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We’ve all wondered about timeshare from time to time. Many of us have also heard about how high-pressure timeshare salesman are. I decided to venture on my own to a Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Presentation, and I will say it wasn’t as painful as I thought. And the value for giving up 2 hours of my time was definitely worth it.
Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Presentation Review
As a Hilton Honors Member, you will at one point hear on the phone something resembling “Would you like to earn 500 Hilton Honors points for hearing our promotional offer today?” Of course, it is hard to say no to easy points like that. I was suckered in and decided to hear what they had to say. The “catch” was I had to sit in a 2-hour Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Presentation. Being a young college grad, I couldn’t even afford a timeshare even if I wanted it. So I figured it was going to be an easy “no”.
The offer was actually pretty great! Spend 4 days & 3 nights in a Hilton Grand Vacations property in either Las Vegas or Orlando for $199 + tax. To add, they added a $200 mail-in rebate to select Hilton brands. I was able to use my mail-in rebate at the Hilton Woodland Hills on a King Suite the night before my wedding. Keep in mind that $200 is only for the base rate of the room. That does not cover taxes or room charges.
I used my Hilton Ascend American Express to get 12x per dollar on the $199, which got me back about $15 in points value. And with the mail-in rebate for my next Hilton stay, the whole deal was basically free!
The Terms of the offer
While this seems like a “slam dunk” offer, there are of course stipulations and rules to follow…
- You may purchase the offer on the phone. From that time, you have (I believe) 45 days to actually book your trip. From that point, you must complete your travel in 1 calendar year.
- You may not complete your timeshare presentation on the day you check in or the day you leave. I was in Vegas Thursday-Sunday so I chose Saturday.
- If you are married, your spouse must attend the presentation. (My wife and I were not married at the time. However, I would have just said I was single regardless.)
- If you do not complete the timeshare presentation, you will be charged full retail value of the room.
The Hotel & Room
My wife and I decided to stay at The Elara ironically because there was no casino in the hotel, it is part of the Million Mile Shops, it is very close to the strip, and the rooms were very luxurious.
We checked in just as a normal hotel and confirmed my time for the presentation. I picked first thing in the morning so I could simply get it over with. Hilton Honors members are given 2 free water bottles upon check-in. This is definitely appreciated when it is 100 degrees outside!
We were assigned to a high floor One Bedroom King Suite. It had an incredible view of the Las Vegas airport, so I got to watch airplanes land and take off for hours!
While I don’t have any pictures, this video is very close to what we had. A little bit of different decor, but all the same amenities. I loved this hotel room because of the “condo” style feel to it. Most hotel rooms don’t have full kitchens or separate living room areas. Even though there was only 2 of us, we had plenty of room!
For a similar time period (Thurs-Sun), this room after taxes and resort fees is $1,395!
So if you value your time at an hourly rate, saving $600/hour for two hours of your time is absolutely worth it! However, what does this timeshare presentation actually look like?
The Timeshare Presentation
The Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Presentation really wasn’t all that bad. Here is the breakdown of mine.
The presentation was at The Elara, so I left about 5 minutes early from my room. Check in at your time you have reserved. For me, it was 9:00am.
9am-9:15am – Meet with your sales rep. My sales rep was actually pretty friendly.
9:15am-10:00am – Cheesy presentations showing you all of their properties. This is a great way to find new travel destinations that you want to see.
10am-10:15am – You sit down with your sales rep to explain the “points” system. Most timeshare companies sell you points which you can redeem for rooms. These points are different than regular Hilton Honors points.
10:15am-11am – Crunch the costs and how you can finance your new timeshare. This is where your “no” skills have to come into play. They will try every single way to convince you that timeshares are a great deal, when in fact they aren’t. I gave them the no around 10:30ish and they took their sweet time to get me out the door.
Small reminder – Keep your eye on your watch, aka your phone. If they are pushing towards the two-hour mark, say you need to leave as they are intruding on your vacation. They should respect your time.
Check out – At check out, they gave me my $200 Hilton mail in rebate and I was on my way to the pool!
Is it worth it?
100% yes! If you don’t mind sparing two hours of your vacation, it is absolutely worth it. But go into it with a strong will that you will not buy. They may be a little rude to you, but just remember that you are getting essentially a free vacation. Walk out of there with a smirk on your face, and enjoy!
And the best part, is that you are eligible for this every 6 months! I just received another Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Presentation promotional email for Las Vegas or New York City.
Have you ever sat in a Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Presentation? Or any other brand? What was your experience like?