15K Membership Rewards points on a $500+ Norwegian Cruise booking

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A new targeted Amex Offer came out this month that’s good for 15,000 Membership Rewards points when spending $500+ on a Norwegian Cruise Lines booking. Given the current Norwegian cancellation policy, this might be appealing for those looking to cruise sometime in the next coupe of years.

The Deal

  • A new targeted Amex Offer is good for 15,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $500 or more on a Norwegian Cruise Line booking.

Key Terms

  • Includes spend for booking directly via NCL.com or by calling 1-888-438-7114 to book over the phone
  • Excludes purchases onboard, gift cards, shore excursions, and transportation to and from the ship
  • Valid only on purchases made in US Dollars

Quick Thoughts

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 Norwegian 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. 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.

Note also that the terms indicate that you must book directly through Norwegian, but I believe that when booking through an agent the charge comes directly from the cruise line. You therefore may be able to stack this with any benefits your preferred agent is offering, but YMMV as I haven’t tried this myself (please share in the comments if you’re more familiar with that part of the process).

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