• The TUGBBS forums are completely free and open to the public and exist as the absolute best place for owners to get help and advice about their timeshares for more than 27 years!

    Join tens of thousands of other owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered!
  • TUG started 28 years ago in October 1993 as a group of regular Timeshare owners just like you!

    Check out our happy birthday post here: Happy Birthday TUG!
  • TUG is asking for recent reviews of older resorts, earn a free year membership!

    Read more here
  • TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $17,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

    Read more here: TUG saves owners more than $17 Million dollars
  • Follow the TUG Member Banner as it travels the world on vacation with Timeshare owners! Also sign up to get the banner sent to you so you can submit a photo of your vacation with the banner to share with TUG! Banner Thread
  • Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free! Join tens of thousands of other owners who get this every week! Latest resort reviews and the most important topics discussed by owners during the week!
  • Our official "end my sales presentation early" T-shirts are available again! Also come with the option for a free membership extension with purchase to offset the cost!

    Read more Here
  • A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!

HGVC Elite

cigarzan

TUG Member
Joined
Jan 18, 2007
Messages
5
Reaction score
2
Points
213
Location
Arlington Heights, IL
We own 21,400 pts (14,400 @ Flamingo, 7,000 @ LV Hilton) all purchased resale thru Seth. We have an “owner’s tour” in October @ the new tower on the Strip in Vegas. A couple of years ago in Orlando they tried to get us to upgrade to Elite Membership. I don’t remember all of the details but I do know we were tempted. There is no doubt that Elite Membership will be one of the programs they try to sell us this time also so I thought I would arrive at the meeting better prepared. We usually use about half of our points and deposit the remaining points with Hhonors to use in the hotels. Can you help with the following?

1) What are the advantages of Elite Status?
2) Is there such a thing as “getting a deal” on converting to Elite?
3) What do you think a fair cost should be?
4) Have you experienced any disappointments after converting your points?
 

jehb2

TUG Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2005
Messages
1,911
Reaction score
741
Points
323
Location
texas
Do you have the most current HGVC member's guide. The information on the elite program is on page 165. Elite status has never been a selling point for me. If you look closely there just really isn't a whole lot going on. Of course when the sellsperson is talking to you they always try to make it sound really exciting. It's best not to try to get into a debate. But here are a couple of my issues.

When considering elite status just remember that you are paying many many thousands of dollars more for these benefits. Are they really worth it?

$39 club reservation fee. - a $30 saving per reservation
10% / 15% / 30% off open season cash discount - so for example 10% off 7 night 1 bdrm is $50
direct 800 number to elite service staff - I've had no problem with the regular staff for the past 10 years

Converting or upgrading is not a good deal particularly if you purchased your HGVC TS sometime ago. They'll buy back your current TS for what you paid for it. In return they sell you points at today's prices so you're paying a whole lot more in the points per dollar.

Buy resale.

Don't be sucked into "I'm might me missing out." IMHO
 
Last edited:

pianodinosaur

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2008
Messages
1,965
Reaction score
239
Points
273
Location
Texas
Resorts Owned
HGVC SeaWorld x 2, HGVC Las Vegas Strip x 2, MVC Mountain Valley Lodge, MVC Legend’s Edge
I am at the Elite Plus level. I purchased all 24,000 points directly from Hilton. I have only recently joined TUG and learned about the resale market. I visited EBAY for the first time several weeks ago. All that being said, I have had a great experience time sharing and cruising with Hilton and basically got what I paid for, although I could have had roughly the same for less money. I am very happy with my purchases and have no regrets. My philosophy is to enjoy my current points and perks.

The main advantage of Elite status is that you are automatically HHonors Gold for life. This means that you get 25% additional HHonors points if you stay at a Hilton Hotel and an automatic room upgrade if one is available. If your work requires you to travel, this is a major perk. Is it worth the extra money? I doubt it. However, I have used HHonors redemptions for numerous vacations and the points do add up quickly. You can also bypass the 1 in four rule and book Grand Mayan and Club Intrawest directly through HGVC and bypass RCI completely. I did so with Grand Mayan Riviera Maya earlier this year and will be doing so again in the near future with Club Intrawest in Whistler, BC. This is a very nice perk. Is it worth extra money? Once again, I doubt it. The main advantage of Elite Plus status is that you have same year point conversions, instant RCI confirmation, and access to special RCI resorts on a quarterly basis. This would be very useful if you want to go skiing in Lake Tahoe or Vermont during peak season. Is this worth the extra money? Once again, I doubt it. However, when I add up all the increased flexibility I have as an Elite Plus member, I do not regret my purchases.

The main advantage of Elite premium is that you are HHonors platinum for life. This gives you a 50% bonus on all Hilton Hotel stays. This means your HHonors points accumulate very fast. You also get automatic room upgrades if available. However, I have been at the HHonors platinum level for the past three years due to my business travels without having Elite premium status. Unfortunately, I will most likely go back to HHonors gold sometime next year because I am being required to go to more Starwood and Marriott properties in the course of my work. However, I do pick up Starwood and Marriott points. (I have yet to have enought points for a good redemption with either Starwood or Marriott, but I am getting close.)

Starwood has a deal where if you purchased a previous property resale and then buy a new property from Starwood, you can retro the previous property so that the previous property will have StarOptions even if it is a non-mandatory property. I don't know if Hilton has such a policy because in Hilton, points are points. Hilton has treated the points of resale owners the same way they treat the points of people who purchase directly from Hilton. Frankly, I think Hilton is a shining light in the time share industry.

By the way, without people like me who purchased directly from Hilton, the resale market would not exist. Good luck whatever you decide to do.:wave:
 
Last edited:

Sandy VDH

TUG Review Crew: Elite
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
8,481
Reaction score
2,859
Points
498
Location
Houston, TX
Resorts Owned
Wynd VIP Plat, HGVC Elite, HICV, + few others
Actually reservation is $0 if you book a 7 day stay in club season. So NO reservation charge, not just a reduction. Small amounts maybe, but still a perk.
 

brp

TUG Member
Joined
Oct 23, 2007
Messages
2,718
Reaction score
1,140
Points
398
Location
Bay Area, CA
I'm tacking on here because I didn't see this addressed specifically in any of the FAQ threads on elite status.

We just bought 3750 points at West 57th. One of the perks was HH Gold for life for both of us, so that's one facet that we don't need Elite status to obtain.

As far as attaining Elite status, though, I assume that all of the points have to be direct, i.e. can't buy some direct and some resale? The reason I ask is that, during our presentation, the "perks" guy who comes in later to try and close the deal "let us in on a little secret." :rolleyes:

He said that, for folks that had a direct purchase, if they get more points resale, they get treated all the same. I didn't know if this applied to elite status.

(At the time he mentioned this with regard to HH transfers- which he told us were not usually available through resale purchases....contrary to reality.)

Cheers.
 

Talent312

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2007
Messages
15,213
Reaction score
5,097
Points
798
Resorts Owned
HGVC & GTS
As far as attaining Elite status, though, I assume that all of the points have to be direct, i.e. can't buy some direct and some resale?
You are correct, sir. But when talking to a mark, their little print-out may not tell them that some of your points are resale. Its possible that all they know is that you own 'x' points.... kind'a like my membership card says "member since 2001" even though I bought in 2007. When we did a tour, we told the guy when+how we got our points.

When they realize that you have resale-points, they'll try to get you to trade them in for an elite account with enuff points. They tried to get us to give up our resale-TS at its resale-price (not what they would sell the same unit for to someone else), and then buy from them at retail price, acting like we were getting some great discount... How stupid would that be? ...
 

Sandy VDH

TUG Review Crew: Elite
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
8,481
Reaction score
2,859
Points
498
Location
Houston, TX
Resorts Owned
Wynd VIP Plat, HGVC Elite, HICV, + few others
I managed to get Elite via a resale, but they have long ago closed that door to Elite.

As others have said if Elite is really something you want, why I don't know because buy direct from Hilton is not smart use of funds if you can buy points at less than 1/2 that on the resale market. First you could have purchased points via resale, then when you had nearly all the points you wanted you would then complete the last transaction you would need from Hilton directly, to push you over into the Elite level.

As others have suggested Hilton does not really know your other points are resale.
 

Bill4728

Moderator
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
10,659
Reaction score
272
Points
719
Location
Lake Tapps, WA
There was recently a thread which said that HGVC was offering to give someone credit for their resale purchase toward elite if they bought more directly from HGVC.

Most of the response was even if true, still not a good way to spend your money. IMHO, it is better to save the ~$10,000 or more and forget about the elite benefits.
 
H

HGVCLOVER1

I find the so called Elite status a play to people's ego's. You can be a HH Gold by spending $20,000 a year on AMEX or HH Diamond by spending $40,000 a year with AMEX. Not very hard to do. I stay at a lot in Hiltons and except overseas I see no real advantages to the program. Not to mention that HH just raised their points significantly for free stays. There are always the promos they run ever year for HH Gold and staying 4 or 5 times at a Hampton or Garden Inn will get you the same thing as paying thousands more to HGVC.
Also, I have 21,000 points and bought them all resale and do not feel I am treated any different then someone who is Elite (?) whatever that means again. :ponder:
 

brp

TUG Member
Joined
Oct 23, 2007
Messages
2,718
Reaction score
1,140
Points
398
Location
Bay Area, CA
I find the so called Elite status a play to people's ego's. You can be a HH Gold by spending $20,000 a year on AMEX or HH Diamond by spending $40,000 a year with AMEX. Not very hard to do. I stay at a lot in Hiltons and except overseas I see no real advantages to the program. Not to mention that HH just raised their points significantly for free stays. There are always the promos they run ever year for HH Gold and staying 4 or 5 times at a Hampton or Garden Inn will get you the same thing as paying thousands more to HGVC.
Also, I have 21,000 points and bought them all resale and do not feel I am treated any different then someone who is Elite (?) whatever that means again. :ponder:
I'm inclined to agree with this. We got Gold with the purchase we made (we're going to keep that one as is, but any additional points will be resale, to be sure).

I'm looking at the Hilton Amex website (http://www201.americanexpress.com/getthecard/learn-about/Hilton-HHonors) and I see the HH Gold for $20K spend, but I don't see the Diamond for $40K. Is that a published benefit, or something one can ask for?

Cheers.
 

brp

TUG Member
Joined
Oct 23, 2007
Messages
2,718
Reaction score
1,140
Points
398
Location
Bay Area, CA
As others have said if Elite is really something you want, why I don't know because buy direct from Hilton is not smart use of funds if you can buy points at less than 1/2 that on the resale market.
Do they really go that low on resale? I know that HGVC has ROFR, so I figured that they'd snap up anything that went that low. The other place we own is DVC, and things would never get that low without Disney grabbing them.

At present, the few resales I've seen for West 57th have been at about 80%, and there are not many at present since it's not sold out.

Cheers.
 

Bill4728

Moderator
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
10,659
Reaction score
272
Points
719
Location
Lake Tapps, WA
Do they really go that low on resale? (1/2 price) I know that HGVC has ROFR, so I figured that they'd snap up anything that went that low. The other place we own is DVC, and things would never get that low without Disney grabbing them.

At present, the few resales I've seen for West 57th have been at about 80%, and there are not many at present since it's not sold out.

Cheers.
I can't say anything about the Hilton TS in NYC, BUT in most all the other HGVC locations, you can save at least 1/2 and in many cases >60%. Yes HGVC does have ROFR and they have a history of using it but the 60%-70% off is the line were most of the time they use it.

So you can buy a platinum 2bd week at Seaworld from HGVC for about $20,000 or buy it resale for about $8000- $9000

Hope this helps
 

RoshiGuy

TUG Member
Joined
Aug 13, 2008
Messages
164
Reaction score
0
Points
16
Location
MA

Bill4728

Moderator
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
10,659
Reaction score
272
Points
719
Location
Lake Tapps, WA
This is a feature of the Hilton AMEX Surpass card which has a $75 annual fee. That card also adds in Priority Pass membership which allows access to specific airline lounges for a fee.
This is from the AMEX website about the Surpass card
Welcome to Hilton HHonors® VIP status

HHonors Gold VIP status is yours complimentary for the first year. You can receive a 25% bonus credit on all HHonors Base points earned and upgraded accommodations when available. You can maintain your Gold VIP status after the first year if your total eligible spend reaches $20,000 during each calendar year.6

Enjoy an automatic upgrade to HHonors Diamond VIP status when your total eligible spend reaches $40,000 or more during a calendar year.

With Diamond VIP status you may enjoy:

A 50% bonus credit on all HHonors Base points earned
48-hour reservation guarantee
Access to the Executive Floor lounge
Upgraded accommodations when available


Remember, Silver VIP status is complimentary as long as you are a Cardmember.
Boy, that would have been great for your trip to Europe this past spring. I would have love gold VIP instead of the nearly worthless silver VIP.
 
Top