Jump to content

Hypothetical C&A question


Recommended Posts

1 hour ago, twangster said:

Yes.  I know many couples that designate one person to be the tribute and cruise solo in order to advance the team collectively.

Some people even put the person with highest count in a suite by themselves then they book a cheap interior for the other person.  On board they get an extra key for the suite and stay in the suite, leaving the interior unoccupied.  This works better once you reach 340 and get the reduced single supplement.  Solo in a suite is 3x points.  

The point is, designate one person to lead the charge and carry the team to victory... so to speak.

Oh didn't even consider doing that!? Woohoo lots of Alaska cruises to book. Can this work if we are already booked on cruises? 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, twangster said:

Yes.  I know many couples that designate one person to be the tribute and cruise solo in order to advance the team collectively.

Some people even put the person with highest count in a suite by themselves then they book a cheap interior for the other person.  On board they get an extra key for the suite and stay in the suite, leaving the interior unoccupied.  This works better once you reach 340 and get the reduced single supplement.  Solo in a suite is 3x points.  

The point is, designate one person to lead the charge and carry the team to victory... so to speak.

I took up the gauntlet this year, made the sacrifice  and have done my first solo cruises since September.  I've brought my husband up to Diamond Plus with me.  I was going to try for Pinnacle but did not (I really should have! LOL)    I told him if we get divorced he will be stuck at his "paltry point level" but he will still be a Diamond Plus member. 🤣

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, twangster said:

Yes.  I know many couples that designate one person to be the tribute and cruise solo in order to advance the team collectively.

Some people even put the person with highest count in a suite by themselves then they book a cheap interior for the other person.  On board they get an extra key for the suite and stay in the suite, leaving the interior unoccupied.  This works better once you reach 340 and get the reduced single supplement.  Solo in a suite is 3x points.  

The point is, designate one person to lead the charge and carry the team to victory... so to speak.

The only reason my wife even considered giving her blessing to a solo cruise for me in May is because the points (thanks to solo cabin & double points promotion) will get me to Diamond. With that, we won't need to buy drink packages on our 9-night cruise we're planning for next year (she is far from Diamond on her own). The cost of me going solo on a 4-nighter this year is less than half of what the drink packages would cost us next year. 

"Hey hun, can I take a cruise to save us some money?" 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, 12thman said:

Oh didn't even consider doing that!? Woohoo lots of Alaska cruises to book. Can this work if we are already booked on cruises? 

If already booked it's more tricky as there can be costs involved with dropping someone from a booking and then purchasing them a separate cabin.   Some suite cabins require more than one guest on a booking so you have to be careful when implementing this strategy.  

However to illustrate the lengths some people go, I know a couple that have put the husband in with friend's in their cabin who are also sailing on that cruise.  The rates to add a 3rd person can be lower than the cost of a throw away interior cabin.  Once onboard they get an extra key and husband sleeps in the suite.  Wife gets extra points for solo in a suite.  Husbands gets some points but his tally doesn't matter.  This had less risk pre-pandemic because now, in current times if the friends test positive in the days before the cruise it would ruin the plan.  

Occasionally these days there are reduced solo supplements on some cruises.  More now than in the past.  You may not be accustomed to searching out solo deals if you traditionally have always planned and booked with two guests.

The spreadsheet I use for tracking my cruises contains a column with price per night and a column for price per point.  By tracking these figures it's easier to determine if a cruise with a reduced solo supplement is a good deal or not.  It does cost extra to cruise with a focus on maximizing points but if the cost for extra points on a particular cruise is low enough it can make sense to do it as opposed to booking a whole other cruise to gain those points.

With my C&A discounts I am often faced with a choice of a studio cabin for one or regular double occupancy cabin.  Studio cabins are single point per night, a double occupancy cabin for a solo cruises nets an extra point per night.  Usually it's a matter of a few hundred dollars to score the extra points but also a slightly bigger cabin.  As you climb the C&A ladder the gap between the two gets smaller as the C&A discounts go up.  

On a recently booked cruise I chose a regular cabin for $75 more than the cost of a studio cabin.  That $75 delta will net me 4 more points.  That's ~$19 per point which is pretty cheap.   The regular cabin is bigger so splurging $75 was an easy choice.  I could cruise in the studio cabin and still have a great cruise but for $75 more, why not enjoy a bigger cabin and get extra points?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

@twangsterThanks for the explanation. Seems a lot of work just to earn more points, we cruise a couple times a year but always stay in a suite because it's our only vacation time. Think if I make diamond plus I'll be happy as those perks seem pretty good for the amount we cruise. This seems to be a great strategy if you are young and want to achieve pinnacle early on.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...