How Hilton Grand Vacations Club works
The Club is a point based reservation system. Hilton timeshare Club members receive a point allotment based on the villa type and season they own at their home resort. It is very important to understand the different types of ownership that are available, the benefits of each type of ownership and the basic rules of the HGVC system.
The distinction between HGVC developed resorts and HGVC affiliated resorts is an important factor when learning about the HGVC system. Ownership and usage rules may be different depending on your Hilton timeshare home resort.
While many HGVC built resorts were typically sold as floating week ownerships (which can be used as points throughout the Hilton system) different ownership types and rules may apply. For example, in Florida a majority of the affiliated resorts were sold offering fixed weeks, as well as flex week timeshare options. For fixed and event week ownerships, the home week is automatically reserved each year unless the owner cancels the reservation.
Predetermined amounts of points are assigned to all HGVC ownerships based on the following:
- Specific HGVC developer resort
- Unit size
- Unit type
- Number of ClubPoints
- Type of ownership
- Type of week
Club Members automatically receive a deposit of ClubPoints annually or bi-ennially depending on their deeded ownership. Online HGVC accounts display a rolling three year period of available ClubPoints. Unused ClubPoints for a given year will expire at the end of the calendar year. ClubPoints do expire, but can be rescued, banked or converted into HHonors points. Note: See “Maximizing the use of your ClubPoints” below.
The Club Points can be used in a number of ways. An owner can:
- Reserve their home reservation for a 7-night stay in the unit size and season they own.
- Use points to book a different location, unit size, season, or # of nights (3 night minimum).
- Trade their points for another location, season, or unit size in RCI or SFX’s inventory.
- Make a reservation through RCI nightly to book individual nights.
- Use Club Perks for cruises, guided journeys, car rentals and airline tickets.
- Book Hilton Hotels with their Club Points, or Convert them to Honors Points.
- Borrow points from the following Use Year.
Hilton’s Elite Status designation cannot be obtained via a resale purchase on the secondary market. Not all affiliate resorts allow the Club membership rights to transfer to a secondary owner.
Buying a Hilton timeshare resale on the secondary market is much less expensive than purchasing direct from the developer because of the fact that the developer incurs marketing costs that are passed on to the consumer. It is the developer who sets the price on the retail market. On the secondary market of timeshare resale, prices are determined by individuals and current market conditions.
A timeshare interval should be purchased for enjoyment. The purchase of a Hilton Grand Vacation Club timeshare resale ensures that you will be able to vacation and spend quality time with your family and friends each year. You might want to think of it as vacation insurance for all your future vacations!
Deeded Vacation Ownership and Season Information
Ownership with HGVC is a deeded, fee simple, one-week interest in a single property during a specific time of the year, or season. If the resort is HGVC built, an owner is allotted a fixed amount of Club Points each year, determined by the extent and type of the accommodations (i.e. the number of bedrooms in a single unit) and the season in which the ownership is deeded.
Some resorts will have all four seasons (and a Holiday designation) while other resorts may only be divided into two or three seasons. In addition, there can be other variations with a few of the affiliates.
Also note: Some affiliate Hilton timeshare resale resorts were originally sold with different season designations than those used by Hilton. A few of these resorts may have a float season that encompasses weeks which fall into different HGVC season designations.
HGVC determines their seasons by the following designations:
These seasons vary based on the demand of a resort during these particular weeks. Certain weeks are sold as a fixed week that can be canceled and turned into points.
The points associated with each season of HGVC built resorts have fixed values based on the unit size and view. The unit size at the particular resort that is deeded to is what determines the maintenance fees. There is no discrepancy in maintenance fees for a platinum, gold, silver or bronze week at that particular property, so long as the unit size is identical.