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Why You Should Attend a Hilton Grand Vacations Membership and Portfolio Review, Even if You're Not Planning to Upgrade

One Owner shares why she always attends these timeshare presentations

Laurie L
Waves crashing against lava rock, cotton candy skies overhead, Maui, Hawaii.

Once you become a Hilton Grand Vacations Owner, you'll continue to have the opportunity to attend presentations called a Membership and Portfolio Review, where you can upgrade your membership. You'll get a call inviting you, and you may ask yourself, "do I only go when I'm ready to upgrade?"   

In my opinion, even if you're not planning on upgrading, you should still absolutely go, especially if you want the gift. 

Stunning aerial image, Las Vegas Strip glowing against night sky, Las Vegas, Nevada.    

What to Expect

Recently, I went to a Membership and Portfolio Review in Las Vegas, which was much different from any other reviews that I've attended.

For example, they took me into a room with many other Owners, versus a one on one experience. It was also more educational. They talked about travel tips, booking flights, including which days are best for cheaper flights and traveling in the Hilton portfolio of brands. I agreed with the entire presentation. 

"They're giving away my secrets," I thought to myself with a chuckle.   

They also discussed my number one travel bucket list item: staying in an overwater bungalow. "Now we are talking," I said to myself. It was worth the update already. 

After the 15-minute presentation, a Sales Executive came out to talk with us. First, she asked if we had an Account Manager. Hilton Grand Vacations Owners will start having Account Managers who can answer questions or help with reservations. All you would have to do is call or text your Account Manager. I think this is a great idea. 

So, if you've never been to Membership and Portfolio Review or it's been a while, expect to learn about traveling better overall, not just Hilton Grand Vacations stays. In my opinion, you should go and maximize the experience. 

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Idyllic tropical scene, overwater bungalows glowing against the dusk sky, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.    


If I'm not planning to upgrade, I make these presentations a time to get ownership updates. I put any questions on a list and have them ready during this update.

Time it Right

I always schedule my review first thing in the morning to not interrupt the day I've planned on my vacation. Once, I had a very nice Sales Executive ask me why I would come if I wasn't planning on upgrading. So, I simply told him the truth: the gift. 

Be Strategic About Your Gift

I honestly believe Hilton Grand Vacations wants me to come to the presentation whether I plan to upgrade or not. Otherwise, they wouldn't call me and offer me these tempting gifts. Since my vacation time is valuable for me, it only seems fair.

I have tons of Hilton Honors™ Points, so the Points aren't a big incentive for me anymore, but some of the other gifts are. Two of my favorite are: 

  1. $250 towards my maintenance fee gift 
  2. Gifts cards

Insider tip: Double-check the expiration dates on the gift cards to ensure you'll be able to use it

Read "4 Things Worth Considering Before You Upgrade With Hilton Grand Vacations" for more Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare presentation tips. 

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Hilton Grand Vacations Explorer, Laurie L.

Laurie L

As an Elite Owner, Laurie has a home-away-from-home at Elara byHilton Grand Vacations, Hilton Grand Vacations on the Boulevard and Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations. She joined in 2013 and says vacations are among the most important things in her life and a big part of her retirement plans. She enjoys traveling with her significant other and friends and is happiest with a bit of adventure (think: helicopter tours and biking trips). 


However, her favorite travel memory is touring an olive oil farm and winery while staying at Hilton Grand Vacations at Borgo alle Vigne in Italy. As a traveler who loves a good deal even more than travel itself, she's your go-to for tips on planning unforgettable trips that won't break the bank. 

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