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Save up to 35% off your next cruise with these offers from American Express

Aug. 16, 2022
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You could get up to $250 back on your next cruise booking, thanks to available credits from American Express.

These offers are part of Amex Offers, which are statement credits available on different credit cards from American Express. Anyone with an Amex card has access to Amex Offers, but the promotions you see across your cards can vary.

Let's look at some cruise offers available right now and how they can lead to big savings on your next booking.

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Current Amex Offers for cruises

There are currently three Amex Offers that can lead to big savings on your next cruise.

If you're looking at booking a cruise with Carnival Cruise Line, you can get up to $150 back when you spend $500 or more. Luckily, you don't have to spend all $500 in one transaction. However, you should note that there are some exclusions, such as onboard spending. This offer expires Nov. 7 and represents a 30% return on spending.

(Screenshot from americanexpress.com)

Those who are sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line can get $250 back after spending $1,000 or more by Sep. 12. This offer is only valid for cruise reservations and can give you a 25% return on spending.

(Screenshot from americanexpress.com)

If you're considering a river cruise, Uniworld River Cruises has an offer for $500 back after spending $3,000 or more across one or more transactions. You must book by Nov. 30, 2022, and the offer is only valid for reservations, not any add-ons.

(Screenshot from americanexpress.com)

How to use Amex Offers

If you haven't used an Amex Offer previously, it's important to note that you must add the offer to your credit card before making the purchase. Once you've added the offer to your card, use that same card to make your purchase with the merchant. You must use the card to which you added the offer in order to receive your statement credit.

Since these offers are for statement credit, you will need to spend the required amount of money first and then receive reimbursement from American Express. This typically comes in three days, even though Amex says it takes 8-12 weeks at a maximum.

Read more about Amex Offers and how to use them:

Stacking for an even better return on your spending

In addition to using these Amex Offers to get a statement credit on your cruise booking, you can pile on extra discounts and points or miles. Whenever making an online purchase, you should use a shopping portal — or possibly use Rakuten to earn American Express Membership Rewards points on your purchase.

Related: How to use Rakuten to earn bonus cash back or Amex points on your purchases

In addition to this, using the right credit card can lead to extra points on your purchase. If you have these Amex Offers available on multiple credit cards, the best card to use with your offer would be the American Express® Green Card. The Amex Green card earns 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar on all travel spending.

The information for the Amex Green card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

If you don't have the Amex Green card — or these offers aren't available to you on that card — another good option is The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express. This card earns 2 Membership Rewards points per dollar on all purchases for the first $50,000 spent on the card each year.

Related: Use these credit cards to maximize your next cruise vacation

Bottom line

These current Amex Offers can provide up to a 30% rebate on your next cruise booking. On top of that, you can use online portals and a credit card that earns extra points on your purchase, leading to a great combination of points and rebates on your next cruise booking.

If you're interested in more travel-related offers, see our guide to saving money with these offers on your credit cards this month.

Featured image by (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases