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Shop card vs shipboard credits

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We just spoke with the big box TA and asked about the shop card on a Princess cruise.   She told us the change went into effect on Dec. 4 for Princess.  It seems from reading here the change for HAL went into effect in late November.  We are definitely not happy!  We book many cruises and turn them over to the big box store.  All the bookings we have already transferred will receive the OBC, anything we book or transfer to them now will have a shop card.  Since there are no big box stores near our home we don't shop there a lot, and sometimes the amount of OBC we receive is a couple thousand dollars how am I supposed to spend all that on TP and gas?  I much preferred refundable OBC.  

 

I asked about a couple of bookings they have of ours which take place in 2021, and if I made changes to the bookings, would we still get the OBC?  She said yes.  Anything they had on the books prior to the change date would remain OBC.  Any new bookings would be the shop card.  If I decide to cancel a B2B and book as one single cruise (on the new Princess sale which debuted today), then we would be offered the shop card.  

 

We are now having to think about a new TA since this is not going to work out for us.  Really bummed!

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1 hour ago, StLouisCruisers said:

there are no big box stores near our home we don't shop there a lot, and sometimes the amount of OBC we receive is a couple thousand dollars how am I supposed to spend all that on TP and gas?

I know, we usually have that much OBC too.  I think the card is good for online purchases too?  And from previous experience the cost of shipping is included in the price.  (you do know that you can get SO much more than TP and gas, I'm assuming you were joking)!

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13 minutes ago, Cruising-along said:

  I think the card is good for online purchases too?  And from previous experience the cost of shipping is included in the price.  

 

If you compare the price in the store to the online price, you will note that although the shipping is rolled into the total price of the item, it is not actually free.

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While I would probably prefer OBC also I am sure that even though we do not live close to a store we do travel where there are stores sometimes and I certainly order on line for delivery. They have everything from tires, appliances, clothes, sheets...the list goes on forever. Sooner or later I am going to need tires, an appliance, deck furniture, a new computer/IPad, etc. If you already have their membership you probably spend some money there besides travel. The OBC is great but, I am not sure this change would cause me to change TA’s.

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20 minutes ago, Cruising-along said:

I know, we usually have that much OBC too.  I think the card is good for online purchases too?  And from previous experience the cost of shipping is included in the price.  (you do know that you can get SO much more than TP and gas, I'm assuming you were joking)!

 

Yes, joking!  However at this point in life, we don't need a lot of "stuff" anymore.  I would end up with so many Shop Cards and it would take years to use it all up.  In fact, tonight I booked a cruise in 2021 and gave it to a TA who is giving me a very big discount.  No Shop Card from Costco on this one.  Costco may regret this decision.

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21 hours ago, StLouisCruisers said:

 

Yes, joking!  However at this point in life, we don't need a lot of "stuff" anymore.  I would end up with so many Shop Cards and it would take years to use it all up.  In fact, tonight I booked a cruise in 2021 and gave it to a TA who is giving me a very big discount.  No Shop Card from Costco on this one.  Costco may regret this decision.

I buy fruits, vegetables, frozen veggies, paper products, glasses,  meat and poultry, prepared foods,  gas, yogurt, coffee, stuff like that. We buy computer monitors for work. My brother gets his hearing aids there. Plus one time big ticket purchases. Dog treats, dog food, bread, wine , liquor.

Lots to buy there that is in the normal day to day needs.

 

 

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21 minutes ago, AlanF65 said:

I buy fruits, vegetables, frozen veggies, paper products, glasses,  meat and poultry, prepared foods,  gas, yogurt, coffee, stuff like that. We buy computer monitors for work. My brother gets his hearing aids there. Plus one time big ticket purchases. Dog treats, dog food, bread, wine , liquor.

Lots to buy there that is in the normal day to day needs.

 

 

 

Sounds like Costco Shop Cards are a better fit for you.  Absolutely not a good idea for me.  I will therefore be using the high volume travel agent I have used for a couple of prior cruises (Seabourn is not a cruise line Costco works with), and that agent is giving me great discounts on our cruise fares.  She will be getting a lot more business from me.  I have two more cruises I booked with Princess recently that I will be turning over to her within 60 days.  And this is in addition to the cruise I booked with her last night.  She's happy and I'm happy.☺️

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26 minutes ago, StLouisCruisers said:

 

Sounds like Costco Shop Cards are a better fit for you.  Absolutely not a good idea for me.  I will therefore be using the high volume travel agent I have used for a couple of prior cruises (Seabourn is not a cruise line Costco works with), and that agent is giving me great discounts on our cruise fares.  She will be getting a lot more business from me.  I have two more cruises I booked with Princess recently that I will be turning over to her within 60 days.  And this is in addition to the cruise I booked with her last night.  She's happy and I'm happy.☺️

Somethings I don't buy because the quantity is too much. The cash cards were better, you could spend a few bucks and get cash back. You can also use them to buy gift cards in store. Two weeks ago you could buy a Delta Airlines $1000 gift card for $900.

They were gone when I went back to buy.

The store is 10 minutes form work so I go every few weeks, if it was a journey I could use it for online stuff but not for everyday.

 

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On 12/5/2019 at 10:14 AM, AlanF65 said:

So I sent in the transfer paperwork yesterday and it was moved to Big box TA today. Online if I book through big box I get a shop card. They are giving me $500 in refundable OBC. 

 

 

On 12/5/2019 at 10:37 AM, Alberta Quilter said:

Now that's interesting.  I have a cruise to move over to the BBA in the next couple of weeks (before the 60 days is up) so hope that happens for me, too.  Thanks for posting.

 

I just completed my transfer today and also received onboard credit because the cruise was booked prior to the change.

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