Last year, I decided to try Carnival Cruise Line’s status match program. Six months later, I received not one, but two free cruise offers! I already sailed on one of those cruises last month (see my post here). My second Carnival cruise is scheduled for this summer.
A few days ago, I read a blog post on Frequent Miler and then another one on Frequent Floaters about status matching to Holland America cruise line. Results for this match were mixed, according to data points. But, I figured nothing ventured, nothing gained. I uploaded my MGM Gold status, expecting nothing. So imagine my surprise when I was offered a free inside cabin on a Holland America cruise!
Holland America Status Match
Here’s how I did it:
I have Hyatt Explorist status. I match my Hyatt status to MGM every year (see this post). This week, I visited the Holland America status match page, input my information and attached a screenshot of my MGM Gold status. That’s it! Note: You can also match Wyndham Diamond status (which you can get from a business credit card) to Ceasar’s Diamond status and submit that.
I received a confirmation email after I submitted my form. The next day, I received an email with a free cruise offer:
Offer Type HALMatch 1: Complimentary Interior Cabin + $100 Freeplay with Drinks for two (2) while playing in the casino
Offer Description: Valid on eligible sailings to Alaska, Mexico, Caribbean, Coastal, and Canada/New England on 2023 sailings
I have never sailed on Holland America. But, Leana’s family loves it, and I’m open to trying new cruise lines.
I called the phone number on my offer letter to ask some questions. The rep explained that I would just need to pay the taxes on the cruise (which vary by cruise date) and pick a cruise up to 10 days long.
To book or not to book
Honestly, I didn’t think I would book this cruise, even though it’s “free”. I have SO MUCH travel already this year, including 5 other cruises. It’s a bit insane!
But, I talked it over with my husband. He jokingly told me I better start wearing and eye patch because I’m turning into a pirate. He is supportive of my travel, even when he can’t go.
After looking over available cruises and my limited available time to travel this year, I decided on a cruise at the end of the year. It’s on Holland America’s newest ship with an itinerary that visits two new-to-me ports. I’ll be cruising with my oldest son who will be on college winter break. Since he won’t be traveling for his spring break next year, he’s very excited about going on this cruise with me.
I plan to use miles and points for flights and pre-cruise hotel.
Readers, is anyone else going for this status match to Holland America? Let me know in the comments.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.