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Title: How to maximize your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: Host Mike on December 23, 2011, 09:19:06 AM
Sail on 20 or more Princess cruises (aka Loyalty level or "Super Elite") (posted only after you are on the ship)

Completion of 20 - 30 cruises $25 onboard cabin credit
Completion of 31 - 40 cruises $50 onboard cabin credit
Completion of 41 - 50 cruises $75 onboard cabin credit
Completion of 50+ cruises $100 onboard cabin credit

Limited to one onboard cabin credit per family

Military

http://www.princess.com/learn/faq_answer/additional_faq/military_program.jsp

Once Princess has recorded your military benefit you no longer have to supply your DD-214 or equivalent again.

Onboard cabin credit amount per stateroom*:

Cruise Length Amount
6 days or less $50 per stateroom
7–13 days $100 per stateroom
14 days or longer $250 per stateroom

Future Cruise Deposit (FCD) Credit

Deposit Amount: $100 per person

Benefit of Future Cruise Deposit :

    Up to $150 Onboard Credit per person to apply on future booking
        3-6 Days: $15pp for inside/oceanview and $25pp balcony/suite
        7-10 Days: $25pp for inside/oceanview  and $50pp balcony/suite
        11-16 Days: $75pp for inside/oceanview and $100pp balcony/suite
        17 + Days: $125pp for inside/oceanview and $150pp balcony/suite
    Just book within 2 Years from the date of purchase to use (if it is not used, the deposit of $100 is refundable just cannot be extended)
    Select ship and sail date onboard, or choose later with no additional deposit required
    Future Cruise Deposits are fully refundable prior to final payment except for voyages 30 days or longer; voyages of 30 days or longer are refundable up to 120 days prior to sailing date
    Full World Cruise/World Cruise Segments  benefit from a reduced deposit of 5% of cruise fare and a 3% discount off the fare

Restrictions of Future Cruise Deposit:

    Onboard Credit is only per person for the person using the Future Cruise Deposit; it does NOT carry over to any other passengers in the stateroom
    Future Cruise Deposits cannot be added to a booking after the booking has been paid in full
    Onboard Credit not applicable to the World Cruise and World Cruise Segment Voyages
    May not be combinable with all promotional offers

If your cruise cancels for medical reasons after final payment Princess insurance will refund your future cruise deposit and Princess will cancel your FCD.  This FCD cancellation policy cannot be appealed.

http://blog.icruise.com/2013/06/benefits-of-booking-your-next-cruise-onboard-your-current-cruise/

After cruise Welcome Home FCD Promotion

Within 60 days after the cruise:

https://book.princess.com/pdf/onesource/pc/Post_FCD_Final.pdf

Princess Visa Card

Princess/Barclaycard reduced the Princess Visa Card benefits in November, 2016 and it may not be worth it anymore.  It was never that great a deal in the first place especially since it didn't cover lost bag insurance

Carnival Stock

Carnival Stock - On Board Cabin Credit - Minimum 100 shares

U.S. Dollars:
Sailings 6 days or less $50
Sailings 7 to 13 days $100
Sailings 14 days or longer $250

Adjusted for Euro, Pound and AUD.

Good on Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Yachts of Seabourn, Cunard, Costa, Aida, Ibero, P&O, Ocean Village.

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=140690&p=irol-sharebenefit

Internet Minutes given as a per passenger OBC (Need more than 5 Princess cruises and must log in individually for the credit)

VOYAGE DURATION    MINUTES
7 days or less    150
8-20 days    250
21+ days    500

https://book.princess.com/captaincircle/jsp/memberShipBenefitsForProspect.jsp

BTW: Logging off with 1.1.1.1 speeds things up and saves minutes. Affordable T-Mobile Simple Choice Plans (for U.S. customers) allow T-Mobile customers to data roam Internationally at 3G speeds in over 100 countries.  Works great with Skype on my cell enabled iPad.  Facetime on iPhones has worked on Princess ships at the time of this post but uses your Internet minutes.

Referral Rewards

"Our Referral Rewards program allows our Members to sign up friends and relatives as new Princess passengers and we will give them cruise credits towards their next booking. Not only that, but we'll do the same for their referrals!

The rewards offered are $25 per person, up to $50 per booking. The new customer must sail within 24 months of being referred. Referrals must not be currently, or have previously booked or sailed with Princess, must not have been nominated by another Member, or be 'known' by Princess (by requesting a brochure or registering at princess.com). Referrals must also be successfully made prior to new customers making a booking in order for the discount to apply."

http://www.princess.com/learn/faq_answer/pre_cruise/prepare.jsp



Remember that breaking a combo cruise into back to backs (B2B) may double your OBC's and get you an extra Elite minibar setup.  Normally Princess will reward combo cruisers with extra Internet minutes at the B2B break so that should not be a decision factor.  Make triple sure that you check your Cruise Personalizer for a list of your credits or get your cruise agent to go on Polar and disclose to you all of pending cabin credits before you sail and make a list.  Princess has been known to forget posting the credits to your actual shipboard account, especially on the second leg of a B2B.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: ccrain on December 30, 2011, 01:52:56 PM
Mike,

don't forget the carnival stock OBC.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: f-mattox on December 30, 2011, 03:52:37 PM
. . . . .and now would be a pretty good time to buy some Carnival stock:  $32.67 today vs. a 52 week high of $48.14.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: Host Mike on December 30, 2011, 05:46:38 PM
Carnival Stock - On Board Cabin Credit - Minimum 100 shares

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=140690&p=irol-sharebenefit

U.S. Dollars:
Sailings 6 days or less $50
Sailings 7 to 13 days $100
Sailings 14 days or longer $250

Adjusted for Euro, Pound and AUD.

Good on Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Yachts of Seabourn, Cunard, Costa, Aida, Ibero, P&O, Ocean Village.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: f-mattox on December 31, 2011, 07:26:33 PM
Not a bad return on a $3267.00 investment--especially the $250.00 on 14 days.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: ccrain on January 01, 2012, 11:35:10 AM
Princess Visa vs. Airline Card -

I looked into the Princess Visa card, even ordered one, but they refused to increase the credit limit to cover even one cruise payment - so out came the scissors.

Instead I went with a United Visa card.  With yields on the Princess card ranging from 1 to 2 cents per dollar, the United card gives me anywhere between 3 and 12 cents per dollar (mile) depending on what kind of ticket I buy. For example in April Judy and I are flying FF business class to Singapore from SFO on 120,000 miles or, at today's prices, 6-9 cents per mile.  Our tickets to the UK last October were about 8 cents per mile.

Since we will always need airfare from CO to cruise, the yields on the airline cards just made much more sense...


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: f-mattox on January 01, 2012, 03:54:00 PM
Sounds like you made the best choice; Princess would probably have increases your limit after you had the card for a while--but of course that does you no good right away; that's a shame.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: Host Mike on January 03, 2012, 06:57:13 PM
Princess Visa gave me a revolving credit line of 22K (but in reality 15K available credit) without asking.  I'll never spend that much for a cruise.  I think.   :D


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: Host Mike on January 04, 2012, 02:10:52 PM
Refer your friends and relatives (aka Friends and Family) who have never cruised Princess reward  $25.

https://book.princess.com/captaincircle/jsp/referralHelp.jsp


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: Host Mike on January 04, 2012, 02:28:56 PM
Suite Passengers and Solo Traveler benefits

"Passengers who pay for and occupy a full suite (mini-suites excluded), will receive two cruise credits.
Passengers who pay the single occupancy fare and travel alone in their cabin will receive two cruise credits.
Passengers who pay the single supplement to occupy a full suite on their own will receive three cruise credits. "

http://www.princess.com/news/article.jsp?newsArticleId=na991

Each cruise credit is treated as a completed Princess Cruise for purposes of reaching Platinum (more than 5 cruises or 50 cruise days) and Elite (15 cruises or 150 cruise days) levels.  Cruise credits are also used for reaching the Princess Loyalty level (aka Super Elite level)(more than 20 cruises).

Suite passengers are currently being given a complimentary dinner in a specialty restaurant on embarkation night and breakfasts every morning in a specialty restaurant but the unlimited time on the Internet for Suite passengers has been dropped.


Title: How to maximize your cruise credits for loyalty rewards
Post by: Host Mike on October 01, 2013, 02:54:53 PM
If you booked one long (i.e. combo) Princess cruise which Princess also offered as a back to back (B2B) call the Princess Captain's Circle desk 1-800-Princess after the cruise and ask for two cruise credits rather than the one cruise credit that the Princess computer has already recorded for you. Princess has granted those 2 for 1 requests until recently.  They are now less likely to grant you the 2 for 1 credits so book your B2B wisely.


Title: Promotional OBC's
Post by: Host Mike on November 17, 2013, 01:38:43 PM
From time to time Princess will offer extra OBC promotions to help fill the ship.  These are for "new" bookings only.  (Or Not)  ;)  ;)


Title: Re: Promotional OBC's
Post by: RichC on November 25, 2013, 09:53:29 PM
From time to time Princess will offer extra OBC promotions to help fill the ship.  These are for "new" bookings only.  (Or Not)  ;)  ;)

We took advantage of that one time about 2 years ago & haven't seen one since. It doubled the FCC credit & you could also use the best price offered by your TA.

We're about to leave on a 20 day trip & will request 2 cruise credits since we booked it as 1 trip although it was offered as 2 10 dayers.
I'll also taking some old cruise cards from a few years back (2- 7 days booked as a 14 day trip) & see if they give me extra credit for that one also.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: RichC on December 22, 2013, 08:01:48 PM
We just returned from a 20 day cruise on the Emerald (2 - 10 day B2B) and requested an additional cruise from the Capt circle host and received it without question. I also brought along some old cruise cards & received an additional credit for a 5 year old B2B trip on the Crown.
Our Internet minutes were only applied once (250) and not bridged but the bar setup was restocked after 10 days. We have been on trips where the minutes were carried over. I suppose it all has to do with the Internet manager.
 


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: Host Mike on May 14, 2014, 11:31:22 AM
Princess now seems to be carrying over your unused Internet minutes from the first leg of a B2B to the second leg.  :D


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: RichC on May 14, 2014, 11:49:38 AM
Princess now seems to be carrying over your unused Internet minutes from the first leg of a B2B to the second leg.  :D
Yes and no. It depends. We opened an account for both myself and my wife and didn't use any of her minutes the first week, only mine. Her account remained at 250 minutes and mine was around 30 minutes after the first cruise. The second leg I had an additional 30 minutes added to my 250 but hers didn't carry over and she only had the allotment of 250. The internet manager said it was because she didn't use any of her minutes to begin with. ???
I guess if we had used some of her minutes they might have carried over. Next B2B I'll be sure to use some from each account.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: ccrain on May 15, 2014, 12:16:20 PM
We actually had minutes carry over on a B2B2B on the Grand a couple of months ago, and on the Ruby B2B2B2B late last year.

they were all booked as separate cruises - love those OBCs!


Title: Coffee Cards - The gift that keeps on giving.
Post by: Host Mike on May 16, 2014, 05:27:47 PM
Never toss your Princess coffee cards after the cruise, especially if they have unused punches.  All Princess bars with coffee machines will honor those unused punches on old cards on later cruises and some, but not all, bar tenders will serve you free brewed coffee if you show your old coffee card.  Often the small bar next to Horizon Court, near the pool, has a brewed coffee machine in the small room right directly behind the bar.



Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: ccrain on May 17, 2014, 06:16:45 AM
Also, the mini-bar exchange for two coffee cards is a great deal as the cards are typically unmarked. (Most actually are if you get them from a server you have made friends with during the cruise.)

In fact, I've only had one card marked in the past several cruises...


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: RichC on May 17, 2014, 06:34:54 AM
It's surprising just what they can do once you make a friend.  ;)


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: TrishEd on May 20, 2014, 06:29:18 AM
Don't forget the Princess Credit Card. We will be leaving on the 4th of June for Alaska and have just cashed in points for $1000.00 dollars of cabin credits. We pay the card off each month, so this is free credits.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: RichC on May 20, 2014, 07:30:32 AM
Don't forget the Princess Credit Card. We will be leaving on the 4th of June for Alaska and have just cashed in points for $1000.00 dollars of cabin credits. We pay the card off each month, so this is free credits.

Wow. You're a big spender to get back that much.  :o We have a hard time accumulating points for $150 per cruise. 


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: ccrain on June 08, 2014, 09:52:18 AM
Don't forget the Princess Credit Card. We will be leaving on the 4th of June for Alaska and have just cashed in points for $1000.00 dollars of cabin credits. We pay the card off each month, so this is free credits.

I actually did a careful spreadsheet analysis of travel credit cards and determined that airline MILES, not points, are the way to go to maximize bang per buck. Supersaver fares on United, for economy, average about 3.5 cents per mile flying domestically to and from cruises. International business super saver classes can get you 11 or 12 cents a mile back, and international economy can get upwards of 6 cents per mile.

So a return of 1 or 2% in MILES, can then net 3 to 12 cents per mile in ticket price equivalency. 

So cards that give me 1% or 2% return in MILES, rather than 1 or 2 CENTS back, are the way to go for us...


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: RichC on June 08, 2014, 01:07:46 PM
There you go- we don't have to fly anywhere lately.


Title: How to get CIF
Post by: Host Mike on December 19, 2015, 12:06:22 PM
While not generating OBCs there are two ways to get some CIF - Cash in Fist.

  • Watch Princess EZ Air prices very closely.  Sometimes there are unpublished EZ Air prices so ask.
  • Buddy up with your travel agent.  Sometimes they can lower the fare AFTER final payment



Title: Re: How to get CIF
Post by: ccrain on December 20, 2015, 08:55:56 AM
While not generating OBCs there are two ways to get some CIF - Cash in Fist.

  • Watch Princess EZ Air prices very closely.  Sometimes there are unpublished EZ Air prices so ask.
  • Buddy up with your travel agent.  Sometimes they can lower the fare AFTER final payment



Agreed. On the Australian Cruise From Southampton to Sydney next year, after booking, our TA got us the sip and sail package at no additional cost, then just last week, the fare went down $3k with a $600 OBC. We had to give up the sip and sail, which was no problem since we don't drink that much anyway...


Title: Re: How to maximize your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: Host Mike on December 24, 2015, 11:24:39 AM
On Southamption to Singapore Emerald Princess I gave up Sip and Sail, kept the same cabin and saved over four thousand dollars U.S.  With the money saved I can optionally buy the full beverage package on board and still come out far ahead.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: RichC on January 20, 2016, 08:54:08 AM
Princess now seems to be carrying over your unused Internet minutes from the first leg of a B2B to the second leg.  :D

Yes but the catch is if you're doing a B2B2B cruise or longer the minutes don't keep rolling over continuously. If you don't use all the internet minutes from the first leg they will carry over to the next leg but if you try to roll over those minutes to the next leg you will lose the minutes from the second leg because you haven't started using them. You must use up those carried over minutes & start using some of the new minutes before the end of that trip. If you begin the next leg of a B2B2B without starting to use some of the previous legs minutes you will lose the minutes of the middle leg.

They don't explain that until you complain to the internet manager about the loss and at that point it's to late to do much about it. (or so they say) 


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: RichC on January 23, 2016, 07:47:10 AM
Princess now seems to be carrying over your unused Internet minutes from the first leg of a B2B to the second leg.  :D
Yes but if it's a B2B2B you had better use up the minutes carried over from the first leg & start using at least some of the minutes of the second leg minutes before the start of the third leg or you lose the second legs minutes. After the first carry over you'd still be using the first legs minutes. If you don't start the second legs minutes before the end of the second leg is over they will automatically be cancelled & not eligible for any carry over. I suppose the carried over from the first leg might be carried over to the third leg but I didn't try that.
A continued carry over is something they didn't take into consideration when they wrote the program.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: Host Mike on August 02, 2016, 03:21:13 PM
Also, the mini-bar exchange for two coffee cards is a great deal as the cards are typically unmarked. (Most actually are if you get them from a server you have made friends with during the cruise.)

In fact, I've only had one card marked in the past several cruises...

I agree.  Try also to get an unmarked card when you buy a coffee card at a bar and you might also get an unmarked card by ordering one on the dine line.  That unmarked card may turn out to be the brewed coffee and hot chocolate gift card that keeps on giving on your future Princess cruises.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: ccrain on August 02, 2016, 05:01:53 PM
Also, the mini-bar exchange for two coffee cards is a great deal as the cards are typically unmarked. (Most actually are if you get them from a server you have made friends with during the cruise.)

In fact, I've only had one card marked in the past several cruises...

I agree.  Try also to get an unmarked card when you buy a coffee card at a bar.  That unmarked card may turn out to be the brewed coffee and hot chocolate gift card that keeps on giving on your future Princess cruises.

BUT - on our last cruise on the Emerald in June 2016, they have once again changed the layout and color of the card so they know old cards when they see them...


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: RichC on August 03, 2016, 07:38:30 AM
Also, the mini-bar exchange for two coffee cards is a great deal as the cards are typically unmarked. (Most actually are if you get them from a server you have made friends with during the cruise.)

In fact, I've only had one card marked in the past several cruises...

I agree.  Try also to get an unmarked card when you buy a coffee card at a bar.  That unmarked card may turn out to be the brewed coffee and hot chocolate gift card that keeps on giving on your future Princess cruises.

I'm not sure about the "new" cards that their issuing lately if they're going to be pre-stamped or not. I heard about them but haven't see one yet. We've got loads of the old style cards with no date or ship name on them so they'll be good only for punches & not for unlimited regular coffee or tea. Oh well.
It doesn't make that much difference on the Regal & Royal anyway since all the regular coffee is the same no matter where you get it.


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: obendus on February 04, 2017, 12:38:55 PM
It doesn't make that much difference on the Regal & Royal anyway since all the regular coffee is the same no matter where you get it.

Would that be the syrup - derived coffee, or fresh ground?


Title: Re: How to maximize all of your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: RichC on February 04, 2017, 12:41:28 PM
It doesn't make that much difference on the Regal & Royal anyway since all the regular coffee is the same no matter where you get it.

Would that be the syrup - derived coffee, or fresh ground?

They don't have syrup on the Regal and Royal.
Even the fresh dripped stuff it to strong for my simple tastes.
Both my wife & I mostly get the Cappuccino with extra cream & it's acceptable.


Title: Re: How to maximize your On Board Cabin Credits (OBC's)
Post by: Host Mike on November 06, 2018, 04:59:07 PM
Three additional ways to save depending on how generous Princess is feeling at the time.  Your mileage may greatly vary!

1. Gambler fares: You may only pay port fees, get a white lanyard for free drinks in the casino, captain’s private party at times and a black card.  You may also get free air.

2. Move over fares:  When the ship or cabin class is oversold your original fare may be refunded and a free future cruise or at least a free different level cabin may be offered.  Sometimes future on board credits may also be offered.  These move over deals are typically offered to those living near the embarkation port.

3.. Suite upgrade offers:  If you receive this offer you have to move very fast but beware -  Princess has lately been making this offer pretty pricy.