While we covered the various reservation types in Hilton in our blog post on September 15, we wanted to cover open season in more detail.
Open season is available all year round for Hilton timeshare owners. Open Season begins 30 days prior to check-in date for any Hilton resort. This 30 day window allows last-minute travelers to make reservations at greatly discounted prices.
Since Hilton owners can pay cash for open season reservations, it is a great system for those who want to keep their current year’s club points untouched or those who do not want to borrow from future club points. Open Season rates are based on the season, timeshare unit size and the days of the week. The chart below provides a clear and easy way to view the nightly rates.
How do I use open season?
Utilizing Hilton’s open season program is as easy a making a phone call or reserving online.
HGVC owners can book their reservations online. You can start by visiting the Hilton Grand Vacation Club website and use your member login to log in. Once you are logged in, you are able to see and use your points to book your home resort or use ClubPoints to book any other Hilton resorts.
The HGVC reservation line (1-800-230-7068) will connect to an agent. Once you are on the line with a customer service representative, all you have to do is give them your membership information. To book a reservation, you will need to tell your representative which resort you wish to visit, the dates you want to reserve and the size and type of the unit that you would like to stay in.
Here is Hilton’s open season nightly rates in 2015.
Can my guests stay in the unit reserved with the the open season system?
No, Hilton prohibits occupancy of open season reservations by guests. Open Season reservations are designed for the sole benefit of owners alone. For this same reason, open season reservations cannot be rented.
What’s the catch with open season reservation?
You must book a 2-night stay minimum forRCI resorts, and a 3-night stay minimum is required for all other resorts. In addition, all open season reservations must be made within 30 days prior to your check-out date.