Originally Posted by Paul Motter
This is essentially no different from the old-fashioned rabating Travel agents used to do all the time.
I think in this case they "may" be able to get around the policy because it is a club and they are essentially paying a membership fee that legally makes them something like a part of the agency booking the cruise.
Or I could be talking out of my bum. I really don't know.
But if an agency is doing that it is not exactly rebating because the customer is paying the full price. With rebating the customer pays a discounted price and the travel agent eats the loss - evem before his commission is paid.
Rebating is a tough practice - because the agent is essentially paying for the cruisers' discount. That was one reason it was stopped, too cutthroat, especially for small businesses.
As you stated Paul, it is a club where you pay a fee to join and and then an annual fee for the benefits. The benefits covers condos, resorts, air fare, cruises and such. GE has thousands of members so they have buying power. We have only booked Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruises in the past. RCCL has never discounted their price and we paid full RCCL rates and now that Carnival has started their policy, it will remain to be seen what our club can continue to do. No matter, if it is a condo, a resort, air, or cruises we always get back a % in our account after the travel to be used for future vacations.
Example. Say a condo in Indian Shores, FL at Holiday Villas III. . .we got a 7 night stay in a two bedroom fully finished condo on the beach for $199 or at recently a 7 night stay in Daytona Beach beach front condo for $399 and the $$$ added to our account for future travel.
These are just examples, so how long they will continue to "rebate" our upfront money for Carnival cruises as I said remains to be seen, but no matter what we'll always get the after the vacation or cruise $$$ credited to our membership. FYI, not trying to sell memberships, but just clarify my original post.
Thanks Paul for stepping in with your post. Wow, got the head man commenting.