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MLife Platinum Cruise - help needed

Discussion in 'M life - MGM' started by SIlverGolfer, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. SIlverGolfer

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    I've never taken advantage of the annual cruise and was hoping that I can get info from the board on the ins and outs of claiming it.

    I would likely be choosing a cruise that begins in FL.

    Any and all help is appreciated

    Pete
     
  2. beanie03

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    you will need to call the 800# to book your room with promo code. you will only pay the port taxes up front.. from there, the nickel n diming begins. drink pkg, internet pkg, specialty dining, n shore excursions. i actually have a cruise leaving next week, unless the hurricanes mess that up, departing fort lauderdale for a week in the southern caribbean.

    if it's your first cruise, try a smaller boat.. and 4 to 5 days. you might want to upgrade to a balcony or junior suite. the slots were loose last year then tightened up the last 3 days of the 7 day cruise. sign up for their casino program and you will get emails for a "free cruise" every few weeks. i only check them now b/c they offer me a junior suite now. my only cruise experience is with royal caribbean.. 3rd cruise next week.
     
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  3. Sunstroke

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    This has all the details https://www.mgmresorts.com/en/mlife...aribbean-and-celebrity-cruises.html#/Overview
    In essence the mlife benefit is a $200 on board credit as an Mlife Plat. You can get up to a 5 night Caribbean cruise free in an oceanview. (paying only port charges). In my experience they are not flexible at all in allowing you to get an equivalent amount towards a different cruise. YMMV of course.
    I took a 7 day European cruise as a Noir and it would have cost us $8000 for 2 people; if I had wanted to upgrade to , say ,a 10 night cruise they only offered about $1000 discount off the other cruise, or maybe it was $1500, I forget now. Fortunately they were flexible about the dates, my original email offer said I needed to take the cruise by June 30 ,but they allowed me to go end of July, no problem. (received offer in January).
     
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  4. Beebs17

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    They’ll generally give a $750 credit for mlife platinum if you want to take something longer than a 5-day trip. You can usually get them to give you 20% the rack rate as well, which isn’t too bad. You can take Royal Caribbean or Celebrity. Celebrity is owned by RCI, is considered slightly more upscale, but, there isn’t a huge difference. RCI will pull in a younger crowd, their boats are generally bigger and have more activities that you probably won’t use. Celebrity generally has better food and more upscale food.

    Either way, it’s a pretty good perk that I’ve used the last few years, although I always upgrade to a suite, so I have to come out of pocket for it.

    One onboard perk that is nice is that you can pull money out of the casino on your shipboard account (linked to your credit card) without any fee. If you have a cash back card, that can be a free 2% in rewards if not more. You can essentially take it out, pocket the cash, and then use it to pay your bill when you come home. Just don’t take more than $10,000 because you’re coming in from an international trip and it requires an onerous customs process. I used it on my Starwood AMEX, and always nice to get thousands of free points I can use for hotel rooms elsewhere. It doesn’t go through as a cash advance, this is actually a credit card charge.
     
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  5. beanie03

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    i'm with ya on the CC rewards.. miles and points!
     
  6. bayoubengal

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    I’d also recommend having a couple of cruises in mind in case the one you want is booked or doesn’t have a room type you want.
     
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