Limited-time way to get half-off Virgin Voyages sailings, plus more perks for Bilt cardmembers
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Virgin Voyages and Bilt — the first credit card that allows you to earn points on rent — are teaming up to offer half-priced sailings on Virgin Voyages the rest of the year. Trip destinations include the Caribbean, Europe and South Pacific, and take place on Virgin's adult-only ships.
To take advantage of this deal, simply enter the code 'BILT50OFF' when booking on Virgin's website. With Virgin, your food is included and if you sail in November, you can even get $300 in drinks included per cabin, making this a virtually all-inclusive vacation at sea.
You don't need the Bilt credit card to use this discount, though the rules state you do need to be a Bilt member. Bilt members who link their accounts with their Virgin Red accounts will also earn 500 bonus points, on top of the 100 free points for each travel partner you link to your Bilt account.
Cruise Line: Virgin Voyages.
Routes: Any sailing before Dec. 31.
How to book: Directly through Virgin Voyages' website using the code 'BILT50OFF.'
Travel dates: Dec. 31, excluding those on certain blackout dates, specifically Valiant Lady on Dec. 30 and Scarlet Lady on Dec. 4, 14 and 27.
Book by: 11:59 p.m. PST on Oct. 31.
To book this deal, head to Virgin Voyages and select your travel dates and destination. Or, you can filter the available cruises for the rest of the year and go from there.
Note that this deal is good for three cabin types — Insider, Sea View and the Sea Terrace with the fun red hammocks.
As an example, you could book an Insider cabin for a five-night Dominican Daze cruise for two, Sept. 30-Oct.5 for $1,841. That total reflects a current discounted rate by booking through Virgin, which is discounted from its original price of $2,323, as indicated below.
However, if you enter ''BILT50OFF' under 'Access Key,' this price changes to $1,360, which is half the originally advertised fare. Keep in mind, as shown here, this is not half off any discounted fares. That said, it does often save several hundred dollars off the discounted fares in our tests.
This particular example is the price for an Insider Room, the cheapest cabin available which is approximately 177 square feet. This sailing starts in Miami, and it stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic as well as at the line's Beach Club at Bimini in the Bahamas, before heading back to Miami on day six.
Related: Virgin Voyages Sailing Club loyalty program: Everything you need to know
Another option is to use the Bilt code to book an Insider room on a seven-night Meditteran cruise in early October.
This sailing stops in Barcelona; Toulon, France; Marina di Carrara, Italy; and other cities, for $1,946 — originally priced at $3,596. Y
ou can also book a five-night Riviera Maya cruise in November to visit Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, for $1,414 — half off its original price tag of $2,404.
Note that the Bilt discount only applies to the voyage fare, and it does not include any taxes or port fees, which are charged at the regular rate at check-out.
Maximize your purchase
Use your Bilt World Elite Mastercard® to book this deal and you'll earn 2 points per dollar, or 4 points per dollar if you book this deal on Oct. 1. As a reminder, the Bilt Mastercard is the first credit card that allows you to earn points on rent, with zero fees to do so.
But you don't have to use a Bilt card so here are some of our other favorite credit cards for booking a cruise.
Virgin Voyages does things a bit differently than some traditional cruise lines, but for some, that's a good thing.
While the vast majority of the food items onboard are already included in your cruise fare, as mentioned, if you sail in November, you'll get to tack on $300 in free drinks, too. And yes, that does seem to stack with the Bilt offer, making this potentially one of the best deals around if you're looking for some fun in the sun.
Just be sure to use code 'BILT50OFF' to book this deal, for all Virgin Voyages sailings through the end of 2022, as long as you book by Oct. 31, 2022.