NCL Free Perks

NCL is consistently offering free perks with its sailing. Has anyone used the free air perk? If so, what has been your experience? Since you don't have a voice in the arrangements, how was the experience? What airlines and times? Are they using layovers consistently or are they attempting to book you direct? Did you do your own compare and if so, did you think the all inclusive was worth it or would you have been able to arrange your own travels more economically?

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From what I have learned over the years there is no such thing as a free perk- some way or another you will end up paying something. It is always wise to do the math before signing up.

As for the air, I assume it is only from certain destinations. I stand to be corrected.

Nothing in life is free. IMHO NCL is known for nickle and dime you to death, they are the first to add extra charges (like room service charge) and increase gratuities.

Take a look at the free perks. You will find you can book the cruise without the perks for less. So they aren’t really free, just good advertising. As far as the air I have not used free air, but have booked through the cruise line before and had no problems.

Thank you!

It isn't free. We will be using it for the first time, in Feb. $124 round trip from Green Bay to Miami, which is an exceptional deal. The times they have us scheduled to fly are quite doable, too. Check it out to see if it works for you.

The free air probably includes an "air allowance". Call them to see what flights are offered in the deal. If it doesn't work for you, or you want to use your airline rewards points instead, they may give you credit or money back for the air allowance that you are not using. It is worth calling to ask.

Generally, yes, you are correct. However, the offers usually add up to a little better value - assuming you take advantage of all the perks.

I belong to NCL groups elsewhere, and have heard a few people say that the Free Air perk worked well, but the vast majority having problems.

Personally, I wouldn't use that perk, for many reasons. But if saving airfare money is important enough, I would look into it.

As Platinum NCL cruisers, we recently decided to finally try the "Free/Reduced Air" option for the very first time. Flying from Tucson to Orlando was to be a 13-hour ordeal, with 3 legs & layovers, and undesirable flight times. But hey, it was free, right? We dreaded it, but in the end, NCL Cancelled the whole cruise anyway. No harm, no foul... Now, we have just booked a 21 day P/C cruise from SF to NYC. and NCL is giving us free air from TUCSON to SF, and we are going to book our own 1st class flight back from NYC to tucson. I think it's a good option, and can save you big bucks if you're willing to deal with possible undesirable flight times. It's easy to look at the options on their website when going through the steps of booking, or "pretending" to book for research purposes. Sometimes they charge $99 for long or complicated flights, but hey, it's money saved, right? Happy

Oh, and to add a comment to all the other above posters that are bad-mouthing this "Free/reduced Air" perk, it doesn't cost or add anything,(ok, maybe $99 ea. for long/multi-leg flights) and is truly a good option,especially if you live close to a major airport on their list. If you're flexible on flying times, etc., you can save HUNDREDS, if not a Thousand+ dollars. So don't knock it if you haven't tried it.

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