Posted July 25th, 2009, 08:04 PM
(I missed the edit window, but the post above should actually read as follows
These perks ARE available when you book with your regular TA, but are not automatic. Ours makes the booking, calls someone at Amex to get a tracking # and then gives the tracking # to the cruiseline and the credits and perks get applied.
On Cunard OBC starts at the princess grill level, on princess it's full suites and on azamara our balcony cabins get 300 obc...on all the other lines I've used it on, length/cabin level etc. are irrelevant aside from the "category upgrade" v. obc cutoff. I haven't booked a cruise on X since this came out, but my guess is that all cabins through at least standard verandah suites will not get OBC but will get a 2 category upgrade within the class (which works as a price discount), so from like an obstructed oceanview to a non-obstructed or from the lower level of balcony to a higher one. What will be interesting to see is if X is going to upgrade people from CC to AQ or something like that, or if CC and AQ will get the full $300 or perhaps a chunk of it. On Cunard, there are upgrades all the way through the balconys and then Princess Grill automatically gets the full $300-- our cruise was 10 days, but my guess is that it is also credited to the 6 day crossings-- might not be applicable on 4 day sailings though. This is actually why I started this thread-- hopefully when more people learn about the program they will report back.
Linda, I don't know the answer to # 2, since we are not shareholders-- but if it is combinable, we will probably become shareholders
so let me know when you find out! In regards to # 3, I do know it isn't a problem that you've already booked and made a deposit on another card. Many TAs around here say that you don't even need to change the deposit, you just need to make final payment with your AmEx. We actually just had the credit applied to an AZ cruise after final payment!
All of my comments are only relevant with respect to the standard American express platinum charge cards and not any cobranded cards.