My Latest Hilton Timeshare Offer & How I Got Them to Give Me More!
I have shared quite a few timeshare offers in the past. A few have been from Hilton but the best one ever was from Hyatt, I still kick myself for not taking that one. I have always decided not to accept them, mainly because I don’t like to pay for travel. But with banks cracking down, and me kind of being on 5/24 ice, I have decided to travel cheaply where it does make sense now. The timing of the offer and the price finally worked out for my latest Hilton timeshare offer so I accepted it. But I didn’t accept the first offer, I will share why, and I wanted to share my plans for the presentation as well.
How I Received the Offer
Usually I receive my timeshare offers by email, and occasionally via snail mail (USPS). This time I got it by calling into Hilton customer service. It sounds like anyone who wants it can call in and get this offer.
Last wee while making a last minute booking, inside the cancellation window, I put in the wrong date. Since I couldn’t fix my error online I had to call into customer service to get it fixed. The lady was super helpful and fixed my issue pretty quickly and without a fight, another reason Hilton is the anti Bonvoy. At the end of our call she said I would get 500 points for listening to an offer. I said I was too busy and I knew it was a timeshare offer but she asked me again nicely. I asked her if it would help her if I accepted it (assuming she has a quota) and she said yes. So I accepted since she was so helpful and nice on the phone.
I totally expected to tell the Hilton Vacations agent thanks but no thanks and please give me my 500 points but I listened to the offer anyway. When she listed off Orlando as an option I decided to listen a little more intently since we have a trip upcoming for my kids’ birthday.
Details of the Original Pitch
The original offer was for 3 nights, 4 days in one of the following 3 cities:
- Las Vegas
- Myrtle Beach
The cost was $199 plus tax for the booking which is a decent deal but nothing great.
How I Got More
I have learned from numerous comments on my other time share posts to always ask for more so that is what I did. I asked why there was no points with this offer. She came back and said I can add 20,000 Hilton Honor points to the offer. That is worth $80-$100 to me. She said she had to get it approved by her manager (total salesmanship lie) but they gave her the okay.
I was still hesitant on the phone to see if she would go lower (although I probably was going to take it anyway). She then dropped the purchase price to $149 plus tax if I booked it within 45 days. I didn’t have to travel within 45 days I just had to have it booked. That sold me! I probably should have squeezed her for more, like a property credit or an extra night etc. But I really was in a time crunch and it was still a pretty good offer. Three nights in Orlando for a net of around $60 will work for me!
Booking the Offer
I called in a few days later to book the hotel. When I originally booked it she said almost all of their Hilton properties in Orlando where an option. My plan was to get one of the options on the Hilton Resorts list so I could use my wife’s Aspire property credit while we are there.
Luckily I had a little wiggle room because the first dates I tried were all booked since it butted up to a holiday weekend. He asked if I could move it up one day, which I could, so we were in business. The first option he gave me was the Hilton Orlando on International drive which looks like a good property. It is also next door to the Hyatt Regency that I took my kids to on my 1 dad, 2 kids trip. I liked the location and was happy with that option but asked what else was available.
That is when he got me really excited. He said he could do Hilton Bonnet Creek which looks like one of the best Hilton properties in Orlando and right next to Disney Springs. But he was looking at the next week and it wasn’t actually available 😥. I ended up going with the Orlando Hilton.
I checked the dates we are staying and the cheapest room for 3 nights is going for a little over $1000 or 150,000 Hilton Honors points. Those savings are worth two hours of my time!
My Game Plan for the Meeting
At the advice of many readers I am planning on taking the kids to the sales pitch. If they offer to send them to a kids club I will refuse and say I don’t feel comfortable with that. I also plan on being pretty hands off on them. If they want to whine and complain – go for it kids! I hope it gets us out of there early. Except I bet my son asks a ton of questions which could backfire for sure 🤣.
I will let them know up front that I am not a player. And maybe I will flip the sales person into a miles and points fan, who knows. I plan on writing about the experience since I think adding kids to the mix will be interesting.
This is the first timeshare offer I have accepted in almost 15 years and to be honest I am kind of excited for it. I want to see what adding kids to the presentation does. And I have dealt with firm sales tactics in many other business environments so that doesn’t bother me much. My wife however, that is a whole other story! Oh yeah…I should probably tell her she has to sit through a sales pitch on our trip shouldn’t I 🤣😂?