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PSound

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posted 10-21-2004 23:06     Click Here to See the Profile for PSound     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
How well do HGVC points convert into Hotel reservations? For example, how many HGVC points would it take to get a 7 day hotel room at a Category 4 hotel?

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Sandy Lovell

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posted 10-22-2004 10:58     Click Here to See the Profile for Sandy Lovell   Click Here to Email Sandy Lovell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
HGVC points convert 23 to 1 for Hilton HHonor points. So work backwards, how many HH points are required to get what you are looking for?

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sb1070

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From: Harrisburg, PA HGVC Seaworld Sunterra Powhatan Plantation
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posted 10-22-2004 18:11     Click Here to See the Profile for sb1070     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
I just booked a cat 4 hotel for 1 night and it cost 1305 HGVC points and a $49 booking fee.

Also there's a 6 night max on bookings using club points so 6 nights in a cat 4 hotel would be $49 booking fee plus 7830 club points. I don't think it's worth it.

Plus you have to book by Oct 31 if you are using 2004 points.

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PSound

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posted 10-22-2004 18:57     Click Here to See the Profile for PSound     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
Wow! That is a terrible exchange rate. Better off trying to get a 1 bedroom timeshare trade for a week.

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Thanh

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posted 10-23-2004 15:25     Click Here to See the Profile for Thanh   Click Here to Email Thanh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
If you plan to use HGVC Clubpoints that your t/s is credited with to make hotel reservation(s), there is another way to go about it.

Convert your next year's HGVC Clubpoints to HHonors Points this year, paying $69 conversion fee. These points don't expire as the HGVC Cubpoints.

Choose the Hilton hotel that you want to stay at, look at the category assgined to that hotel and go to the Hhonors website to look up the reward certificate chart. Or, if you prefer, just click thru the screen (pretending that you are making the reservation), you will evetualy see how many thousand points you need to "pay' for that stay.

I found the 6-free nights certificate is the best deal as far as points per night go.

Category 6 requires certficate GLONP2 = 175,000 HhonorPoints
If you stay 5 nights at the Category 6 hotel, it would cost 40,000 x 5 = 200,00 HhonorPoints.

Cat. 1 - 5 requires certficate GLONP = 150,000 HhonorPoints.

Unlike making resevation using HGVC Clubpoints, there is NO fee for making reservation by way of "Reward program" using these certificates.

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ronandjoan

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From: Ohio Own at: Bonnet Creek, Dolphin's Cove, Telemark, FF Smoky Mts, Townhouses at St Augustine (TAS)
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posted 10-23-2004 20:38     Click Here to See the Profile for ronandjoan   Click Here to Email ronandjoan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
So far, I have only used our HH points for hotels with "point stretchers" - uses many more fewer points than regularly.

I go to the HH site and put in my city area of interest and then clock on each hotel - then click under "Hilton Honors" and that will give the information of the "level" - required needed ponts, BUT it will also tell whether or not there are some dates for POint Stretchers. Then you call HGVC (not Hilton) and request a certificate for that number of points and then make your reservation at the hotel of choice (with those particular point stretcher dates.) The certificate is good for a year and even though you may need to cancel your reservation (as we just had to for a hotel in St Louis we had reserved for point strecther dates ) we can use the certificate again (until the certificate expires) at some other hotel with the eligible pt strecher.

It does take some searching.

Also, an Hilton person (VC) found other hotels in the area (in another case for me in Atlanta) with point strechers for my needed date that I had not found on the Web site. So you may also wnat to call.

Even though the "exchange" of points is not always the best, we do use the Hilton hotels for the single stays we need to make when traveling where there are no timeshares to use. After all, we have already paid for them and that does reduce the further cash outlay.

We even used them for a convention in Baltimore when it would have been over $120/day and I found a point strecher hotel there for the dates!

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PSound

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posted 10-23-2004 21:40     Click Here to See the Profile for PSound     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
Thanks for the info!!

As you can tell... I am very new to this and truly appreciate everyone sharing their knowledge and experience.

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MaryH

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From: New Orleans, LA, USA - Chateau Orleans
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posted 12-17-2004 18:54     Click Here to See the Profile for MaryH   Click Here to Email MaryH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
Psound,

The 150K and 175K awards are VIP awards and you need minimal Silver status in HHonours.

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Rusty

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posted 12-18-2004 07:01     Click Here to See the Profile for Rusty   Click Here to Email Rusty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
need minimal Silver status in HHonours.


I though ALL HGVC members were automatically Silver status. Well at least we are and they just gave it to us.

[This message has been edited by Rusty (edited 12-18-2004).]

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