(EXPIRED) $150 back on Carnival Cruise with Barclaycards [Targeted]


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Update: Readers have reported receiving this offer on other cards in the comments. Keep an eye out for this one if you hold any Barclaycard and let us know if you receive the offer on any additional cards.

Barclaycard has sent out a targeted offer on several credit cards: AAdvantage Aviator RedAviator Silver, and Arrival+ cardmembers have reported receiving the following offer (and it may appear in emails associated with other cards as well): Get a $150 statement credit by booking a Carnival Cruise between February 16, 2018 and March 15, 2018. This looks like a great deal as it specifically states that you can book through Carnival or your travel agent, allowing you to stack this with other offers. The promotion appears to be targeted, as my wife received the email and I did not.

a cruise ship in the water

The Deal

  • Book a Carnival cruise with your Barclaycard (see your offer for which card you must use) between February 16, 2018 and March 15, 2018 and receive a $150 statement credit

Key Terms

  • Offer applies to Carnival cruise purchases only
  • If using a Travel Agent, the qualifying cruise must be booked through a Carnival Approved Agent
  • The $150 statement credit will post to your account within 6-8 weeks after the promo period ends

Quick Thoughts

This seems like a great deal since there are no strings attached and you can stack with whatever deal your travel agent is able to offer and/or with portal rewards or mileage offers. You’re giving up some of the Travel Insurance you might have when booking with premium cards, but the savings might outweigh those benefits for many. Carnival cruises start pretty cheap — without much searching, I saw 3-night cruises from less than $200 per person for interior rooms or ~$300 for a balcony room (surely there are taxes/fees that add to the cost, I didn’t go into the booking process).

a screenshot of a cruise ship

Even 5-night cruises can be had pretty cheaply.

a screenshot of a cruise

With taxes and fees included, $150 back can still represent a significant rebate on many itineraries depending on what time of year you plan to set sail.

Personally, I’m not a cruise traveler (I’d be feeding the fish with Greg), but I imagine that some people might be able to stack up a nice savings if they have this offer on multiple cards within the household. I did take one Carnival cruise a few years ago. While I understand it to be less luxurious than other lines, I was as content as I’m going to be on a boat — everything was a bit better than I expected all things considered.

It’s unclear whether or not this offer is targeted, though I imagine it is since my wife received the offer and I did not. Be on the lookout for an email with the subject line, “Special offer: Earn a $150 statement credit when you book a Carnival cruise” if you’re looking to book a cruise. Don’t forget that the promotion applies to bookings starting 2/16/18 — so you’ll want to hold off on booking until tomorrow.

H/T to FlyinJaT for alerting me to look for the email.


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Thanks for this heads up on this. I overlooked this as I was actually on a carnival cruise when it came out on 2/15. Out of 4 Aviator Reds we got one offer. Would have been great to get two. I also would have liked to use that card on that ship to see if I still got the credit. Looking to book another cruise so this may put us over the top on picking Carnival again so I guess marketing does work 🙂

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nick or folks,
how long does Barclay offer a full AF refund after it’s posted? is it 30 days or longer? my arrival+ recd the offer but thought about downgrade the acct to no AF cash rewards around 3/1 (AF posted on 2/1)
If using the card to book a cruise now then downgrade later with the same acct #, will the acct still receive the $150 cr? Thx


Great read on Greg’s feeding fish story. Well-written, funny, and feel bad for Greg.

Sue Commesso


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I wonder what amount charged will trigger the credit? If I charge $200 towards cost of the cruise, will it count as booking?
Amex has similar promo (via Amex Offer) – $100 Credit for $500 towards cruise fare. You can make multiple $500 charges (using several cards), and each charge gives you $100 back.


Aviator Silver Card holders are getting it, too.

Book a Carnival cruise with your AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver Mastercard® between 2/16/2018 and 3/15/2018 and you’ll receive a $150 statement credit. It’s that easy, there’s no catch, it’s just our way of saying thanks for being a cardmember.


I got mine on Arrival:

Book a Carnival cruise with your Barclaycard Arrival Plus Mastercard between 2/16/2018 and 3/15/2018 and you’ll receive 15,000 bonus miles, which will be awarded in the form of a $150 statement credit. It’s that easy, there’s no catch, it’s just our way of saying thanks for being a cardmember.