PROS / You can stay at more than 4,500 resorts.
CONS / Hilton Grand Vacations Club sales may put a lot of pressure on you to buy.
VERDICT / Hilton Grand Vacations Club provides a large selection of home resorts from which you can choose in locations that you’ll love, like beach towns or golf hot spots. There are several added fees, though, compared to other vacation clubs.
The best vacation clubs provide resorts in the destinations you want to visit in all areas of the world, and Hilton Grand Vacations Club does a great job of giving you a variety of locations. The travel club also offers you a membership to RCI, a timeshare exchange group where you can trade your week at your home resort for a week in another participating resort. In order to book at other resorts, though, you pay some steep fees – whether you’re going through the Hilton network or RCI.
Hilton Grand Vacations Club uses a point system in conjunction with the week system, so you can either use your points to purchase a unit at a resort during an off-peak season for fewer points or spend more points for a unit during high-peak season. You also have the option of simply trading your week and unit through RCI and booking an equivalent – or even better – unit at another resort in an exotic locale you’ve yet to visit.
Although you won’t be eligible for any discounts as a member of Hilton Grand Vacations Club, you receive silver membership status in Hilton’s HHonors, which means you can earn a different set of points you can use at Hilton hotels and resorts. However, you can ask the concierge during your stay about local discounts, and they may have coupons for restaurants, show tickets or other activities and rentals, but this varies by location.
When you seek information for a vacation club, there’s a good chance you will get an eager salesperson who wants to sell to you immediately. We experienced a lot of pressure to purchase a membership, but even more unprofessional than that, we were subjected to several minutes of negative comments about competing vacation clubs. When we scoured reviews from members of the vacation club, we found hundreds of complaints, but the majority of them had been resolved or at least there was an attempt at resolution by the company.
Hilton has a highly recognizable name in the hotel and resort industry, so you are likely to find a resort in a location in the network that you want to visit. Even if you don’t, you have the option of trading through an exchange group. Although Hilton Grand Vacation Club doesn’t rank as the best timeshare company on our list, it would be an excellent choice if you want to stick to a trusted hotelier as your vacation club.