Hilton Grand Vacations Club is offering a 4 day, 3-night vacation to Orlando, good for up to 4 people, for only $149 + tax. There are 5 resorts and 8 hotels in the Orlando area that you can choose from, with no blackout dates. This sounds like an attractive vacation package for anyone wanting to visit Disney World, Universal Studios, or Sea World.
Have you used this promotion previously?
An offer like this has been around for quite awhile — previously, you could choose either Orlando or Vegas for $199. We’ve actually taken advantage of a promotion like this twice before from Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Both times we stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Las Vegas Strip. The first time, we used the $200 Stay a Night On Us at the Hilton Del Mar near San Diego and a year ago, we stayed at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Bay in June 2015. The Mandalay Bay is my favorite Embassy Suites location… and we just booked a room to return there this summer for 50,000 Hilton points.
On the phone today, the lady from Hilton Grand Vacations Club told me that you can call in and redeem this offer every 6 months. So, set your calendars and call every 6 months for a great little vacation package for less than $150.
What is the offer from Hilton Grand Vacations Club?
I called Hilton Grand Vacations Club to find out the offer details and this is what they said. First off, you get 500 Hilton points, just for listening to the offer. The email offer that I received showed a 4 days / 3 nights Hilton Orlando vacation for $199. However, there’s a $50 discount for booking within 45 days, so you are only charged $149!!!
On top of the great vacation at one of 13 Hilton Orlando properties, you also receive either 15,000 Hilton HHonors points or a $200 “Stay a Night On Us” certificate after attending the 2-hour timeshare presentation. The certificate must be used within 6 months of when it is issued and reimburses up to $200, after staying at any Hilton property and mailing in your certificate and original receipt within 30 days of your stay.
In total, I paid $167.63 after taxes for two vacations — 4 days and 3 nights in Orlando and a $200 Stay a Night On Us certificate good for any domestic Hilton branded property.
Are there any other fees that Hilton will charge?
If you don’t show up for your timeshare presentation, they will obviously charge you retail price, plus some penalties, I’m sure. That much is a given and is standard practice in the timeshare sales world.
There are no blackout dates on this Hilton Grand Vacations Club offer, but if you travel during major holidays (ie: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.), there’s an upgrade fee of $129 + tax.
If you cannot travel during the 6-month window, a 3-month extension is available for $50 + tax. I was able to negotiate, at no-charge, the window to travel from 6 months to a little over 1 year. So, we have until April 30, 2017, to use our certificate.
Once you pick your dates, if you need to change them, there’s a fee of $19.95 + tax, provided that you’re given more than 14 days’ notice. If less than 15 days notice is provided, then they charge $120 + tax.
What else should I know about this HGVC offer?
The retail value of this vacation package is estimated to be $1100, per the phone agent. Considering that most rooms are at least $200 + tax per night in Orlando, the estimate isn’t too far off for 3 nights in Orlando AND 1 future night up to $200 reimbursed.
YOU MUST ATTEND A 2-HOUR TIMESHARE PRESENTATION. I cannot emphasize this enough. The rooms are heavily discounted because they want to make a sale. The landing page of this offer indicates that the timeshare deeded weeks range from $8,940 – $377,300, so there’s a TON of money at stake. If you have trouble saying no to salespeople, this deal may not be right for you!!!
You earn bonus Hilton points when purchasing this package with your Citibank Hilton Visa. If you don’t have a Hilton-branded card, please use my link at the top of the page to apply!
Here is the page with all of the fine print details of this Hilton Grand Vacations Club promotion.
How do you sign up for this promotion?
This promotion is meant for Hilton HHonors members, so sign up for a free Hilton HHonors membership here first.
Once you’ve signed up for your HHonors account, call 844-658-5770 to ask about this promotion (or what other offers they may have).
Which Hilton would you choose to stay in Orlando?
I like free stuff and spacious rooms, so I would most likely choose the Embassy Suites By Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort. They have a manager’s reception (aka happy hour) every evening from 5p to 7p with free drinks and snacks for a couple of hours, and every morning there is free cooked-to-order breakfast, including an omelet station! I also like that there’s a fun water activity area for the kids.
They say that this offer is only available through May 2016 and that limited units are available for purchase, but we’ve been using this offer, or something very similar since 2013 so I don’t think this offer will be going away anytime soon. It is a really good deal… as long as you can be strong and say no during the presentation.