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Why I Think Spending a Few Hours of Your Vacation Time at a Timeshare Presentation Is Worth It

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Why I Think Spending a Few Hours of Your Vacation Time at a Timeshare Presentation Is Worth It

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In the world of miles & points, booking your getaways with the rewards you earn from any number of the best credit cards for travel is the name of the game.

But here’s a secret…there’s also a way to save even more money while you’re on vacation!  All you need to do is attend a timeshare presentation.

I know, I know.  The idea of spending time in a conference room while you’re supposed to be relaxing on the beach is an oft-debated topic.  But the salespeople that put on timeshare presentations usually offer valuable incentives to get you through the door.  And in my experience, the payoffs have been worth my while!

I Earned 2 Free Tickets for a Boat Tour Along the Napali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii, for Attending a Timeshare Presentation

I’ve been to timeshare presentations in Arizona, Belize, and Hawaii.  Each experience was different, but I always left feeling like I’d come out ahead.

On one occasion, the timeshare presenters served rum punch throughout the entire presentation and gave us a golf cart tour of the hotel grounds.  I even walked away with $200 in food and drink vouchers!  The difficulty there was making sure I didn’t drink too much and actually walk away with a timeshare. 😉

At another presentation, I brought my mom and sister along.  We were all given $100 Visa gift cards for our time and only spent ~45 minutes listening to the presentation.  I’d say that’s a pretty good hourly rate!  We certainly had fun spending the gift cards on tasty margaritas.

Bottom line is if you can handle the pressure of the sales pitch and walk out without actually buying anything, sitting through a timeshare presentation CAN be worthwhile!

For anyone interested, be sure to check out this post with tips for getting in on timeshare presentations.

Do you have any experience in attending a timeshare presentation?  If so, how was it?  Would you do it again?  Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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To all of you saying what about the sales people….

Timeshare companies have done the math. The reason they give away the free stuff is because they know if they can get enough people in the door they will make money. They use a combination of sales tactics and other psychological and social pressures to influence people into signing long-term contracts that have an overwhelmingly low satisfaction rate long term.

If the freebies are intended for purchasers, they can stipulate that. They choose not to because they are playing a number game and if they can turn over 10-15% of the free people the timeshare contracts and maintenance fees will more than cover the business operating cost. The salespersons commission is their personal business; I’ve never had a sales person voluntarily tell me what their commission is or offer to share it so I don’t ever concern myself with it.

If someone tells me all I need to do is sit in a chair for an hour, listen to them try to sell me something, and they will give me something of value whether I buy or not; why shouldn’t I go?

You didn’t ask any ethics questions like,”is it okay to take marketing money from a company with no intention of buying? Is it cool to cost some poor sales rep their commission and eventually job because you want free stuff? Should you be coaching others to follow in your imoral footsteps?”

I did one with Holiday Inn Resorts Club. I ended up with a $100 off certificate for a future booking and 3 days free a the SLS. It was worth it but the experience was awful. The presentation went for 3 hours instead of 2 hours. I told the guy the numbers didn’t add up for me. He just scribbled the same thing over and over again. I think he was trying to wear me out. His supervisor told him to process me in a curt and seemingly passive aggressive way. I was very composed throughout as they had the right to rescind the offer.

I did this once in Las Vegas to get half off Penn & Teller tickets plus two free dinner buffets. It was a horrible experience and I’ll never do it again.

My husband and I just attended a time share in Florida. Walked away with $100.00 cash and 20,000 IHG points. While they did not put us up in the “Grand” resort we still spent 3 nights in a Holiday Inn upgraded to a king suite with hot tub and enjoyed the free breakfast every morning. We don’t ever intend to purchase a timeshare but take advantage of bonus offers for attending when they reach out to us. A few hours of our time for the bonuses have made us very happy over the years.

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