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The American Express offer is back...spend $500 for any Carnival Corporation branded cruise and get a $100 statement credit. Offer is good until March 31, 2019.

 

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You have to go to your online account and add the offer. So far the offer is only showing up on our Blue Cash Everyday card but I will keep checking in case it is offered on either our Delta or Hilton AMEX cards. 

 

This offer (or one similar) seems to show up a couple of times a year. We were able to save $900 on our upcoming South America cruise by making payments with different cards.

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I just saw this too, but are already paid in full (and booked through Costco). 

 

Can I take advantage of this by purchasing on board credit and then just cashing out the on board credit at the end of the cruise?

 

Or does it still work to use onboard credit to load a poker pro account and then use that to convert to cash?

 

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Thank you for posting, I was able to add the offer on my SPG Amex card.  very pleased as we weren't able to get the offer the last go-around!

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All though we have AMX credit cards ,we prefer to book using our  Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card ;because we then get Free trip cancellation & free trip interruption insurance + baggage insurance  .We save really big with not having to buy the insurance  . Chase covers us up to a $10000 .00 each trip cost . all we then buy is a supplemental medical & medical evacuation policy at $91  . We are  79 & 80  ,so trip insurance is rather costly with out the Chase  trip insurance benefit .We now can cruise more often :classic_biggrin:

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son of a bitch. 😡

Sorry.

I booked yesterday after checking last weekend for the offer.

 

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1 hour ago, scottee said:

 

Can I take advantage of this by purchasing on board credit and then just cashing out the on board credit at the end of the cruise?

 

 

Doesn’t sound like it. Fine print says “statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is returned/cancelled.”

 

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I just checked amex offers and booked and paid in full yesterday.  Missed this one.

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3 minutes ago, lvz2cruz said:

I just checked amex offers and booked and paid in full yesterday.  Missed this one.

 

Ask whoever you book the cruise through to refund $500 back to your credit card and charge $500 to your AMEX after you add this to your card

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Interesting. My offer is for 10000 Membership Rewards points with a $500 spend. 

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42 minutes ago, ChinaShrek said:

 

Thank you for providing the link.  I was able to add it to my Delta Gold Amex card. 

 

Just curious if anyone has been able to add it to more than one card? I was able to add the offer to both (mine and my husband's) Blue Cash cards. When I tried to use the link above to add it to our Delta AMEX it looked like it was going to work but then I got a message saying "sorry you have already added this to one of your cards." 

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18 minutes ago, AryMay said:

 

Just curious if anyone has been able to add it to more than one card? I was able to add the offer to both (mine and my husband's) Blue Cash cards. When I tried to use the link above to add it to our Delta AMEX it looked like it was going to work but then I got a message saying "sorry you have already added this to one of your cards." 

Their system will allow you to add it to one card per person.   When a person tries to add it to more than one of their cards, the message you saw shows up and the offer cannot be added.  This doesn't just happen with this particular offer. It can happen with something as small as $5 off $20 at Five Guys Burgers & Fries.  They'll sometimes let you double up on 2x points offers, but that's about it.

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42 minutes ago, POA1 said:

Their system will allow you to add it to one card per person.   When a person tries to add it to more than one of their cards, the message you saw shows up and the offer cannot be added.  This doesn't just happen with this particular offer. It can happen with something as small as $5 off $20 at Five Guys Burgers & Fries.  They'll sometimes let you double up on 2x points offers, but that's about it.

 

This is different than before. On a past offer I was able to add it to our three different cards (with 2 cards per account) for a total of 6 offers. 

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2 hours ago, lvz2cruz said:

I paid in full yesterday. Do you think I can use it for onboard account?  

I used the offer on our Holland America cruise last summer, and then when the offer came up again, I used it to buy onboard credit before the cruise and received the $100 credit on my card.

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3 hours ago, boulders said:

Interesting. My offer is for 10000 Membership Rewards points with a $500 spend. 

Don't quite understand why Amex elects to give $100 cash rebate to some and 10k reward points to others? It's the same promo. Why the different treatments?

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2 hours ago, lvz2cruz said:

I paid in full yesterday. Do you think I can use it for onboard account?  

 

Call your TA or PCC and ask them to purchase OBC through their reservation system.  The charge will show up as Holland America Res on your Amex and it will trigger the offer.  If you buy it any other way it will post as Holland America Web and you won’t get it.

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1 hour ago, AryMay said:

 

This is different than before. On a past offer I was able to add it to our three different cards (with 2 cards per account) for a total of 6 offers. 

 

Did you remember to use different logins for each card?

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4 minutes ago, *Miss G* said:

 

Did you remember to use different logins for each card?

 

Yes...I did use different logins. I even switched browsers and tried it on my ipad but same results each time. 

 

Our next cruise is still a very long time away so with any luck the offer will show up again before we have to make final payment.

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10 minutes ago, AryMay said:

 

Yes...I did use different logins. I even switched browsers and tried it on my ipad but same results each time. 

 

Our next cruise is still a very long time away so with any luck the offer will show up again before we have to make final payment.

 

Ahh.  So they must have been reading these threads and shut the back door.  I wondered when it would happen.  Sometimes people say too much online without thinking.

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Can you use this offer when sailing? My cruise is paid for and I am cruising in 2 weeks. 

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44 minutes ago, *Miss G* said:

 

Call your TA or PCC and ask them to purchase OBC through their reservation system.  The charge will show up as Holland America Res on your Amex and it will trigger the offer.  If you buy it any other way it will post as Holland America Web and you won’t get it.

 

18 minutes ago, ss70chev said:

Can you use this offer when sailing? My cruise is paid for and I am cruising in 2 weeks. 

 

No. It needs to post as “Holland America Res”.  See my post above.

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2 hours ago, *Miss G* said:

 

Call your TA or PCC and ask them to purchase OBC through their reservation system.  The charge will show up as Holland America Res on your Amex and it will trigger the offer.  If you buy it any other way it will post as Holland America Web and you won’t get it.

 

I will work on this tomorrow and let you all know what I find out.

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2 hours ago, *Miss G* said:

 

Ahh.  So they must have been reading these threads and shut the back door.  I wondered when it would happen.  Sometimes people say too much online without thinking.

Amx changed the game a few months back.  It eliminated the ability to add these offers to multiple cards.  Worse, it even clawed back some offers that folks added to multiple cards.  

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19 hours ago, mcrcruiser said:

All though we have AMX credit cards ,we prefer to book using our  Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card ;because we then get Free trip cancellation & free trip interruption insurance + baggage insurance  .We save really big with not having to buy the insurance  . Chase covers us up to a $10000 .00 each trip cost . all we then buy is a supplemental medical & medical evacuation policy at $91  . We are  79 & 80  ,so trip insurance is rather costly with out the Chase  trip insurance benefit .We now can cruise more often :classic_biggrin:

If ANY part is covered by your Reserve, the trip is covered.  You can still take advantage of the AMEX offer if you want. 

 

(But an important note of the card’s insurance:  they will NOT pay if it is a pre-existing condition and they don’t have a look back period. If you have ever been treated for something that causes a travel change, it is excluded )

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Thank you.  Have added to my Platinum card and will have TA apply $500 toward the cruise.  My offer is spend $500 get 10.000 points

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On 11/20/2018 at 8:56 PM, *Miss G* said:

 

Call your TA or PCC and ask them to purchase OBC through their reservation system.  The charge will show up as Holland America Res on your Amex and it will trigger the offer.  If you buy it any other way it will post as Holland America Web and you won’t get it.

 

Of note this current offer does NOT specify that bookings can be done through travel professional, whereas some of the previous offers did state that.  I know when I took advantage of this last year, I booked through a 3rd party TA and still got the AmEx Offer.  YMMV  I'm already past final payment, so I think I've missed the boat on this deal.

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Thanks for the info. We were able to add the offer to our Delta Skymiles Amex thru the link helpfully provided upthread.

 

Question: we have a family cruise booked thru a TA for May. We have some money down. Is there any way to make an interim payment and have it count? Must we make all payments thru the TA?

 

TIA!

 

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3 hours ago, Jammu2 said:

Question: we have a family cruise booked thru a TA for May. We have some money down. Is there any way to make an interim payment and have it count? Must we make all payments thru the TA?

 

TIA!

 

Since your booking is with a TA, you must make any payments though that TA. Yes, an interim payment will count. If multiple members of the family have an eligible AMEX card, then each may take advantage of the offer.

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7 hours ago, jb008 said:

 

Of note this current offer does NOT specify that bookings can be done through travel professional, whereas some of the previous offers did state that.  I know when I took advantage of this last year, I booked through a 3rd party TA and still got the AmEx Offer.  YMMV  I'm already past final payment, so I think I've missed the boat on this deal.

Even though it does not specifically say it can be done through a travel professional, it should be not problem as long as the payment shows Holland America. And if you have a TA whose payment shows the agency instead of the cruise line, you should seriously consider getting a different TA.

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Be aware THAT AMEX is now taking away the money if you add the offer to different cards. This is well documented on Flyertalk. Also, if you have an authorized user as well as the regular user, this applies. HOWEVER, the money off and the points off are different offers!! I am lucky enough to have gotten both last time around and this time, although I don't currently have a cruise booked. If both a husband and a wife have separate cards, I think you would be OK. I know this last time by paying with both offers I paid extra, but my TA converted it to shipboard credit. 

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On 11/20/2018 at 12:20 PM, mcrcruiser said:

All though we have AMX credit cards ,we prefer to book using our  Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card ;because we then get Free trip cancellation & free trip interruption insurance + baggage insurance  .We save really big with not having to buy the insurance  . Chase covers us up to a $10000 .00 each trip cost . all we then buy is a supplemental medical & medical evacuation policy at $91  . We are  79 & 80  ,so trip insurance is rather costly with out the Chase  trip insurance benefit .We now can cruise more often :classic_biggrin:

 

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