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  1. Clifbell

    SCAM Resistant Timeshare Purchases… Timeshare Traveler Episode 209

    So many people feel cheated or "Scammed" regarding timeshares. There are definitely a lot of people who are disappointed and upset about the timeshare experience. What I wanted to provide was a few ways to attend a sales presentation and end up not feeling scammed. Timeshares can be an...
  2. Clifbell

    Should you Buy Used or New Points?... Timeshare Traveler Episode 208

    Should you buy New (Often called Developer) or Used (know as Resale) Timeshare Points? The are plusses and minuses to each and in this video I will provide a simplified overview of the two choices. I will share my personal experiences with both. I like the perks of the developer points (New)...
  3. Clifbell

    When Timeshares are Your Permanent Home... Timeshare Traveler Episode 206

    What is it like to live in a timeshare full time? What are the life changes you need to adjust to? What are the downsides from someone who has done it? What are the costs and how does that compare to buying or renting? In this video, I will address all of the above questions. I[ve been...
  4. Clifbell

    San Luis Bay Inn Two Bedroom by Hilton Vacation Club in Avila Beach Ca Review

    Today I am reviewing the Two Bedroom unit of the San Luis Bay Inn by Hilton Vacation Club in Avila Beach, California. Avila Beach is about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The bottom line is location, location, location... What a beautiful location right on the coast of...
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    Help We signed the contract yesterday

    New and first time member HGV party of 6 (2 adults and 4kids under 5yrs old. We got Hawaii collection (11 properties) any here can share thier experience got 8500 points but we leave in California. I have the trust points. Not deeded. Whats the difference? Insights and experience about time...
  6. Clifbell

    My Advice to Hilton Grand Vacations... Timeshare Traveler Episode 200

    I wanted to provide Hilton Grand Vacation a list of what they should do more of to improve their program. I consider myself an experienced traveler and knowledgable of their program. But I also have some ideas on how the program could be better. In this video, I go through the major...
  7. Clifbell

    Don't buy a Timeshare IF... Timeshare Traveler Episode 199

    I want everyone who buys a timeshare to enjoy their purchase. So, I came up with a set of realities of owning a timeshare. If these realities are not something you are not willing to do, then perhaps timeshares are not for you. Better to find out now before you buy than waiting until you buy...
  8. Clifbell

    Timeshare “sales speak” translated by Timeshare Owner...Timeshare Traveler Episode 198

    This video is about providing clarity about what the reality is about some of the timeshare salespersons claims about timeshares. Many first time purchasers feel misled by many of the claims that a timeshare salesperson makes. So I decided to do a video to provide my experience of what the...
  9. Clifbell

    Top 5 Pleasant Surprises as a Timeshare Owner... Timeshare Traveler Episode 197

    This video is about getting the most out of your timeshares. Many people buy timeshares and just use them to vacation like they did before. But I like to learn all the details about the programs and see how I can maximize the benefits. In my case, this has allowed me to live full time in...
  10. Clifbell

    Weekday Getaways are Relaxing...Timeshare Traveler Episode 196

    This video is about Using your timeshares to relax on a regular basis. Vacations are wonderful, but they tend to occur a couple weeks a year. Why not schedule regular getaways? It is similar to having a second home or a summer cottage. And doing shorter regular getaways can create a more...
  11. Clifbell

    San Luis Bay Inn One Bedroom by Hilton Vacation Club in Avila Beach Ca Review

    Today I am reviewing the One Bedroom unit of the San Luis Bay Inn by Hilton Vacation Club in Avila Beach, California. Avila Beach is about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The bottom line is location, location, location... What a beautiful location right on the coast of...
  12. Clifbell

    When I Choose a Studio over One Bedroom ... Timeshare Traveler Episode 194

    This video is about stretching your points as far as you can. Why not stay in a studio instead of a one bedroom. Typically a studio would allow you to stay 2-3 days longer for the same about of points as a one bedroom. And who wouldn't want 2-3 days more on vacation? In this video I go...
  13. Clifbell

    Lake Tahoe Hilton Vacation Club Studio Review at Lake Tahoe, Ca

    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 studio has a mini kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and Tub, as well as two Queen beds. The resort has a nice pool...
  14. Clifbell

    Don't Give up on Your Timeshare... Timeshare Traveler Episode 193

    This video is about persistence and sticking to the effort to learn how to use your timeshare. Being on a vacation is a vacation. Learning how to use your timeshare is work. And to get the most value out of your timeshare, it requires putting in the work. In my opinion, the gain from...
  15. Clifbell

    Reasons to Upgrade Your Timeshare...Timeshare Traveler Episode 192

    I wanted to share the reasons that I would consider doing an upgrade. It is important to understand why you are doing an upgrade. I tried to break down the reasons I have upgraded into categories. The first category being ownership in enough weeks to enjoy your annual holidays periods...
  16. Clifbell

    Why I chose Timeshare over RV.... Timeshare Traveler Episode 191

    I've been happily using my timeshares for the last three years living full time in my timeshares. Before I moved agressively into using timeshares, I also looked at getting an RV (either a Bus or Truck Camper). When I looked at the costs for the RV, it seemed like the timeshares prices were...
  17. Clifbell

    Using Timeshares to Raise Money for Charity... Timeshare Traveler Episode 189

    One of the amazing opportunities you have as a timeshare owner is that you can donate your timeshare vacations to non profits or charity. Just in case you have points expiring or you just want to donate to a charity. In this video, I'll discuss the process of how I have donated to non profits...
  18. Clifbell

    Advantage of Consolidating Points in ONE System...Timeshare Traveler Episode 188

    If you have decided that timeshares are for you or if you already own timeshares, then this video is for you. I have found that by consolidating my ownership into one system, you can leverage all of the features more easily than by having a few points in each system. In my case I have two main...
  19. Clifbell

    Help for Struggling Timeshare Owners... Timeshare Traveler Episode 187

    This video is for all the people who bought a timeshare and then realized they don't know how to use it. They are often angry at the timehare companies and themselves for caving in to the pressure from the timeshare salesperson. They might have considered dumping the timeshare. If any of...
  20. Clifbell

    Why I like HGVMax... Timeshare Traveler Episode 184

    For many peoiple who don't own timeshares, learning about the good parts of the timeshare from a timeshare salesperson can be misleading. SO I decided to create a video of the parts of HGVMax that I like. This comes from a person who has years of timeshare experience. and has practical...
  21. Clifbell

    San Luis Bay Inn Studio by Hilton Vacation Club in Avila Beach Ca Review

    Today I am reviewing the studio unit of the San Luis Bay Inn by Hilton Vacation Club in Avila Beach, California. Avila Beach is about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The bottom line is location, location, location... What a beautiful right on the coast of California with...
  22. Clifbell

    Bluegreen Purchase Final... Now what? ... Timeshare Traveler Episode 183

    The Bluegreen purchase is now final. But not all the information about the purchase and what the impact will be are publicly available. However, that doesn't mean as owners we shouldn't be thinking about how we can take advantage of this purchase. Questions arise like... Should I buy...
  23. Clifbell

    Scottsdale Links Resort One bedroom by Hilton Vacation Club in Scottsdale AZ

    Today I am reviewing one of the Hilton Vacation Club resorts in the Scottsdale Arizona area. Scottsdale is about 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix. The one bedroom is really spacious. I really enjoyed the pool area. There was an adult only pool and hot tub and then a family pool with a kid...
  24. Clifbell

    Hilton Grand Vacations New Year’s Resolutions... Timeshare Traveler Episode 178

    It is that time of year again for the Timeshare Traveler to start thinking about next year... What to do with the new set of points and the refreshed set of perks. And what about the new of the pending purchase of Bluegreen in 2024. This leads to being an HGVMax member and interesting value...
  25. Clifbell

    Are Timeshares A SCAM?... Timeshare Traveler Episode 177

    There are many reasons why people can feel like timeshares are a scam. I don't necessarily disagree with how people feel. In some cases people made a decision based on lies or they made a purchase that wasn't big enough to be useful, or they didn't ever learn how to use the timeshare. All of...
  26. S

    HGVC 5440 points every year timeshare

    Giving away Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare that gives 5440 points every year. The resort it is tied to is Ocean tower in Big Island, Hawaii. The maintenance fees is roughly ~$1100. The club dues roughly ~$200, so the total fees per year is roughly $1300. The points are good enough to get a...
  27. Clifbell

    Two 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 two Bedroom has a full kitchen, a bathroom with a separate shower and Tub, as well a large living room with a...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
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