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  1. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 174... Is Timeshare Industry Consolidation Good?

    With the recent announcement by Hilton to purchase Bluegreen, the timeshare industry consolidation continues to grow. In the last five years we have seen Hilton buy two timeshare companies, Marriott by one and Club Wyndham buy a travel company. In this video, I will recap the recent purchases...
  2. Clifbell

    Kaanapali Beach Club One Bedroom by Hilton Grand Vacations Review in Kaanapali Maui Hawaii

    About 30 miles from the Main Airport in Maui sits the wonderful Ka'anapali Beach Club by Hilton Grand Vacations. Ka'anapali is a huge resort area filled with many of the worlds most elegant resorts. I stayed in a one bedroom with an wonderful deck with a great view of the mountains from the...
  3. B

    Hgv max cabo Collection

    Hola. Just turned down 'opportunity ' to pay $25 to move our 12k us collection points to cabo collection. Told our maintenance fee would drop from $2400 to $1800 this year and likely never go up whereas US will go up 5% or more per year. We will recoup the $25k in less than 10years and be...
  4. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 173... Simulation HGVMax with Bluegreen

    I am excited to be an HGVMax Timeshare Owner. I became a HGVMax owner when Hilton Grand Vacations Purchased Diamond International. And Now I am equally excited to see that Hilton Grand Vacations has purchased Bluegreen Vacations adding to their exiting portfolio. For me as an HGVMax owner...
  5. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 172... Hilton Grand Vacations buys BlueGreen

    I am excited to be an HGVMax Timeshare Owner. I became a HGVMax owner when Hilton Grand Vacations Purchased Diamond International. I upgraded because I wanted to stay at Many of the Diamond Resorts. I just recently stayed at Three Properties (Point at Poipu, Ka'anapali Beach Club, and Lake...
  6. Clifbell

    Point At Poipu Two Bedroom By Hilton Vacation Club Review in Poipu Kauai Hawaii

    It is hard not to love staying at the Point at Poipu Resort.. You are right on the beach... The pool is large and is surrounded by a beach... You canwalk to the beach... The rooms are large. The two bedroom / two bathroom layout is great. I was in Building 9 on the first floor which allowed a...
  7. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 169... HGVMax Owner update October 2023

    I just completed an owner update of the HGVMax in Kauai and I wanted to share the updates... As expected, the merger continues. I was able to confirm the current timelines for the new features in 2023 / 20204. Because it s software, it is subject to delays. Thus far Hilton has been...
  8. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 167... The value of Timeshare Marketing Packages

    You own a timeshare, so you will be doing owner updates... It is a fact of timeshare life. Since you are in this environment, then you might as well take advantage of the situation... I am about to embark on a three week vacation to Hawaii... Of those 21 days, 12 of them are on two makring...
  9. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 158... Top 5 Lessons of a Nomad Living in Timeshares

    In this video, I wanted to discuss by top 5 lessons asa timeshare Nomad... These are my life lessons that have resulted in me being more focused on what matters to me... I have a more positive view of timeshares than some because my choice to buy timeshares and travel led to a new way of...
  10. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 157... Using Timeshares to Combine Work and Bucket Lists

    In this video, I wanted to discuss the use of timeshares to help you increase your achievement of your bucket list. With the improved technology many people have an option of working remote 2-5 days a week... So, if you can work remote why not use this time to complete bucket list items. The...
  11. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 154... Top 5 Ways to Use Your Timeshare Points

    In this video, I wanted to share my top uses for my timeshare points... In general, I rank the usage of my points based on the most value for each point I spend. A general rule is that if two companies are involved, then there are two sets of profits which means your points will be diluted...
  12. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 148... Using your Points to Travel around or Stay in one Place

    In this video, I discuss a couple alternatives for long term stays in Timeshares.... I've used them to travel around the country for twelve months. But more recently, I have been staying in one location while I work. It is similar to staying in a luxury hotel but with more space and lots of...
  13. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 147... How to Be a Frugal Timeshare Traveler

    In this video, I show you how you can save money by stretching your points... And by using Interval International and RCI to book last minute deals (Getaways or Last Call). The end result of this strategy is that you don't need to own as many points or pay as much in Maintenance fees...
  14. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 146... When Things Go Wrong what does your Timeshare do?

    What happens when a Timeshare company makes a mistake? There is a lot of negative news about the sales process. But it doesn't have to be that way. Especially if you are your own advocate for getting what you originally bargained for. This goes for the sales presentation through staying in...
  15. Clifbell

    One Bedroom Tahoe Seasons Resort by HGVMax Review in South Lake Tahoe, Ca

    Almost at the base of the Heavenly ski slope parking lot sits the Tahoe Seasons Resort now part of the Hilton Grand Vacations Club. The one bedroom has a small living room with a nice sized bathroom. What was interesting about this location is that they have the HGVMax logo all over the...
  16. Clifbell

    One Bedroom Hilton Vacation Club at Lake Tahoe, Ca Review

    Today I am reviewing one of the former Diamond International location now called the Hilton Vacation Club ... Lake Tahoe Resort. You can view Lake Tahoe from the Property. The one Bedroom has a full kitchen, a bathroom with a separate shower and Tub, as well a large living room with a...
  17. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 143... California Dreaming... HGVMax Changes Everything

    Most people use their timeshares to take a single or a few week long trips to one destination... Usually they fly and stay for a continuous vacation. But timeshare companies now make it possible for you to do road trips. In this example with HGVMax, I show you how you can travel within...
  18. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 138... HGVMax Resale vs Developer Points Tradeoffs

    A lot of people learn about the resale market after they have bought Retail timeshare points. It is a good option for many. But there are trade-offs that you should understand. In this video, I will describe the differences between Resale and Retail Hilton Timeshare Points. I describe the...
  19. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 137... Learning Makes You A Timeshare Winner

    Education about Timeshares should occur before you ever buy a timeshare. You could decide after careful evaluation that Timeshares are for you and that would be a great outcome... FYI, I would say the same thing about RV's if you are considering an RV purchase. Education can take many forms...
  20. Clifbell

    One Bedroom HGVC Kalia Suites Review in Waikiki Oahu Hawaii

    If you love the tropics of Hawaii and you also like a larger city with more choices of activities, then the Kalia Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations is for you. Lots of shopping and night life to enjoy. Available destination like the Arizona Memorial. And you still have the nice tropical...
  21. Clifbell

    One Bedroom HGVC Grand Waikikian Review in Waikiki Oahu Hawaii

    If you love the tropics of Hawaii and you also like a larger city with more choices of activities, then the Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations is for you. Lots of shopping and night life to enjoy. Available destination like the Arizona Memorial. And you still have the nice tropical...
  22. Clifbell

    Two Bedroom Riviera Beach Resort Review by DRI in Dana Point Ca

    This resort is one of the former Diamond locations that I suspect will be upgraded. I look forward to staying there again and also look forward to see what Hilton does when they finally upgrade the timeshare. It is one of the Timeshares that many people would say is not up to Hilton Standards...
  23. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 119... Timeshare Winners and Losers in 2023

    Which timeshare company made the best investment in past years to gain the most in 2023. I will be reviewing three timeshare companies... Hilton, Marriott, and Wyndham / Worldmark to provide you with insight based on my year of timeshare travel and my experienced gains. The impacts of the...
  24. A

    New buyer at HGV Max

    Hello Friends, I just bought an HGVMax membership at Cabo Azul (The Diamond Property, at 5000 points)and have few days to rescind. I want to ask few questions to the group to ensure I am making the right decision. It appears that we could almost always buy the timeshare in the secondary...
  25. Clifbell

    Two Bedroom+ Oceanfront Ocean Enclave by Hilton Grand Vacations in Myrtle Beach SC Review

    Located in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, Ocean Enclave sits right on the beach. The two bedroom plus unit is an oceanfront view. Both the bedroom and the living room face the ocean and there is access to the deck which is about 10 feet wide by the living room. There is a large Jacuzzi, a...
  26. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 111... Dec 2022 HGVMax Owner Update

    With all the travel I am doing staying in timeshares full time, I get a lot of opportunities for Owner Updates. This is good especially with regards to Hilton and HGVMax as they are going thru a lot of changes. Today's video is from my December 2022 owner update. The sales team is expecting...
  27. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 109... Compare 3 Locations on Cost

    Ongoing costs are very important to understand because they form the basis of how much it costs to use your timeshare. Maintenance costs are similar to gas, oil changes, etc... that you have for your car... You are not done paying once you buy the car. You have to maintain the car and...
  28. Clifbell

    Review Bay Club Two Bedroom by Hilton Grand Vacations In Waikoloa Hawaii

    About 30 miles from the Kona International Airport sits the Bay Club by Hilton Grand Vacations. This resort is part of four resorts operated by Hilton Grand Vacations.. The rooms are large and the decks are expansive. The two Bedroom is smaller than the two Bedroom Plus which has a larger...
  29. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 105... Consider 3 Things before buying a Hilton Timeshare

    I wanted to make a video to simplify the purchase of a timeshare. During a sales presentation there is often a lot of topics discussed. But most of these topics are from the salesperson's perspective and geared toward what is good for the timeshare company. Instead, I wanted to provide the...
  30. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 102... Timeshare Hotel Comparison

    I wanted to make a video to explain the value of a timeshare as compared to staying in a hotel. This video compares the Hilton Grand Vacations Studio at Ocean Tower to the Hilton Waikoloa basic room. I go through the cost to rent each of them, the maintenance costs as an owner, and the actual...