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How to earn up to 100,000 United miles when sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line

Sept. 07, 2022
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Big news, cruise fans: There’s a new, limited-time offer to earn airline miles when booking a cruise — enough miles for MileagePlus award travel to many parts of the world from the rewards you’ll get from just a single sailing.

Cruise-selling site United Cruises has a new offer out that could get you up to 100,000 United MileagePlus miles for taking a single voyage with one of the many cruise lines it sells.

And you can accumulate even more miles if you book more than one sailing during the offer period.

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Keep reading to learn more about the United Cruises program and why it’s a great choice for earning airline miles when booking a cruise vacation — especially right now.

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What is United Cruises?

United Cruises is a booking portal that allows you to earn MileagePlus miles when booking a cruise. The amount of miles you’ll earn depends on a few factors (that I’ll get into in a moment), but it’s safe to say that booking a cruise vacation through United Cruises is the way to go if you’re a United loyalist.

However, even occasional flyers can benefit from the miles that they’ll rack up in the program.

United Cruises offers access to sailings operated by just about every cruise line you can think of, including such popular brands as Norwegian Cruise Line as well as various luxury and river cruise lines. When you book a cruise with United Cruises, you get everything that the line offers plus up to 75% savings on cruises and a best price guarantee.

Related: How to book a sailing through United Cruises

Here’s how you can earn MileagePlus miles through United Cruises.

Earn miles with United Cruises

MileagePlus members can always earn up to 25,000 United miles when booking a cruise through United Cruises, but United credit cardholders can earn additional miles — as much as 45,000 — based on the type of stateroom booked. The higher the category, the greater the number of miles.

Here’s a breakdown of how many miles you can earn per dollar spent on specific types of cruise staterooms:

Stateroom categoryMileagePlus memberMileagePlus cardmember
Interior or oceanview2 miles per dollar.4 miles per dollar.
Balcony or suite4 miles per dollar.7 miles per dollar.

Not only can you earn miles when booking your cruise through United Cruises, but you can also use miles to pay for a cruise.

Related: The best sweet spots you can book with United MileagePlus

Earn even more miles with Norwegian Cruise Line

The current offer is particularly appealing if you’re eyeing a journey with Norwegian Cruise Line, as booking a Norwegian sailing right now brings the chance for even more miles.

This month, United Cruises is partnering with Norwegian Cruise Line to offer up to 25,000 bonus miles on sailings over four nights in length on top of the miles you’d already be earning when you book your cruise through United Cruises. That means earning up to 70,000 miles for United cardmembers.

Depending on how you redeem those miles, you could fly in a premium cabin to Europe or within the U.S., or even book a multi-city ticket thanks to the Excursionist Perk.

A dining room onboard the Norwegian Prima. GENE SLOAN/THE POINTS GUY

But the bonuses don’t end there.

If you book a stateroom through United Cruises on Norwegian’s newest cruise ship, Norwegian Prima, MileagePlus members can earn even more — up to 55,000 bonus miles on top of the miles you would already earn. That’s up to 70,000 total miles for United MileagePlus members and up to 100,000 miles for those with a United cobranded credit card.

TPG values MileagePlus miles at 1.21 cents apiece, so if you max out this offer on Norwegian Prima, you’re taking home over $1,200 worth of rewards.

Here’s a table that breaks down just how many bonus miles you could earn when you book a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise through United Cruises:

Stateroom typeAll Norwegian Cruise Line cruises (except Prima)Norwegian Prima
Interior5,000 bonus miles.10,000 bonus miles.
Oceanview10,000 bonus miles.20,000 bonus miles.
Balcony15,000 bonus miles.30,000 bonus miles.
Suite25,000 bonus miles.55,000 bonus miles.

Related: The ultimate guide to Norwegian Cruise Line ships and itineraries

A solid haul of bonus miles isn’t all you get when you book a Norwegian Cruise Line itinerary through United Cruises — you’ll get every perk that you’d normally get when you book directly with the cruise line.

Additional cruise perks

The Epic Plunge on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic. NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE

Sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line typically comes with several perks, including 40% off second guests and all of the following Free at Sea deals:

  • Free unlimited open bar ($99 per person, per day value).
  • Free specialty dining (up to $119 value).
  • Free shore excursions ($50 per port value).
  • Free Wi-Fi package (up to $200 in value).
  • 3rd and 4th stateroom guests sail free on select sailings.

And lastly, you’re in great hands with United Cruises’ dedicated travel experts available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ready to book? Click here to find a Norwegian Cruise Line sailing through United Cruises.

Bottom line

Beginning this month, you can earn up to 100,000 United MileagePlus miles when you book a cruise through United Cruises. MileagePlus members and United cardholders can always earn up to 25,000 and 45,000 miles, respectively, but you can earn even more when you sail on Norwegian Cruise Line.

For a limited time, MileagePlus members can earn up to an additional 25,000 United miles when booking a sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line and up to an additional 55,000 United miles when you sail on Norwegian Prima, the line’s newest ship — and that’s on top of the miles you’ll already earn when you book with United Cruises.

Depending on the category and cruise ship, that translates to up to 70,000 miles for general members — or up to 100,000 miles for United credit cardholders.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to earn extra miles on your next cruise vacation. Book a Norwegian Cruise Line itinerary through United Cruises today.

Additional reporting by Gene Sloan.

Featured image by NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE

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This card is geared toward both frequent and occasional United flyers alike, and offers plenty of elite-like benefits like free checked bags, priority boarding and a discount on in-flight purchases. It also racks up miles at a steady pace on a variety of purchases including dining and hotels, putting that next award ticket within reach sooner.

Pros

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  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95

Cons

  • Day-of-travel perks limited to United and some partner flights
  • Other United cards have higher earning rates on some purchases
  • You might get more use from transferable points instead of United miles
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining, hotel stays, and United® purchases
  • Up to $100 Global Entry, TSA PreCheck® or NEXUS fee credit
  • 25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi on board United-operated flights and on Club premium drinks when you pay with your Explorer Card
  • Free first checked bags - a savings of up to $140 per roundtrip. Terms Apply.
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United ClubSM with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
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Best For Occasional United Flyers
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

2XEarn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining, hotel stays, and United® purchases
2XEarn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining including eligible delivery services
1X1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

    50,000 Bonus Miles
  • Annual Fee

    $0 Intro for First Year, then $95.
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Good, Excellent

Why We Chose It

This card is geared toward both frequent and occasional United flyers alike, and offers plenty of elite-like benefits like free checked bags, priority boarding and a discount on in-flight purchases. It also racks up miles at a steady pace on a variety of purchases including dining and hotels, putting that next award ticket within reach sooner.

Pros

  • Earns 2 miles per $1 spent on United, dining and hotels
  • First checked bag free for the cardholder and a companion
  • Priority boarding
  • 25% off eligible inflight purchases
  • Up to $100 credit every four years for Global Entry/TSA PreCheck
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95

Cons

  • Day-of-travel perks limited to United and some partner flights
  • Other United cards have higher earning rates on some purchases
  • You might get more use from transferable points instead of United miles
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining, hotel stays, and United® purchases
  • Up to $100 Global Entry, TSA PreCheck® or NEXUS fee credit
  • 25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi on board United-operated flights and on Club premium drinks when you pay with your Explorer Card
  • Free first checked bags - a savings of up to $140 per roundtrip. Terms Apply.
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United ClubSM with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • Get one-year complimentary DashPass, a membership for both DoorDash and Caviar that provides unlimited deliveries with $0 delivery fees and lower service fees on eligible orders. After that, you are automatically enrolled in DashPass at the current monthly rate. Activate by 12/31/24.