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  1. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 163... Timeshare Thursday thru Saturday

    Getaways Nothing is more refreshing than taking a short break either as an event or themed adventure. I recommend that you plan these trips around a weekend. I like shifting them to Thursday Thru Saturday instead of the traditional Friday and Saturday. The reason I like to shift to...
  2. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 160... Timeshare Maintenance Fees as Motivation for Better Vacationing

    I always want to keep my costs of Vacationing to a minimum so I can enjoy more vacationing. I use my maintenance costs as motivation to try to do more without adding more points. Over the years, I have gotten extremely good at doing this to the point that I can stretch my points to be living...
  3. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 159... Timeshares Compared to Weekend Getaway Properties

    I've always wondered if I should consider buying a second home for weekend getaways... The thought of having a place in mountains or a getaway at the ocean has always felt like a nice idea... But then I realized I could use my timeshares to do the same... I use Worldmark in this example, but...
  4. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 155... Buying a Second Home Vs Timeshare

    In this video, I wanted to look at the comparison between buying a second home or using your timeshares as an alternative. I looked at several criteria. How long each year would you stay in your second home, did you always want to go to the same place, whether capital appreciation was...
  5. 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...
  6. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 153... How Timeshares Changed my Vacationing

    Ever wonder how your vacation would change if you bought a timeshare. In this video, I will explain how my vacations have changed and my experience is similar to others. I used to take the cheapest vacation possible or even skip a vacation. But now I take quality vacations. For me the...
  7. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 152... Bought a Timeshare, Can't use it, Now What?

    So you bought a timeshare and now you can't use it... It is hard to book what you want... Everything seems to need more points than you own... You are not even sure how you would do what the salesperson said was possible.... You are angry and feel lied to.... Well, you wouldn't be the first...
  8. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 150.... Which Timeshare Company is Adding the Most New Things?

    In this video, I compare the top three timeshare companies in terms of innovation. Innovation is a form of survival in any industry and thus critical to growing your business. I am an owner with Hilton, Marriott, and Wyndham so I am positioned to understand the direction of all of the top...
  9. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 149... My Favorite US Destinations and Why

    In this video, I provide a list of the destinations and which timeshares are available. I've been traveling extensively and wanted to put together a simple guide to locations and what I liked. This is not an extensive travel review of locations, but rather a list of locations and what...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 141... Always Take Points for Presentations

    Part of owning timeshares is that when you use them you are offered to take an owner update. Many people hate the sales presentations and most people prefer to take the money offered as a way to pay for eating out. But my Philosophy is to always take the points... Hopefully I will make that...
  13. D

    Bait and Switch

    I'm looking for some advice on an issue with my marketing rental in Hawaii. I booked a week in Hawaii for my wife and 3 kids. We go next week. We booked a stay with a suite with two beds in the bedroom and a pull-out couch. We did this because one of our kids has serious problems sleeping in a...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 134... Save $$$ Using Timeshares for Remote work

    If you need to work Remotely for a short time or even for an extended period, then a good option is AirBnb. But in some situations you can save 50% by leveraging your timeshare ownership. This is the case for me as I start my Real Estate career. So, I thought I would share this option for...
  17. Clifbell

    One Bedroom Premier @ Kings Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Review in Waikoloa Hawaii

    Located in the Waikoloa area on the big island of Hawaii (20 minutes north of the Kailua-Kona airport) is where you will find the amazing King's Land by Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare. The property is extensive and feature three pool areas with waterfalls, jacuzzi's, etc... There is also a...
  18. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 133... Which HGVMax to Choose in Oahu

    Going to Oahu and not sure which HGVMax location to visit? Or even which Hilton Timeshare? Well, you are in luck as I have stayed at most of them and can provide you will a comparison of the resorts that might help you decide what you like. I compare the resorts on closeness to the Ocean, The...
  19. Clifbell

    One Bedroom HGVC Grand Islander 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 Islander 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...
  20. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 131... HGVMax Owner Update Feb 2023

    I just completed an owner update of the HGVMax in Honolulu 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. Because it s software, it is subject to delays. Thus far Hilton has been reasonably...
  21. 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...
  22. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 129... Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Timeshares

    I wanted to create a video to help people start out their journey to owning timeshares in the most positive way. I've owned timeshares for over a decade and am an elite member with Hilton, Marriott, and Worldmark. I've and experienced a lot and want to share my approach to successfully owning...
  23. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 128... RCI Exchange expands your choices

    Another way to extend your points is with the use of RCI. With RCI you can deposit your points into RCI and they will have an additional two years to be used within the RCI network. Hilton Grand Vacations and Worldmark / Wyndham come with RCI connections when purchased from the developer. In...
  24. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 127... Which Hawaiian Island to Choose?

    After spending six months in Hawaii on Five Different Islands over the last year, I thought I would share my thoughts on how you could choose which Hawaiian island would be best for you. I tried to keep my biases out of the choices as best I could. The truth is that there is really no horrible...
  25. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 124... Timeshare Ownership Creates Adventurer?

    I am a lucky person. I have been on many adventures as a result of my timeshare ownership... In fact, the more I learn the more I can adventure. I could have chosen an RV and be an adventurer. And for some of you who watch the video, that would be a good choice. But for me and what I like...
  26. 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...
  27. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 123... Quickest Way to Get ROI on a Timeshare

    I've always tracked my Return on Investment in Timeshares. Over the years I've gotten better at it as I have learned how to purchase more effectively. In this video, I show how you can calculate your ROI and also some general rules. Like lowest maintenance on deeds in Las Vegas, but using...
  28. Clifbell

    Studio Scottsdale Villa Mirage Hilton Vacation Club Review in Scottsdale Arizona

    Located in Scottsdale Arizona (near Phoenix) is the Villa Mirage Hilton Vacation Club (Formerly Diamond Resorts). Booked the hotel using HGVC points. There are multiple pool areas... The main pool area, the kids pool area (next to the main pool), and a Serenity hot tub area (adults only) in...
  29. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 121... Timeshares 2022 in Review

    After finally getting back to business after the Covid crisis began to subside, there were significant upgrades and changes in the timeshare industry that happened in 2022 that will grow and evolve in 2023. In this Video, I wanted to discuss those changes and the impacts going forward. The...
  30. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 120... Timeshare Challenge to AirBnb?

    Timeshare companies are just beginning to respond to AirBnb / VRBO type companies. They are still behind, but they are making efforts. My favorite comparison is to compare Netflix to Amazon / Apple Movies. Netflix is only movies, where Apple and Amazon have Movies and Much more. Timeshares...