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HGVC exchange points to RCI for a cruise..? Anyone has done this?

Discussion in 'Hilton Grand Vacations Club / HGVC' started by elleny76, Feb 9, 2018.

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    Just read RCI has cruises as well to exchange. Has anyone done this? thanks
     
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    Rci offers discounts for using points. I doubt it would be a good use of your points.
     
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    Keep in mind, the best use of HGVC points is for timeshare stays.

    All other options are just allowing you to use your timeshare towards the cost without really saving you anything. In most cases, your out of pocket cost will be higher for a cruise exchange (when comparing the discount offered against the cost of the week you're giving up).

    I'm not sure if the RCI cruise exchange option is available to HGVC members since HGVC has their own cruise exchange program. If I remember correctly, RCI gives a discount for up to 4 staterooms with one exchange but the discount is generally very low (see link for examples - rcitravel.com)

    However it's always better to use your HGVC points than to lose them. So if you're seeking to do a cruise exchange, you'll probably get a better deal with HGVC's Partner Perks which gives you approximately $1 for every 10 points.
    For example: 7000 points would reduce your overall cruise cost by $700 approximately (see link - https://club.hiltongrandvacations.com/en/club-membership/clubpartner-perks/cruise).
     
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    Just did - 7500 points saved me about $1000 on an Alaska cruise. Not the best use of points I know but I looked at rolling them over or converting to HHonors and this was the best option for us. The Cruiseonly HGVC page allows you to plug in the amount of points you want to use and shows you what you save - each cruise/line was different when we checked so shop the site. We did find that the base cruise rate was close to online sites as well as Costco travel.

    Note - wait to call the 800 number until you know exactly the cruise you want.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. That doesn't seem too bad if you have 7k Vegas points, pay a maintenance fee of around $900, and don't have a better use for the points - it's $1 per point use of the maint. fee.

    Much better than a 20:1 Hilton Honors conversion which would only get you 140,000 points which is about 2 nights in a Hampton.

    Of course, if you pay more per point in pricier locations, then it is not a good use of the points. This is where your mileage may vary.

    What percent of the total Alaska cruise is the $1000 discount?
     
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    Saved me about 15% - essentially paid our upgrade to a club class suite
     
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    That’s terrific and on Valentine’s Day too :thumbup:

    Any tips on using the site to locate the better deals?

    From what I briefly saw, it looks like the discount is applied at the end allowing you to use any combination of points and cash for the cruise booking. How did you locate the right combination (ship, travel date and stateroom type) to give you the better conversion rate ($ per point)? Or are you including the value of some type of bonus offer in the $1000 savings?

    Does HGVC’s Club Partner Perks fee of $104 apply to cruises exchanges too?
     
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    I would like to refer back to your experience when others ask about HGVC’s cruise option in the future.

    Can you provide details (total cost breakdown)?
    Which Alaska cruise did you book? (at least Ship, length of cruise and departure port).

    Thanks
     
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    Awesome information . I didnt even know we have HGVC_cruises which its better than RCI for sure. Can you please advice how to do it, notes? tips? links? thanks so much
     
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    We checked with a local travel agent as well as different sites on prices. Because of my work schedule we needed to be specific on the cruise date plus we are traveling with friends and wanted to make sure we could get rooms close to each other so we didn't do the last minute value cruise thing. There is a link to the HGVC cruise site on the HGVC website - it's https://hgvc.cruisesonly.com/. When you choose the package there is a calculator that shows the discount based on how many points you want to apply - was different by cruise line as well as sailing date and cabin type so shop around on the site.

    We chose the July 1st sailing on Princess - we'd cruised Princess before and wanted a mini suite. Looking at all the packages they were fairly close in price with some differences in perks - I called the HGVC line to ask for help and the lady we got at first was no help at all, what I wanted to get from her was how to best use points and she was zero help so we did our research, picked a sailing and cabins from the site and simply called to book (you have to call in if you want to use points). We haven't picked our excursions yet, you can through the cruise line direct of through CruisesOnly.

    Again - not the best way to use points but was a use or loose situation, I am not a fan of RCI so was not looking to bank points and I have more HHonors points than I can use at the moment. Plus the conversion would maybe get me a few days somewhere - would rather get the upgrade on a cruise.
     

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