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New AMEX Offers - $100 off $500 for World's Leading Cruise Lines (Carnival, Princess, HAL) and $150/500 for Celebrity

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I just noticed a number of new AMEX Offers on my cards including two for cruises. One is the usual $100 back on a $500 purchase at World's Leading Cruise Lines (Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Seabourn. Cunard), expiring 3/31/2020. The other is $150 back on a $500 purchase at Celebrity Cruises, expiring 12/31/2019. Conveniently, I have a couple of Celebrity cruises whose final payments are coming up and was thinking of booking a Holland America cruise.

I got them on my Blue Cash Preferred card (and all of my AU users also got them) but YMMV on having them on your card. Generally travel co-branded cards do not get these offers.

In the past these have been valid when making payments on existing reservations as well as new bookings. You can use it with a travel agent so long as the charge comes in from the cruise line, which it always should if the agent is reputable. I notice that the Celebrity offer specifically says it is valid with travel professionals but the WLCL offer says it has to be booked thru them. I think that is unlikely to be the case since the charge will come thru the same as if you booked with the cruise line directly.

http://www.americanexpress.com

Fine print on World's Leading Cruise Lines offer:

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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 3/31/2020. See wlcl.com/amex. For reservations only. Terms and exclusions apply.
OFFER TERMS
Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem. Only U.S.-issued American Express® Cards are eligible. Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels. Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card. Offer valid only for reservations booked between 11/15/2019 and 3/31/2020 with (1) Carnival Cruise Line at Carnival.com or phone 1-800-764-7419, (2) Holland America Line at Hollandamerica.com or phone 1-877-932-4259, (3) Princess Cruises at Princess.com or phone 1-800-774-6237, (4) Seabourn at Seabourn.com or phone 1-866-755-5619, or (5) Cunard at Cunard.com or phone 1-800-728-6273. Valid only on purchases made in US dollars. Must be booked on the respective cruise line's US website only. The respective cruise line's standard booking requirements, policies, restrictions and ticket contract apply. Cruises are subject to availability and capacity controlled. Please note that cruise lines do not accept prepaid cards for charges authorized in advance, although prepaid cards may be used to settle the final bill. Check to make sure prepaid cards are accepted before attempting to use your prepaid card to take advantage of offers for these merchants. Offer is non-transferable. Limit of 1 statement credit per Card Member. The enrolled Card account must not be cancelled or past due to receive statement credit. Any benefit earned from this offer is in addition to the rewards (i.e. Membership Rewards or cash back) earned as part of your existing Card benefits, but your ability to earn spend-based rewards for the purchase will be based on the amount after any statement credit or other discount is applied. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 3/31/2020, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Note that American Express may not receive information about your qualifying purchase from merchant until all items from your qualifying purchase have been provided/shipped by merchant. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is returned/cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. POID: GEDC:0001

Fine print on Celebrity deal:

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Get a one-time $150 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a minimum of $500+ on Celebrity Cruises cruise reservations online at celebrity.com/amex or by phone at 1-844-530-3783 by 12/31/2019. See terms for exclusions.
OFFER TERMS
Enrollment limited. Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem. Only U.S.-issued American Express® Cards are eligible. Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels. Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card. Offer valid only for qualifying reservations booked directly online at celebrity.com/amex, via the US reservation phone line 1-844-530-3783, through the merchant mobile app, or a Travel Professional between 11/15/2019 and 12/31/2019. Eligible transactions must be made in USD. Excludes international transactions, all onboard transactions, corporate sales and corporate sales gift cards, physical gift cards purchased online, e-gift cards, art auctions, Canyon Ranch Spa, and affiliate brands: Royal Caribbean, Silverseas, and Azamara. Excludes the following Specialty Cruises: Music & Themed, LGBTQ+ VACAYA cruises, and Tie the Knot. Please note that hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines do not accept prepaid cards for charges authorized in advance, although prepaid cards may be used to settle the final bill. Check to make sure prepaid cards are accepted before attempting to use your prepaid card to take advantage of offers for these merchants. Offer is non-transferable. Limit of 1 statement credit per Card Member. The enrolled Card account must not be cancelled or past due to receive statement credit. Any benefit earned from this offer is in addition to the rewards (i.e. Membership Rewards or cash back) earned as part of your existing Card benefits, but your ability to earn spend-based rewards for the purchase will be based on the amount after any statement credit or other discount is applied. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 12/31/2019, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Note that American Express may not receive information about your qualifying purchase from merchant until all items from your qualifying purchase have been provided/shipped by merchant. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is returned/cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. POID: GEAM:0001
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Thanks for posting this here are the offers on my cards.

Amex Gold celebrity cruises $500 get 15,000 MR
Amex everyday celebrity cruises $500 get $150

If we book a cruise I'll probably do two partial payments. I wonder if we can stack with Costco travel.com offers?
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Thanks for posting this here are the offers on my cards.

Amex Gold celebrity cruises $500 get 15,000 MR
Amex everyday celebrity cruises $500 get $150

If we book a cruise I'll probably do two partial payments. I wonder if we can stack with Costco travel.com offers?
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. BTW Celebrity just ended a big promotion yesterday. I would wait until Thanksgiving week to book something
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I did not see the offer this time, but (while logged-in) I was able to use the link shown below and the offer appeared.
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(quote from 2017) Bummer. I had and utilized this offer earlier this year. So far, this new one is not showing up on my Amex "Offers" page. Last time I was able to add it by visiting this URL, https://www.americanexpress.com/wlcl ....
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I did not see the offer this time, but (while logged-in) I was able to use the link shown below and the offer appeared.
Interesting, since the link did not work the last time. One thing I did not mention was that the WLCL offer was at the very bottom of my list of available offers (including all the AMEX promos), not grouped with the other real offers at the top.
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I did not see the offer this time, but (while logged-in) I was able to use the link shown below and the offer appeared.
Good to know that link I posted years ago is still going strong. I just used it again. This is probably my ~10th time to use it in my time as an Amex member.
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Thanks, worked on my Amex blue CB. Loaded it via the app.
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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. BTW Celebrity just ended a big promotion yesterday. I would wait until Thanksgiving week to book something
How do you "transfer" to Costco? Thanks for your help.
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can this be used multiple times? i have it on 2/3 of my amex. does the site let you split the payment? max number of credit cards? i've done this in the past but there was no stipulation that said you have to BOOK via a specific website (celebrity.com/amex), it just said payment towards..
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I see the world cruise for holland, but don't see the Celebrity perk. Any suggestions? Thanks !!
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can this be used multiple times? i have it on 2/3 of my amex. does the site let you split the payment? max number of credit cards? i've done this in the past but there was no stipulation that said you have to BOOK via a specific website (celebrity.com/amex), it just said payment towards..
Yes 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 HF ave 3 amex cards in your name you can only use the offer once. You need auth user cards in spouse or kids names to use it multiple times.
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Another way to save a similar percentage (and use any rewards card) is through cruisecompete. If you know the date, cruise line and ship you are interested in, you post that info, and various agents 'bid' to get you that cruise for the lowest price. They can often throw in extra freebies as well. I think we ended up saving about $200 off of the lowest price I could find anywhere else for a week long Bahamas cruise, plus we got about $80 in freebies thrown our way.
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Hi correct me if I'm wrong but this offer cannot be used on a carnival Cruise reserved before 11/15/2019 ? is this correct? Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
And also, do you think this would be offered on a new American Express enrollment? Thank you.
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Hi correct me if I'm wrong but this offer cannot be used on a carnival Cruise reserved before 11/15/2019 ? is this correct? Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
And also, do you think this would be offered on a new American Express enrollment? Thank you.
Doesn't matter when you reserved it. You just have to make a $500 payment with it.
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Another way to save a similar percentage (and use any rewards card) is through cruisecompete. If you know the date, cruise line and ship you are interested in, you post that info, and various agents 'bid' to get you that cruise for the lowest price. They can often throw in extra freebies as well.
I second this statement 100%. Cruisecompete.com has saved me much over the years and lately Cabin Clearance Store keeps coming in with the best rate by far. They seem to have access to extra discounted rates which clearly make them the best overall deal and no hassle of on-board credit (OBC, which has been reported by some to not show up when they get to the cruise).

I can say that sometimes cashback sites will run a very high percentage (up to 20%) of cashback on cruises booked through Expedia or Orbitz. However, these take a while to come in, they can be a bit unreliable, and they are limited to the base rate (excluding taxes and fees). All that said, I made out like a bandit one time.

My latest cruise ninja trick is getting the best discount on cruise line gift cards possible (sometimes up to 20% off), so that I can extend my savings to on-board expenses and gratuities. Some folks even cash their cards in through the casino, but I haven't tried that yet.

One more thing, it is possible to save on prepaid gratuities through this Amex Offer. You just have to add them to your booking and pay with a card having the offer added to it.
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