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- Introduction and overview of my Alaska adventure
- Delta Award Flight – eking out value from SkyPennies to Alaska
- Booking my Norwegian NCL Alaska Cruise and Stacking Fail With Chase UR Points
- The Hilton Anchorage Alaska Hotel Across From The Alaska Railroad Station
- The Alaska Railroad GoldStar ride from Anchorage to Seward
- How to use your Norwegian Diamond free cabin upgrade award
- The Norwegian Jewel Suite 9002 Forward Large Balcony Review 2023
- Panning for gold in Alaska – I get the “gold rush”
- Deadliest Catch adventure on the Aleutian Ballad
- Final Thoughts on our First Cruise to Alaska and What I Would do Differently
As I am someone who does not gamble at all, you may find it funny that I hold near-top status with Caesars Rewards. I got this through a status match from Wyndham hotels Diamond status. Why do this?
By using this number, I can call Norwegian Cruise Lines Casinos at Sea and book a cabin up to 20% off under most circumstances and even use any other discounts or promotions offered, as well as apply Cruise Next coupons from my account.
Now notice I also have my card_name card in the shot above because that, too, is one of my go-to travel cards for booking cruises. I can get 1.5 cents of value for each point redeemed when the Chase Cruise partnership books my cruise.
But how do you blend these two?
The simple answer is you have NCL Casinos at Sea book your cruise but pay nothing, that is, just put it on hold. Then you have to call Chase and they send in a request (that takes about a week) to take over the reservation and book it using points – even paying with points the daily gratuities!
My current Alaska cruise was not booked years out like most of my sailings and was much more rushed when everything started falling into place to make this adventure work, that is, cheap first class air, the hotel right across from the train station on points, the hotel in Vancouver before flying home and more.
The other advantage of booking so close to sailing was that prices had really come down. This is often the case when they have sailings with lots of open rooms. While June – August sailings are normally 100% booked up, May is so early and often cold that our sailing was light with passengers, and thus the reason for the very affordable balcony cabin offer.
But there was an issue.
You see, back in the day, Chase could instantly take over an NCL Casinos at Sea reservation right over the phone without the lengthy send in the request form. With my sailing so close to the time of booking, it could only be held at NCL for 24 hours without payment.
The very nice Chase rep informed me that the only shot I had was to pay in full with my card_name card and then hope they could, after the fact, apply points to wipe out the charge.
That did not happen.
I went way up the food chain with Chase asking for help. But the booking folks could only help with new bookings — not existing charges. The Chase side would not help with an existing charge and only directed me to the Chase cruise booking partners.
I was stuck.
So, a lesson learned: If I am going to take advantage of using both my NCL Caesars discount and then pay for the voyage with Chase Ultimate Rewards® points I have to book far enough out that my reservation can be held for a week or more! – René
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