[Targeted] AmEx Offer: Royal Caribbean, Spend $1,500+ & Receive $500 Statement Credit

The Offer

No direct link, targeted offer

  • Spend $1,500 with Royal Caribbean and get $500 back

The Fine Print

  • Valid until 12/31/21
  • Excludes on board purchases
  • Excludes gift card purchases

Our Verdict

Does say you can book with your preferred travel advisor, but I don’t see how that would code correctly to trigger this offer. Apparently you need to make sure  they charge it through the cruise line payment system rather than their own system to make sure it codes correctly. Some people have smaller offers such as $500, get $200 back or spend $1,500 and get $350 back. Works out to be a 33% discount if you get this best offer.

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DrL
DrL

I know the terms exclude onboard purchases, but my final bill is always just the same charge as all my Royal Caribbean charges. Does anyone know if onboard charges will still trigger the credit?

Larry
Larry

I got a offer for $200 credit for $500 purchase on my card while the wife (slightly higher credit rating) got $350 credit on $1000.

Jack
Jack

If one has an existing reservation made before the promo started, but now books shore excursions of $500+ pre-cruise online at http://www.rcl.com, will the credit apply to the shore excursions? Or are those considered excluded “onboard” purchases? I can’t tell from the Terms.

Stevenson
Stevenson

For cruise experts – better to buy now for a January 2022 cruise or wait till thanksgiving sale or closer to departure date on assumption price goes down/on-sale?

miafll
miafll

Doc, there is also a $1000 for $350 statement credit – found on all spousal cards while my own cards see the $1500 for $500 statement credit.

Stevenson
Stevenson

Anyone have experience with getting multiple statement credits for the same charge by using multiple cards (each with its own offer)?

Meaning if have 2 Amex cards each with a $350 off 1000 offer, am I able to split a $2000 RC charge during checkout into 2 separate $1000 charges, so can take advantage of both cards’ offer.

Marley
Marley

yes i have done that several times with HOLLAND, Princess and Carnival via AMEX

miafll
miafll

Yes in the past. We always split our payments among cards when paid the cruise with our agent. She made the payments directly on cruiselines payment portals which would show up as billed by the cruiselines.

Slaven
Slaven

Oh well, I Only got the $350 off $1000. Too bad can’t do more then once cost for family easily blows past that.

For me I love cruises and prefer 7-10 day ones.

Greg
Greg

In the past if you had multiple Amex cards under different people (one for you, one for wife, one for child, etc…) you could use the discount multiples times. Book and pay $1000 deposit, get $350; pay another $1000, get another $350; and so on until the cruise was paid for or you ran out of Amex cards. YMMV that it still works.

Slaven
Slaven

Greg thanks for the good idea, except I only have 1 biz plat (costs $300 for employee/AU). Also from fine print ——

OFFER TERMS
Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels. Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card.

Greg
Greg

If you only have 1 card you are stuck. If you or your spouse ever has an extra open spot, or has so many cards that an extra inquiry doesn’t matter you might want to think about one of the no fee amex cards. We have the no fee hilton and everyone in the family has an auth user card, even the 12 year old. Amex has cruise offers often, or at least did prior to the pandemic.

Slaven
Slaven

Greg I would like to add my kids as AU if no fee, except as I concentrate on biz cards and they all seem to have costs associated with it.

Arl12
Arl12

I’ve run these through priceline in the past and they code cruiseline; so easy to stack with cashback.

SB
SB

First time planning to book a Cruise trip after getting this Amex offer ($350 credit after $1000 spent on RC). Question to the members with more experience in cruise vacation:

1. It seems that I can prepay gratuity on a $800+ trip to bring it to $1000+ to trigger the offer. Fine print did not mention about gratuity, so hopefully I should not have any trouble to get the credit right?

2. How to make sure the charge runs through cruise line. And if the travel agent can add prepaid gratuity on the ticket amount to ensure $1000+ transaction.

3. Also any suggestion on how to find a good travel agent, is welcome

Many thanks!

Babblespeak
Babblespeak

I’ve never had a problem getting the Amex credit for gratuities, drink packages, excursions, etc. Just as long as they code as being made through Royal pre cruise, it should trigger the credit.

Jack
Jack

1. I’ve never used a cruise line specific offer, but I’ve purchased $500 in On Board Credit, under a broader offer, which triggered the $100 credit.

2. Charges are ran through the cruise line. The only thing that could be charged to the travel agent is a service or cancellation fee, or if you chose their private excursions or travel insurrance.

3. Most people prefer Costco. I would also check cruise.com or Vacations To Go, sometimes they have insider deals, and do work with the Amex Platinum.

vips
vips

Will costco travel purchase stack with this Amex offer?

Greg
Greg

travel agent deals will stack, but unless I am mistaken I think costco is a moot point since they do not take amex.

SB
SB

Got it, thanks everyone!

Lou
Lou

Well, the offer is there, but it’s only for spending $500 get back $200… Dang it!.. How will I get rid of my mother in Law with this offer being low! LOL