The Unexpected Perks of Timeshare Presentations
I spoke about surviving our timeshare presentation in Orlando, even with kids, a few weeks ago. We were able to take a vacation for a fraction of the cost because of the timeshare offer. We ended up with close to $1000 worth of value for an out of pocket cost of $149 plus tax when it was all said and done. That is a substantial discount and that has me wanting to come back for more, whenever I can. But there were a few other perks of timeshare presentations that I wanted to share with you. These were somewhat unexpected pluses of the presentation booking, serendipitous occurrences I guess you could say. They made the trip even more profitable or enjoyable than expected.
My Status Was Honored
I had somewhat expected my Hilton Diamond status to be honored for the booking. Mainly because Hilton Vacations Club is an offshoot from Hilton Hotels. Plus I set up the booking when I had called into the Hilton Honors help line for a completely unrelated issue so it seems like it should work out. Those phone calls are now worth 5,000 points by the way. But I still wasn’t 100% sure that my status would be fully honored. They could treat it like an Expedia booking etc. since Hilton Vacations would be paying reduced rates to the hotel.
They did mention my Diamond status at check in and offered me an upgrade to the executive floor. There was no lounge so it was an upgrade in name only I guess. We were able to get free breakfast for two each day as well because of my status. My wife and son headed down there each day and would just bring back some extra food for me and our daughter. I wouldn’t pay for the continental breakfast so that is a good workaround if you are ever at the Hilton Orlando.
I Earned Points On The Cash Rate
Even though I only paid $149 plus tax for the 3 nights I earned points as if I paid for the room. This was in addition to the 50,000 offer they gave me for attending (after I talked them up from 20,000). I noticed the daily rate at the top of my folio upon checkout but didn’t think much of it. The rate shown was around $150 a night. That was a lot lower than the going rate of $250-$300 that I saw online. I figured it was interesting to see what Hilton Vacations paid for the room and that was about it.
A few days later the points posted on my account, and it was a lot of them. I had expected to get some from our dining and beverage purchases, this isn’t Hyatt after all, but I was met with a surprising windfall of points. What made it even better is that I was able to use my Aspire resort credit on $250 of the $317.16. That means I spent $67.16 “out of pocket” and earned 32,048 Hilton Honors points. I value those points at around $140.
Them giving me points for the room rate did work out perfectly since Hilton has an insane amount of promos going on and I was earning 40 points per dollar. I earned over 18,000 points from getting credit on the room booking. That brings my total haul from the trip up to 68,000 Hilton Honors points when you include the 50,000 they gave me for showing up. Pretty amazing!
I think the unexpected perks of timeshare presentations have convinced me that I need to do more of these. Don’t get me wrong the value up front is amazing but I like unexpected cherries on top even better! We got free breakfast from my status, an upgrade (which would be better at other locations) and I earned 18,000 points for the room rate. I ended up getting paid to go to Orlando…you simply can not beat that!