Get Up to 25,000 Bonus Points When Booking a Cruise With a Targeted Amex

Sep 9, 2018

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If you’re considering booking a cruise, you’re going to want to check out these offers from American Express. There are two Amex Offers available that’ll let you score 15,000 to 25,000 bonus Membership Rewards points — or $150 to $250 cashback — for putting your purchase on the right credit card. The 25,000 bonus points offer is worth $475 at current TPG valuations.

For the uninitiated, Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time deals, such as $160 cashback for spending $800+ on Delta flights (available through 10/8), 20,000 bonus points / $200 cashback for spending $1,000 with Qantas (available through 9/23), $100 cashback for spending $500 with Aerolineas Argentinas (available through 9/27), 15% cashback on Starbucks purchases, 10,000 bonus points / $100 cashback for hotel stays and more, specifically for targeted American Express cardholders.

But today we’re talking about cruise offers: the first offer gives targeted cardholders the chance to earn 25,000 bonus points for spending $1,000 or more with Crystal Cruises now through October 1, 2018:

Note that the terms and conditions exclude on-board purchases from the $1,000 spending requirement:

Excludes onboard purchases and services (including spa), Bon Voyage gift order, shore excursions, transportation to and from the ship, transactions made on third party sites, Crystal UK, Crystal Aircruises, Crystal Luxury Air, and Crystal Private Adventure

The other offer is for 15,000 bonus points — or $150 cashback for some cards — for spending $750+ with one of the following cruise lines: Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn or Cunard. You’ll have to register for the offer and then book your reservation by October 15 to take advantage:

It’s important to note the exclusions on this offer too:

Excludes onboard purchases, transfers/transportation to the ship, gift and services, gift cards, charters, Base Camp at Denali Park, McKinley Chalet Resort, Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services, Special events in Culinary Arts, Digital Workshops, Special Entertainment Venues, Cancellation Protection plan (Holland America), formalwear rentals and charitable donations.

Excludes if not booked at time of reservation: airfare booked through cruise line, excursions, Prepaid food/beverage programs, prepaid gratuities, prepaid wi-fi packages, spa packages, photo & video packages, onboard celebrations, luggage valet services, Travel Insurance, Vacation Protection, motorcoach program, charters, meetings and incentive bookings.

I’m personally 4-for-6 on my Amex credit cards showing me at least one of these offers, with the following cards targeted:

  • The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express (15,000 bonus points for spending $750 with Carnival et al)
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express ($150 back for spending $750 with Carnival et al)
  • The Blue Business®️ Plus Credit Card from American Express ($150 back for spending $750 with Carnival et al)

Remember that Amex Offers are targeted and are subject to change at anytime, so not every American Express card will be included in this promotion. In order to see if you’ve been targeted — and to enroll in the offer — log in to your AmericanExpress.com account. Scroll down to the “Amex Offers and Benefits” section. You may need to click “Load More” to see a particular offer.

Keep in mind that American Express is cracking down on people who attempt to use the same Amex Offer across more than one Amex card, and has even announced its intention to claw back credits from some people who have used an Amex Offer on multiple cards. So we recommend only registering this offer on one Amex card, regardless of any workarounds you might have used in the past.

Featured image courtesy of Crystal Cruises.

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