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Three Exciting New AARP Rewards Cruise Line Gift Cards!

Week of 3/28/22, we’ve added the following three gift cards to the Rewards catalog:

 

  • Royal Caribbean Digital Gift Card (Members Only)
    • $450 ($500 Value 10% off)
    • $90 ($100 Value 10% off)

 

  • Holland America Line Digital Gift Card (Available to all)
    • $450 ($500 Value 10% off)
    • $90 ($100 Value 10% off)

 

  • Princess- Digital Gift Card (Available to all)
    • $450 ($500 Value 10% off)
    • $90 ($100 Value 10% off)

 

Redeem yours today! https://www.aarp.org/rewards/redeem/ 

 

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We just purchased five $500 Holland America gift cards for $450 each through AARP to help pay for our upcoming cruise. I entered each of the five gift cards for payment, however, Holland America only valued each gift card at $450, not the $500 as promoted on your website. Were the giftf cards that were sent to me mis-valued? It really wasn't worth buying the gift cards. Please advise.

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@KathlindaR821521 Thanks for letting us know. Were you able to get to the bottom of this when you gave us a call? The notes on your account show that you were able to check the balance with a phone agent. If you're still having an issue with the available balance on the gift cards you purchased, please reach out to Holland America Line. They can be reached via email at HALgiftcardsupport@hollandamerica.com or phone 1-855-501-4161. Complete gift card terms and conditions can be found on their site: https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/legal-privacy/gift-card-terms-and-conditions.html

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I ordered three Princess gift cards 3 days ago and have yet to receive an email with the gift card info (PIN). (We even checked the spam folder.)   I checked my VISA statement, and I was charged the correct amount.  Let me know what I should do.

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@JodiB988076 Thanks for flagging. We escalated this for you when you contacted us via chat. You can expect a resolution within 3-5 business days. I'm always here to help!

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I can't seem to get to that area of the website. I keep getting redirected to the "get started" page.

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Consider yourself lucky. See @JodiB988076  post above

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Me, too!

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Hi @AARPJanelleM ,

 

I purchased (5) Princess Cruises gift cards, but only received emails for (4) of them. Would you be able to resend? I'm looking for the one ending in 62.

 

Thank you,

Amber

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@pennyring Sure thing, Amber! I re-sent that email for you, it should be delivered within 24 hours. Be sure to also check your spam folder. Let me know if there's anything further I can do!

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You're amazing!  Received moments ago and I have paid off our cruise! Appreciate your quick help! ❤️

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I purchased the Royal Caribbean cards to pay off a cruise balance.  Went to my cruise account to and it didn't take it.  I called to void and refund and was told that AARP's policy is to do nothing to help.  Buyer Beware, How is this advocating for older retired people???  You just expect people to lose their funds if they cannot use the card and need that money.  This seems so anti what this organization is supposed to stand for.  And...you warn people about scams.  AARP should assist with errors , especially when notified within minutes of the transaction. 

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Royal is really picky about the use of gift certificates/gift cards. 

You have to book directly with Royal (after the booking is made they can transfer it to your TA for you).

You make the deposit with your credit card just like always.

Then, RIGHT THEN, you can use the gift cards/certificates to pay on your cruise. 

If you have $100 cards, you can use up to 9, if you have $500 cards, same thing, up to 9 cards. 

Whatever the balance is after using the cards, that cannot be paid for with cards later on. It must be paid for with your credit card before the final payment date. 

The cards can NOT be used on ship. 

I just got off the phone with Crown&Anchor and they passed me to 3 people, the final one a supervisor. I wrote all the details down and this is their policy as it stands Oct 1, 2023 per the supervisor of Incentives. However, if you purchase cards directly from their web page(there is not a discounted rate for them) those cards, can be used on ship, Here is a cut and paste they sent me in an email related to the conversation. "Use them towards the purchase of a cruise or for onboard credit toward the spa, gift shop, bar, specialty restaurants and more."

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Just thought I would let everyone know how fair Carnival is with their redemption policy. 

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@RogerR733153 Hi Roger, thank you for taking the time to reach out. All purchases made with AARP Rewards are final and we are unable to process refunds. I understand that you attempted to use your gift cards to pay off a cruise balance. The Terms & Conditions for this item state that the gift card must be used on a new reservation. I'm terribly sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. If you are having an issue with applying the gift card to a new reservation, we recommend that you reach out to Royal Caribbean for assistance. 

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@RogerR733153 :  I think you will be able to use it on your next cruise.  RC gift card terms says the reservation has to be made through RC, not through a Travel Agent.  But the big thing is it has to be on a new reservation.  So I guess that means you can't pay off an existing reservation with one of these gift cards.  It appears as if it can only be used towards the deposit on a new cruise booked at RC.  So hopefully you can use it if you cruise with Royal again.  Don't throw it away!  Use it when you book your next reservation.

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@AARPTeri - would you be able to tell me if these gift cards expire at all??  I had an unfortunate experience this week where a gas gift card I had used a lot of points on had expired, I would like to know if any 'fine print' before I get one of these - thanks!

 

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@KennethG683811 Be sure to check the terms and conditions for each specific gift card. The official terms and conditions are shown once you click an item on the redemption page: https://www.aarp.org/rewards/redeem/ Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything!

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