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The Ultimate Guide to Surviving a Timeshare Presentation

Back in 2022 I had the opportunity to attend a timeshare presentation to score a discount on hotel accommodations. I was on the customer service line for Hilton to fix a hotel reservation. At the end of the call, they said “you qualify for an amazing offer!” I was intrigued because I always love a good deal. They offered me 3 destinations to travel to so I chose Orlando, Florida because I was already planning a trip and I had a little bit of buyer’s remorse for splurging $800 on a stay at the Art of Animation (I was making a good chunk of money as a Travel nurse back then). They offered me a 3-night/4-day stay at Tuscany Village for $150, a $100 hotel certificate, and 40,000 Hilton Honors points.

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Photo of a timeshare resort in Tuscany Italy

What is A Timeshare Presentation?

It’s a sales pitch. Timeshare companies want to get potential buyers in front of a sales representative, so they offer cheap accommodations in popular travel destinations. They also offer different incentives such as gift certificates to restaurants or activities. In exchange for these incentives, you have to sit through a 90-minute sales pitch. 

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Surviving the Timeshare Presentation 

Be Clear About Your Intentions 

The best way to ensure you’ll get out on time is to be upfront about why you’re there. The sales representatives know that the majority of the people at the presentations have no intention of buying. Just simply say you’re just there for the cheap accommodations and have no intention of buying a timeshare. I promise it’s not going to be shocking to them. 

Keep Track of Time

The sales representative will try to keep you in the timeshare presentation for as long as possible. You need to make sure you’re keeping track of time so you don’t waste the majority of your day at a timeshare presentation when you have zero intention of purchasing a timeshare. I also suggest trying to get an early time slot so the rest of your day is free. 

Don’t Ask Questions

Generally, the less interested you seem, the less likely you’ll be there longer than you have to. Just let them get through their pitch and don’t pretend to be curious and ask questions. I would be polite and answer any questions they ask, but I wouldn’t ask them any questions just for the sake of keeping a conversation going. 

Keep Saying No 

If you are a people pleaser and suck at saying no, timeshare presentations are probably not for you. Don’t even give them a “maybe someday” because they’ll likely pressure you by saying things like “the best time to buy is as early as you can” or “if you buy a timeshare now, you’ll have more time to use it”. Just give them a firm no and stick to your guns. 

a hotel room bed that is made neatly.

Who Can Attend a Timeshare Presentation? 

Pretty much anyone can attend, but there are a few rules. You have to be over 21 years-old and have a valid ID or passport. If you are married, you and your spouse have to attend together. If you have children, you can bring them, but it’s not required. If you are single but someone over the age of 21 is staying with you at the resort, they are also required to attend. More than one party is not permitted, meaning you can’t have a couple’s trip.

Conclusion:

Attending timeshare presentations can be a great way to save money on resort stays and other travel perks if you go in with the right mindset. Be upfront that you have no intention of buying, keep an eye on the time, avoid engaging too deeply, and be prepared to say “no” repeatedly. As long as you stick to your guns, you can walk away with the incentives having only spent an hour or two of your vacation time. 

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