Posted November 4th, 2010, 04:33 PM
Last edited by sjcruiser; November 4th, 2010 at 04:34 PM
I booked a cruise during the WOW Sale for Royal Caribbean and went through Priceline as opposed to dealing directly with Royal. It was due in part to the OBC, Specialty Dining for 2, and the "2 Free Hotel Nights."
The offer is for two free hotel nights using "Priceline Bonus Cash" up to a value of $140.00 total. The "Bonus Cash" can only be used for the "Name Your Own Price Option."
The "Bonus Cash" is handled/sent from Priceline Hotels, which is a separate department from Priceline Cruises. I was told that the email from Priceline Hotels informing you how to "activate" and use the bonus cash will be sent
3-4 weeks before my sailing date, so for me, it'll be around the first or second week or December for my January 9th cruise.
The different reps at Priceline always seem to mention that you don't have to user the bonus cash right away, or that it doesnt have to be used in conjunction with the dates you're sailing. Well that's one of the main reasons why I booked with PL was to get the free hotel stay to save on cost!!!
As a note, I have always gotten bonus cash from PL from booking hotels in the past, and have used it for the name your own price option before, so it's pretty good to boost your bidding price. I currently have $25.00 sitting in my rewards/bonus account with PL. For my cruise the average hotel in Downtown Miami has been going for $95-$108, not including taxes or fees for 3 1/2 star or higher hotels, so I'll probably go through most of the bonus cash for one night.
Lastly, I'm looking into the Oasis or Allure for the end of August, and will probably be using PL again to get the free hotel night option, along with OBC.