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Old 02-27-2019, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Akron, OH
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I am a member of the Hilton Honors reward program and I just recently received an email from them for $199 for 3 nights in Orlando or Las Vegas and 15,000 points. To get that rate you have to book it before March 5th and listen to a timeshare presentation.

Has anyone ever done this?

Here is the link:

https://www.hiltongrandvacations.com...ersion=chaserA
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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couldn't you pay one of those guys that shove the naughty brochures in your face $20 to sit in for you at the sales pitch?
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Old 02-27-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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I haven't done it but enough people seem to fall for this (buying a timeshare when they hadn't planned to) that I suggest you to a LOT of reading beforehand to strengthen your resolve if you have no plans to buy one. I've heard that the Timeshare Users Group (TUG) is a good one. Look at resale values, posts from people desperate to get rid of them, and especially what people are asking for their timeshares where you plan to get your free stay. It will be a lot easier to resist a sales pitch when you know you can buy the same thing on the secondary market at a fraction of the price.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Akron, OH
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couldn't you pay one of those guys that shove the naughty brochures in your face $20 to sit in for you at the sales pitch?
Never thought about that.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Akron, OH
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I haven't done it but enough people seem to fall for this (buying a timeshare when they hadn't planned to) that I suggest you to a LOT of reading beforehand to strengthen your resolve if you have no plans to buy one. I've heard that the Timeshare Users Group (TUG) is a good one. Look at resale values, posts from people desperate to get rid of them, and especially what people are asking for their timeshares where you plan to get your free stay. It will be a lot easier to resist a sales pitch when you know you can buy the same thing on the secondary market at a fraction of the price.
I dont plan on buying, I just have to sit through the presentation to get the discount
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:43 AM
 
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I haven't done it but enough people seem to fall for this (buying a timeshare when they hadn't planned to) that I suggest you to a LOT of reading beforehand to strengthen your resolve if you have no plans to buy one. I've heard that the Timeshare Users Group (TUG) is a good one. Look at resale values, posts from people desperate to get rid of them, and especially what people are asking for their timeshares where you plan to get your free stay. It will be a lot easier to resist a sales pitch when you know you can buy the same thing on the secondary market at a fraction of the price.
Why go thru all that hassle when a simple, “No, I’m not interested, but thank you for a lovely presentation.” works just fine?

Now, if the OP has thought about a timeshare and is truly interested in what they’re selling, then yes, they should educate themselves; however for free points and a discount stay? Nope
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:47 PM
 
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Never thought about that.
Won't work. They'll ask for ID.
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Old 02-27-2019, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Are you halfway decent at math? As in, can you easily do a rough comparison on what you're currently averaging on lodging expenses vs what the timeshare goons present to you (keep in mind the maintenance fees)? I went through a timeshare presentation once before because of free stuff, and every time they presented me a new offer, I'd counter back with hard facts and math that their "great deal" wasn't worth it. Shuts them up real quick each time - makes it really easy to say no to them .
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I dont plan on buying, I just have to sit through the presentation to get the discount

That's what they all say.


And they end up buying and regretting it the rest of their lives.


My advice: Don't bother.
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Going to these presentations is like giving blood to a vampire. It's not worth it.
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