Posted July 25th, 2009, 05:20 PM
I knew I'd see responses like this.
It's not about making 10 cents or 10 dollars on the amount of money for a cruise line's Daily Service Charge. It's about managing your money to maximize its value to you over your lifetime. I'll be happy to take that $1.68 or 42 cents off your hands if it's unimportant to you.
Tell me, do you think there's a chance that NCL corporate realized that not only might some passengers want to do this, but that NCL might make some money out of the deal? You have one guess...
I have to say I'm with you on this one - it's been one of the reasons I've always been happy about the DSC being added to my OBC rather than included in my fare. If I had a choice between buying a pencil for $.08 or $.50, I'd take the former, and saving is saving.
That being said, depending on how quickly one can pay off a credit card balance, I can see where it would be more prudent to pay portions in advance - say one DSC at a time. We are among those that pay off our credit cards every month, but for many this is not always possible, and I know we're earning a LOT less interest on our savings right now than we would pay on a credit card balance. As a Canadian, Cardex makes a very good point as well, and I'm definitely also watching the exchange rates in relation to my final payment; I think I'll be considering this option as well now.
For those who have consistently stated that they would prefer it to be included ahead of time in their fare, also, now they can be happy - well... happiER, anyway...