Our first timeshare was purchased resale and was a Hilton Grand Vacation Club at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. We have had it ever since and have enjoyed many vacations using the points system of our Hilton timeshare. We have written an earlier post about the Hilton timeshare system that you might like to read if you are interested.
On our first trip to our Hilton Timeshare in Las Vegas over ten years ago, I saw a flyer about getting an American Express card and receiving points in the Hilton Honor System. They would give you some bonus points if you joined and used your card. We decided to fill out the form and sent it in. We were sent the American Express card and have been using it ever since.
We have since worked our way up to Gold VIP status because we charge over $20,000.00 a year on our card. (Barb is great at helping with that part!) Each level gives you some additional benefits. The way the card works is that you earn at least 3 Hilton Honor points for every $1 you spend. You earn 6 points for every $1 you spend at Hilton Family hotels, supermarkets, drug stores, gas stations, phone service, cable service and internet service providers. Each month when you receive your American Express statement, you get your points for the Hilton Honor System.
There is NO annual fee for the card. Also there is NO limit on points you can earn. The primary way to use the points is for hotel stays with the Hilton family of hotels. You can use your points for some shopping, dining, car rentals and cruises, but we think the best use is for hotel stays. The hotel stays run from 10,000 to 60,000 points per night, depending on location and hotel. The Hilton Family of Hotels includes: Hilton, Conrad, Double Tree, Embassy Suites, Hampton, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Waldorf Astoria, and the Hilton Grand Vacations Club.
We always pay for all of our charges every month, so we do not pay any interest on our purchases; thus, we feel we are getting our Honor points for doing our regular shopping. We just make sure we use the card for our purchases and pay the bill every month. We have set up some of our regular bills to be paid monthly on the card. We normally get an average of 9,000 points a month or about 110,000 points a year. We usually book hotel stays in the 25,000 points or less a night, so doing the math, this gives 4 or 5 nights a year of hotel stays. When you book, there are no blackout dates, and other than using your points, there are NO charges at the hotel for anything else, like taxes.
Our primary use of our Hilton Honors Points is for travel with our timeshares. We use them for longer car trips for a stay en route to our destination and returning home. We also use them to stay on a trip that does not have any timeshares close to an area that we want to visit. We sometimes use them for shorter stays in an area that we want to see, but do not want to book a full week at a timeshare.
You can convert your Hilton Honors points for timeshare stays with Hilton. You can also convert your Hilton Grand Vacation Club timeshare points to Hilton Honors points. Again, this gives you additional flexibility in planning your vacations. We have done both and have had no problems.
Yes, we know there are other credit cards out there that give you free airfare, cash back, etc., and we have tried some of them. But the HGVC/Hilton Honors Points seem to work best for us and give us good value. They come in handy for making our overall travel experiences great and in getting maximum benefits from our many timeshares. We love our Hilton Honor Points!