’t see the value in it. They did only bring one other person in to show me a better deal but I told them I was not interested. I thought the process was fairly easy and the sales associate was great to talk to since they gave me suggestions of things to do in Vegas. It did take a total of 3 hrs from door to door but since I was in no rush to do anything, the time spent wasn’t that bad. If you do decide to do a timeshare presentation, make sure you eat a good meal before.
After the presentation, I was directed to the front desk where I got my rewards as promised:
Overall I thought it was a fairly easy and painless presentation and I thought the small cost and time was worth it. I also enjoyed the Trump hotel stay in their studio suite. So would I do this again if offered? Sure why not 🙂