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Rebating cruise agencies

long_time_lurke 837 August 8, 2015 at 10:58 PM in Mail In Rebate
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I am looking at booking a cruise. I have heard of cruise travel agencies that rebate part of the commission off of the fare.
Has anyone used one they would recommend?

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expedia.com has some cruise search and also saying 50% for second person, check it out if it helps.

Quote from long_time_lurke View Post :
I am looking at booking a cruise. I have heard of cruise travel agencies that rebate part of the commission off of the fare.
Has anyone used one they would recommend?
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My understanding is this has been stopped by the cruise lines and the only benefit, other then knowledge and service, you get from a cruise line travel agent is that sometimes they give you a free item like a bottle of wine or some cheese. Rebates are a thing of the past unfortunately.
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My understanding is this has been stopped by the cruise lines and the only benefit, other then knowledge and service, you get from a cruise line travel agent is that sometimes they give you a free item like a bottle of wine or some cheese. Rebates are a thing of the past unfortunately.
Since when, exactly?
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Quote from long_time_lurke View Post :
I am looking at booking a cruise. I have heard of cruise travel agencies that rebate part of the commission off of the fare.
Has anyone used one they would recommend?
Some lines give onboard credits. Is that what you mean by a rebate? Sometimes, you can get these in addition to the comp. (Wine, cheese, etc. depending on the TA)
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If you haven't checked here already try cruisecompete.com, they have consistently provided the best deals I could find.
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I've used cruisecompete since 2007 and I have to agree -- but the deals are not what they used to be. Agents compete for your business, but you do have to have a specific cruise in mind and 2 room categories. You would need to know that you want to go on the Carnival Pride on Jan 7 in a balcony or an ocean-view, for example.
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Since when, exactly?
A few years ago the cruise lines decided to stop the idea of travel agencies rebating back part of their commission. Now, the best travel agents can do is offer you a few perks on board as a thank you, free wine/cheese/messages etc. For the most part, prices are about the same no matter where you book, although cruise compete used to be one of the go to places, not sure it really is anything these days other then a feeder to bring clients to travel agencies.
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Quote from jeffreya View Post :
A few years ago the cruise lines decided to stop the idea of travel agencies rebating back part of their commission. Now, the best travel agents can do is offer you a few perks on board as a thank you, free wine/cheese/messages etc. For the most part, prices are about the same no matter where you book, although cruise compete used to be one of the go to places, not sure it really is anything these days other then a feeder to bring clients to travel agencies.
I've had pretty good luck, just recently I was able to book a cruise for $400 less than what I could with Costco and others.
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Quote from long_time_lurke View Post :
I am looking at booking a cruise. I have heard of cruise travel agencies that rebate part of the commission off of the fare.
Has anyone used one they would recommend?
Are you a vet with an honorable discharge? On Carnival and Princess (they are all part of Carnival), you get a $100 credit for a 7 day cruise. Think it is $50 for a 5 day. And longer cruises, even more. Nice thing about that money is you can go to the front desk on board and ask for the money in cash.

Also if you own 100 shares of Carnival, you get $100 onboard credit, but you can't get that in cash. You can use it for anything you want on the ship and if you don't use it all, you can let it apply towards your gratuities.

We prefer Princess and bought our Carnival shares a long time ago so have probably gotten at last $800 back over 8 cruises plus the stock has gone up considerably although I haven't been brave enough to look after this past week.

I have never heard of rebates. Remember, after you book a cruise, keep watch on prices and if the price goes down, call them and they will lower your price, too, although sometimes they come up with reasons not to give it to you.

I like to book right through the cruise line. There are some travel sites that will throw in things like free cruise insurance, but they won't give you some of the other things or will charge more unless you are watchful.
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I tried cruisecompete. They were giving me the same rate as carnival.com. Some of them would throw in a small OBC.
I called carnival, and got a much better rate through them using my past guest number, even though i provided my past guest number on the cruisecompete quote request.
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Quote from long_time_lurke View Post :
I tried cruisecompete. They were giving me the same rate as carnival.com. Some of them would throw in a small OBC.
I called carnival, and got a much better rate through them using my past guest number, even though i provided my past guest number on the cruisecompete quote request.
I used CruiseCompete to Alaska back in May, they were able to give me an extra $75 OBC than what COSTCO could do. But the $75 obc never show up on my account, I had to call the CruiseCompete travel agent from the cruise ship several times to get them credit my onboard account, lots of hassle, not worth the headache.
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Quote from long_time_lurke View Post :
I am looking at booking a cruise. I have heard of cruise travel agencies that rebate part of the commission off of the fare.
Has anyone used one they would recommend?
Try googling it first then when you find a good and reputable travel agency for cruise, you then google the name of the travel agencies to find relative feedbacks regarding that travel agency.
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