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Old July 12th, 2013, 07:39 AM
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In the past I have always booked while on a cruise as a way to get some OBC, but I didn't do this on my last cruise. I have enough visa points to redeem for a free weekend getaway cruise. Any ideas how I can get some OBC now? I doubt I will have any extra visa points for OBC. How else do you get OBC, book through a TA?
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In the past I have always booked while on a cruise as a way to get some OBC, but I didn't do this on my last cruise. I have enough visa points to redeem for a free weekend getaway cruise. Any ideas how I can get some OBC now? I doubt I will have any extra visa points for OBC. How else do you get OBC, book through a TA?
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Yes, OBC is a typical perk from travel agents. Also, you only need 5000 Visa points for OBC, so double check if you will have that much left over from your free cruise redemption.
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Yes, OBC is a typical perk from travel agents. Also, you only need 5000 Visa points for OBC, so double check if you will have that much left over from your free cruise redemption.
Thanks, but I am scraping all of my points to get the free cruise, so unless I do a lot of shopping , I don't think I will have 5000 left.
And in the past I have used various TAs and never received any type of perk... Nothing . So I just end up booking it myself anymore.
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My TA always gives either pre paid gratuities or OBC. Do you have any RCI stock? If you're not using anything else, that may be an option.
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Even if you use a TA for your free cruise they may not give you OBC as their commission will be low or zero.
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Even if you use a TA for your free cruise they may not give you OBC as their commission will be low or zero.
Have to agree on this one.....free cruise AND OBC???
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We get ours through our TA, and because we are shareholders.
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Yeah, I'm not really expecting any from a TA. Just wondering if there was something else I might not be aware of.
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We get OBC because we are shareholders.
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Our travel agent provided OBC for us.
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Thanks, but I am scraping all of my points to get the free cruise, so unless I do a lot of shopping , I don't think I will have 5000 left.
And in the past I have used various TAs and never received any type of perk... Nothing . So I just end up booking it myself anymore.

Hi, is 5,000 points on any visa credit card or Royal's? Thanks
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Hi, is 5,000 points on any visa credit card or Royal's? Thanks
It is the Royal Caribbean Visa card through Bank of America.
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Are you sailing with anyone who has never cruised on Royal before? You can refer new guests (age 18 or older) and receive $25 OBC for each new person you refer.

On my upcoming cruise, we have $700 OBC! $300 for booking onboard, $350 in RCCL Visa OBC, and $50 in refer a friend OBC.
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Are you sailing with anyone who has never cruised on Royal before? You can refer new guests (age 18 or older) and receive $25 OBC for each new person you refer.

On my upcoming cruise, we have $700 OBC! $300 for booking onboard, $350 in RCCL Visa OBC, and $50 in refer a friend OBC.
That's something I hadn't thought of, thanks.
Wow thats a lot of OBC!
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I am a diamond member and was told that I could not get a balcony discount and OBC got being a stock holder. Even wrote them a email and same answer.
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I am a diamond member and was told that I could not get a balcony discount and OBC got being a stock holder. Even wrote them a email and same answer.
Yes, that rule has been in place for a few years now. The only Royal perk you can combine with a balcony discount is the OBC from booking a cruise on board.
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Easiest way is to book with or transfer to a TA(within 60 days). We get about 10% from our online TA.
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Easiest way is to book with or transfer to a TA(within 60 days). We get about 10% from our online TA.
But what is 10% of nothing? It's a free cruise.
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But what is 10% of nothing? It's a free cruise.
Other than Stockholder OBC - I can't see how a TA could possibly give you OBC for a free cruise
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