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I Upgraded My Hilton Grand Vacations Ownership During a Pandemic — Here's Why

One Owner shares why she prioritizes vacation ownership

Jessica M
Hilton Grand Vacations Owner posing with a gorgeous vista in the distance.

Yes, you read the title correctly. I upgraded my timeshare during a pandemic. And yes, I actually thought about it before saying: absolutely

However, first I must acknowledge my privilege. I didn't lose my job, and I easily transitioned my role to work remotely — which made upgrading my Hilton Grand Vacations ownership possible. And for that, I'm grateful.  

Stunning poolside views showcasing pool waterfall at Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations.    

So you may wonder why in the world I would upgrade while we were grounded and, for the most part, uncertain when we would travel again. It's a great question, which I can answer by sharing what I did know at the time.          

First, eventually, we would travel again. One of the reasons I purchased Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare in the first place is that I've got decades of travel ahead of me. I knew that one day, I would get to explore the world again and when I did, I was going to be very ready to be at a best-in-class resort. 

Second, prices will go up (inflation, anyone?). Upgrading ensured I could continue to travel well far into the future. I'm sure my future self will thank me.  

Finally, I love vacation ownership and thought more about upgrading as I thought about what I wanted out of life. If the pandemic taught us anything, it's that everything can change in an instant. It changed how I thought about prioritizing vacations, adventure and things that I value over the long term.

Aerial shot of Ocean Enclave by Hilton Grand Vacations with people admiring oceanviews from the balcony in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.    

There were also some fantastic pandemic-induced deals, so I took the plunge.

And I'm so glad I did.

For me, upgrading was absolutely the right move. While I might not use all my points this year (with the carry-over from 2020), I have the option to save them for next year or exchange them for Hilton Honors™ points

Either way, it was worth it. By upgrading, despite the pandemic, I prioritized long-term dreams, goals and my health and wellbeing – financially, physically and mentally.  

Read "Make the Most of Your Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare, Year After Year, with Upgrades” for more about why Owners upgrade.

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Hilton Grand Vacations Explorer, Jessica M.

Jessica M

Returning Explorer and Owner since 2019, Jessica says, “based on the way I traveled, vacation ownership just made sense." She enjoys the opportunity to use her ClubPoints to travel with family and friends, but you'll also find her flying solo. 

She says, "I love inspiring people to travel, and I'm excited to help young, single people think about vacation ownership and traveling in different ways than is often presented." Always one for adventure, you can find her off the beaten path to experience local culture, try regional foods or on the water enjoying watersports of all kinds. 

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