What the H is a 2 category upgrade....

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#1
West Michigan
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Joined Mar 2012
and when would I see it?

When I test book ES or PG, I get the same room selections but a price diff of $40.
So, exactly, what is the benefit of paying more for a PG booking?

Do they surprise you with an unknown upgrade or what?
This is a big deal for me because I definitely want a balcony on the Lido and that's what I'm choosing.

If that's the case, am I better off just booking ES?

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edited to add: I understand the deposit aspect of the prices but that's a non issue for me because if I had to cancel, a lost deposit would be the least of my worries because I'd probably be dead - only reason I can think of. :-)
#2
North Carolina
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It usually just means a higher deck. These upgrades don't mean anything to me, as I prefer to be lower in the ship. It's not like it's a free upgrade from oceanview to balcony, for example.
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#3
West Michigan
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Originally posted by emelvee
It usually just means a higher deck. These upgrades don't mean anything to me, as I prefer to be lower in the ship. It's not like it's a free upgrade from oceanview to balcony, for example.
Ah, making more sense to me now.

As a PG, my rate is $40 more but choosing Lido deck is included.
ES charges me $50 more for Lido deck so I save $10 as a PG.

On second thought... No it doesn't! I'm looney!
The only benefit is the deposit, cancellation and change fees.
Still costs me $50 more for Lido no matter.

Thanks
#4
Toronto, Ontario
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Common way for them to do a sale. Honestly, not a great offer, compared to some others that I've seen before. Usually upgrades within the same type (eg interior, balcony, etc) are ~$20 per category. So a two category upgrade would equate to an approximate savings of $40. Of course it all depends how much you value your room location and such as well as the terms (such as cancellation) of the booking.
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#5
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I was wondering about this as well! Just booked a cruise online using my vifp #, and got the half off deposit and the $50 stateroom credit but saw nothing about upgrades. Booked the last aft-balcony stateroom available, so its not like they can change my room within the same category, so what heck is gonna be upgraded?
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#6
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An upgrade sale does not involve a change in cabins. It is a change in pricing for particular cabins.

For instance balcony cabins are subdivided into several categories depending mostly on location. An 8A balcony sells for less than an 8B balcony, etc.

A two category upgrade means during the time of that kind of sale an 8B and an 8C cabin will be priced the same as an 8 A.

This applies only in like categories e.g. Interior to interior, ocean view to ocean view. And it often excludes the premium levels within the category such as aft-extended balconies and spa cabins.

Check the fare viewer site. It is clearly demonstrated there.
#7
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Originally posted by bury me at sea
An upgrade sale does not involve a change in cabins. It is a change in pricing for particular cabins.

For instance balcony cabins are subdivided into several categories depending mostly on location. An 8A balcony sells for less than an 8B balcony, etc.

A two category upgrade means during the time of that kind of sale an 8B and an 8C cabin will be priced the same as an 8 A.

This applies only in like categories e.g. Interior to interior, ocean view to ocean view. And it often excludes the premium levels within the category such as aft-extended balconies and spa cabins.

Check the fare viewer site. It is clearly demonstrated there.
That makes a lot of sense! Thanks!
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#9
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Basically we paid for a regular balcony and was upgraded to an extended aft view at no extra charge.
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