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Press Release : New RCCL Credit Card


Andy

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Hi Everyone,

 

Here's today's (8/19/13) Press Release on the new Credit Card. I hope this is helpful !

 

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD. FAMILY OF BRANDS AND BANK OF AMERICA

RENEW PARTNERSHIP AND LAUNCH NEW AFFINITY CARDS

Groundbreaking card benefits now to include ability to earn and redeem points on three brands:

Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International

 

MIAMI – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Bank of America today announced the multi-year renewal of their affinity partnership and the launch of new credit cards that will offer unique benefits created for enthusiasts of the Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International brands.

 

“MyCruise Rewards,” one of the most unique new features of the cards, introduces a cruise-industry first: it gives cardmembers the ability to redeem points not only with the cruise brand that they choose for their affinity card, but also across the other two brands in the Royal Caribbean corporate family. Through MyCruise Rewards, cardholders can earn discounts on cruise-related packages and redeem points for cruises, stateroom upgrades, specialty gifts, and onboard credit across all three cruise lines. The new cards provide double points for purchases on Azamara, Celebrity, and Royal, and one point for every dollar spent on all other purchases.

 

“We deeply appreciate our Celebrity Cruises loyalists, and are excited to once again offer a Celebrity affinity credit card, one that provides greater value and flexibility than ever before, including the opportunity to earn and redeem points across all three of our award-winning brands,” said Lisa Kauffman, Vice President, Marketing, Celebrity Cruises.

 

Consumers can choose from a variety of benefits, as each of the new cards offers special features. More information on the features of each brand’s cards, including rates and fees, is available on the following sites:

 

· www.azamaraclubcruises.com/mycruiserewards

· www.celebritycruises.com/mycruiserewards

· www.royalcaribbean.com/mycruiserewards

 

 

“We know how important choice is to our guests, so the new cardmember benefits introduce a variety of rewards, such as more than 100 redemption options, making it easy and fun for our guests to enjoy flexibility as they treat themselves while vacationing with our brands,” said Carol Schuster, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Royal Caribbean International.

 

“We’re pleased to build on our long-standing affinity partnership with the brands of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.,” said Jeff Norwine, Affinity Banking Executive for Bank of America. “These new cards are designed to resonate with cruise aficionados by providing rewards that complement their lifestyle and interests.”

 

The new cards also expand a points-donation option. Now, cardmembers can choose to donate the cash value of their points to each of the brands’ nonprofit partners: Celebrity Cruises supports The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, and Royal Caribbean International is aligned with Make-A-Wish Foundation. The cruise lines support these organizations in a variety of ways year-round.

 

Some restrictions apply; complete details can be found online.

 

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. We serve approximately 51 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,300 retail banking offices and approximately 16,350 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users and more than 13 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

www.bankofamerica.com

 

 

About Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisières de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, these six brands operate a combined total of 41 ships with four under construction. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 460 destinations on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebritycruises.com, www.azamaraclubcruises.com, www.pullmantur.es, www.cdfcroisieresdefrance.com, www.tuicruises.com, or www.rclinvestor.com.

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They will mail you out a new card automatically.

 

I have an RCCL Visa card already...

Never cashed in any points because, I don't even know

where to find out how many I have...where do you see that? :confused:

Thanks..

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I have an RCCL Visa card already...

Never cashed in any points because, I don't even know

where to find out how many I have...where do you see that? :confused:

Thanks..

Go to online redemption site You need to have a User ID and Password just like if you were signing in to the BofA site. Or you can call the number on the back of your Credit Card and they can tell you.

 

Points begin to expire after 5 years........it's first in is first out. If you call BofA they can tell you how many points will be expiring and by month.

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They will mail you out a new card automatically.

This is not official only posted on Cruise Critic from a very reliable source.

 

I have an RCCL Visa card already...

Never cashed in any points because, I don't even know

where to find out how many I have...where do you see that? :confused:

Thanks..

https://www.managerewardsonline.com/RMSapp/Ctl/entry?pid=grprwd&mc=RCCL

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I have an RCCL Visa card already...

Never cashed in any points because, I don't even know

where to find out how many I have...where do you see that? :confused:

Thanks..

 

Your points are listed on your statement each month. That is where I keep track.

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I did notice a conflict of information. On the attached RCCL info from Andy, the onboard credit cannot be applied until one has 25,000 points. However, on RCCL's policy regarding the rewards, one is still available to redeem 5,000 for $50 onboard credit as always. Anyone know "for sure" which is correct? Guess I will find that out for myself when I go to redeem some points.:rolleyes: I prefer to use my points for onboard credit, not "stuff"!;)

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I am really pleased that we will now be able to receive / redeem points for all three lines with one card. I have been disappointed that I could not redeem points for a Celebrity cruise on my Royal Card. But now I will be able to! :D:D

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I did notice a conflict of information. On the attached RCCL info from Andy, the onboard credit cannot be applied until one has 25,000 points. However, on RCCL's policy regarding the rewards, one is still available to redeem 5,000 for $50 onboard credit as always. Anyone know "for sure" which is correct? Guess I will find that out for myself when I go to redeem some points.:rolleyes: I prefer to use my points for onboard credit, not "stuff"!;)

This is the information I received when I spoke to the Redemption Center last Saturday afternoon.

 

OBC ~~ The information listed under Rewards Options when it refers to OBC is incorrect and will be corrected. You will still be able to redeem points for a $50, $100, $150 and $200 OBC and use it on any RCI cruise (as well as Celebrity/Azamara). This was not listed before. Seems that there was a miscommunication between the Redemption Center and Marketing and they are in the process of getting that corrected!

 

 

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I did notice a conflict of information. On the attached RCCL info from Andy, the onboard credit cannot be applied until one has 25,000 points. However, on RCCL's policy regarding the rewards, one is still available to redeem 5,000 for $50 onboard credit as always. Anyone know "for sure" which is correct? Guess I will find that out for myself when I go to redeem some points.:rolleyes: I prefer to use my points for onboard credit, not "stuff"!;)

 

This is the information I received when I spoke to the Redemption Center last Saturday afternoon.

 

OBC ~~ The information listed under Rewards Options when it refers to OBC is incorrect and will be corrected. You will still be able to redeem points for a $50, $100, $150 and $200 OBC and use it on any RCI cruise (as well as Celebrity/Azamara). This was not listed before. Seems that there was a miscommunication between the Redemption Center and Marketing and they are in the process of getting that corrected!

 

 

 

 

It looks like they were busy updating it this morning, as the link to the mycruiserewards for Royal Caribbean above now points, via the "see rewards" link, to here:

 

http://media.royalcaribbean.com/content/en_US/pdf/visa/royal_awards_chart_web_08.20.2013.pdf

 

And shows OBC available starting at 5000 points (as it was in the old program)!

 

:)

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Is it available to Non US residents Ie Canadians? I would get it in a heartbeat but has not been available:(:(

 

Can UK citizens Apply?

 

Probably not. You need to remember that this is not in Royal's hands. The issuing bank needs to be properly licensed to do business in a country other than the US & although many banks do business worldwide, I don't believe credit cards are part of that business.

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They will mail you out a new card automatically.

 

Interestingly we received our new regularly scheduled replacement cards yesterday and they look just like the old cards. Not like the ones shown on the RCI site.

 

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/gatewayPage.do?pageid=26&pagename=rc_visa_credit_card&pnav=3&snav=5

 

They are NOT Visa Signature cards. We shall see if we get new cards. ;)

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Can anyone confirm if there are still foreign transaction fees?

 

When I signed on into my bank account, credit card info indicated that there were no foreign transaction fees but not sure what card BofA was referring to.

The current Visa Platinum Plus has foreign transactions fees. Don't know about the Visa Signature.

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This is what has to be addressed.:mad::mad:

"3% of the U.S. Dollar amount of each transaction made in a foreign currency or made in U.S. Dollars that is processed outside the United States."

Two years ago, I used my Royal Caribbean Visa card to buy a nice ring in St. Maarten. I knew that there would be a 3% foreign transaction fee on it, so after we had agreed on a price, I asked him if he would take an additional 3% off, to make up for the added fee. He gladly agreed. :)

(Go see Yogi at Kay's Jewelry in Phillipsburg)

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