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Upgrading Is Worth It: My Favorite Perks of Upgrading to Hilton Grand Vacations’ Top Membership Tier

Discover what it looks like to travel like a VIP

Eric Z
Stunning aerial shot of super pool complex at Maui Bay Villas, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Hawaii.

Editor's note: We're working around the clock to launch our new membership program. The new membership program will provide Members access to more properties in new destinations and markets, in addition to new and enhanced benefits of timeshare. As details are finalized, including program costs and fees, we'll be sure to share these with you.  

I wasn't sure about owning a timeshare when I first bought ClubPoints in 2006, so I didn't jump in the deep end and purchase enough points to reach the top membership tier right away, and in hindsight, I wish I had.          

Now with over 41,000 points annually, I can really maximize my vacations, take advantage of booking strategies that I couldn't with fewer points and travel with less stress and hassle.

So, if unlocking all of Hilton Grand Vacations' most exclusive perks is one of your goals, here are some of the benefits that I have found helpful and make me feel like a VIP at Hilton Grand Vacations.

Gorgeous tropical panorama of ocean side golf course, Grand Wailea, a Walfdorf Asortia Resort, Maui, Hawaii.    

8 Reasons Upgrading at Hilton Grand Vacations Is Worth It

1. So Long Additional Fees

First of all, I love that I don't have transaction fees. So I can book, cancel and rebook at will without worrying about paying extra fees. 

2. Hello Convenient Vacation Planning

I love that I can book vacations further in advance - 12 months for my deeded properties and nine months for non-deeded properties. Additionally, the highest membership tier affords me the flexibility to book multiple room types. 

Insider tip: Don't worry if you haven't booked your airfare yet. Reserve your stay for longer and reduce the length of the stay if needed to align with the flight dates as you get closer to the vacation. 

3. Check-out Like a Star

Travelers enjoying private lanai, Kings' Land, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Big Island, Hawaii.    

I love not worrying about checking out early. For example, if our flight doesn't leave until after 5 p.m., we can stay in the Suite and relax instead of having to check out early and kill time. 

4. Exclusive Access to the Best of Best-in-Class Service

I love the dedicated Elite phone lines staffed with Hilton Grand Vacations' most knowledgeable customer service representatives. On more than one occasion, they have helped answer questions that saved me time and research I didn't need to do.

5. Did I Mention the Service?

I love the little gifts and trinkets we get at most properties upon check-in and the occasional upgrade when available. However, upgrades aren't normally an issue, because we usually book the Suites, we want thanks to the number of points we have.

Beautiful exterior shot of Maui Bay Villas, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club, palm trees blowing in the seabreeze, Maui, Hawaii.  

6. Preferred Suite Booking

I love picking a specific floor, Suite or building as a member in the top membership tier. Of course, this perk depends on availability, but we've rarely not gotten our preferred accommodations. 

7. Exclusive Transportation Services

I loved the complimentary transportation with meet and greet service to and from the airport.

I hope they bring this service back a part of the new membership program launching later this year; it was one of the most valuable benefits I used.

8. Discounted Open Season Rates

I love the deep discount for open season rates. It's my go-to for an easy long weekend getaway at great savings.

Even though some of these perks may change as Hilton Grand Vacations launches the new membership program, I'm thankful that we have as many points as we do. And I know we'll continue to feel like VIPs. 

Read "Learn How to Plan Vacations Like a Pro with These 7 Practical Tips" for more vacation know-how. 


Hilton Grand Vacations Explorer, Eric Z.

Eric Z

Seasoned Owner and returning Explorer, Eric made his home resort The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations in 2006 and never looked back on life before vacation ownership — quickly climbing the ownership tiers, reaching Elite Premier status. As an Elite Premier Owner, he and his family including, his wife, teenage son and parents, regularly enjoy elevated access to some of the best amenities and services offered to Members, such as extended vacations. 

Over the years, his travel has afforded him unforgettable father and son trips, priceless multigenerational family vacations and even his once-in-a-lifetime destination wedding at Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations in Hilton Waikoloa Village. He's your go-to guide for practical vacation ownership tips and says, "I love Hilton Grand Vacations and the opportunity to share what I've learned over the years."

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