Frequently Asked Questions
URComped's goal is to help players like you get the best possible offers at as many casinos and cruise lines as possible. For players interested in unlocking new comp offers through URComped, the simple process is:
1
Create your free
URComped account
2
Upload pictures of your currently valid casino offers
That's it!
Once your uploaded offers are verified by the URComped team, your available casino offers will be visible under the "My Offers" tab in your account. When you book your first URComped trip, your URComped player profile with verified offers will be sent directly to the casino to complete the booking. On subsequent bookings, your play history from previous URComped trips will be included as well.

For cruise and caribbean casino requests, you will be corresponding with your assigned URComped Executive host.
For other land based casinos you will be connected directly with an on property casino host to ensure maximum speed, transparency and convenience in the booking process. These trip requests and offers will be labeled as Direct Connect
We are excited to help you unlock new comp offers and experience some of the best casino resorts and cruise lines in the world!
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Below is a list of questions new players often ask.
Player
About URComped

Any level of player is welcome to sign up for URComped. Players that qualify for the most offers through URComped generally have: 

  • Elevated tier status in one or more casino loyalty programs


AND at least one of the following: 

  • Offers from land-based casinos with complimentary room nights and free play of at least $100 
  • Complimentary Cruise certificate offer(s) sent directly from the cruise line or from a land-based casino certificate event
  • A casino host assigned to you at one or more properties

 

Members that do not meet the above criteria would still be eligible for “Flash COMP” offers and exclusive casino rate discounts at our casino and cruise partners.

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URComped's platform provides the most efficient way to leverage your player history and offers at competing properties. We have done the hard part and negotiated exclusive offers for you already.

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There's more than one way to answer this, but from our current experience, Royal Caribbean has given us the most flexibility to make offers to players of all levels.

You don't have to play at a super high level. Royal Caribbean has been a great partner by giving us offers for players that fall under the comp line and get discount rates. Royal Caribbean is aggressive with discounted offers that are still amazing offers. They'll typically be half or two thirds off of what you would pay for retail. So for somebody in the discount segment, Royal Caribbean has the most to offer.

Other cruise lines have great Comps as well. MSC has been a phenomenal partner. Celebrity Cruise Line has been giving us more amazing offers as well. It's tough competition for which cruise line is best for comps. We love all of our partners, and it depends on what level a player plays at.

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If you want to book something in the future on certain dates, the answer is YES! We have got offers that go out about 13 months right now.

If you've sailed with URComped before, you can talk to your host and book something that's not promoted. We will get you the best offer possible. If it's your very first trip, you do have to book one of our promoted offers (something that's on the website when you are logged in).

After you've uploaded your offers and have been pre-qualified. We've got a plethora of sailings to choose from. Once you complete your first trip, then you can book another sailing that isn't listed on our site, if you want.

When you are thinking about booking your next sailing, please talk to your host!

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Yes! We currently work with Main Street StationGolden Nugget, and The California. We currently have an event planned at Main Street Station, in downtown Las Vegas, June 6 - 9, 2019. We will have a cocktail reception, a beer tasting at the Main Street Station Brewery, a private craps table, and Steve "Heavy" Haltom will be there! 

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Possibly, we've had some contract negotiations with Norwegian Cruise Line, and we've gone back and forth.

URComped did work with NCL in the past, and we may work them in the future.

URComped CEO, Craig Shacklett used to work on Norwegian Cruise Line as a casino host.

For now, URComped's partners are Celebrity Cruise LineRoyal CaribbeanMSC, Crystal Cruise LineBahamas Paradise and a handful of Caribbean casinos that you have to check out! Paradisus Palma Real is spectacular, all-inclusive, on the beach, and has an amazing golf course. Check out our Caribbean Casinos!

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Right now, the furthest out URComped goes is 13/14 months (with the exception of a meet-up cruise).

Casinos do not like to offer sailings that far out, because a lot of gambling is done with discretionary income. So much can change to someone's assets over 2 years. A person's business could go under, someone could lose a job, or something else could change someone's financial ability to play in the casino. 

Cruise Lines initially limited URComped to only booking 3-6 months out. Thankfully, as we built our reputation, we're now able to book 13-14 months out.

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Is there a way to have a casino report a trip that URComped did not book? 

It depends!

If the player has a casino host at that casino, and they've got a good relationship with their host, then someone on the URComped team or your URComped host can call the host at the casino and get the play information. We then can use that play information. It's almost as good as a player taking a trip with us. This happens pretty often. 

But if you don't have a host, or one that is willing to talk to us, then it is tough to get that information.

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They're not for sale currently, and probably won't be going to be for sale. They were made in a limited batch, and ordered from  this special nonprofit program in Africa. There's a really special story behind it. We don't have enough inventory to be able to sell them. BUT there are opportunities for you to get one.

We do have Lucky Shirts for sale. All the profits from the Lucky Shirts go to charity. Mercy Ships is the organization we chose to donate our profits to. 

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How do you know who your URComped host is if you've just signed up, and you haven't actually booked the trip? Everybody that signs up with URComped is assigned a host. Usually, you wouldn't really start interacting with the host until you request a trip.

So the process is you sign up, you upload pictures of your offers, and you see what offers we're promoting for you. Once you request or claim an offer, it goes to the host, and they'll reach out to you to get any information that we need to book the trip. Now if you've signed up and have a question, you can reply to any of the emails we send (weekly emails with the offers) and your reply will automatically be sent to your host. You can also text a question to your host at 972-788-1785 or email host@ib.urcomped.com.

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We do not- it is OPTIONAL.

After your first trip, you will get an email (once we get your play data) stating that your play is now verified and ask if you like us to link accounts with your guest. Do not link your account with someone who doesn't always travel with you.

If you do want to link accounts, respond "Yes, I'd like to link our accounts." Going forward, your offers would be based on your combined play.

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We strive to get back as fast as possible. Our core values are A.C.T.S. A is for Access, C is for convenience, T is trust and transparency and S is for speed and special service. We're very focused, getting back to people as fast as possible. In periods of super high demand, response times maybe a little bit delayed. On average within one business day, you should get a response. But again, if hosts are slammed- it maybe two to three business days. Most people who have used URComped have commented that our team is generally very responsive.

Also, depending on when the cruise line gets back to your host will affect when your host can get back to you with certain information. If you're a new member with URComped, We have to send information over in order to get your comp approved. A lot of times your host is waiting on the cruise line. If you have ever booked something with us at a Caribbean casino just be prepared, because they're on Island time.

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Yes, we do. Our big focus and the vast majority of our business is with cruise lines. We have a growing Caribbean casino business; we've got an event in July at Melia Punta Cana, which is going to be a ton of fun.

We do have some partnerships with land-based casinos. It's not something we focus on too much. You'll see on our site that we'll periodically have meet ups or offers with Land Based Casinos. June 6-9 at Main Street Station Downtown, Las Vegas we have a craps event. We do work with Golden Nugget. Sometimes we'll work with the Venetian. We've done events in Lake Tahoe before.  But our focus is on cruises and Caribbean casinos.

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Offers
Receiving Offers From URComped

Offers based on your play history and completed profile are available after we verify your uploaded offers (we typically approve offers in 1-2 business days after you upload pictures) 

Your current offers are always available under My Offers

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Direct Connect offers and Direct Connect trip requests connect you directly with casino hosts working at the casino. Unlike standard URComped bookings you will not be working with your normal URComped Executive Host, so your experience may depend on the property we are connecting you with.

 

 

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We are often asked, "If I earn a cruise certificate (offer) from a land based casino, can I book it through URComped?"


Well there is bad and good news!!


The bad news is, no, we cannot book that exact certificate.


BUT!


The good news is we can book that same offer and maybe a better one for you.


SO how it works.. Land based casinos use cruise offers to promote their own casino, sometimes through events. The cruise line sets the criteria pretty high in order to receive one of their certificates, because players will stay at land based casinos less days than on a cruise. (The cruise line wants to have a player that will play at a high level for the entirety of the cruise.)


Let's say a player receives one of these certificates for an interior cabin with a list of 15 sailings to choose from from a land based casino.


The offers that URComped gives to a player with the same level of play tend to be higher, because URComped members are more marathon runners than sprinters, and we have reliable data for our cruise line partners. Especially if someone has taken a URComped trip, we can see how they played for an extended time vs. 2-3 days of play at a land based casino. Therefore the cruise line give our players better offers. The player that received an interior cabin with the land based casino, could instead qualify for an ocean view or ocean view- balcony with URComped.


Most of our players are established cruise players, so offers we receive are more aggressive typically and higher in quantity (We may have 200 sailings to choose from for a cruise line.)


There are situations that would be better to book direct. If you have played with URComped before, and you didn't play well on that cruise line (the one you got a certificate for), your offers from us could be lower than the certificate. But once you receive a certificate, the cruise line has to honor it as a direct booking. Learn how your URComped Offers Work and Where They Come From.


In either case, your URComped host will tell you what will get you the best deal, whether booking through us or booking direct.

Call/ Text: 972-788-1785 or Email: host@ib.urcomped.com

 

 

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Can I have more than one cruise booked with URComped? There's two answers to this question...

1. If this would be your first URComped sailing, then typically the rule is that you can only have one booked.

That's because cruise lines like to see that somebody actually plays at the level that we think they're going to play at before they let them book multiple cruises. The cruise lines and casinos want to see real play data, before they'll book more than one. They don't want to have somebody who kind of looks like a good player (they've got a nice looking offer uploaded to their profile), book them on multiple cruises, and then they're really not that great of a player.

2. After you've completed that first sailing/trip, and you've proven that you play at the level that we think, or maybe it's higher or lower, then you can book more than one sailing at a time.

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We have a great tool that you can use to estimate your comps based on the games you play: Comp Calculator - This may give you an idea of what offers you would qualify for once completing your player profile. 

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If I earn a cruise certificate on board, or as a tier benefit, can I book it through URComped. Can I give my certificate to someone else?

So let's say you earn a certificate on your first cruise, and now you want to book your second URComped cruise. There are two roads that we can go on. (This is what your URComped host will do to get you the best offer possible.)

1. The certificate is going to have sailings listed at a specific cabin category. If you want to use your certificate, we can only book you on the sailings that are listed at the cabin category that you received (Inside, Ocean View, Balcony). They are not transferable, meaning you wouldn't be able to give your certificate to a friend. 

2. We can use your play data from the trip you earned the certificate on, which is probably pretty good since you earned a certificate, to book you on any of our other sailings or get you a better deal (because of the special relationship we have with our cruise partners.) The certificates have a cash value (ex: $500 or $1,000) as well that can be applied towards the cost of another sailing.

Your URComped host will look at what's going to get you the best deal/ offer!

In regards to using the certificate for a second room, the Cruise lines won't let us transfer certificates, because they're giving it to a player, because of how much that person plays in the casino. They don't want to give it to your 17 year old nephew, that isn't old enough to gamble. The offers are for the person that earn the offer.

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Yes! We have several international/ overseas cruises. We have cruises out of Australia, going to Singapore, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Brazil, and more! Typically with our cruises that are more exotic, they tend to come quick and go quick. The casino blocks have less cabins, because they don't run these cruises as frequently. Therefore, something like a Mediterranean cruise offer would only have 5 - 10 cabins blocked for us to promote. Because they tend to go away fast, if you see one you like, definitely tell your URComped host that you are interested, and we'll get you booked on it!

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Yes, you can choose your cabin, based on availability.

The offers we promote can sometimes fall under a certain category within balcony, ocean view, or inside. As long as you choose a cabin that is in the same category as what we are able to comp you, you can select your cabin from what is available.

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Let's say a player receives either an annual free cruise (tier benefit), for up to eight days, or an onboard certificate, earned from play during a cruise. Can two members of the same household book two different cabins on the same sailing? The certificate says that you can't book two cabins on the same cruise.

But! The new policy is that, if we ask, they can override that and give you two different cabins. The official policy is you CAN book two different cabins with your separate certificates, BUT you and the other household member have to stay in the two different cabins booked under your name. If the ship finds out that you are not actually sleeping in the cabin that your certificate covered, they could reverse the comp on the cabin you didn't stay in.

We are not sure exactly how the ship could enforce that or find out... It seems a little difficult.

The point is, you can book both certificates as long as you stay in the separate cabins that YOUR certificate covered. 

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What is a bankroll?

The bankroll amount listed in your account and on your trip request is your planned gambling budget or the amount you usually spend in the casino. Our cruise line and casino partners require that we get this information from you. Your bankroll and the offers that you upload are reviewed by our casino partners when they are determining what kind of comp to approve.
We understand that your bankroll can fluctuate depending on the type or length of trip that you are booking. If your bankroll fluctuates it is important that you let your host know what you plan to bring for the trip you are trying to book so we can be sure that we are getting you the best deal possible.

What length is my "anticipated bankroll" for? Is that for a 7 day cruise? 

When you sign up for URComped, the prompt question asks, "If you took a 7 day cruise, what would your bankroll be?"

BUT! If you are requesting a 5 day cruise, you can state what your bankroll would be for that five day cruise. Ask yourself, "what is my loss limit? What is the most I'll spend in the casino playing?"

We have to be as transparent as possible with the cruise lines and they want to know what level of players they are getting. So bankroll is the budget for whatever length of cruise (or stay) you are planning on going on.

Be sure to state bankroll as accurately as possible. What could get a player suppressed from URComped offers is saying they have a high bankroll and then not playing close to that level. 

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YES! We currently have 2 All Inclusive Offers.

1. Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (They have an incredible casino rate)

2. Sonesta Maho Beach/ Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in St Maarten

How a lot of the Caribbean casinos work is... The player pays casino rate up-front and based on their play, the casino comps. If you play like we expect you to play (we'll show you how much you should play to get everything comped), then you should have a solid expectation of what you will spend. 

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URComped has a contract with Holland America and Princess Cruise lines which says that if you've sailed with Carnival, in the last 24 months then we're not supposed to book you on one of their sister cruise lines. We've booked players in the past that had been active with Carnival and were able to move them to a sister line- Princess or Holland America. We recently had some comp requests that were rejected for the reason that they saw that the person was active with Carnival within the last 24 months. If they've been active with Carnival the last 24 months, we are not supposed to book you with Princess or Holland America.

BUT, we have other options including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, MSC cruise lines, and Bahamas paradise.

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It can be very quick, and part of it depends on the offers you upload.  A lot of times it's within the same day, or within 24-48 hours, that we can verify your level of play and then you're qualified to book cruise. If you upload a free play offer from a smaller casino in the middle nowhere, and we don't have a lot of information, then it may take a little bit more time. We may need to speak to your host at that casino to verify the play.

If you're already an active cruiser, with a different cruise line and you're getting casino offers, then we can turn that around really quick.

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IT DEPENDS.

If you've already sailed with URComped, then you don't need to upload new offers.

If it's been a while since you sailed with us (back in 2017), and the cruise line/ casino we're working with wants some kind of fresh data, we may ask for it then.

But, if you sailed recently with us, then all your offers going forward are going to be based on your play with URComped. So unless we ask for it, then you wouldn't have to keep uploading new offers.

If you haven't sailed with us yet, and you've uploaded offers that are verified, you shouldn't have to keep uploading offers unless something changes in a big way. For example, you uploaded land based casino offers and now you've gotten the invite to a cruise certificate event- You should upload that! Otherwise, you wouldn't need to continually upload new offers.

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Go check out Brian Christopher's YouTube channel for information on the Brian Christopher cruise. He uploaded an amazing video from his last Rudy's cruise. Check it out! Look up Brian Christopher he's is a super fun guy that's posting YouTube videos. He's got thousands of subscribers- he's just exploded. I mean, really just based on his talent and he's been awesome. His slot channel is probably number one in subscribers. We worked with Brian to do an annual cruise that's a lot of fun. For all the information go to Brian's YouTube channel for his February Cruise next year-2020, and he's got the link on there to book!

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The answer is YES. The only exception is if it's your very first trip with URComped, then you have to typically complete your first trip before you can book another trip. If you've taken a trip with URComped, you're verified as a player, then you can book a trip with Celebrity Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean simultaneously.

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Let's say you're established with one cruise line through URComped at an ocean view level, and then you play slightly less or more on a different cruise line. Would that affect your original offers? The answer is it depends! We silo the offers based on the partner/ cruise line.

If your very first cruise through URComped was with MSC, for example, then we've got the actual play data on that first MSC trip.  All your cruise offers can be based on that until you go on another trip. Let's say you go to a different line, Royal Caribbean, and now your Royal Caribbean offers will be based on just your Royal Caribbean play, and your MSC offers will be based on just your MSC play. The other offers with other cruise lines will be based on the average of the two.

As soon as you start establishing play with individual cruise lines, your offers are based on your play with that specific line.

Because Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are sister companies does that have a different dynamic? No, they're two different cruise lines and they treat play separately.

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Royal Caribbean gives us offers that they also send directly to their players. Occasionally, those do have free play amounts. So yes, but it's not common. More of our land based casino partners have been adding free play to their offers now, so keep an eye out for those.

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We just launched an offer at M Resort Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, Tropicana Las Vegas, at L'Auberge Lake Charles, and Margaritaville Bossier City. Those offers are live. You just need to have taken a trip with your URComped before or upload a land based offer with free play. For these offers, that's going to be key in determining what comp you will get. So if you've played with us, then we'll know right where to put you, but if you have it, we're going to use offers to qualify you for a stay at one of those resorts.

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Yes, you can. But sometimes the comp cabins we get are guarantee cabins or they may be a certain cabin category. So someone could log into a Royal Caribbean website and it says that a cabins available, but that cabin may not be part of the comp block that we have. BUT you can work with your URComped host, if you have a specific cabin in mind, and they can pick it for you. Even easier, that gives us a little more flexibility, is giving us a generic location you want (ex: mid ship, 8th or 9th floor). Aside from it being a guaranteed cabin, we should be able to get it for you.

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If you're starting out and don't really have any good offers, you may be wondering, "Is it better to start and try to book direct and build up offers, or go with URComped initially?" You should book with us if you have no history with the cruise line. 

If you book direct with the cruise line, then URComped won't be able to book you there for a certain amount of time, because the way our deal works with the cruise lines.

But if you book with us, we can put you on your first trip on a casino rate (discount rate) which is better than booking through a travel agent. Plus, if you play at a land based casino and have offers, we may be able to give you some additional discounts. So we'd recommend that you start with us, let us build up your your profile. Then on the next cruise, you will get even better offers. We have offers direct from the cruise line you want as well as our own offers and other cruise line offers.

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We will always try. No matter what, the cruise line has to honor what is on the certificate at the least. What could happen, is that the price of the sailing you are interested in goes up, and if it wasn't on that certificate, you wouldn't be able to book that cabin category.  The reverse can happen as well! It's on the certificate and for whatever reason the price goes down. All of a sudden, we have access to get you a higher cabin category at a price that would normally be what you originally qualified for. We will always check to see if we can get you a better deal than what's on the certificate. 

Not sure what URComped is?

URComped works with Casino Partners to give Qualified Members new offers (comps) to Caribbean Resorts and Cruise Lines that they have never been to/ played at before. Think you may be qualified?? SIGN UP (ITS FREE) upload offers that you've received from either land based casinos or cruise lines to see what NEW COMPS you qualify for! 

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So let's say you qualify for a Balcony on a meetup cruise and qualify for a discounted rate for another sailing through URComped. Then you go online to the cruise line's website and see the retail price for both these sailings are almost identical. So the question is... Why do I qualify for two different comps on two different sailings that are the same price?

Most of the time, the casino rates that we get are far better than the non refundable travel agent rates or whatever they're pushing. Sometimes the casino rates and the travel agent rates are the same. Very rarely are the travel agent rates better than the casino rate, which we have access too, and can book players at the best rate.

So on that meetup cruise, the casino rate is way lower, and that's why you see a comp balcony. Whereas on that other cruise, the casino rates are close to, or the same as, the travel agent rates. That is why you are seeing that difference in your Comp level for the sailing. 

Back when the Celebrity Edge came out, they were selling retail balconies for $7,000. Celebrity came to us 3-6 months out asking us to bring some players and fill some of these cabins. On that sailing, the casino hidden rate was "next to nothing," so we were able to get really aggressive with our offers. But when you look online you see, "Oh, that's a $7,000 cabin, and I'm getting it for free. Why can't I get a comp on this Royal ship, where the cabin is only $3000." The math makes sense, but the reason why is because there's all these different rates that are not made public.

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The Cruise Search Tool! So if you are logged in, select the tab that says "Tools", and then select "Cruise Search". You can filter by departure port. It could be Rome, Barcelona, Sydney, Singapore, and more. If it's an international departure port, it's more than likely going to be an international cruise. There are transatlantic which can be tricky because they may leave from a domestic port like Miami.

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YES! We've got a name meetup cruise out of Bayonne in May. We upload batches of Royal Caribbean offers monthly, so keep an eye on there for Baltimore Boston, Bayonne. We will keep adding more and hopefully,  get this new New York sailings from MSC. We are supposed to get some new offers from Celebrity and they sail out of New York too.

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With URComped, your trips are based on a rolling average of your play. So if you played well on 3 trips and on your fourth trip, your play was down, it would bring your average down, but not drastically, depending on the case. The more good trips you have the less one bad trip will affect your offers.

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Submitting Current Offers to URComped

 

When uploading an offer, let's say from Carnival Cruise Line, URComped doesn't receive your actual play data from that trip. We have a lot of offers that get uploaded daily, and we have a lot of people that take trips after that their offers are uploaded. We use the offers that are uploaded to figure out what kind of player that the casino or cruise line thinks you are. Then we give you an appropriate comp. 

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From the perspective that you are a new player, or just you're not getting offers yet from casinos, URComped can book you at a casino rate for certain group events or meetup cruises. That's for players that don't have the gaming history, but they want to prove themselves and establish their play. Casino rate is a discounted rate, which is kind of your best bet.

We don't offer that on every cruise, but we do it on our our big meetup cruises. So if you log in and don't have any offers, you should still see some events with the discounted rate. 

Sometimes if you have a host or even a win/ loss statement from the casino, that could help you get offers. But if you don't have any offers and there's no way for us to prove to the casino that you're a player, then you just book on a casino rate for a meet up event.

 

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If you haven't sailed with us yet, then yes!  If you have so with us, then the offers you see on our site are going to be based on your play. 

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Casino Comping

Yes, URComped can book more than just gamblers. We have people that bring the kids all the time, but the cruise line won't comp the minors.

To go into detail, if it's a single adult with a child, then the cruise line would comp the adults fair, but they would not comp the child. If it's two adults and one child, they would comp the two adults and the minor would have to pay.

In relation, for example, going from a two-person comp to wanting to book four people the price change is way more than what the player expects. And so we get questions like "If its comped for two why does it cost $3,000 or something for a comp for four?"

To explain- Let's say that for a double occupancy cabin it's $800 per person for two adults. So the comp amount is $1600.

So for 2 adults, the casino has agreed to comp $1600, and the 2 adults then decide to bring 2 kids. The thought process typically makes you think that the kids are less expensive (maybe around $400) so you think that you'd pay $800 for taxes and fees

On the contrary, there are not many quad or 3-person cabins on the ship within the different cabin categories. What happens with a quad, because they're in a lot more demand, instead of the cabin being $800 for the two adults, it jumps up to $1400, even though it's still the same category cabin (balcony, inside, etc.).

So now the price has jumped and the casino is only comping $1600, which doesn't even cover the cost for 2 adults in a Quad cabin, and you still have to pay for kids (maybe $500 per kid).  So this is why sometimes if you're adding extra guests, the price jumps up more than you might think.

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To get a cruise totally comped for a couple, do they have to have offers for both people or just for one?

You only have to have one player's offers to get a comped cruise.

It does help to have both because that will show that both people in the cabin play. Generally speaking, the comp would be based on whoever seems to be the bigger player for that first trip. The reason why is that some people go to a land-based casino(we even tell people this to maximize your comps) and both of you play on the same player's card. That way, it looks like you're one player that plays big, and on the next trip, you both play on the other person's players card. Eventually, they both look like two pretty big players, when really they're individually half the amount.

The cruise lines decide who has the better offers and then they'll comp based on that. On your first cruise, after you actually play with us, URComped will combine your play for all future offers. If you want to link your URComped accounts, your offers would be based on your combined play.

In summary, if it's your very first trip, it's tough to combine but can be done. Otherwise, your offers would be just based on one person's offers.

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Do players from out of the country get better offers? NO.

Offers with cruise lines are based on how much they play and trip theoretical.

Do Las Vegas casinos give better offers to people that are further away compared to their local players? YES!

That same principle applies to any local casinos. There's definitely a proximity principle where a player who lives right next to the casino is going to come in no matter what vs. someone who is two hours away is going to need a sweeter offer to get them there. Somebody further away from a land-based casino may get a better offer than someone closer, even though they are the same level player. 

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A direct connect offer means we, URComped, are connecting you directly with a host on a specific property. Golden Nugget is one of our direct connect offers for example. We do that because we don't have access to their systems, and a lot of times with Las Vegas trips, people's flights get delayed, push back a day, or there's a lot of last minute changes that can happen (that typically don't happen with cruise trips). It's easier and actually better for the player that we connect you right away directly to ex. Golden Nugget. We don't make any money doing this. It is a service to you and the properties like it you. It's a good deal if you want to go Downtown Vegas!

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No, but it does depend on the market dynamics like in anything. There are different factors that could cause the price of a certain sailing to go down or up. Typically Celebrity cruises are a little more expensive and so criteria is a little bit higher. But sometimes, like when the Celebrity Edge first launched, we got some amazing offers. The criteria is pretty similar but Royal Caribbean is a little bit more aggressive.

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From the perspective of someone who works with several cruise lines, it's all marketing and how different cruise lines choose to promote. How much money can they get up front? How much can they make? How are they going to position themselves to get the most people booked? What NCL, who Craig worked with years ago as a host on board the ship, likes to do is give a Comp Cabin and add that they are also going to give you something else (ex. Wi-Fi package, drinks on board, or specialty dinners). So NCL player's receive a comp plus two out of three of these extra options/ add-ons.

On the surface, it looks great, but it ends up costing you $600-$900 for a Comp cruise, but you also have extra perks. Other cruise lines, such as MSC, have a different strategy. MSC gives you a Comp cabin without fees, and they charge a $400 deposit which you get back in full in onboard credit. They don't add on extra packages (ex, Wif-Fi, specialty dinners,etc.). When you dig into the numbers, the MSC deal is a lot better, because you can buy the wi-fi package, the drink pack, etc and still come out ahead. 

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We don't want players to feel like they're missing out on offers so if you're a URComped customer, you have access to all of our offers, and all the Casino Royale offers. Part of the confusion comes from the fact that the Club Royale offers come through our website, instead of the Casino Royale website. Royal Caribbean gives us the criteria and has us market their offer for them. It is the exact same offers that are on their website, and there are some cases where we can even get the player a better offer.

Royal Caribbean is continuing developments on their end, so that URComped players will even see those offers Casino Royale's website. With that all being said.. You have all the offers available to you from Royal Caribbean and more!

You are in a better place because you're working with URComped. 

Learn more about active vs inactive players.

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As we are growing, our partnerships are as well. Starting this month you will start seeing the Club Royale (Royal Caribbean) offers not only on the URComped website but also when logged in on Royal Caribbean's website. You will even begin to get mailers and emails from them! Reach out to your URComped Host to BOOK! 

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In the past, you could book your next cruise onboard, but then if you were getting that sailing comped, the extra onboard credit that the next cruise would offer would disappear. That recently changed! 

Now I recommend to go ahead and book the "Next Cruise" with your cruise offer and choose the "book later" option. So while onboard your next Royal Caribbean sailing, go to the "Next Cruise" office and book the cruise, BUT book it under the "book later" option. Then you put down a $200 deposit, then you have 2 months to pick your sailing. Then you will get up to $600 onboard credit as a perk for booking onboard.

During that 2 months' time, you have to choose your cruise and you can work with URComped. Look at your cruise certificate for some cruise options. URComped is going to receive your play ratings and we've got a whole bunch of other sailings that we can offer you and find the best option with the best comp for you. Plus you've got the onboard credit!

So again, in the past, you could not combine a casino offer with the perks for your next cruise, BUT NOW YOU CAN  by using the "book later" option onboard. You have two months to figure out exactly what cruise you want. And now you will have the onboard credit from putting the $200 deposit down with "Next Cruise."

 

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It doesn't make for a good experience if you're in the casino and can't get a slot machine, all the tables are filled, and its way too crowded. What some cruise lines do is put a cap on the number of comp players overall that will be on any particular sailing. Sailings that are on certificates or direct mail pieces tend to reach casino capacity faster.

The cruise line won't take any more bookings, not because the ship is sold out, but the number of casino VIPs onboard has reached the limit.  So when you see an offer, jump on fast.

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Potentially. This is pretty rare and is determined on a case by case basis. Most players we book are consistent when it comes to their play. But anytime you don't play on a trip it will affect future offers. If you don't play in Cruise Line A's casino and you have 2 more comped trips booked through Cruise Line A after that trip, then they may look at your future trips and reevaluate the comp. They'll look at how big the investment is on their part.  There's not like a hard and fast policy on it, but it could be concerning and would definitely affect future URComped offers if play dropped off.

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A qualified player is someone we can prove to a casino partner that is qualified for an offer.

Ways to be qualified:

1. You upload offers URComped that will be used to prove that you're a player who qualifies.

2. You have taken a trip through URComped before and we have that play data to use to show you are qualified.

3. You have a casino host at a property you play at (local, Vegas, or Atlantic City) that we are able to talk to verify you play at a certain level.

The amount of qualification will change based on the offer/ comp we're trying to provide. The qualification for a free room at a third-grade casino in Vegas during the middle of the week is going to be at a much lower level than the qualification for a comp balcony on an Alaska cruise during the summer. 

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Cruise lines use 2 measures to determine what comps to offer a player- ADT (Average Daily Theoretical) and ATT (Average Trip Theoretical). Watch the video above for more information.

On a shorter trip, it is less likely that you qualify based on your total trip theoretical, because you have fewer days than on a seven-day trip, so the cruise line will most likely look more at your daily play to qualify you for your next offer. We recommend making sure your daily play is a little bit higher.

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Reservation deposit

The offers you see on URComped are based on your play. So if you're solo, and you're seeing a comp, there is no surcharge for traveling by yourself, because your play qualified you for a comp for 2. In most cases, if you are traveling with a spouse or a travel companion, we can link your accounts and then the offers you see would be based on your combined play.

If you have a linked account and the comp is based on your combined play and you're traveling solo, then the offer would be different based on just your play.

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Trips
Creating New Trips

If this is your first trip with URComped- For land based trips we recommend at least 30 days in advance of planned travel dates. For cruises, 90 days is recommended.

If you've already taken a trip with us, we can book up to a week before your trip but it depends on casino or cruiseline availability 

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URComped has contracts with our cruise line partners in order to help bring them NEW players.

A new player is somebody that has never been on a specific cruise line, or at least, never gambled on that cruise line before.

An inactive player is someone who has sailed on a specific cruiseline but has not sailed with them in a certain period of time (typically 12 months).

New players or Inactive players can both be introduced or reintroduced to a cruise line through URComped. (Once they have booked with a cruise line through URComped, that player will always be coded to URComped when booking with that cruise line, even if they book directly through the cruise line and not URComped.)

An Active player or House Customer is somebody that HAS sailed on a cruise line in the last 12 months (period of time depends on the cruise line). 

URComped can not book Active Players or House Customers, because that player is not NEW to our Cruise line partner. The Cruise line already has a relationship with that player (House Customer) and has that player in their system, so they don't want to have a middleman that they have to pay. 

Players that are Active / House Customers will have to keep booking direct, until the 12 month window expires (period of time depends on the cruise line). If you cruised a month ago, we can book you on a cruise 11 months from now with that cruise line, because that is when you will be considered an Inactive or not a House Customer with the cruise line. So active really refers to the booking channel. As long as we introduce you, or reintroduce you after a period of time, we can keep booking you with that cruise line.

BUT If you want to try out a new cruise line, we have many options for you to try out that we can get you on!

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URComped has contracts with our cruise line partners in order to help bring them NEW players.

A new player is somebody that has never been on a specific cruise line, or at least, never gambled on that cruise line before.

An inactive player is someone who has sailed on a specific cruiseline but has not sailed with them in a certain period of time (typically 12 months).

New players or Inactive players can both be introduced or reintroduced to a cruiseline through URComped. (Once they have booked with a cruise line through URComped, that player will always be coded to URComped when booking with that cruise line, even if they book directly through the cruise line and not URComped.)

An Active player or House Customer is somebody that HAS sailed on a cruise line in the last 12 months (period of time depends on the cruise line). 

URComped can not book Active Players or House Customers, because that player is not NEW to our Cruise line partner. The Cruise line already has a relationship with that player (House Customer) and has that player in their system, so they don't want to have a middleman that they have to pay. 

Players that are Active / House Customers will have to keep booking direct, until the 12 month window expires (period of time depends on the cruise line). If you cruised a month ago, we can book you on a cruise 11 months from now with that cruise line, because that is when you will be considered an Inactive or not a House Customer with the cruise line. So active really refers to the booking channel. As long as we introduce you, or reintroduce you after a period of time, we can keep booking you with that cruise line.

BUT If you want to try out a new cruise line, we have many options for you, that we can get you on!

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You can book for one passenger! Any comp that we show is for two, but if you qualify for it and want to sail solo, that's totally fine.

If you are on the fence about having a guest or not- If you don't have a guest right now and think you'll have one- then it's a good idea to book and put a placeholder name in for your second guest. You do this so that when you get closer to the sail date, and the ship fills up (there's a Coast Guard mandated limit), if you want to have a guest you've already got that place holder. If you registered single and then you want to add a second person, but the ship is already over that limit, you may not be able to. If you're just you're planning on finding another adult guest, you pick anybody, and we'll swap it out later.

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Click tools in the menu bar, then select cruise search.
After that, you can filter by date, cruise line, departure port, and the length of the cruise in order to find the best sailing for you! 
Try it out! 

 

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I've got 3 kids, and I've taken them on Royal Caribbean Oasis Class ships and on the Mariner of the Seas and Royal Caribbean does a great job with kids. I've taken them on the MSC Armonia, and there wasn't a lot for kids, but on the MSC Seaview, which is the sistership the Seaside, there's a lot to do for kids. And we went on the MSC Divina with the kids and there's a lot. So the MSC SeasideMSC Divina and then any Royal Caribbean ship are going to have a lot of kid stuff to do.

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Already Booked Trips

The destination property or cruiseline is responsible for any concerns or complaints related to your trip. We encourage you to reach out to them directly. If you have difficulty contacting customer service then you are welcome to contact us to see if we can assist.

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So that's really good question. We've asked Baha Mar several times, but their policy is that they don't sell any day passes. The only way to get a day pass (use the facilities, pool, their private beach) is to have a hotel room. The casino is still accessible. 

For Sonesta Maho Beach, we're waiting on an answer from them about doing a day pass. You already, obviously, have access to the casino. They also have a private beach, rooftop club, and swim up bars.

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Let's say URComped sends somebody on a cruise and their expectation is $5000 bankroll. Then they clearly didn't play what the cruise line expected, what we expected and what we negotiated for. What happens is URComped doesn't give that player offers or the players offers will be significantly lower.

Certain land-based casinos (ex. Venetian, Baha Mar, etc.) could reverse the comp and make you pay for your room if you don't play to the expectation. URComped is up front to let a player know if there is a chance that a comp could be reversed. It will say it clearly in the offer.

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While On Board
Gaming

Roulette is going to give you good comps. Three card poker is pretty good out of the common table games. Craps is one that's on the opposite end of the spectrum. It is really tough to generate points, same with Baccarat. The games that can be slower, or where the house edge is really small (the theoretical just doesn't generate as fast and comps are based on on theoretical) are going to generate comps less aggressively. We've got a lot of table players, especially where their theo doesn't generate a lot, but their actual play can be higher. One of the special perks about URComped is we're able to look at either and then negotiate on a player's behalf to get the best offer.

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Currently, Celebrity Cruise Line doesn't have as straight forward of a point system as Royal Caribbean does. Celebrity doesn't have the clear onboard certificate program either. BUT, that's something to expect a change in Q1 of 2020. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are owned by the same company, but they operate very differently on different programs.

Celebrity and Royal are starting to work closer together, so they're going to have to have their programs become more similar. I would expect at the beginning of the year 2020, we're going to get a lot more clarity on Celebrity Cruise Line's point system.

As we receive more information, it will be shared!

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Let's say you're racking up the points on Royal Caribbean trying to get a cruise certificate (Inside cabin= 2400 pts.) Not only do points earn you a cruise certificate, but they can do even more! There are 2 options: 

You can either download them for credits on a slot machine, or you can see the casino host before the end of the cruise, and when they run the report on the last day, they will apply those points towards your folio. The value of the points is 2 cents per point when it comes to comp or slot dollars.

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Casinos ask us what a player's bankroll is when we submit a comp reservation. They want to know, how much is this person planning to budget to gamble. The casinos, as a rule of thumb, like to see three to four hours of play on average per day. 

Why it's important? So let's say in an unfortunate situation, you book your trip and say your bankroll is $5000. Within the first 2 days of your cruise, you have terrible luck and blow through your bankroll. So then it's very likely you're not going to play for three hours per day if your bankroll is all gone in the first two days. The cruise line can look at your bankroll and know that that's why you stopped playing.

The cruise line, especially with a new player, want to know the bankroll just so they can know what to expect, and also use that information when they're deciding what level comp to offer.

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In the Casino

One of the trade offs for a cruise ship is if they stay in a port very late at night, then typically the casino cannot be open. And so there's obviously economic decisions the cruise line has to make. They look at how many dollars per hour they typically make when the casinos open. Cruise lines bring a huge number of tourists to the Bahamas, but the the casinos that are on the island (Atlantis, Baha Mar) don't want the cruise ship casino open because that affects them.

Japan is one of those places where they are strict on casinos. It's beyond just an overnight in Japan, where casinos won't open. It's at least between 3-12 nautical miles. The casino is not open because those ports are so close together, the ship doesn't get far enough out to sea.. 

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The answer is different if you're playing on a cruise ship versus playing at a land casino. On a cruise, no matter what, your daily play is going to be the theoretical divided by the length of the cruise. So you could play 10 minutes one day and 10 hours the next and it won't affect your ADT, so play as you wish. It's a land-based casino then yes, 10 minutes one day would affect your offers from them.

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Comping
Status Matching

That is something that we've talked to MSC about. The MSC onboard certificates have a higher point requirement than other cruise lines. For example, 10,000 points on MSC would get an inside cabin certificate, but on Royal Caribbean would get a balcony cabin certificate. It is a very high threshold, and we've definitely made it known to them. They are working on a new structure for their loyalty program. We are not sure what the timeline is on that, but they definitely know that their certificate program is a little bit out of line with the rest of the market.

In addition, we're working on getting more offers from MSC which we can promote, and typically give a better offer than the certificate that was earned.

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Discounted Cruises

A lot of cruise certificates will say a cabin type offer or trade-in Dollar Amount. On the back, it will have a list of 20-40 sailings where you can use that certificate for a specific cabin offer. That means if you were to choose a sailing, not on the certificate, the cruise line would look at the price of the sailing you chose and deduct the dollar amount of the certificate from the sailing's price. 

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Offers
Receiving Offers From URComped

All of our offers are based on double occupancy. For pricing, please claim the offer you are interested in and your bid will show you the breakdown in pricing for cruise fare per person as well as any associated port fees and taxes. If you decide to sail solo, you will pay both fares as though two guests are sailing but only port fees and taxes for yourself. If your cabin is fully comped. you will just pay port fees and taxes for yourself to secure your cabin.

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While On Board
In the Casino

 

Absolutely! If URComped is booking you on a comp level and it's your first trip, the cruise line will give you that comp drink level. The expectation from the cruise line is that you earn that comp drink status on your first cruise. Then on your next cruise with that cruise line, you'll receive free drinks again.

In some cases, if it's a discounted cruise we are booking, then depending on the cruise line, they might not give comp drinks in the casino. But, if you're at a comp level and you are booking with us, you're going to get free drinks in the casino!

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Gaming

 

There are 2 key measures for how offers are calculated. URComped will qualify you based on which of the two is higher in order to get you the best offer possible.

1. Average Daily Theoretical (ADT)

2. Average Trip Theoretical (ATT)

A player's average daily play should be consistent, or maybe even higher on a shorter cruise (so you can use ADT to qualify) or if you tend to do longer trips, your average trip play is going to be higher.

Taking shorter or longer cruises shouldn't affect your rate of play as long as you play as consistent on your shorter trip or even a little bit more on a per day basis.

We treat Bahamas Paradise differently from other cruise lines, since those cruises are such a short trip. They are treated similarly to a land based casino trip, so it won't affect your cruise offers.

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Booking Trips
Loyalty Levels

Royal's Crown and Anchor Society offers reciprocity with Celebrity's Captain's Club. Please note that Casino Royale does not currently offer status match/ reciprocity with Celebrity's Blue Chip Club. For more information on reciprocity between brands, please visit: https://www.celebritycruises.com/captains-club/enroll#Terms

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