Earning points on a cruise

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  1. Singapore Flyer

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    My parents just came back from a cruise to Alaska on Princess. They loved it and if I knew there would be a Radisson giveaway I would have books their overnight stay in Vancouver for the 50k points x2.

    Anyway, my dad told me about a possible point earning scenario. Amazing since they never thought that way and weren't really into when I show them the opportunities. He overheard at the casino cage tell a passenger not to take a cash advance but to just charge it to the room. You get 1500 a night charged to your room with no fees as it just goes on your folio/receipt as an entertainment charge. Dad said there were quite. A few ppl that he saw take the max and walk out. 10k points or possibly 20k points with a chase product for a 7 night cruise. Just hope you don't get mugged, robbed or have TSA/DHS accuse you of money laundering at the border.
     
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    Couldn't you just pay you bill in cash at the end of the cruise thus avoiding carrying the cash?
     
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    The point is to pay the bill with a credit card, thus earning points.

    I do it every crusie (but nowhere near the max). Just enough to play the tables, spending money for ports and to leave extra tips
     
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    Of course, please excuse since my brain went on vacation for a day and on top of that it didn't even get points:)
    Apologies
     
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    I've researched this a bit. Best way to get points or miles cruising. Book through a airline or hotel portal, pay with a points/mile earning card. Charge the shore excursions, gaming, extras all on the card. This way you earn the bonus miles through the portal and get all the card points or miles BUT....this may not be the cheapest. Before you book through the portals compare the prices with a local travel agent, cruise.com and Vacationstogo.com. They may be much cheaper which off sets the portal benefits. They may also be able to give upgrades or cabin credit, etc. You can still use the card points or miles earning either way. The worse way is to use a cruise line points card (what are they thinking) and book through the cruise line websites. The cruise line phone agents do have some ability to award miles or points with different programs from my experience.
     
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    I'm sad to admit that for a few years I put all of my spending on my carnival MasterCard from Barclays. I kick myself in the butt knowing how little I was earning. I thought becuase we cruise 2-3 times a year with carnival that was my best option and never looked around.

    I still however like to book through my PVP with carnival. If you book through a TA or 3rd party site, Carnival won't deal directly with you if you need to make changes (price protection claim etc.), this has to be done through the process you booked. For that reason I prefer to use my PVP who knows what trips we've done, my likes/dislikes, etc.
     
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    I'm actually going on a cruise next Friday; how do you get money & charge it to your Room?!? This is potentially AWESOME!
     
  8. MDDCFlyer

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    I would triple check this before I'd try anything. Usually they charge a significant commission for charging for cash (around 3%). and considering the cruise line have to pay the credit card commission (another 1-2%), I find it hard to believe they will allow 5% of loss revenue on that.
     
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    I can only answer for carnival, but you go up to a slot machine and choose the option to add funds from your sign & sail card. You select the amount you want, play for a bit and then cash out. After you cash you, you can go to the casino cage and withdrawal the cash.

    I wouldn't make it obvious by charging the card and the cashing out without playing a bit or at least waiting a few hours. Otherwise they may want to charge you the cash advance fee they charge for players who want cash for the table games.
     
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    It was on a Princess Cruise and it may not be available on all cruises. They charge the "cash" withdrawal to the room(roomkey) and it shows up on the folio as I said. It is to entice people to play at the casinos.

    My parents already received their charge on the SPG Amex and there were no additional fees.
     
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    Good thing its a carnival cruise. Got a free trip so I didnt earn any points on this mini vacay ... but this has the potential to make it super awesome
     
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    My parents are now kicking themselves.
     
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    I was very surprised but it is actually a stated benefit on Princess Cruises: http://www.princess.com/learn/onboard/activities/casino/credit_app/index.jsp

    I have not checked any other cruise line for that matter. I still cannot believe they are doing that, but I guess the casino revenue is higher than any commission and they assume people will use it for the casino.
     
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    Without a doubt. The house spread on most games outside of craps and blackjack are on par if not higher than the transaction fee. Also, unlike our community, how many people will be aware of the ways to maximize their cruise ships this way? I imagine it is a wash or they are willing to take that gamble - pun intended, that they will earn more in casino losses. it is up there with free drinks and dinner/room comps at a regular casino.
     
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