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  1. Celebrity air recently started promoting a buy now, pay later plan. There is no money down so long as you purchase a refundable ticket - in my case the non refundable version of my ticket somehow cost MORE money than the refundable. No idea why that would be or who would choose to get a nonrefundable ticket at a higher price.
  2. Well that’s disappointing. Yes, it’s a small thing but it’s the little touches that make a difference. When royal started charging for room service it was enough to make me book elsewhere. Sure in the grand scheme of things $5 for room service or a movie charge isn’t a lot when you are spending thousands on a trip but it still matters.
  3. I do have some trip coverage from my credit card (citi is getting rid of it, but I put the cost of the entire cruise on it before the cut off point) but I was lead to believe that I still had to account for all of the costs of the trip in order to get medical. So you mean I don’t have to put 100% of the trip cost for trip insurance if I’m already covering a portion through my credit card? These things never crossed my mind when we were traveling in our 20s. It was so much simpler traveling with the mindset of “why would I need medical coverage and med evacuation? I’m healthy”. Ah the ignorance of being young and feeling indestructible.
  4. oh those are nice! I didn’t consider getting something with RFID lining - I guess I will need to get a wallet with it. Hopefully the faux leather will be thick enough to deter slashing...I’m really hoping the stories of theft in Naples and Barcelona aren’t as bad as they seem. We are both ADD and can lack situational awareness sometimes.
  5. I will be honest - I haven’t actually used it yet. Bought it on impulse while researching and getting excited for my trip. I wanted to get something I could use as a backpack while moving from city to city during my land trip before my cruise, but use as a crossbody while touring the city to avoid looking so touristy. It has lots of pockets. For fake leather, it looks and feels very nice. The only issue I have is that the clasp is difficult to pull open. It will probably get easier after some use, but if not it will at least make it more difficult for thieves to get into it I suppose. Although I have been seeing more and more woman just using cute backpacks as opposed to purses for daily use. It does seem more practical.
  6. That’s a big part of my issue - understanding what constitutes as non refundable. Technically everything is refundable at this point until my final payment in February including airfare since that was purchased through celebrity. The agent said everything that will become non refundable at some point in time should be included in the trip cost...isn’t that everything? Even for hotels, it’s refundable until the day of - if you cancel within 24hrs it’s nonrefundable. Sorry if this is obvious to everyone but me. The insurance agent didn’t really provide much clarification.
  7. I almost got that one! I ended up getting this: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/urban-originals-solo-origin-vegan-leather-convertible-backpack/5075964?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FBrands%2FUrban Originals&color=blush I just love the idea of a convertible backpack/purse 😊
  8. We are also looking at purchasing travel insurance for the first time. Travel guard ended up being almost $500 to cover flights, cruise and 1 week in Italy. I will shop around but I was pretty shocked at how high it came out to be with 2 people in their 30s with no preexisting conditions.
  9. Pretty sure we have the same wholesale membership TA group and I love them! I called a couple months ago to change our friends rooms from inside to OV - didn’t end up happening because our TA pointed out that it was directly below casino - oops. Glad he saw it but I’m embarrassed I didn’t! He called celebrity to find out the price difference anyways and somehow was offered an even better price to just keep the same rooms they already had. It saved us a few hundred dollars. In addition, at the end of the call they always summarize your booking and at this point I found out that we received a $75 dining credit per state room. Apparently if enough members book a cruise there are extra perks like this thrown in. He said it’s not something they overtly advertise because it’s never guaranteed that your cruise will hit that magic number. I initially booked through celebrity, but I am very happy I transferred over.
  10. Chase sapphire is fine. It’s Citicard that is affected. Still haven’t been able to get a straight answer if I need to have the balance paid off my the 22nd for it to count or if it just needs to be on the card by then but I figured it’s better to be safe and pay it off so they don’t have a reason to deny me.
  11. The Citicard from Costco covered $3000 per person and allowed cancellation due to the death/serious illness of travelers, their family members, and pets (this is a very nice perk that most don’t have). Excellent coverage in comparison to most cards. Very sad to see that it’s going away but I’m going to book everything I can now so I’m covered. I didn’t plan on paying until February so the unexpected payment this soon is doable but very annoying. I’m just glad I found out about it randomly on a travel blog because I never got a letter in the mail warning us able the benefit being cancelled.
  12. Good to know! I was actually going to call our TA to ask this question. I wanted to pay early since citi is eliminating the travel coverage benefits for any trips booked after sept 22nd - figured I better pay early so I can still get coverage.
  13. I was trying to book a flight earlier in the week. I was seeing a price of $750 per person but when I put in my credit card info it kept kicking me out and wouldn’t let me book. When I called to have an agent book it directly they were quoting me $1700 per person! They were saying they are having issues with the site giving false prices - but if that’s the case why does it still fluctuate (Monday it said $750 now it says $789). Also they said that they have been made aware of the issue and are fixing it but it’s been posting “wrong” prices for almost a week now. Something is fishy.
  14. Thanks for the tip! I was thinking about smuggling a tray from the buffet but that sounds even better. There’s still the issue of putting on pants, but I think I can endure for the sake of all others 😆 Glad to know I won’t be the only one trudging down looking less than 100% for breakfast munchies.
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