12,500 Membership Rewards when you spend $500+ with Celebrity Cruises

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A new Amex Offer came out recently that is good for Celebrity Cruises: Spend $500+, get 12,500 Membership Rewards points. While I imagine that many of us likely won’t be comfortable cruising for quite a while yet, it may still be appealing for cruise fans because of Celebrity’s current flexible cancellation policy.

The Deal

  • A new targeted Amex Offer is good for 12,500 Membership Rewards points when you spend $500 or more on a Celebrity Cruise Line booking.

Key Terms

  • Expires 12/31/20
  • Includes spend for booking directly via celebrity.com/amex, by calling 1-844-530-3783 to book over the phone, through the merchant mobile app, or a travel professional
  • Excludes purchases onboard, gift cards, shore excursions, and transportation to and from the ship
  • Excludes several specialty / themed cruises listed in the terms
  • Valid only on purchases made in US Dollars

Quick Thoughts

As I’ve said before about the similar Norwegian cruise line deal, I can’t imagine that the cruise industry will be the quickest to recover post-pandemic and I’ve never been a cruise person myself (and have become infinitely less interested given the current environment). That said, this is a great return for those who do want to cruise — and given that cruises can be booked far in advance, it would probably be easy to use this offer for a cruise that takes place far enough down the road that the COVID pandemic will hopefully be behind us.

Keep in mind that Celebrity has a somewhat flexible cancellation policy at the moment as long as you don’t mind being stuck with a future cruise credit if you have to cancel plans. As long as you cancel at least 48 hours in advance, you can get a 100% future cruise credit that can be used on sailings through 2022. That may actually make this offer more appealing since you could presumably book a cruise for sometime late in 2021 and then cancel it down the road and use it to book a cruise departing on or before December 31, 2022 with your future cruise credit and have banked this offer in the meantime. They also have a “lift & shift” policy where you can change to the same cruise at about the same time a year later and keep your price and promotions. Read more about their flexible cancellation policy (called “Cruise with Confidence”) here.

Note also that the terms indicate that you can book through a travel professional, so I believe you therefore can stack this with any benefits your preferred travel agent is offering. I’ve suggested in the past that I expect this is possible because even charges through travel agents get processed by the cruise line, but in this case this is explicitly allowed in the terms.

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