Posted on November 18, 2020
With the COVID restrictions and cancellations faced by timeshare owners this year, Hilton is making it easier for HGVC members to use their points in 2021.
COVID-related resort closures continue to affect a handful of Hilton timeshare resorts. Hawaii resorts Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Kalia Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Lagoon Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations Club and The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations Club have had their reopening dates delayed to December 15.
Meanwhile, Hilton Grand Vacations Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, The Hilton Club – New York, The Quin Central Park by Hilton Club and The Residences by Hilton Club remain closed for the foreseeable future.
The remaining Hilton timeshare resorts are open, albeit under COVID protocols.
Because of the impact of the pandemic on this year’s points usage, Hilton will offer options to extend points usage into 2021 such as:
If Hilton owners are still considering using their points during the remainder of 2020, one benefit is the reduced point requirements for the remaining weeks of the year. In some resorts such as Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld in Orlando, resorts are currently in Silver Season, with half of the point totals needed to stay there compared to a peak Platinum week. These discounts will expire for the most part once we get to week 51 heading into Christmas, but with so many families using distance learning options for their children at school, it may be a great time for a last minute getaway.
With the increase of COVID cases reported in several states, you will want to monitor any changes to state travel requirements prior to your departure. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has pledged to keep the state open and avoid potential shutdowns. With 22 Hilton timeshare resorts in Florida, that’s welcome news for owners looking for vacation options.
No new restrictions have been announced for the states of Nevada and South Carolina as of the time of this writing. With five resorts in Las Vegas, three in Myrtle Beach and one in Hilton Head, that’s more good news for Hilton owners. Hawaii continues to require a negative COVID test prior to arrival in order to avoid a 14-day quarantine, but that policy has been in effect for over a month. Five Hawaii resorts are open, with the previously mentioned four resorts due to reopen by mid-December.
Hilton has waived its cancellation policy through the end of the year, so owners can cancel their reservation at any time before their scheduled arrival. HGVC will refund points and fees for cancellations between now and December 31.
Interestingly enough, Hilton has acknowledged automatic refunds for reservations through February 2021 for The Quin Central Park, The Hilton Club and The Residences in New York. The refund date was pushed out to March 2, 2021 for Hilton Grand Vacations Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile. This would indicate that Hilton anticipates these hotels remaining closed well into March if not longer.
For a full list of the status of Hilton Grand Vacations resorts and associated COVID protocols, please click here. If you would like more information about buying or selling Hilton timeshare points on the resale market, please phone us at 877-624-6889 and our licensed agents will be happy to take your call.