Do you have plans to set sail soon on a cruise vacation? If so, the latest AMEX Offers will give you up to $150 back when you pay for a select cruise.
Check your American Express cards to see if you have one of these two offers:
- Get a one-time $100 statement credit by using your enrolled card to spend $500+ on cruise line sailings with Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn or Cunard by March 31, 2020.
- Get $150 back on a $500 purchase at Celebrity Cruises, expiring December 31, 2019.
Not all cards will have this offer, and you will need to activate the offer before purchase. If you have a cruise you are making payments on, you are in luck. This offer can be redeemed and used for payments, as well as purchasing a cruise vacation outright.
This offer can be used if you book through a travel agent, as long as your card is charged directly by the cruise line. Many cruise lines are offering great deals now, and the deals will start to pour in January through March, which is considered the “wave season.”
How To Make This AMEX Offer Go Even Further
Slickdealer gregfurthko says, “You can use multiple cruise offers for payments. Pay $500 with yours then $500 with p2, p3, etc. … However, it is one offer per social security number. In other words, if you have 3 AMEX cards in your name, you can only use the offer once. You need authorized user cards in spouse or kids’ names to use it multiple times.”
Many Slickdealers on the forum wondered if they could combine this offer with the cost-saving benefits of Costco travel. MisterBill says, “Problem with Costco and these AMEX offers is that they do not accept AMEX. You would need to book directly with the cruise line and use your AMEX, then transfer to Costco. But yes, you can stack it with Costco or other offers at places like Crucon.”
Slickdealers recommend contacting Costco before you buy, to make sure they will transfer the cruise to a Costco deal. Transferring cruises will not work on a cruise that is past its final payment date.
Our Favorite American Express Credit Cards
Blue Cash Preferred® Card
If you’re looking for a cash-back credit card that leaves many of its competitors in the dust, consider American Express’ Blue Cash Preferred Card. It offers deep cash-back rewards at grocery stores, gas stations, online streaming subscriptions and transit services, like tolls, taxis and ride-shares.
- Annual Fee: $95
- Value: 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets up to $6,000 annually
- Sign-Up Bonus: $250 bonus after spending $1,000 during the first three billing cycles
- Pro: 6% cash back on select online streaming subscriptions.
- Con: Only 1% cash back per eligible dollar spent on other purchases
American Express® Gold Card
Most people tend to use the same credit card all of the time, but that strategy won’t earn you the most points. Instead, use cards that offer you the most point within a specific category. The American Express Gold Card provides maximum value for families and consumers who spend a lot at both grocery stores and on dining.
- Annual Fee: $250
- Value: 4X (Membership Rewards) points for dining and groceries
- Sign-Up Bonus: 35,000 points after spending $4,000 during the first three billing cycles
- Pro: $100 Airline Fee Credit per calendar year to cover airfare incidentals, like baggage fees and Wi-Fi
- Con: Expensive annual fee
American Express Platinum Card®
The American Express Platinum Card makes traveling with the family a little less frazzled with annual Uber, airline and hotel credits, and access to over 1,200 airport lounges. New cardmembers will earn 60,000 points when they spend $5,000 in their first three months. The Platinum Card comes with a hefty $550 annual fee, but it’s a favorite among many cardholders because of its generous 5x points for flights and hotels booked through American Express Travel, as well as an annual $200 airline credit to cover baggage fees and other qualified reimbursements.
- Annual Fee: $550
- Value: 5x points for flights and hotels booked through American Express Travel
- Sign-Up Bonus: 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three billing cycles
- Pro: $200 annual airline credit
- Con: Only 1 point per eligible dollar spent on other purchases
How To Compare Rewards Credit Cards
Still not sure about which rewards cards are right for you? We get it. Choosing a credit card that meets your needs is important, which is why Slickdeals’ Credit Card Hub helps you compare the benefits of different cards, search credit cards by rewards categories and explore cards by their issuers — all to find the best fit for your wallet.