“So how does your timeshare work?”
This is probably one of the most popular questions that we get asked when talking to friends and family about Hilton Grand Vacations. Why? Typically it’s because many of them still think about a timeshare program as purchasing a specific week at one location. And the discussion about the ClubPoints system begins!
When we decided to purchase into the HGV family, the flexibility of using points was one of the main benefits that sold us on the program. Additionally, we had an incredible sales representative who sold us the best allotment of ClubPoints for our current needs – 3,400 points every other year. As a couple, we tend to have a travel pattern. One year, we will take one big trip (think European vacation). However the following year, we tend to stay local for more frequent, but quick trips. Hence, why the program we ended up purchasing was a no brainer decision. Thankfully, our ClubPoints can really be utilized for either type of “travel year.”
Now you may be thinking, what does 3,400 points actually get you? You’d be surprised with how much you can do with this allotment of ClubPoints, in addition to leveraging some of the other benefits of traveling with Hilton.
Traveling in the non-peak seasons
The best advice we received when starting to plan our HGV vacations was to travel during the non-peak seasons, if possible. Typically during these times, you can get a lot more bang for your buck (or in this case ClubPoints)! And depending on the time of the year, seasonality for resorts can vary based on their location. This is typically the strategy we utilize when booking those longer vacations, focusing more on the “Sliver/Gold” weeks versus the “Platinum” weeks. By focusing more on the seasonality, we can definitely maximize the value and book a week long vacation with our full ClubPoints allotment.
Not sure what the seasonality is for each HGV property? Check out the 2019 Club Reference Guide for an overview of all the ClubPoints and Open Season rental rates.
Taking shorter, quick trips throughout the year
Nothing is better than a quick weekend getaway. Just enough time to relax and get out of work mode, while also not eating up all of those vacation days! What’s better than that?
We’ve found that by taking these shorter trips, we can…
- Have multiple trips to look forward to during the year
- Stretch out our points to travel to a few different places
As an example, 2018 was our year of “short and quick” trips. Our first vacation was a favorite of ours, a staycation in the heart of Central Florida. However, we also decided to splurge on a night in a 1-Bedroom suite in New York City. Even after those two vacations, we still had over 1,000 ClubPoints to roll over into 2019! Perfect, as it now allows us to book another local getaway this year.
Traveling during the week
While we love a weekend getaway, you can definitely maximize your ClubPoints by traveling during the week. I know when researching upcoming vacations, the ClubPoints value is typically lower from Monday to Thursday. Due to this, you can save up those points and plan another fun vacation with family or friends!
Invest in the Hilton Honors program
I’ve been a Hilton traveler for as long as I can remember – earning those beloved Hilton Honors points for hotel stays. After purchasing into the HGV family, we also wanted to know how we could also maximize our Hilton Honors points. Cue, the Hilton Honors credit card. This ended up being an easy decision for us, as the benefits have exceeded our expectations – earning points on all of our eligible purchases! Because of this investment, it has allowed us to look at our vacation plans a little differently, evaluating if it’s better to use Hilton Honors points or HGV ClubPoints. Heck, sometimes we even use both during a single trip!
We most recently used both sets of points during our trip to New York City last December. Since the HGV properties were not available for our entire stay, we ended up staying at a couple different Hilton properties. And bonus, we were able to pay for our entire trip with points!
So whether you are taking a big vacation, or planning quick getaways, there is so much you can do to maximize your points! Happy planning.