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New to HGVC and questions about reservations fees/rules

Gwendyc

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We just bought HGVC via resale and are eager to start making plans, but I had questions about if we would need to change a reservation. I know we can't make changes 60 days or less before our travel date, but what about before then? Do we have to pay another $59 if we move the dates? For example, I would like to travel in December. If I book now, but find out later this summer that we need different December dates, is there any fee to make that change? What if we want to move it from December to November? Cancellations lose the $59 fee, correct? Is that what would happen if travel was shifted to the next calendar year?

Also, we had questions about RCI on-going searches. If we put in an OGS and it comes up a match, do we have to take that match or else lose the exchange fee? Or do we only lose the exchange fee if we accept the match and then cancel?

We are eager to start planning travel, but trying to figure out the balance between booking early to get what we want or waiting until some of our schedule uncertainties about next school year are worked out to avoid change fees (but possibly miss out on the dates/location we want).
 

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Congrats @Gwendyc on your resale purchase! I hope you have many years of enjoyment.

re: Changes. As long as you "change" not cancel outside of 61 days you will not be charged.

re: RCI OGS. No you are not required to take the match. If you accept the match and cancel within 24 hours you will not lose the fee. Beyond 24 hours you will lose the fee.
 

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“re: Changes. As long as you "change" not cancel outside of 61 days you will not be charged.”

I thought they changed this and you can no longer change without losing the reservation fee?
 

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“re: Changes. As long as you "change" not cancel outside of 61 days you will not be charged.”

I thought they changed this and you can no longer change without losing the reservation fee?
As long as it’s 61 day or longer, you can change and won’t lose your reservation fee.
 

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@dayooper , can I make the change (modify reservation) online or should I call and speak to a human?
 

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@dayooper , can I make the change (modify reservation) online or should I call and speak to a human?
I‘ve always made changes online. it’s so much easier. If you are walking a reservation, you pretty much have to do it online or you might miss out on your reservation.

I’ve had only one issue, but I was shuffling points (a technique where you want to trade older points into a reservation). I had no problems shortening by 2 days, but couldn’t get the those days back. A quick call to CS fixed the issue.
 

Talent312

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It's significantly cheaper online...
Home Week - Complimentary
Home Resort, by Hilton Club, or Club - Phone $99 / Online $59
Home Resort or Club using Bonus Points – Phone $109 / Online $79

On the member's website, under "Help," look for Club Navigator - Rules+Fees.
OR just go to... https://tinyurl.com/pjmznsak
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We just bought HGVC via resale and are eager to start making plans, but I had questions about if we would need to change a reservation. I know we can't make changes 60 days or less before our travel date, but what about before then? Do we have to pay another $59 if we move the dates? For example, I would like to travel in December. If I book now, but find out later this summer that we need different December dates, is there any fee to make that change? What if we want to move it from December to November? Cancellations lose the $59 fee, correct? Is that what would happen if travel was shifted to the next calendar year?

Also, we had questions about RCI on-going searches. If we put in an OGS and it comes up a match, do we have to take that match or else lose the exchange fee? Or do we only lose the exchange fee if we accept the match and then cancel?

We are eager to start planning travel, but trying to figure out the balance between booking early to get what we want or waiting until some of our schedule uncertainties about next school year are worked out to avoid change fees (but possibly miss out on the dates/location we want).
Where did you get your resale and what did you get? I am in the resale market myself. Since I live on the west coast, I was thinking about buying in Vegas since it has low MF. I want to get enough points annually so I can double up to go to Hawaii locations when I go in the odd years. I have similar questions as you so I am following his thread for sure. Thank you for asking the questions.
 

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Where did you get your resale and what did you get? I am in the resale market myself. Since I live on the west coast, I was thinking about buying in Vegas since it has low MF. I want to get enough points annually so I can double up to go to Hawaii locations when I go in the odd years. I have similar questions as you so I am following his thread for sure. Thank you for asking the questions.
We bought through Diane Nadeau. She was super-helpful, and we got a great price on HGVC Seaworld, even years 4800 pts, but if we ever add on, the Vegas properties seem like a good choice.
 

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We bought through Diane Nadeau. She was super-helpful,
I also second Diane. I told her what I want and what I want to pay. She is out looking for it. Some of LV properties are a great choice if you are only looking for points. We do have a resource of the HGVC resorts/units with some of the best MFs/point ratio on our MF sticky.
 

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Where did you get your resale and what did you get? I am in the resale market myself. Since I live on the west coast, I was thinking about buying in Vegas since it has low MF. I want to get enough points annually so I can double up to go to Hawaii locations when I go in the odd years. I have similar questions as you so I am following his thread for sure. Thank you for asking the questions.
What I’ll add to GT75‘s comments are understand the nuances of the HGVC (how MF‘s are based on room type and season + many other issues) and have a good idea of how many points you want to use now and into the future before you buy.

I went into 2020 with a pretty good understanding of the program but reading through many threads here taught me quite a bit more. My first purchase in Nov 2020 was a 7000 point 1BR at Elara with MFs around $900. I then decided I wanted more to use for our travel and to potentially share with our son and his wife and added a 12,600 point EOY 1BR at Kings Land with MFs under $1500. I thought that was enough and while looking for something really specific I came across a really good deal on something quite different from what I was looking for and I‘m in the midst of acquiring another 2x6200 points in Even Years at Valdoro which has higher MFs but at the end of the day my average will be around $.14/point for all three deeds combined.

I think I’m done for awhile and now will have about 19,000 points a year, but will likely rent out 6200 of those in Even years to lower my overall MFs. I’ve paid about $.63/point plus closing costs and transfer/activation fees and really like the locations I’ve stayed at already.

Dig into GT‘s spreadsheet and the 2021 Club Reference and Club Rules pdf. I will be some work but you won’t regret it and have a better understanding of what you’re getting into.
 
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