can someone explain to me how i go about getting chips using my credit card, then cash them back in, the cc company sees this as a purchase, but from there im lost, and ive been looking for 2 days on the boards trying to find the person who explained it. tx for any help. im a cheapskate and if i can build up my freq flyer miles this way, sounds good to me
This past summer Carnival implemented the 3% service charge on casino purchases, as Princess had when I wrote the article.
End result... on Carnival Corp ships, and Princess it doesn't warrant paying the 3% surcharge, because you can normally purchase the FF miles for around 3 cents/mile.
If you happen to be cruising RCI or Celebrity, at this time they are not charging, and you can get up to $1500/day on our shipboard charge card in casino chips.
On Celebrity, it's actually "up to $2,000 a day" (at least it was on Zenith last month). However, we found that there was a slight "catch". The secret is to buy the chips at the table and keep them (in your safe or wherever) rather than cashing them in. If you keep cashing your chips in, you'll soon find that the casino will "shut you off". Their computer will alert the supervisors, and you'll be politely denied the privilege.
However, if you retain whatever chips you have left and avoid cashing them in until near the end of your cruise, you'll probably be allowed to keep buying large amounts of chips on your shipboard credit. We made the mistake of buying chips ($1,000 at a time), cashing them in at the end of each day, and putting the cash in our cabin safe (rather than black chips). After a few days of our 14-day cruise, we were shut off. But we did manage to get $4,000 in bonus points on our credit card.<S>
Royal Caribbean didn't charge any extra to purchase chips on our last cruise. So we purchased chips. It built up points as if it were a charge on the cc and then we had to cash it back in and put the money towards a payment when we got home. We couldn't put the credit back to the cc, we just brought the cash home and made the payment with it. That's why you want to cash in towards the end of your trip. There was a daily max on this.