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As Hilton HHonors member, I recently received a promotion for a 3 day and 2 night stay at a Hilton Grand Vacations Club resort in my choice of Orlando or Las Vegas for $169 + tax. I could upgrade the package to 4 days and 3 nights for an additional $30, for a total of $199 + tax. These prices factor in a $50 discount that you will book your vacation within 45 days of purchasing the package.
Normally, whenever we pay cash for a hotel stay, we use PointsHound or Rocketmiles to earn airline miles for our stays. But, this deal is so cheap for 2 vacations – Las Vegas plus a city of our choosing at a later date – that you can’t turn it down.
We took advantage of this offer in April 2013, and we totally enjoyed ourselves. We stayed at the HGVC Las Vegas Strip (near the Stratosphere) so I could run in the Spartan Sprint race. We then used our $200 credit to stay at the Hilton Del Mar (near San Diego) in July 2013 and fell in love with Pizza Port when we out looking for dinner.
- Trip Report – Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip (April 2013)
- 4 days and 3 nights in Las Vegas or Orlando for $199 with Hilton Grand Vacations Club
- HGVC Orlando vacation for only $149
The offer from Hilton Grand Vacations Club
The email I received was specific to Orlando, but since I live in California, I’m not flying to Orlando for only a couple of days. Ok, well maybe I would… but we already have a trip planned to Orlando for September, so there’s no need to go twice in such a short timeframe.
We took the option to visit Las Vegas instead so we can visit friends and take advantage of cheap Southwest flights from Orange County to Vegas.
When you book the $169 deal, you will get:
- 3 day, 2 night stay at 1 of 3 resorts in Las Vegas
- 10,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points
- $200 “Spend a Night on Us” certificate towards your next Hilton stay
We used our most recent $200 “Spend a Night on Us” certificate at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach
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Additionally, I received 500 Hilton HHonors points just for making the call! 500 points mean nothing, but I’ll take free points all day long.
Making the call to Hilton Grand Vacations Club
When I called HGVC to take advantage of the offer, the call took about 30 minutes to hear about the details, ask some questions, and get all the confirmations.
With the purchase, I would have 6 months to use the package. If we needed to extend a month, they would do so without a charge, but it would cost $49 if we needed another 3 months’ extension.
You can even use this package for New Year’s Eve, but there would be a $99 additional charge. Still, that’s a great deal since most Las Vegas hotels charge $200-$300 a night for New Year’s Eve.
There are no black-out dates to use the package, but it needs to start on a Sunday through Thursday night. If you want your vacation to start on a Friday or Saturday, there would be an additional charge of $49.
You have to do a 2-hour timeshare presentation as part of this promotion, which is ok with us. We like learning about what timeshares have to offer, even if we’re not looking to buy anything additional at this point. I like sharing what I learn with all my friends, family, and readers!
Why we extended to a 4-day vacation with HGVC
Since we’ve purchased this package in the past, we know that the timeshare presentation cannot be scheduled on the day you arrive, nor on the day that you depart… with the 3-day package, that means that you must attend on the 2nd day.
I don’t want to pay $49 extra to start our vacation on a Friday or Saturday, so we would prefer to start our vacation on a Thursday night and either take Friday off of work or work remotely that day to conserve our limited vacation days. If we have to attend a 2-hour presentation, that wouldn’t be very conducive to work demands, so we extended our package to the 4-day, 3-night package for $30 + tax.
By extending our package an extra day, we are free to arrive on a Thursday night. This saves us the $45 fee for a Friday arrival and saves us money on our inbound flight since Thursday flights are almost always cheaper than a Friday flight to Las Vegas.
When we extended to the 4-day package, our representative also gave us tickets to 2 VIP shows and 2 dinner certificates! SCORE!!!
Our 4 day, 3 night package now cost $222.88 ($199 + tax) for an average of $74 a night. Super cheap.
Booking a reservation with Hilton Grand Vacations Club
Again, we need to book our 4-day, 3-night vacation within 45 days of purchase.
When we’re ready to book, we simply call 800-883-0551 to book our reservations. It was explained to us that our room would be a studio unit, not the traditional 1-bedroom or larger that most timeshares are. However, when we did this before, we were upgraded to a 1-bedroom unit… most likely because I have Gold status with Hilton HHonors.
If you want to guarantee an upgrade to a 1-bedroom unit, there is a $25 per night charge.
Once booked, if we need to change the dates, there is a $19.95 charge. If the change is within 14 days of your arrival, there is a charge of $120, presumably because it would be near impossible to fill your slot with such short notice.
The three HGVC properties to choose from in Las Vegas are:
- Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Boulevard (where we stayed in April 2013)
- Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo
- Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club
There are two other HGVC properties in Las Vegas, but I’m not sure if they are available to choose in this package:
- Hilton Grand Vacations Club on Paradise
- Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
After purchasing, I received an email enticing me to book quickly. If I booked right away and travel by August 31, 2014, I will also receive:
- Complimentary upgrade to a 1-bedroom suite (based upon availability)
- $50 Caesar’s Palace dining card
Hilton “Stay a night on us” certificate
One of the best benefits of this package is the $200 credit towards a future night at a Hilton hotel. When we did this package last year, the $200 credit was only good for Hilton brand hotels, not any of the offshoots like Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, or Hampton Inn.
This time, they told us we could pick any one of the brands before our trip, but wouldn’t be able to change it after we arrive. The best thing to do is research which hotel brand you like best, or which one has a location near where you want to go, then select that brand.
We picked the Hilton Del Mar because it was a close drive (about 60-90 minutes south of us) and it looked like a nice hotel with a great courtyard pool. We chose a package that included free breakfast and a $25 gas gift card that brought the total to just above $200, so we could use the full amount of the offer.
And the room did not disappoint either!!!
This time, I think we’re going to pick Embassy Suites because we love their free buffet breakfast with made to order eggs and omelets and the evening Manager’s Happy Hour with free snacks and drinks from 5 pm to 7 pm each night.
You pay for your stay, then after your stay is complete, you mail in your receipt and the form to receive a refund check up to $200 within 6-8 weeks.
The Bald Thoughts
If you’re looking to go to Las Vegas or Orlando, this Hilton Grand Vacations Club package might be a perfect fit for you! You can get a great rate on a room, 10,000 Hilton HHonors points, and a $200 credit towards a future stay. Yes, you have to listen to a timeshare salesperson try to sell you for 2 hours, but that’s not a big commitment in the scheme of things. We’ll be bringing our young son, and he’ll be in the playroom while we listen with an open mind, but with every intention of politely saying “No Thank You”.
And remember, NEVER be a jerk to the sales staff. They’re people too, just trying to earn a living. Yes, the product can be way overpriced when buying retail (aka on-site) vs. buying resale (aka eBay), but that’s not the salesperson’s fault. Listen with an open mind, be nice, then say no thank you when the 2 hours are up. Don’t let them keep you any longer than the 2 hours if you’re aren’t ok with it. This is a business transaction… they bought 2 hours of your time with the discounts you received. Nothing more, nothing less.