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Old October 25th, 2003, 11:58 AM
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Has anyone used the coupons that come in Currents or Crown & Anchor magazines? I've never thought to ask my agent about them. Do the discount internet agencies (bestpricecruises, buycruises, etc.) accept them even though their prices are already pretty much the lowest? If so, would they just negotiate that with the cruise line or would it impact their commission?

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Old October 25th, 2003, 12:06 PM
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We always use the coupons we get in our Captains Club magazine. We just fill them in for the cruise and send to Celebrity in Miami.... we get 125 dollars off. Never been rejected. Since we book our own cruises, not sure how it would affect TA commission.. That said, if I was using a TA, I would'nt care how it affected commission.

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Old October 27th, 2003, 06:33 AM
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Some of the discount agencies will discount the coupon 10 to 20 percent. (my $125 coupon was discounted 16% so I got 105. off)
But, use the coupon!! It's money in the pocket.
We just booked two cruises with RCCL and used coupons on both of them.

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Old October 27th, 2003, 03:13 PM
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Got $125.00 on our upcoming Splendour of the Seas cruise and used the one from "Crown and Anchor". Just gave it to our TA and they sent in and was taken off before we paid the balance of our bill.

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Old October 28th, 2003, 01:22 PM
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HOW DO YOU GET THESE COUPONS? THIS IS MY FIRST CRUISE JUST BOOKED FOR NEXT MAY. CAN I STILL GET THEM AND WHERE?
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Old October 28th, 2003, 01:30 PM
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Donna, why don't they give you full coupon value? It's a cruise line coupon...nothing out of the TA's pocket.

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Old October 28th, 2003, 04:33 PM
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I've found that my TA always beat any other price that I could find elsewhere. He does, however, discount any coupon by 10% to account for his commission. Puts me way ahead!
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Old October 28th, 2003, 05:31 PM
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To AM57
The coupons being discussed come out of the magazines received for being a member of various cruiselines past guest clubs and are offered to the customers who have sailed with a specific cruise line before. After you take your first cruise , be sure to sign up for that lines previous guest club and you will receive emails and mailings and magazines with coupons for specific cruises or for other credits or benefits.
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Old October 29th, 2003, 06:24 AM
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Rick,
I booked through cruisequick. They automatically discount the coupons 16%.
Some of the discount agencies are discounting 20%. I saved so much money on the cruise, I didn't really care! I think it's because their prices are so low.. not sure why exactly. But, I will say they have given me a price reduction already without being asked. (it showed up on my credit card statement)
Anyone out there know why the on line agencies discount the coupons?
Maybe a handling fee to scrounge up more dollars?

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Old October 30th, 2003, 10:42 AM
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Celebrity Captains Club come directly through the cruise line and should not affect the commission of the TA.I have never had a problemusing them.
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Old October 30th, 2003, 01:38 PM
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If you book direct with the cruise lines they will give you an address to send the coupon to.We have used them many times.The highest we got was $250 per cabin.
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