After a long but comfortable without a hitch trip to Kona, we settled in to our Palace Tower 5th floor room. I saw 6 other room lights on in the building. As always, this place is empty the first week in December. Staff reported occupancy at 36%. Last year I counted lounge chairs around the big pool and came up with over 300 with all of 6 people in the chairs. It is not much different this week bu there are a few more people.
The weather is perfect as always. High 70′s low 80′s, no clouds and gentle tropical breezes. I did my best to enjoy every minute and am proud to report my success.
To the math:
Our timeshare offer was $550 including taxes for the following, with my rough estimate of values:
2 luau tickets Retail $75 I’ll give it $50 each or $100 for two
4 Day car rental $100
20,000 Hilton Honors points at .7 cents each $140
So we got $340 worth of extras leaving $210 as the cost of our 4 nights at the Waikoloa Hilton? $52.50 per night is barely breakeven, but they do get a shot at selling us a timeshare and 1.5 hours of our time. Odds of that happening are slim to none.
I just bought a week at the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort on Hilton Head Island for ready ? $1000 total sales price. It works out for us as we get year round use of the facilities which includes the gym so Katy saves $500 there and we get a week to trade each year for the $950 dues.
These guys will want almost $40,000 for one week. NOT.
They solicited me one day while I was making a hotel reservation. I have no regrets on taking advantage of this one and will do it again next year if they will let me again. ( It is usually one per year per hotel chain) Google each hotel chains timeshare division and get on their mailing lists for your own offers.
And there is no more Hhonors Elite Lounge here for free breakie. They gave us 8 $10 off coupons instead and two water coupons. Something is better than nothing.
Marriott Vacation Club, Hilton Grand Vacations, Sheraton Vacation Club I think.
The weather is sunny and 80, tropical breezes and empty pools. Maybe next year some of you will join us.
Watch the US Airways Promo
Gary reports that Bose is no longer counting the cable purchase as an activity in the Holiday Bonus. It takes a much more expensive purchase to qualify with Bose.
This promo will be a moving target for all that participate. Be sure to have screen shots of all promo pages and make extra purchases to help assure yourself that you will get 5 activities that really do qualify.
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