We Won a Cruise with My Coke Rewards!
Last year, when my husband started collecting and saving Coke bottle caps and reward codes from 12-packs, I thought maybe it was something he'd do for awhile and then he'd eventually forget about it. People asked him what he was going to use 'em for, and he wasn't really quite sure. I didn't think he'd ever collect enough points to be able to redeem them for anything worthwhile. I was wrong.
He's redeemed points for things like discounts on hotel rooms, upgrades, and rental cars, which have definitely come in handy. He's gotten coupons and discounts for photo-printing websites and LiveNation concert tickets. He's gotten a couple magazine subscriptions.
Later that day, when I checked my e-mail on my laptop, I was able to read the full thing. That was when I learned that my husband hadn't won an iPad or a gift card.
He'd won... a cruise.
While I was reading the e-mail, it was like my brain malfunctioned and I forgot how to make sense of what I was reading. Royal Caribbean. 7 nights. Dreamworks Experience. Caribbean. Four people. WHAT?!?!?!?!
In disbelief, I texted my husband. "Did you just win a cruise?"
He texted me back. "I think so."
Sure, those things are nice. But a few weeks ago, I received a forwarded e-mail from my husband. I could tell it was from My Coke Rewards, but because I was reading the e-mail on my phone, it didn't load properly. All I could read was the subject: "We have good news about the sweepstakes you entered..."
Good news is good news. I thought, ooh, he won something! I didn't know what he'd won. I didn't even know what sweepstakes he'd entered. I was thinking maybe it was something like an iPad or a Visa gift card or something. Winning anything would be cool, right?!
The wording of the e-mail was a little vague. "Congratulations! You've won..." and "You may be eligible..." Did he win, or was he just eligible?!
We (and our two travel companions) had to fill out a bunch of paperwork, get it notarized, and send it back within five days for them to decide our eligibility. We hopped right on it. My husband overnighted the information packets to them.
And then we waited. And waited. And waited.
And after a couple weeks, we received cruise certificates from Royal Caribbean in the mail!
We had our pick of any 7-night Caribbean cruise, on either the Oasis class (but not the Allure of the Seas) or Freedom class of ships. Two balcony rooms.
We picked the Oasis of the seas. It's the largest cruise ship in the world! There's several pools, two surfing simulators, two rock-climbing walls, an ice skating rink, a golf simulator, a mini-golf course, a zip-line, and all kinds of shopping.
Several of the cabins have balconies, whether they are on the ocean side, or the inside of the ship, which is set up to represent seven different neighborhoods, such as Central Park and the Boardwalk. It looks like no matter where we are on the ship, we'll be super close to a good time! We can't wait! We hope to sail in July to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.
It's going to be a blast! I'll definitely be writing more hubs about our trip once we get back!
So, is collecting My Coke Rewards points worth it? I thought the coupons and discounts were nice... BUT WE WON A CRUISE!!!
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