(EXPIRED) Carnival Cruise offer: 7500 points / $75 back on $350

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There’s a new targeted offer out this morning for Carnival Cruise Lines: Spend $350+, get either 7,500 Membership Rewards points or $75 back depending on which card is targeted for the offer. You’ll have to log in to your Amex account to see if you were targeted for this Amex Offer.

The Deal

  • Spend $350+ with Carnival Cruise Lines, get either 7,500 Membership Rewards points or $75 back with a new targeted Amex Offer (see your offer for terms)

Key Terms

  • Expires 7/31/18
  • Excludes purchases made onboard ships, single and group shore excursions, meetings, weddings, in-room gifts, gift cards, and a lot more (see the screen shots above and your offer for full terms)

Quick Thoughts

This is a nice offer if you are planning to pay for a Carnival Cruise. Assuming you value Membership Rewards at more than 1c each (and you should — our Reasonable Redemption Values has them pegged at 1.82c each), the Membership Rewards version of this offer is much stronger (worth approximately $136.50 based on a reasonable redemption – potentially much more if you maximize your redemption).

The terms of this offer state that your cruise must be booked direct via Carnival’s website or phone number. That might make this offer less valuable for some folks who would ordinarily book through a travel agent that can offer extra benefits like an onboard credit, etc. Cruises are outside of my wheelhouse, but I thought that when booking through an agent you still paid the cruise line directly, which makes me wonder if it might be possible to stack (though I am far from confident that it would be possible).

On the other hand, I do believe it is possible to put down a deposit on a cruise and pay the balance separately. I think it would be relatively easy to trigger a couple of offers if you had this one synced to multiple cards and made multiple payments of $350.

If you’re interested in a Carnival Cruise, either offer looks pretty good to me.

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