Part 2 – Hilton Elara Timeshare in Las Vegas (Perks and Presentation)
Time for my timeshare. Let the fun begin. Vacation Experience Reception, here I come!
The timeshare agent was very friendly and showed me around some of the rooms on the 65th floor. Great views from up there. Now we sat down and talked numbers. lots of numbers. Anyone with an MBA in statistics will probably understand what is going on. Good luck to everyone else (myself included).
The one thing that caught my attention was the transfer ratio of Hilton Timeshare Points to Hilton HHonors Points (1:25 ratio). Looking at the numbers below, 125,00 Hilton HHonors Points seem like a lot, but not since March’s massive devaluation. I brought that up to the agent and he said it was a “minor change.”
The really funny thing was that the agent wanted me to pay for the timeshare with a credit card, specially an American Express Hilton HHonors Credit Card, and he had an application handy. I told him that I already had a Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Credit Card and that it had a better earning rate, but he didn’t believe me. Oh boy. I told him that there were actually 4 different Hilton HHonors Credit Cards, but he didn’t believe that either.
After we went back a forth for a few minutes, I kept thanking him for his time but sad I wasn’t ready to purchase. Another gentleman came by and offered me an “exclusive offer” offer for 8 days, 7 nights in their new Hawaiian Vacation property, but it would have cost $1,200 for that, so I turned him down as well.
Now for what I came for (the perks)
15,000 Hilton HHonors Points, worth $75 to me (1/2 cpp)
The Hilton HHonors Points posted very quickly in just 2 days :)
$200 Spend a Night on Us Certificate, worth about $100-$150 to me. Basically you have to stay at any Hilton Hotel (no other Hilton brand) in the United States in the next 6 months, pay for the stay with a credit card, then send the invoice to Hilton, and they will send you a check for that amount.
I plan on staying at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Hotel and found te most expensive room I could get under $200 (executive room level).
Dinner and show for 2 people at any of the following shows/restaurant.
My view from the wing of Las Vegas.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.