$1,000+ Hotel Stay for 2 Hours of My Day – How I Survived A Hilton Timeshare Presentation

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$1,000+ Hotel Stay for 2 Hours of My Day – How I Survived A Hilton Timeshare Presentation

Brett Holzhauer$1,000+ Hotel Stay for 2 Hours of My Day – How I Survived A Hilton Timeshare PresentationMillion Mile Secrets Team

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If you’re looking for great deals on your next Hilton stay, earning points with their credit cards isn’t the only option you have.

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 into a timeshare presentation and decided to listen.

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.  In Las Vegas, you have a wide variety of properties to choose from.

Who Wouldn’t Enjoy A Cheap Weekend In Vegas?!

We stayed at The Elara in a One Bedroom King Suite, and it was beautiful.  It had a great view of the Las Vegas International Airport, hot tub in the bedroom, full living room, full kitchen, and washer/dryer.

The catch was I had to sit through a 2-hour Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare presentation.  Being a young college grad, I couldn’t afford a timeshare even if I wanted it.  So I figured it was going to be an easy “no.”

The Terms Of The Offer

While this seems like a slam-dunk deal, there are terms:

  • You purchase the offer on the phone.  From that time, you have (If I remember correctly) 45 days to actually book your trip and you must complete your travel within 1 calendar year
  • You may not complete your timeshare presentation on the day you check in or the day you leave.  I was in Las Vegas Thursday to Sunday so I chose Saturday
  • If you are married, your spouse must attend the presentation
  • If you do not complete the timeshare presentation, you will be charged full retail value for the room

I also go a $200 mail-in rebate form for select Hilton brands inside the United States as another incentive.  Keep in mind that $200 is only for the base rate of the room.  That does not cover taxes or room charges.  And, it is only good for 6 months after your timeshare presentation.  I was able to use mine about a month later.  However, I am currently displeased with Hilton as the room I booked to use the rebate was roughly $170, but I was only sent a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Expectations During The Presentation

Going into the presentation, I knew what to expect for the most part.  I had attended a timeshare presentation at a Holiday Inn Resort in Orlando previously, and it wasn’t all that much different.

During the presentation, you will see all of the different properties in the Hilton Grand Vacations portfolio.  This is actually really informative and inspiring if you are looking for your next travel destination!  You will then meet with a sales rep who will go over the details of purchasing a timeshare.  Timeshares back in the “old days” were a fixed 1-week vacation in Hawaii or other location.  There was very little negotiation room or flexibility.  Now, some timeshare companies operate on a points system.  You purchase points from them, and then you are able to spend how you please within their group of properties.

If you are stern and have no desire to own a timeshare, it is easy to say “no.”  However, there will be a bit of a negotiation with them trying to convince you the numbers work in your favor.  Once I brought up that I’ve earned millions of points through credit cards, they knew I couldn’t be sold!

After you say “no” enough, they will walk you to the checkout desk, give you the $200-rebate form, and you are on your way!

Is It Worth The Two Hours And Semi-Aggressive Sales Pitch?

Absolutely!  Our suite at The Elara would have cost nearly $1,400 for the 3-night stay.  Sacrificing 2 hours of my long weekend was a small price to pay for the value I got in return.  The best part is Hilton Honors members can take advantage of this offer every 6 to 12 months!

Recently, I received a targeted promotion for a similar deal.  I was offered 4 days and 3 nights in Las Vegas for $199 + tax, or New York for $299 + tax.  Each of these offers also come with 15,000 Hilton Honors points.

So if I were you, I would definitely jump on one of these offers!  Next time you call Hilton, just ask to be transferred to the promotions department.  And into the sales cycle you will go!

Have you ever sat through a timeshare presentation?  What was your experience like?

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What the majority of people do not understand that each time the public goes to these presentations in order to get the free stuff with no intentions of buying a time share it could cost that person their job. Time share employees are on a commission basis and only get paid if you buy something however if they don’t make their sales quota they end up getting terminated. It’s so unfortunate that people will go to these timeshare presentations simply to get the free items offered by the hotel with no thought that the person sitting opposite them at that table could lose their job due to Too many people simply wanting whatever free stuff they can get with no intentions whatsoever a buying a time share.

I cannot believe that you think people go on timeshare presentations to buy a timeshare. Most go on a timeshare presentation for the gift and then promise one another not to get sucked into it, and then of course many do end up buying. What a naive post. If it didn’t work to sell people on an outrageously priced product, they would stop offering gifts. That is ridiculous to think that the only people who should waste a salesperson’s time is a person considering a purchase. Spoken like a true salesperson.

I did the same presentation a few years back at the same property. Absolutely baffled at the expensive price of these points. The rep pretty much gave up talking to me after I told her I traveled to IC Bora Bora twice paying only pennies on flights and overwater bungalows for 2 people.

Haha nice, I love it! Those sales people can be prettt aggressive, but it’s hard to make a timeshare sound appealing when you can do a trip like Bora Bora for cheap on miles and points.

Thanks for sharing!

Great article! Only things I would add, as food for thought:

1. Keep an open mind as the opportunity to own a vacation works in the long run.

2. Your article makes it seem like a victimless crime, taking advantage of the big faceless company. Actually there are people involved trying to earn a living-Salespeople to be specific.

I’m sure you’ll not lose a lot of sleep worrying about your salesperson but he/she may be trying to provide for their family.

Go in with an open mind and heart, if it’s not for you then don’t buy but be respectful. The next time, if you want to save money on a trip perhaps there’s another activity you could do to have a lower rate.

Timeshares are a Scam!

In the old days…it worked better. You bought a fixed week, fixed unit….assuring you….your week was available…no matter what. NOW…you buy points…and they GREATLY OVER SELL the property….making it impossible to book a vacation. When you try to make a reservation…you will constantly be told….NO AVAILABILITY.

Example: a property with 500 rooms..at 52 weeks a year…means 26,000 weeks can be booked. But they sell an endless amount of points…to tens of thousands of people…..all competing for a weeks vacation. It’s a HUGE money maker for the property….but a losing battle for anyone buying into the property for a vacation.

DON’T FALL FOR THEIR LIES! If a timeshare sales representatives mouth is moving….they are lying.

Just keep saying NO!!!

Most people don’t have the discipline to say no in a timeshare presentation. They could sell ice to eskimos. I was suckered into one and then found out the timeshare was booked for 3 years out. You will be stuck with it forever, unable to sell it. I had to get a lawyer to get out of that timeshare. Stick to credit card sign ups.

Yes, I agree. They are very hard-sell salespeople, and it’s really so sleazy because they know you can buy the same thing on the resale market.

I went to a timeshare presentation almost two years ago at Westin Mission Hills in Palm Desert. The woman was really trying to sell me on the SPG card you get when you buy developer. Now SPG has been rolled into Marriott, and my SPG preferred card is going to sit unused, except that one free hotel night per year. I cannot believe how that product has been devalued.

I feel sorry for people who fell for that garbage that woman was feeding them.

And Wyndham is just as bad. Sure, the product is great, but resale is literally one to five cents on the dollar. So spend $100K to get Gold status, and then sell it on the resale market for $2,000, and the status doesn’t transfer to the resale buyer. That is unbelievable to me. Talk about wasting money.

I used to be one of those people who had a hard time saying no. It just felt so rude for some odd reason. It wasn’t until I met a few sales people with highly questionable tactics that I realized some sales people don’t care about their clients and will do anything to make the sale.

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