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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from sk8erguy1978 in Closer to cruising?   
    Friends of mine in Canada have posted photos of vandalized cars when they have plates that are not from that particular province as well.  Just something to be aware of.
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Chase Sapphire VS Chase Sapphire Reserve VS ?   
    She can go online to her account - there's a link for " View MyCruise Points on the main account page.

    The you have an option to "Redeem Cruise Points".

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    SpeedNoodles reacted to sk8erguy1978 in Chase Sapphire VS Chase Sapphire Reserve VS ?   
    As easy as I thought, thanks @SpeedNoodles!
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Lift and shift help   
    In case anyone is interested, the "bait" is back out there.  The Royal Suite (which I relinquished as part of the L&S) as well as an Owner's Suite (which wasn't there when I booked the RS) are both showing for the 11-22-20 Empress sailing.  The OS has a particularly attractive price ($1468 PP).  So, if anyone is interested in taking a nicely discounted cruise next Nov (probably a Thanksgiving week) in an Owner's Suite or higher (maybe ???) you could book it now and L&S. The bad news is that final payment date has now come and gone, so if you wanted to do this you would have to pay the balance in full when you book.  Still a very good deal !
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Chase Sapphire VS Chase Sapphire Reserve VS ?   
    She can go online to her account - there's a link for " View MyCruise Points on the main account page.

    The you have an option to "Redeem Cruise Points".

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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from sk8erguy1978 in Chase Sapphire VS Chase Sapphire Reserve VS ?   
    I've lost all hope of understanding it.  I'll just keep my Costco Visa, lol.
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in Lift and shift help   
    CC.  Pffft.
    Dang, they should have L&S'd you to the Harmony T-Day cruise (aka Group Cruise!)
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in Lift and shift help   
    Star Class? NIIICEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!  She really is a magician!
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Closer to cruising?   
    I just checked my first sailings, which are Nov. 6 and 13 on NAV.  We had already checked in but when I went to look at the boarding passes it made me pick a boarding time.  This was not there when we did the original check-in last week.  The earliest time was 2:30.  We chose 2:30.
    Now....I fully expect these cruises to be cancelled, but it's nice to see that they are implementing boarding protocols.  It's a step in the right direction, even if these particular cruises don't happen.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Jax in Lift and shift help   
    Just another thing I owe you a huge thank you for. This community is such a great resource.  💕
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Jax in Lift and shift help   
    @WAAAYTOOO I am so happy for you! A great TA is priceless. 
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to AshleyDillo in Chase Sapphire VS Chase Sapphire Reserve VS ?   
    This is basically my life.  I have tons of cards and keep an updated list of which kinds of charges to use on which card.  I actually don't make too many purchases so it tends to not be too difficult for me to keep up with.  I'm not loyal enough to any specific airline to chase which travel card works the best for my situation.  I just try to go for whatever gives me the most cash back since that's not tied to only be used one any specific thing.  
    i got the lowest level Delta Amex because it was offering a great introductory points offer (70,000) and no fee for the first year and a $100 Delta credit.  I tend to fly economy with them and with the card I get a free checked bag, so that's been helpful.  Delta points never expire either.  I would do the research to see what the typical intro offer for points is and keep checking back until they run another high point sign-up bonus.
    Usually if I know I have a big purchase coming up, that's when I'll sign up for a new card so I know I'll hit the required spend for the offer.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Baked Alaska in Chase Sapphire VS Chase Sapphire Reserve VS ?   
    @SpeedNoodles I've only used it for OBC or Cruise Planner purchases.
     
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Chase Sapphire VS Chase Sapphire Reserve VS ?   
    Me too.  I guess I'm a dinosaur.  I still love the RCCL Visa card !
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Lift and shift help   
    I know.  That's what Michelle said, too.
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Chase Sapphire VS Chase Sapphire Reserve VS ?   
    I've lost all hope of understanding it.  I'll just keep my Costco Visa, lol.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Sharla in How do I pre-pay gratuities?   
    Tell your TA, they will add it in to your total. If you want to make a partial payment that just covers gratuities that can be done too.
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to Baked Alaska in Chase Sapphire VS Chase Sapphire Reserve VS ?   
    @Atlantix2000 this actually makes sense, but waaayyy to much juggling. I appreciate your explaining it, though!!
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Lift and shift help   
    I know, right ?  Sooo happy about how this turned out.  I was told by some "experts" over on CC that they would NEVER L&S an Empress RS to a Star Class suite.  I actually believed that myself !  But they did.  
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Lift and shift help   
    Star Class? NIIICEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!  She really is a magician!
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Lift and shift help   
    So this thread is as close as I can find to my L&S news.  I'm hijackin' it.
    Last week @michelle booked the Royal Suite for me on Empress (11-22-20, 6 night Western Caribbean) with the express intent of L&S'ing it to next year.  According to the website, the appropriate cruise to which to shift this would have been a 6 night Western Caribbean cruise on Odyssey.  YIPPEE !  That sounds great.  Since the appropriate shift from a RS on Empress to another ship is an Owner's Suite, I was happy with that idea.  So she called and they stone cold refused to make the shift to Odyssey even though the website showed that sailing as an appropriate "match" AND there was an Owner's Suite still available (Odyssey only has 2 OS so it was a surprise that one was still available...but it was).  Nope.  Nope.  Nope.
    She tried doing the online L&S.  Nope.  They outright refused.
    I was so disappointed.  I have read of so many people moving their Empress suites to Odyssey and simply could not understand why I was being denied.  If I had been there in person, they would have labeled me a "Karen" for sure.  LOL
    @michelle got a call this morning from the L&S team with the bad news for a second time.  Not only would they not shift me to Odyssey, NOW they wouldn't even shift me to an Oasis cruise that had been their offer last week (this offer never made any sense.  It was a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise which violated all of their "rules" - different number of nights, different itinerary).  Now I was steamin'.  Poor Michelle.  She is so patient.  She texted me to let me know that they were "evaluating our options". 
    I was resigned that this was just not going to work out.  I asked Michelle to please just CWC and get an FCC for my deposit.  She said "okay".  Maybe 10 minutes later she texted me that they were offering to shift my Empress RS to an Allure Star Loft Suite during Thanksgiving week (6 night 11-21-21) !!  I almost dropped the phone !  So they were willing to give me a $12.5K SLS on Allure  but they couldn't see their way to giving me a $9K OS on Odyssey ?  Whatever.  I'll take Star Class every time !!!
    So....   @michelle is the queen of L&S negotiations.  I don't know how she does it....but she is awesome.  I'm soooo happy !!!!!!!
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    SpeedNoodles reacted to michelle in When is your next cruise?   
    Always happy to help you !!!
     
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    SpeedNoodles got a reaction from michelle in When is your next cruise?   
    We Lifted and Shifted our Empress sailing (1/2021) to an Odyssey sailing (1/2022) - we had to cancel the Symphony sailing in 1/2022 because they left the same day.  But we swapped an OS on Empress for OS (Sky Class) on Odyssey for a STEAL!!!  Thanks to @WAAAYTOOO for encouraging me to check to see if it could be done, and another HUGE thank you to @michelle for making it happen!!!!
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