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Hilton Grand Vacations Club®

Submitted by: Bill Bunker 6/27/2008

 Update from the TUG advice article by A.L.

 

 

DISCLAIMER:   The intent of this article is to provide you with a general understanding of the Hilton Grand Vacations Club® ("HGVClub"® or the "Club") system and how it operates.  The information contained in this article is available in HGVClub’s handy annual member guide, which sets forth all the club rules, points charts, benefits and current fees; you may find some of the information at http://hgvc.com as well.  I only try to highlight the key rules and benefits of ownership in a HGVClub resort; I have deliberately omitted many of the details.  The information presented here is believed to be accurate at the time of this writing.  Please practice due diligence and verify the information before you join the Club, as the Club rules may be modified at any time.  I am not a current or former employee of any of the affiliated Hilton companies; nor have I received any financial compensation for writing this article.  I am a happy owner of one of the HGVClub timeshares.  I make this article available on the Internet for reference by members of the Timeshare Users Group (TUG) at http://www.tug2.net/.  Please do not copy any portion of this article for commercial use without authorization.

COMPANY BACKGROUND:  Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC (HGVC) markets and operates the Club, which is a flexible points-based vacation ownership, reservation and exchange system. HGVC also provides management services to Club resorts. HGVC and its affiliated companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Hilton Hotels Corporation.

HGVClub services can be reached through 800-932-4482 (from the U.S. and Canada) or 407-521-3141 (worldwide).  Its website, located at http://www.hgvc.com/, contains descriptions of each of the Club member resorts, including the type of units available, photos, seasons and local contact information; it also offers virtual tours for some of the resorts.

RESORTS:  The Club resorts can be generally divided into 4 categories: (1) "Hilton built" resorts are resorts built and developed by HGVC since 1994; (2) Hilton Intenational GVC resorts ,  (3) The Hilton Club in NYC and (4) "HGVClub affiliated" resorts are resorts built and developed by other companies --these resorts have entered into an agreement to participate in the Club. HGVC manages most of the affiliated resorts. All of the HGVClub affiliated resorts have earned the RCI Gold Grown Resort designation; all of the affiliated resorts which are also affiliated with II have earned the Five Stars designation.

Currently, there are 37 Club resorts in operation. Of the 37, only the following 10 were built by HGVC:  HGVClub at SeaWorld International Center in Orlando, FL; HGVClub on International Drive in Orlando, FL; HGVClub South Beach in Miami, FL; HGVClub Flamingo in Las Vegas, NV; HGVClub Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, NV; HGVClub on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, NV; HGVClub at Wiakoloa  and  2 towers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Oahu, HI. HGVCLub at the Kalia Tower & HGVCLub at the HHV (Note:  There is a thrid development at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, officially called “Grand Wakiaian.” )

The Club resorts are:

COLORADO

 

  • Valdoro Mountain Lodge, Breckenridge

 FLORIDA   

Central:

3 in Orlando:

  • HGVClub at SeaWorld 
  • HGVClub on International Drive
  • HGVC at Ruby Lake

East Coast: 

  • Plantation Beach Club at Indian River Plantation, Hutchinson Island
  • HGVClub South Beach, Miami

 

Gulf Coast:

 

  • The Cottages at South Seas Resort, Captiva Island
  • Plantation Bay Villas at South Seas Resort
  • Plantation Beach Club at South Seas Resort
  • Plantation House at South Seas Resort
  • South Seas Club at South Seas Resort

 

  • Seawatch On-the-Beach Resort, Fort Myers Beach

 

  • The Charter Club of Marco Beach, Marco Island
  • Club Regency of Marco Island, Marco Island
  • Eagle’s Nest Beach Resort, Marco Island
  • The Surf Club Resort, Marco Island

 

  • Casa Ybel Resort, Sanibel Island
  • Hurricane House Resort, Sanibel Island
  • Sanibel Cottages Resort, Sanibel Island
  • Shell Island Beach Club Resort, Sanibel Island
  • Tortuga Beach Club Resort, Sanibel Island

HAWAII  

3 at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Oahu

  • HGVClub at Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • HGClub at the Kalia Tower, Oahu
  • The Grand Waikaiian

 

3 at Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Big Island

  • The Bay Club
  • HGVC at Waikoloa
  • HGVC at KingsLand

 

NEVADA  

  • HGVClub at the Flamingo, Las Vegas
  • HGVClub at the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas
  • HGVClub on the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas

 New York

  • Hilton Club, NYC
  • HGVClub at West 57th

 

MEXICO  

  • Fiesta Americana Vacation Club, Cancun
  • Fiesta Americana Vacation Club, Los Cabos

 HIGVC-

SCOTLAND 

  • Hilton Coylumbridge, Inverness-shire 
  • Hilton Craigendarroch, Royal Deeside 
  • Hilton Dunkeld, Perthshire

Portugal 

  • Hilton Vilamoura Vacation Club

 

OWNERSHIP, KEY MEMBER BENEFITS AND SOME CLUB RULES:

Introduction:  This is the area where the distinction between HGVC built resorts and HGVC affiliated resorts becomes important.  Slightly different types of ownership and rules may apply, depending on where you own.  For example, most of the southwest Florida HGVC affiliated resorts were sold as fixed week timeshares; whereas all of the HGVC built resorts are sold as floating week timeshares.  Also, some of the floating week timeshares at the southwest Florida HGVC affiliated resorts have floating weeks that fall within different Club seasons.  For those owners, the number of Club Points they can obtain each year varies, depending on which week they manage to reserve and turn into the Club.  In contrast, all owners of HGVC built resorts receive a fixed number of Club Points each year, based on the size of the unit and season they own.  Additionally, many of the southwest Florida HGVC affiliated resorts are dually affiliated with both of the main independent exchange companies:  RCI and II.  However, the HGVC built resorts are currently only affiliated with RCI and a smaller exchange company called SFX.  Further, owners at HGVC affiliated resorts do not have to join the Club; if they decide to become a Club member, they would have to pay an enrollment fee (which is currently $399).  In contrast, owners of HGVC built resorts are automatically members of the Club; those owners cannot choose to "withdraw" from the Club.

Vacation Ownership:  Owners own a deeded fee simple one-week interest in a specific property in a particular season.  For HGVC built resorts, that one-week interest is also assigned a fixed annual allotment of Club Points based upon the type of accommodations (e.g., the number of bedrooms) and season owned at the home resort.  There are four Club seasons:  Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.  The particular weeks that fall within these seasons vary depending on the resort and location.  The Club Points values for the weeks, seasons, and unit sizes for each Club resort are fixed.  The size of the unit determines the maintenance fees; therefore, a one bedroom in the Platinum Season will be assessed the same amount of maintenance fees as a one bedroom in the Bronze season.  See below for a Club Points use chart and a Club resort seasons chart.

Usage:  The Club is a points-based reservation and exchange system.  Club seasons are the four referenced above.  The system was designed to be very flexible for owners.  There are many ways to use the annual Club Points.  For example, you can use your Club Points in the traditional timeshare week manner:  reserve a one week stay at your home resort during the home season in the unit size purchased (e.g., one bedroom).  Alternatively, you can break up your Club Points for multiple less-than-one-week stays at the home resort or any Club resort, reserve units that are bigger or smaller than the one you own, or reserve units in a different season.  By staying at a smaller unit during a lower demand season, thus using up fewer Club Points, you can extend your one-week ownership into two weeks worth of vacations.

Let’s say you only have enough annual Club Points to reserve a one bedroom unit for one week during the Gold season at HGVClub Flamingo for next year.  However, you plan to have a two week vacation  next year in a one bedroom unit at the Flamingo during the Gold season.  Therefore, you  need additional points for next years use. You can borrow from the following years point allotment and use the points for next year’s reservation (which you book this year).  There is no charge for borrowing.  What if you do not think you could use next year’s points?  You have the option of depositing next year’s points into your account for future use.  HGVClub currently charges a $69 fee for this transaction.  You may also use your Club Points for exchanges into more than 3,500 RCI resorts worldwide.  Regular RCI exchange fees apply.  See below for a RCI exchange points values chart.

Further, membership in Hilton Hotel Corporation’s loyalty program, Hilton HHonors® program, at the Silver VIP level, comes with the HGVClub membership.  Every year, you have the option of converting your annual Club Points to HHonors points.  HGVClub currently charges $69 for this transaction.  The conversion values are fixed depending on the season and unit size owned, at a rate of 25 HHonors points to one Club Point.  (For example, a 1BR Gold 3400 Club Points ownership converts to 78,200 HHonors points.)  Members may use HHonors points for a variety of goods and services, including hotel stays at Hilton owned and affiliated hotels worldwide and frequent flyer miles at partner airlines.  Members may also use HHonors points for Club reservations.  In addition, members may make reservations in participating HHonors hotels using Club Points directly without converting them to HHonors points.  For more details on the HHonors program go to its website at http://www.hiltonhhonors.com/.  The Club Points to HHonors conversion benefit transfers to owners who purchase resale from sellers other than HGVC.

Reservations:  All Club transactions are handled through the HGVClub services desk.  In other words, owners call one number to make a reservation at their home resorts.  They call the same number to make a reservation at any other resort within the Club.  And they call the same number to make an RCI exchange.  Many experienced timeshare owners have remarked that the HGVClub counselors are some of the nicest and most patient vacation counselors they have ever encountered.  Owners will know immediately whether their requested vacation dates and Club resorts are available during the call.  There are no waitlists; Club reservations operate on a first-come-first-serve basis.

There are three Club reservation periods:  (1) Home Resort Season reservations; (2) Club Season reservations; and (3) Open Season reservations. 

The Home Resort Season reservations period provides members with a priority reservation period when they want to use exactly what they own:  (i) a one-week vacation (ii) at the home resort (iii) during the home season (iv) in the size unit that they own (v) with the home resort check-in date (e.g., Saturdays).  For these reservations, owners can call and reserve as early as one year prior to the start of the home season (not the desired check-in date), but no earlier than 15 months in advance of the desired check-in date. This priority reservations period ends nine months prior to the preferred check-in date. There is no fee for such reservations.

 The Club Season reservations period allows members to reserve stays at any Club resort for any number of days (with three-night minimum) for any size unit with any check-in date.  For these reservations, members can call and reserve as early as nine months prior to the desired check-in date. This reservations period ends 30 days prior to the desired check-in date.  HGVClub currently charges $49 for each Club Season reservation.

 The Open Season reservations period basically deals with last minute inventory in the Club resorts.  Members can make reservations from 30 days before the desired check-in date up to the day before the check-in date.  The key differences between this reservations period and the Club Season reservations period are:  (i) only a two night minimum stay is required for Club resorts; (ii) members can use HHonors points for Club resorts; and (iii) members can rent units at special members-only rates. Currently, the Open Season rental rates are as follows:  studios cost $60/night weekdays (Sun.- Thurs.) and $80/night weekends (Fri. & Sat.); regular (as opposed to “plus or premier units”) one bedrooms cost $80/night weekdays and $100/night weekends; regular two bedrooms cost $100/night weekdays and $120/night weekends; and regular three bedrooms cost $130/night weekdays and $150/night weekends.  HGVClub currently charges $49 for each Open Season reservation using Club Points.

** Unused Club Points expire at the end of each calendar year. Therefore, if a member thinks that they will not be able to use all of their Club Points for a particular year, they should decide, before the applicable deadlines, whether they ought to convert the Club Points into HHonors points (for a fee), deposit the Club Points into the following year’s account (for a fee), or use Club Points for RCI exchanges. Rescue Points you can now rescue points which are about to expire. For a fee HGVC will let you rescue this years points into next year. They can only be used for HGVC reservations. You can’t convert rescue points for HHonors stays. 

Some other relevant fees:  Annual club dues for 2007:  $85 for U.S. or Canada residents and $105 for residents of other countries. You pay one club fee per member even if you own multiple weeks.   The annual club dues include membership in RCI.  However, this membership is limited for HGVClub-RCI exchanges.  Owners must maintain a separate RCI account for all non-HGVC timeshares.  When a person buys a HGVC built timeshare through private resale, HGVClub currently charges a $200 membership transfer fee.  Club memberships for HGVC affiliated resorts are non-transferable.  Guest reservations in family member’s names are complimentary; reservations in the names of all other guests cost $49.

CLUB POINTS USE CHART

 

Platinum Season

Gold Season

Silver Season

Bronze Season

 

Each Mid-week night

Each Week-end night

Full Week Stay

Each Mid-week night

Each Week-end night

Full Week Stay

Each Mid-week night

Each Week-end night

Full Week Stay

Each Mid-week night

Each Week-end night

Full Week Stay

Studio 

220

440

2200

160

320

1600

110

220

1100

80

160

800

1 Bedroom

480

960

4800

340

680

3400

240

480

2400

170

340

1700

2 Bedrooms

700

1400

7000

500

1000

5000

350

700

3500

250

500

2500

3 Bedrooms

840

1680

8400

580

1160

5800

410

820

4100

300

600

3000

** Notes:  Mid-week refers to Mondays through Thursdays.  Weekend refers to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Studios generally include one bed, a sleeper sofa and a kitchenette.  1, 2 and 3 bedrooms generally include a sleeper sofa, separate living and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen.  Some resorts have other accommodation categories beyond the basic 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms:  1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Plus or 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Premier.  These are villas upgraded in one of more of the following ways: location, size or view.  The Plus and Premier units require more Club Points than those stated above.

CLUB RESORT SEASONS CHART

 

Platinum Season

Gold Season

Silver Season

Bronze Season

 

Weeks

Weeks

Weeks

Weeks

COLORADO

 

 

 

 

Valdoro Mountain Lodge, Breckenridge

1-14, 26-35, 47-52

20-25

37-46

16-19

FLORIDA

 

 

 

 

Captiva Island

 

 

 

 

The Cottages

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Plantation Bay Villas

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Plantation Beach Club

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Plantation House

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

South Seas Club

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Fort Myers Beach

 

 

 

 

Seawatch On-the-Beach,  Fort Myers Beach

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-35, 40-42, 49-50

36-39

Hutchinson Island

 

 

 

 

Plantation Beach at Indian River

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-35, 40-42, 49-50

36-39

Orlando

 

 

 

 

HGVClub at SeaWorld International Center

6-15, 24-32, 51-52

1-5, 16-23, 33-43

44-50

None

HGVClub on International Drive

6-15, 24-32, 51-52

1-5, 16-23, 33-43

44-50

None

Marco Island

 

 

 

 

The Charter Club

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Club Regency

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Eagle’s Nest

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

The Surf Club

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Miami

 

 

 

 

HGVClub at South Beach

1-17, 23-33, 51-52

18-22, 34-50

None

None

Sanibel Island

 

 

 

 

Casa Ybel

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Hurricane House

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Sanibel Cottages

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Shell Island Beach Club

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

Tortuga Beach Club

7-13, 51-52

1-6, 14-18, 24-33, 43-48

19-23, 34-42, 49-50

None

HAWAII

 

 

 

 

The Bay Club, The Big Island

1-17, 22-35, 42-52

18-21, 36-42

None

None

HGVClub at Hilton Hawaiian Village,  Oahu

1-18, 23-35, 42-52

19-22, 36-41

None

None

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

 

 

 

 

HGVClub at the Flamingo

9-20, 36-43, 51-52

5-8, 21-36, 43-48

1-4, 49-50

None

HGVClub at the Las Vegas Hilton

9-20, 36-43, 51-52

5-8, 21-36, 43-48

1-4, 49-50

None

HGVClub on the Las Vegas Strip

9-20, 36-43, 51-52

5-8, 21-36, 43-48

1-4, 49-50

None

MEXICO

 

 

 

 

Fiesta Americana, Cancun

4-18, 51-52

26-34, 40-50

19-25, 35-39

None

Fiesta Americana,  Los Cabos

1-18, 26-34, 51-52

19-25, 40-50

35-39

None

SCOTLAND

 

 

 

 

Hilton Coylumbridge, Inverness-shire

14-15, 21-35, 40-43, 51-52

7-13, 16-20, 36-39

5-6, 44-47

1-4, 48-50

Hilton Dunkeld,  Perthshire

14-15, 21-35,  40-43, 51-52

7-13, 16-20, 36-39

5-6, 44-47

1-4, 48-50

Hilton Craigendarroc,  Royal Deeside

1, 14-15, 21-35, 40-43, 51-52

7-13, 16-20, 36-39

5-6, 44-47

2-4, 48-50

 

CLUB POINTS VALUES FOR RCI EXCHANGES

RCI Resort Reservations

Club Points Required for One Week Stay

Club Points Required Per Night for Nightly Stays **

Studio

 

Weekday

Weekend

Red Time
White Time
Blue Time

2400
1700
1200

240

170

120

480

340

240

1 Bedroom

 

 

 

Red Time
White Time
Blue Time

3400
2400
1700

340

240

170

680

480

340

2 Bedroom

 

 

 

Red Time
White Time
Blue Time

4800
3400
2400

480

340

240

960

680

480

3 Bedroom

 

 

 

Red Time
White Time
Blue Time

5800
4000
2900

580

400

290

1,160

800

580

** Notes:  HGVClub members may also use Club Points for nightly stays at participating RCI Points resorts.  Members may make a RCI nightly stay reservation up to 10 months in advance of the desired check-in date.  In addition to giving up the required Club Points, members must pay a small reservation fee based on the number of nights and housekeeping fees, which vary depending on the resort.


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