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There are 2 types of OBC  refundable and non refundable.  You can ask at guest services as to which kind you have on your room.

Nonrefundable OBC when pulled for play in the casino (ask casino host for instruction) will be in promotional chips or the slot play and the  machine will "know" the $ amount.  
It is easy to see when you are done with your promotional chips at the table.
For slot machines,
Don't forget to tap your seapass card on the machine you will play and the mechanism will turn green and say "Hi_____________".  You then withdraw your $ to the machine and the machine will record your play.
For  every $5 spent on a slot machine ($10 on video poker) you earn 1 point. So note how many points you start with and how much OBC you move into the machine so you will know when you are done with that freeplay and can cash out your winnings.   So for $50 nonrefundable OBC you would need to earn 10 points before you can cash out.
Note, you cannot change machines once you download the OBC promotional money.....because it will not allow you to cash out until you spend it.  So if it is a large amount of nonrefundable OBC you might want to transfer in smaller amounts if you are the type to change machines frequently.

Refundable OBC can be withdrawn through the machine (again, ask the casino host how, they have a small slip of paper with directions), there is no need to play that money, you transfer it to the machine, cash out and bring the slip to the cashier.

All C&A members of all levels get promotional freeplay on their seapass card (from $2-$8) that is nonrefundable.  It must be played by midnight of day 2 or you lose it.

 

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Keeping in mind that there are at least two different kinds of OBCs, "Refundable" and Non-Refundable".  My last cruise, which was about a week ago, we had over $1,800.00 in OBCs and we could use them as we wanted.  At the end of the cruise we still had over $400.00 left. So, we went to Customer Service and they paid us in cash the face value.  

I'm not sure if being from Canada this had any legal effects on your availability of OBCs, I certainly hope not.  

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10 minutes ago, Pattycruise said:

There are 2 types of OBC  refundable and non refundable.  You can ask at guest services as to which kind you have on your room.

Nonrefundable OBC when pulled for play in the casino (ask casino host for instruction) will be in promotional chips or the slot play and the  machine will "know" the $ amount.  
It is easy to see when you are done with your promotional chips at the table.
For slot machines,
Don't forget to tap your seapass card on the machine you will play and the mechanism will turn green and say "Hi_____________".  You then withdraw your $ to the machine and the machine will record your play.
For  every $5 spent on a slot machine ($10 on video poker) you earn 1 point. So note how many points you start with and how much OBC you move into the machine so you will know when you are done with that freeplay and can cash out your winnings.   So for $50 nonrefundable OBC you would need to earn 10 points before you can cash out.
Note, you cannot change machines once you download the OBC promotional money.....because it will not allow you to cash out until you spend it.  So if it is a large amount of nonrefundable OBC you might want to transfer in smaller amounts if you are the type to change machines frequently.

Refundable OBC can be withdrawn through the machine (again, ask the casino host how, they have a small slip of paper with directions), there is no need to play that money, you transfer it to the machine, cash out and bring the slip to the cashier.

All C&A members of all levels get promotional freeplay on their seapass card (from $2-$8) that is nonrefundable.  It must be played by midnight of day 2 or you lose it.

 

Thank you ... this is helpful.  One critical question for non-refundable OBC, does the "Slot Machine Gambit" (I just made that up) where you:

  • Withdraw say $500 from your room account into the slot machine.
  • Immediately cash out and take the $500 from the cashier.
  • The OBC (non-refundable) is used to cover the withdrawal from the stateroom account.

I have never done it before, so this is very new to me.

Thanks again and any input would be greatly appreciated,

Curt from Canada

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19 minutes ago, Curt From Canada said:

Thank you ... this is helpful.  One critical question for non-refundable OBC, does the "Slot Machine Gambit" (I just made that up) where you:

  • Withdraw say $500 from your room account into the slot machine.
  • Immediately cash out and take the $500 from the cashier.
  • The OBC (non-refundable) is used to cover the withdrawal from the stateroom account.

I have never done it before, so this is very new to me.

Thanks again and any input would be greatly appreciated,

Curt from Canada



In your scenario, you are withdrawing $500 as a charge to your room account 
Then hoping the nonrefundable OBC can be used towards that charge on the account.
I have no experience with that.  Hopefully someone else does and can weigh in.

(sorry for the rewrite of what you wrote, I was trying to process what you were saying)
 

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