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    HGVC small contracts

    More curious than anything.... Is there any benefit to buying a small HGVC club contract? I've seen them as small as 2400 points, but I fail to see the benefits of those contracts. If you have to use 3 years worth of points for a decent one week stay, the 3 years of MFs really adds up.

    Does HGVC have discount cash rooms for owners? Can owners rent more points if needed for a stay?

    In Worldmark, we get significantly reduced rates on cash stays if booking within 2 weeks of arrival. Also, they run other cash price specials. Plus, we have the added benefit of renting one time use credits from other owners.

    Just wondering if/what benefits are there for the small HGVC contracts.

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    Presley I own a 5K biennial so I guess it's like a 2.5K per year contract.
    I find it just enough for my needs since I own so many other TS's.

    There is alot of open season availability in the club. So much so that I've done more open season ressies than points ressies in my two years of ownership. I've done 4 Orlando open season rentals, all in big 2 and 3 bedroom units even in high season and a few SW Florida rentals in 2 bedrooms as well including during snowbird time.

    I find it a great benefit of ownership. You can reserve within 30 days of check in as few as 2 nights on open season rates. I've always got something nice that is available to me on short notice within driving distance when the bug hits me.

    My most recent Orlando stay was at Parc Soleil and being an owner I was able to get an extra day tacked on on my last day instead of checking out. The manager was super helpful as the house was sold out so he saved me the first cancellation/no show and walked them to another resort. Now that's service to owners. HGVC really does make their owners feel special.

    I found that I had points that were going to expire and I'd have to rescue so decided to snoop around in RCI and scored a nice Manhattan Club NYE ressie so didn't have to pay to rescue those points.

    If this were my only TS then I probably would feel that I underbought, but since this is just a compliment to my many other ownership, it's a perfect fit for me but I can see why others would fee that it was too little points.

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    I think you'd get alot of mileage owning HGVC and just renting open season with all the California affiliates coming on board. It seems that HGVC is going into partnership with Grand pacific in a closer relationship. When I was at Marbrisa there was no mention of GP, just HGVC. It's almost as if GP didn't exist. Maybe that's the image they want to portray but it's good for us HGVC owners since it's opening up new open season possibilites.

    Open season is also available thru RCI by calling the club. I've not yet done any open season thru this avenue so I'm not sure where they get the inventory but it is supposedly available nightly not just weekly so I'm guessing that it's coming from points inventory.

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    Does the open season include Club Intrawest?

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    So when u say "open season" does this mean rental?
    Rather then last minute (under 30 days) low point resies, they rent at a low rate?

    Similar to Bluegreens bonus time?
    Just curious.


    And when u went to Maribisa(sp) in CA, that was a regular reservation that you made 6 months out?

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    Thanks for asking that as I was thinking the same thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by GrayFal View Post
    So when u say "open season" does this mean rental?
    Rather then last minute (under 30 days) low point resies, they rent at a low rate?

    Similar to Bluegreens bonus time?
    Just curious.


    And when u went to Maribisa(sp) in CA, that was a regular reservation that you made 6 months out?

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    With Hilton, maintenance fees are based on the underlying unit- not the points.. For example, a low season 2br (2500 pts) pays the same annual fees as a platinum 2br (7000 pts).

    While your savings at the time of purchase can be substantial- your annual costs can be drastically higher- costing you much more over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikkis_playpen View Post
    With Hilton, maintenance fees are based on the underlying unit- not the points.. For example, a low season 2br (2500 pts) pays the same annual fees as a platinum 2br (7000 pts).

    While your savings at the time of purchase can be substantial- your annual costs can be drastically higher- costing you much more over time.
    Excellent point to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Presley View Post
    Does the open season include Club Intrawest?
    I believe it includes all the affiliate resorts although I've not yet tried out a Club Intrawest. I have booked several of the SW Florida affiliates though so I'm guessing that it works with Intrawest as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayFal View Post
    So when u say "open season" does this mean rental?
    Rather then last minute (under 30 days) low point resies, they rent at a low rate?

    Similar to Bluegreens bonus time?
    Just curious.


    And when u went to Maribisa(sp) in CA, that was a regular reservation that you made 6 months out?
    Yes Marbrisa was a club reservation. I wasn't sure about availability at the time so didn't want to chance not getting something but I did see availability thru the club for open season rates.

    And yes Open season is Hilton's version of renting to ONLY owners bonus time within 30 days of check in. The owner HAS to check in. They will not honor the reservation for anyone other than the owner from what I understand. I've not yet challenged this though.

    Hilton does not discount the points closer to check in like Wyndham does. Instead they offer you a cash option. I much prefer the cash option myself since I'm so points poor to begin with. It's definitely a nice perk and it's open to all HGVC resale owners as well, not just direct sales.

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