Earning Miles On Cruise Ships

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  1. DanJ
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    Not as novel as buying Presidential coins, but anyway...

    If you are going on a cruise within the Carnival group of lines, (Carnival, Princess, Cunard, Holland America, Costa and several others), have a look in the casino at the slot machines. If they have the electronic player bank, then you can use your shipboard account to get money with no fee. I think they have a $1000 per day limit. What you do is insert your shipboard card in the slot machine, and follow the instructions to add money to your player bank. You use the player bank to play the slots. But there isn't any rule saying you actually have to play. You can simply (as I did, but only for $100 as a trial) add the money to your bank, take your card to the cage and cash it out. Repeat until your pockets are full of cash. At the end of the cruise, this just gets charged to the credit card you used to secure your account.

    If you have no problem carrying around several thousand dollars in cash, then you can earn lots of miles for no fee. Note, this is not the same as taking a cash advance at the casino tables, which does come with a 3% fee.I was just on Royal Caribbean in January, and they do not do this on their ships (or presumably Celebrity either) as of yet.
     
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    a 14 day cruise sounds nice!
     
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    Just be careful with customs. If your traveling with children or family, splitting up the money may not be a bad idea so as no member is bringing in $10k+ with them.
     
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    I was just investigating this option for our upcoming Princess cruise, apparently you can buy yourself casino credits on your cc and it will be waiting for you in your cabin. You can take this to the casino to cash it in. Nice way to get money for private shore excursions and shopping too!
     
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    I think you can also get chips against your room or something of that nature, i've heard it discussed many times in the past.
     
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    or each person can bring in $9k!
     
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    Now just have to find a cheap enough cruise, I suppose!
     
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    Should be hardi n thie cruising climate.
     
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    Great information. I have been on lots and lots of cruises, but have never been in the casinos so I had no idea that this was possible.

    We will be taking a little Princess cruise with some other frequent flyers in May and will be sure to mention this to them at dinner.

    One night when I was at dinner (on a Princess ship) with some of this same group, I learned that anyone who holds 100 shares of Carnival stock gets free onboard credit on every cruise they take within the Carnival system. I immediately bought the stock, have reaped almost $1,000 in onboard credit in exchange, and, to make thing even better, the stock has increased in value by 33%. I should have bought more. :D
     
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    Getting the chips at the tables is where you incur the 3% fee. There's no fee doing it on the slot machine because they know most people creating a player bank are spending it right back in the machines. They are probably aware that people use this system as a free ATM, but the gains they get from people gambling more than with the money they brought on board more than makes it worthwhile to them.

    The casino credit is also a good idea, but being Canadian, the difference in exchange rate that Princess charged made it not worthwhile for me to do that.
     
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    I seem to remember several promo e-mails from AA, UA and DL about getting some ridiculous number of miles just for going on a cruise... and by ridiculous I mean something like 25,000 or so... which is much more than your typical 1,000 or 2,000 for say a car rental bonus.
     
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    that is primarily for booking an suite or balcony. the most i have seen for a simple 7 day cruise is a possible 3000 bonus miles. i think that is also based on using your affinity CC that gives you double miles for the purchase. so in theory you could earn 4 to 5K for a cruise. not sure of the mathing skills but you get the idea. [​IMG]

    i have been tempted to book via the airlines site but really like the personal touch by using my travel agent. she does a great job and gets me awesome deals etc. plus i don't have to fight her to get a refund should the cruise price go down.

    yup, found out this bit of info too, bought into it and look forward to using it as often as possible. the investments agent at our bank had no idea about it when i was in talking to him about various things. he was interested and did some basic calculations to discover that this type of return was quite good instead of the usual stock returns etc. if you cruise a lot or only once a year, you have the potential to get "back" a good bit of your investment in your lifetime.
     
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    Wow, great to know. Thanks!
     
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    Royal Caribbean also has a similar shareholder benefit, which I beleive is also good on Celebrity cruises.
     
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    what i like about this info is that you can qualify for the benefit on all 5 of their cruise lines, so there is no need to stick with only Carnival or HAL etc.

    the thing i have noticed ( and i could be wrong about this) is that Carnival stock holders regularly get a dividend while the RCL stock holders don't. so far i have gotten a quarterly dividend at so many cents/share. this year they have done a bit better so they have upped the dividend payout. i am happy about that but realize it may not last.

    the thing about the RCL stock is they seem to have a benefit for all lengths of cruises instead of just 3 categories. that said, it appears, after reading their T&C for the benefit, that it is less combinable that the benefit on the CCL shareholders. anyone have any experience with that?
     
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