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After what seems like an eternity as Platinum, Sheryl and I really made out like bandits on our latest voyage on Allure.

We were already going to profit from having a Junior Suite, with double points our 6 night cruise was to net us 12 points. However, because we satisfied the terms of the (sadly no longer happening) double points offer. (book by end september 2021, sail by end of march 2022 I think) that was doubled up to 24 points.

The result was to pole vault us high into the Emerald level. We now have 73 points.  We have a 7 nighter in October on Serenade, and that I believe will take us to Diamond at long last.

So, has anyone else managed to benefit from the double points promotion ?  It would be interesting to see some positive outcomes

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Yes! Made out like a bandit! I cruise solo in a suite and usually get 3 points…1 per night, 1 per solo, 1 per suite….and with the double point promotion I made 6 points each night. Vaulted from 292 points to 860 points between September and now. Then again, I’m a Cruisaholic who can’t stand being on dry land!😂

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Double points has definitely helped us climb the ladder.  After our cruise on Liberty in Aug/Sept of this year, we will be at 79 points.  Because of this, we decided to book a short 4-nighter in early 2023 to hit Diamond before our Europe cruise in October.....then we decided to add the 3-night itinerary prior to make it a full 7 days (by doing a back to back).

 

Other than booking the short one due to being at 79 points, we haven't been chasing status.  Not bad for people who never cruised until Jan 2019.

 

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Only taking one double points cruise, but it's doing its most important job. Starting at 66 points, so need 14 for Diamond. Wife wanted to limit the spending on a purely points-motivated trip, so 4 nights on Adventure out of Cape Liberty (live less than an hour away) to Canada. Booked interior solo. 4 nights + 1 extra point for solo doubled up gets me 16 points. And thanks to price drops, moved myself up to an aft balcony -- which my folks graciously decided to make the upgrade cost a birthday present. Interior was costing me under $500 all in solo.

With the Diamond drink vouchers, my wife and I will forego the DBP on our 9-nighter on Oasis next summer. So the <$500 saves us from the >$1000 in drinks next year.

Mission accomplished.

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Unfortunately I never cruised before the pandemic so my wife and I missed out on this. We booked during the time period for eligibility, but we would have needed to be gold status already to get the double points benefit. 

Would have been great too since we were in a grand suite for 8 nights on Enchantment. Could have skipped gold entirely!

Super happy to hear all the success stories though. Still on track for Diamond by March of '23.

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Before COVID, we were at 112 points. 

October 2021 had a 6-night sailing in Jr Suite (24 pts); April 2022 upcoming 4-night sailing (just 4 points, booked after the double points deadline); June 2022 7-night in balcony (14 points; lifted and shifted from 2020, so should still get double points); November 2022 8-night in Grand Suite (32 points; booked during double points promo window)

Based on my math, we'll hit D+ in November! 

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So, correction for US sailings it was extended to all bookings sailing by Dec 2022 if booked before that Sept 30th, 2021, deadline.

I wasn't loyal to RCG yet so I started with 4points, 5 cruises later I am at 104pt and will make D+ by Jan 2023. 3/5 were in suites where I was getting between 4-6 point per night and the rest was solo. I have a B2B, solo, in Sept and 2 sailings in Nov that were booked under the double points promotion. So I will hit D+ during my Jan 15th Oasis sailing. 

I personally never thought I would be Diamond, let alone make it to D+ and I am happy just to make it as pinnacle isn't even in my stratosphere. 

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We were at 11 points before Covid...I did not chase points at all. I just booked my regular cruises at our regular times and by the end of this year we will be diamond.

We only cruise once a year due to work schedules so there is no way to take extra cruises. Even the short weekend cruises would be logistical nightmares. We need months of advanced planning to pull off a cruise.   

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1 hour ago, Ampurp85 said:

So, correction for US sailings it was extended to all bookings sailing by Dec 2022 if booked before that Sept 30th, 2021, deadline.

Ahhh, thats pretty good news for us then, it means another double helping from Serenade in October.  14 points not the meager 7 we had anticipated.

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I was 11 points shy of diamond when I booked my double points trip for March odyssey cruise, but wanted to used my diamond perks for it. So I found a cheap 6 day balcony in November double points to get me to 81 points. Then got to fully enjoy my 8 day cruise in March with all the vouchers drinks. Then got 32 points for that cruise. So now I’m 4 cruises from diamond plus. One will be on Harmony in December.

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Oh absolutely!

The mom and I were creeping along with a plan to earn 14 points per year (7-nighters + suites). It wasn't nothing but we were a good 3-4 years away from hitting Diamond before the panini.

Then...double points hit and we pole vaulted from middle Platinum to the end stretch of Emerald in one 8-nighter GS. Now, we're scheduled for Allure this fall which will give us another 32 points each and we'll be Diamond in 5 total cruises!

I don't know what we're gonna do when we have to go back to slogging our way up the ladder to get to Diamond+

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We will be Diamond Plus after our October cruise. Will have gone from 83 points to 175. 
 

4 cruises total but ended up costing us over $20k lol. 
 

Alaska will be the big one (40 points) with our 12 night Holy Land (24 points) adding to the count. 
 

2 regular old eastern Caribbean in a balcony pulled up the rear. (28 points)

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3 hours ago, Andy &amp; Sheryl Unwin said:

After what seems like an eternity as Platinum, Sheryl and I really made out like bandits on our latest voyage on Allure.

We were already going to profit from having a Junior Suite, with double points our 6 night cruise was to net us 12 points. However, because we satisfied the terms of the (sadly no longer happening) double points offer. (book by end september 2021, sail by end of march 2022 I think) that was doubled up to 24 points.

The result was to pole vault us high into the Emerald level. We now have 73 points.  We have a 7 nighter in October on Serenade, and that I believe will take us to Diamond at long last.

So, has anyone else managed to benefit from the double points promotion ?  It would be interesting to see some positive outcomes

Almost exactly the same situation here.  

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16 minutes ago, jay1021 said:

Almost exactly the same situation here.  

For sure Diamond status will come in useful when I book our 25th anniversary cruise. The official date is 12/10/2023, but likely we will celebrate any time between 12/01/23 and 03/31/2024.

It will be first cruise for example where we dont have the DBP. There will be plenty of other opportunites for booze.

 

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Our cruise last year got us to 72 points and after our Sept 22 cruise and the double points we will finally be at diamond. I'm sure we would be close to Diamond+ if not there had we not taken 2 breaks 5 years and 3 years.

I know....who takes breaks like that?? Still scratching my head over that. lol

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