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kimbo July 7th, 2006 04:17 PM

NCL rewards question...magnoliablossom or anyone?
we are accruing points... :D and i just found out i'm pregnant :o
soooo.....I know points are good for 3years and once you request a certificate, that certificate is good for one year.. Does it matter how far ahead you book your cruise? Like say I have my certificate today that is about to expire. Can I use this certificate now to pay on a cruise for 1 or 2 years ahead? We haven't requested any certificates yet but just want to be ready when we can take that big after the baby cruise!!!!

BigE11378 July 7th, 2006 05:54 PM

how do you earn certificates and points?

kimbo July 9th, 2006 05:11 PM

hEY BigE.... There is a lengthy good discussion on ncl rewards on here.
scroll down and click on page 4... lots of good info!

Magnolia Blossom July 22nd, 2006 04:13 PM

Sorry to be so late in responding but I've been off cruising!!!
Congratulations on your pregnancy, too!

About your points. The literature says points are good for 3 years and certificates for 1 year from date of issuance. What I believe will be you may wish to do is apply for your certificates two months or so before your points expire and then before your certificate expires book your cruise and send in your certificates. You will usually (although I've done it otherwise) have to use a credit card for your deposit, send in your certificates and if there is an overage (say if you had to deposit $200 and you send in a $500 certificate for a cruise that is $600) the $100 balance is refunded to you when final payment is received. You can book your cruise out as far as they will let you.

I've never had the opportunity to get close to having points expire because I use them suckers up as soon as I accrue them but I could have had some certificate problems when a cruise was changed because of Katrina. In that instance they said as long as the points with which the certificates were issued had not expired it was not a problem. In truth, they are so screwy in that department I don't think they could have tracked it back if they'd wanted to - but why test them.

Not sure that was any help, but holler if you need further info.

BigE, what we're talking about here is the MBNA credit card program. You can access is at and click on the icon. There are numerous postings about the details of the program if you use the search option.

However, do not confuse the MBNA program with the Latitudes program which is NCL's frequent floater program.

kimbo July 23rd, 2006 05:42 AM

thanks , lots of help once again :)

Okie Cruiser July 24th, 2006 10:45 PM

Re: NCL rewards question...magnoliablossom or anyone?

Originally Posted by kimbo
Does it matter how far ahead you book your cruise?

From the NCL site:

Points expire 36 Months from when they are earned.

A certificate expires 12 months from its date of issue.

On the actual certificate you will find the following on the back in bold:
Your sailing must take place before the expiration date of this Certificate.

If your a gambling person, might find an NCL agent that doesn't know the rules, but why take a chance? :?:

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