The best American Express cruise deal is the Cruise Privileges Program. This is available to cardholders of the The Platinum Card® from American Express and the Centurion® Card from American Express (both personal and business). Eligible cardholders who book at least 5 nights with one of Amex’s cruise line partners will receive a shipboard credit per stateroom, which can be spent on dining, spas and more. The Cruise Privileges Program offers exclusive amenities unique to each cruise line, too.
How to earn American Express rewards on cruises
In addition to the Cruise Privileges Program, eligible Amex cardholders earn extra points on cruises booked through Amex Travel with any Amex card that participates in the Membership Rewards program. For example, the American Express® Green Card earns a total of [cc-earn-ate-max id="467"] on all eligible travel, including cruises.
In addition, you can also keep an eye on the Amex Offers program and see whether there are any cruise offers available to you.
How to book cruises through Amex
You can book a cruise through Amex Travel with your Amex credit card or Membership Rewards points. To do so, visit Amex’s cruise booking page and find the booking you want, then log in to your American Express account when prompted. At checkout, you will have the choice to use your card, pay with points, or use a combination of the two. If you choose to pay with points, you must redeem at least 5,000.
Keep in mind that when redeeming for cruises, the value of your points depends on the card you have. Other redemption options can get you more value, so you may want to reconsider using points for cruises. To view how much points are worth for each card, check out the Amex rewards points calculator and select an eligible card from the drop-down menu.
It’s also worth noting that many Amex credit cards come with travel insurance, which is applicable to cruises booked with the cards.
In case you'd like a credit card co-branded with a specific cruise line, feel free to also check out some of the best credit cards for cruises.
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