Bruin Steve Posted August 26, 2013 #1 Share Posted August 26, 2013 I have had an RCCL Visa for several years... In June 2007, I cashed in my first 125,000 point award for a cruise for two on the then brand new Liberty of the Seas. Got a balcony cabin since, with my Diamond C&A discount, the cost was the same as for an OV...and the cost snuck in just under the $2500 limit... In January 2011, we cashed in our second 125,000 award...again a free cruise...on the then brand new Allure of the Seas... We now have 190,000+ points in the account, so, back in February, we booked a cruise for this coming January on Allure again...unfortunately, the spread between an OV and our desired ocean view balcony is a little wider...so, the difference will cost us a few hundred dollars...but, no big deal... We were heading toward final payment date...when we are to cash in the award and pay the difference...and, suddenly, with no notice of any kind to us, RCCL has changed the program... The 125,000 award is no longer good on ANY cruise on Allure, Oasis or ANY ship newer than thirteen months! After a couple of frantic phone calls with RCCL and with the points redemption department, they have confirmed that they WILL honor my deal...as long as I redeem the points within the next 30 days... Of course, after that, what of my remaining 65,000 points? Whereas we figured we were half way to yet another free cruise, suddenly those points are a lot less valuable. Why? Most of the RCCL point awards have always been based on a $1:$100 ratio. You can do much better than that with lots of other card programs. The 125,000 award, IF EXERCISED ON A CRUISE WHERE THE OV IS PRICED AT $1,250 pp, is a $2:$100 ratio... However, due to the new restrictions, it would be near difficult to ever get anywhere near the 2:100 ratio...Typically, the Allure, Oasis or brand new ships are the only ones where a pp cruise fare for an OV cabin ever comes anywhere near $1250... We discussed it today at my house... Capital One offers a card that gives you 2:100 value for ANY travel--airfares, hotels, cruises...NO RESTRICTIONS...any ship, any cruise line, any cabin category...it doesn't even have the Christmas/New Years blackout! Why put up with the new restrictions for HALF the value...at best? The plan is: I have applied for the new Capital One card (which also has no foreign transaction fee but does have a $59 annual fee-waived for the first year...Alonso a 10,000 point bonus-worth $50right up front)... Well keep the RCCL card for now...but stop using it for the most part...I need another 9400 dollars spent to extend to the 75,000 point level...which I now intend to cash in as a $750 credit toward my 2015 X Galapagos cruise...unless I take another RCCL or X cruise before that...Then I will just cancel the card entirely...unless they'll let me apply that credit toward the Allure cruise on top of the 125,000 award? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.