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Hilton Grand Vacations is currently offering a pretty nice vacation package that requires attending a timeshare presentation. This deal is scheduled to end tonight, but I just booked it myself and got an even better deal than advertised: 4 nights of hotel plus at least 110,000 Hilton Honors points for $349 + tax ($392 total). There are likely only a few hours left to book this, but it might be worth a phone call in my opinion.
- Hilton Grand Vacations is offering a vacation package deal that includes 4 nights of accommodations in either Orlando or Las Vegas plus 100,000 Hilton Honors points for $349.
- Direct link to this offer
- Note: When I called, I asked for a better offer and eventually negotiated it to 110,000 Hilton Honors points. If I travel by 3/15, I’ll get an additional 15,000 points. More below.
- This offer expires January 27, 2020.
- You must attend a two hour timeshare sales presentation in order to participate in this promotion.
- If you do not meet the qualifications of this promotion or attend presentation, the difference between the special package price and the currently published nightly rate for the applicable resort at that time, plus premium costs and taxes, may be charged to your credit card.
- You must present personal identification such as a driver’s license or passport at time of sales presentation.
- Although anyone can visit our properties or purchase our timeshare resorts, our special preview packages are only available to persons whose combined gross annual income meet certain requirements and who reside in a state where our projects are registered for sale.
- You may not participate in this promotion if you have an open, incomplete package requiring attendance at a sales presentation, or have participated in a sponsor promotion requiring attendance at a sales presentation: (i) within the last year at the property or properties promoted in this offer, or (ii) within the last six (6) months at any other properties.
- Hilton Grand Vacations Club or Hilton Club Members, employees of Hilton Grand Vacations, Hilton Worldwide or their affiliates are not eligible.
- If married or living together, couples must attend sales presentation together; individuals may purchase separately.
- Offer valid one per family only.
- No groups, consisting of more than one couple traveling together, permitted.
- Reservations are on a space-available basis.
- Standard hotel room at a Hilton Honors™ portfolio hotel (valued at $175-$500/night) for up to four people.
- Upgrades may be available at an additional cost.
- Package includes accommodations and named bonuses only.
- All other charges, sales taxes, expenses, and the cost of travel are your sole responsibility and not included in this special rate.
- Holiday, high season or weekend rates may apply.
- Full pre-payment using a major credit card is required.
- This is a non-refundable, nontransferable advance purchase package.
- A $19.95 charge applies to each reservation change made up to 15 days of arrival.
- Should your plans change within 14 days of your scheduled arrival requiring a change of your reservation dates or arrival date, the equivalent of one night at the currently published rack rate will be applied to the cost of the package.
- The above fees do not apply when purchasing additional nights consecutive to an existing reservation.
- Earliest available check-in is 30 days from the vacation purchase date. Packages expire 12 months from date of purchase.
I’ve done a couple of timeshare presentations before, but it’s been quite a few years since my last one. Luckily, I can read Stephen Pepper’s post to prep myself: Wyndham Timeshare Presentation Survival Guide: Get your “No” face on.
I first read about this offer over at Miles to Memories earlier this month. I intended to call the same day they posted and then write about it, but I came down with laryngitis that very night and my phone voice was out of commission for the better part of a week. After that, it kept getting pushed back as something I’d get to by the 27th — and now here we are on January 27th, the day it is set to expire. I apologize for not writing about this deal sooner, but I hope that it is better late than never for some readers.
This particular Hilton Grand Vacations offer is good for stays in either Orlando or Las Vegas. Both offers are the same — $349 (plus tax) for 4 nights and 100K Hilton points by agreeing to attend a 2-hour timeshare presentation. You buy the package now and then have 12 months from the date of purchase to use it, but you can not check in sooner than 30 days after purchase.
I knew from reading the comments on the Miles to Memories post that some people had been able to negotiate a slightly better deal. With that in mind, I called the number on the promotion page planning to see what they could offer. The rep I spoke with was polite and engaging and asked me to verify the offer I was seeing (obviously they have multiple offers out there and he wanted to know what I knew). I told him that the offer was for 4 nights and 100K points for $349.
After explaining what a great deal that was, he asked for my email address to get it booked. I politely told him that I was wondering if they had any better offers available. He asked what I meant by that and I told him that a friend of mine had gotten an offer for 120K points, but alternatively if he could get me a discount that would be even more valuable to me (I was hoping to maybe get it for $299 and probably should have said that flat out in hindsight).
After a hold to “speak with his manager” and telling me that he was sure they couldn’t do more points, he came back and said they could offer me the “Diamond package” since I was more concerned with a better price. This package was 4 nights + 25K points for $199, but the manager agreed to kick in an additional 5,000 points to “roll out the red carpet” right now. That’s about 0.67c per point — I’d be giving up a lot of value by taking this offer. Put another way, the $349 offer gave me the opportunity to buy an additional 70K points for $150, which is a trade I was happy to make. Getting this $199 offer was really my mistake: in hindsight, I had made it sound like price was more important to me than points, but in reality I wanted the same points for a better price.
I explained that I was looking for either more points or the same package for a lower price and said I’d have to think about it and call back. After a second brief hold, he offered me an additional 10K points, so in total I got 110K points + 4 nights for $349 plus tax. With tax, that came to just over $392. That’s about 0.36c per point. I’d be a buyer of Hilton points at that rate (indeed, I’ve bought them at half a cent each a few times, like during the current sale), so to me the 4-night stay (with no resort fees) is icing on the cake. If I’m able to use the package by March 15th (which is doubtful given that the earliest check-in is 30 days from purchase date, but not impossible), I’d be at around 0.31c per Hilton point. I’m willing to trade two hours for 4 nights and the chance to buy Hilton points that cheaply.
There are of course some restrictions and blackout dates. Travel from December 21st to 31st would incur an additional $199 fee. You have to attend the timeshare presentation. If you’re married, you have to attend with your spouse. See more in “Key Terms” above and on the promotion page. Note that the points will not post until after you travel, so you won’t get the points instantly.
Keep in mind that hotels in Orlando and Las Vegas can be pretty cheap. The price of the package ($349) isn’t bad for four nights of hotel in either city, but neither is it an amazing offer. What makes this a deal is the combination of accommodations plus points. I’m sure that I’ll get more than $392 in value out of the points and I was already contemplating a trip to Orlando either late this winter or next January, so this deal was a no-brainer for me — I just had to get around to booking it.
Again, the deal is set to expire tonight (1/27/20). It’s not impossible that it gets extended, but this is quite a bit better than their usual timeshare offers. It was worth it for me, but YMMV in terms of how useful you find Hilton points. While they aren’t my favorite currency, I know I’ll get my money’s worth out of this offer.