Bank of America Informative - Royal Caribbean Rewards
I wrote a compliment on an RC cruise last week and am following that up with some notes about Bank of America's Royal Caribbean rewards program.
We got the card a couple years ago to build up some points for our next upcoming RC cruise. We had over 64k by the time we were ready to redeem them. I get nervous with these time of promos as there can easily be something that goes south and gives the customer a cheated feeling. Fortunately, after carefully following the redemption instructions, we started the cruise with the knowledge they did process everything as expected an we had our $600 onboard credit waiting. Since just about everything you buy, either onboard or destination excursions, is bought with your room key and pre-established account, the credit really was a bonifide benefit.
Things to know if you are building RC points with a BOA credit card:
Call and redeem you points about 2 months outside your depart date. They have to send you these coupons, which take about 4 weeks to get. Then you have to send those back to Royal Caribbean in time to process.
You can only redeem them in blocks of 5000 or more. I almost missed getting them credited in time because I was waiting to squeeze out as many as I could. Turns out I ended up still having to keep almost 4000, the balance left after turning in the others in 5k groups.
The rules state to redeem them before making final payment on your cruise, but that isn't always possible and the word is unofficially, that they merely prefer that.
Send the coupons to RC by certified mail to prove you did your part in case something isn't as it should be.
Overall, a pretty limited offer by BOA, compared to a straight cash back rewards program, but if you are doing an RC cruise anyway like we were, it turned out to be a nice bonus.
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