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  • Si 36 posts

    Hey folks, hoping there will be experience of this offer in the HfP community…

    I need a night in NYC in September before flying out early am to Dominican and just cheesed off with the cost of even really basic hotels…then i saw this offer on the Hilton Website for $199 (plus other fees it transpires, taking it closer to $280) for 2 nights in the Hilton Central Park and a gift of 50,000 HH points. To qualify i would have to give up 2 hours of my day for a sales pitch (in which I would naturally tell them I’m not interested)…

    I would be happy to have to jump through the hoops for this as i can make the room on my trip for 2 nights in NYC and to get them for less than $150 per night plus 50,000 HH would be a good deal in my eyes (definitely better than paying $800-$900 or 80-90000 Bonvoy/160000 HH for 2 nights).

    My question is whether, as a UK resident I would qualify for this offer. The T&C’s seem unclear and i was wondering if anyone had knowledge/experience of this.

    Thanks all

    davefl 1,229 posts

    For legal reasons (award giving and taxes etc) they’re generally limited to US residents. What do the Ts&Cs say for this one?

    NorthernLass 7,466 posts

    I own timeshare weeks and have stayed in Hilton resorts – IME anything to with ownership/sales and you do need to at least be resident in the US to qualify.

    Recent reports about sales pitches (not just Hilton) is that they are even more pressured than they used to be. Have you looked at hotel prices just over the border in New Jersey, they are often much better than NYC? Though of course that might not suit if you have an early departure from JFK. Nearer JFK, Long Island can be decent value at properties like HIEX/Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites.

    If you do decide to submit to the pitch, I find that loudly bemoaning the dreadful £/$ exchange rate these days is quite convincing!

    RoundTheWorld 10 posts

    Yes, UK residents qualify. I am a Hilton Grand Vacations Club member and I am not a US resident. Be aware, they won’t let you off easily if you just say ‘I’m not interested’. There are more than just timeshares that they sell, and can easily spend more than two hours to go through what they have to offer, whether you show any interests or not. And it is not a group talk, you will be taken into a room for a 1-2-1 talk with a salesman!

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,045 posts

    If you think it’s only going to be 2 hours then think again.

    No way would I personally do anything like this and I’d just cough up the cash for the rooms and spend the two hours on something I wanted to do!

    Super Secret Stuff 365 posts

    If you think it’s only going to be 2 hours then think again.

    No way would I personally do anything like this and I’d just cough up the cash for the rooms and spend the two hours on something I wanted to do!

    I’ve heard if you start with “what’s the minimum amount of time I have to be here, I’ve read it’s X” and set a timer on your phone in front of them, most of the time they’ll give in. Gets in there heads

    NorthernLass 7,466 posts

    Yes, UK residents qualify. I am a Hilton Grand Vacations Club member and I am not a US resident. Be aware, they won’t let you off easily if you just say ‘I’m not interested’. There are more than just timeshares that they sell, and can easily spend more than two hours to go through what they have to offer, whether you show any interests or not. And it is not a group talk, you will be taken into a room for a 1-2-1 talk with a salesman!

    Where did you attend the presentation and make the purchase though? I was approached for the sales pitch a few years ago at a Hilton hotel in New York and the rep said that we needed to have a US address to be eligible for the cheap package – so it was very easy to get rid of him!

    RoundTheWorld 10 posts

    You are right @NorthernLass, I bought my timeshare in Hawaii. The current promotion is in New York, and they specify you need to be a resident in that state to be eligible for their ‘preview packages’, although anyone from any country can buy a timeshare.

    Si 36 posts

    Thanks for your feedback and experience folks 👍

    Peter K 546 posts

    If you think it’s only going to be 2 hours then think again.

    No way would I personally do anything like this and I’d just cough up the cash for the rooms and spend the two hours on something I wanted to do!

    I’ve heard if you start with “what’s the minimum amount of time I have to be here, I’ve read it’s X” and set a timer on your phone in front of them, most of the time they’ll give in. Gets in there heads

    I love this. Great tip!!

    NorthernLass 7,466 posts

    It should say in the offer terms how long the presentation will be. If you don’t attend for the minimum time, they can charge you the full rate for the accommodation.

    Different place, but someone who didn’t stay long enough at a presentation in the Caribbean recently found they were charged full price for the boat trip they had been offered for half price (it was a rubbish incentive, don’t know why they went for it, tbh!)

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