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Frequently Asked Questions About Interline Discounts!
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What is an interline discount?
An interline discount is a reduced rate that the cruise lines offer on select sailings to the airline industry.
Each cruise line has their own set of rules for who qualifies. Please visit Who Qualifies for details.

Why do the cruise lines offer airline employee / interline travel discounts?

Interline discounts are offered to airline employees when the cruise lines have extra rooms they need to fill.
This is also a small way for the cruise lines to thank the airlines.

Why should I book under an interline discount?
Most of the time interline fares are heavily discounted and will save you a lot of money so you
can cruise more often!

What documentation is needed to qualify for an interline travel discount?
If you are an active airline employee we will need a copy of your ID badge.
If you are a retiree of an airline currently in existence we will need a copy of your
retiree ID badge. If you are a spouse, dependent child, parent or in-law we will need a copy of the
employee's ID badge and a letter on company letter head verifying employment and your relationship
to the employee. Everything will need to be emailed to us within 24 hours of booking. Failure to do
so will result in the interline rate being converted to the best rate available and you will be charged the difference.

Do all cruise lines offer interline discounts?
Not all lines offer discounts. Some lines are small and do not need help filling their rooms.

When is the best time to book an interline rate?
This will depend on the cruise line. Some lines offer interline travel discounts a year in advance. Some
lines wait until closer to the sailing date. The cruise lines are in business to make money, so they will
do their best to fill the ships with full fare guests first. Interline discounts usually come out after the final
payment date on a sailing. After this date the cruise lines have a good idea how full the ship is and if they
need more beds filled. The final payment date differs by line, usually 75 - 90 days in advance of sailing.

How far in advance can an interline rate be booked?
Interline rates can be booked as soon as the cruise line offers the discount. It depends on the cruise line.
Some lines offer interline rates up to a year in advance. Some lines wait until a month or less! So if you
see a sailing you like, at a rate you can afford, book it!

How often are interline rates updated?
A.B.Sea updates rates as soon as they come in. Some of our lines update daily, some only once a week and
a few of them once a month.

How often do interline rates change?
Interline rates are constantly changing depending on availability. We have seen sailings open up at discounted airline employee rates for a few minutes and then close while we were trying to hold a room!

Will the crew be aware that I am traveling under a reduced interline fare?
Yes, some of the crew will be aware that you are traveling at a reduced fare. But, for the most
part the majority of them will not unless they have access to your reservation. Your cabin attendant
may not be aware, but the Guest Relations team will know.

Will I be treated differently because I am traveling under an interline rate?
You should not be treated differently than other passengers. However, there are some lines that offer different perks to passengers who are not booked at an interline discount. So do not expect to receive any special amenities that have been advertized to the general public to be included with your interline booking.
If you would like them included then you will need to pay full fare.

Do the cruise lines bump interliners?
There are a few lines that reserve the right to bump interline guests if they have full fare guests
that need to be accommodated. This does not happen often and most of the time our interline guests
are offered a full refund plus a free cruise!

Is there bump insurance?
A.B.Sea does not offer bump insurance. We do offer travel insurance through Travelex.

Are interline rates refundable?
No, interline rates are not refundable. Cancellation penalties will depend on the cruise line.
All AMAWaterways & Club Med bookings are 100% nonrefundable.
For a fee, Club Med can move your dates depending on availability.
 
Can I take my dog?
Yes, Cunard is the only line afloat with a kennel on board. Rates vary by sailing.

Will there be kids on Disney? 
What do you think? Seriously, someone did ask us this. No joke! :)

Do parents qualify for airline employee travel discounts?
Yes, parents of an active airline employee qualify for interline rates on most of the cruise lines we offer.

Do in-laws qualify for interline travel discounts?
Yes, in-laws of an active airline employee qualify on some of the cruise lines we offer.

Do dependent children qualify if traveling without the parents?
Some of the cruise lines will allow dependent children 21 and under to travel without the employee.

Does a spouse of the active airline employee qualify to travel alone?

Yes, most cruise lines will allow a spouse of an active airline employee to travel without the employee
and receive the interline discount.

Do retirees qualify for interline discounts?
Yes, retirees of an active airline qualify on just about all the cruise lines we offer.
A few of our lines will accept retirees of defunct airlines, such as Eastern.

Are Interline Discounted Rates available to my friends and family?
Some lines extend the interline rates to friends or family traveling in their own room as long
as the airline employee is also traveling.

What if the rate drops after deposit has been made?
If a rate goes down and the booking has not been paid in full and we are not past the final payment date,
we should be able to adjust it for you. Some lines charge an "admin fee" if we need to cancel
and re-book in order to adjust the rate.

What if the rate goes down after final payment has been made?
Rates CANNOT be adjusted after final payment has been made. If  lower rates are offered
they are for NEW BOOKINGS ONLY.  Existing bookings will NOT be refared or refunded.

What happens if I get bumped and can't make it to the cruise?
You have a problem. Leave early! Buy a positive space air ticket!

Should I buy insurance?
Yes, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance, especially if you are leaving small children
or elderly parents behind. We work with Travelex Insurance. The cruise lines also offer insurance and you can purchase their plan if you wish. Another suggestion would be to check with your credit card company. Some cards offer trip insurance if you use their card to pay for your vacation. Travelex does
not cover "stand-by" air tickets. Cruise line insurance also will not cover independently booked airfare.
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect your trip investment and yourself while traveling! To view Travelex protection plans, please click here.

Would it be a good idea for me to share how much I paid with fellow guests?
Absolutely not. Interline rates are a privileged fare and should not be shared with other passengers.
We have had lines threaten to cancel their interline program because of guests bragging
about the rate they paid.

Page content revised 2/19/16.

 

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