I should know this but......

what happens to any prepaid ( by you or someone else ) OBC if you have to cancel ?

And.....

has anyone ever purchased OBC / or cruise line gift card  ahead of time as a way to offset onboard spending ?

 

thanks

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If you purchase Carnival's cruise cash, any amount you do not use, they will keep. Their other way of taking for themselves.

This trip I will be purchasing Carnival Gift cards because any amount not used will stay on the card and can be used at a later time.  I gave a Carnival Gift card to my son the last time he was on Carnival and the used the card before any amount he added when he boarded.

 

I've never bought pre-paid OBC.  The one time I had it, it was from the casino, I had to cancel the trip at the last minute.  The OBC  disappeared and I could not use it on another cruise.  I called the casino number, but they just said "sorry".  Good luck.

I know if it's part of a perk, you lose what you don't use.  But if it's purchased, as a gift or as a way to put money away, it should be refunded.  I would think.  NCL has a $1000 limit per booking for buying OBC.  As far as I know, no limit on gift cards, so I may buy those over the course of the next year.

Over on FV, there was a lady who used a Hello Kitty avatar who posted she was funding her On Board Account strictly with gift cards. 

That seems to me what would make the most sense. Anything unused will eventually be used, assuming they don't expire

I buy $400 worth of cruise cash a week or so before my trip.  By that time I pretty much know I'm going.  I also have travel insurance that covers absolutely everything.  Also, ain't no way I can't easily spend $400 on a trip.  I usually add more about 4 days in.

I do not use this way of paying for a cruise. 

Master cards/Visa cards start knocking $2.00 off the card a month after a certain time after activation but I don't know what Carnival does with their cards.

I will look into it.

 

Not paying for the cruise itself, but kinda like a Christmas club account for onboard spending.

 

The Carnival Gift cards can be purchases up to $500.00 and it's great way to save for a cruise.

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