TRAVEL HACKING 101: CRUISES
Travel hacking for cruises is a little more difficult than flights and hotels. It’s not more difficult technically, there are just less options out there. First thing is to say “No” to cruise line credit card offers in general. They are weak compared to other offers you can get like the ones I’ll outline below.
This card is similar to the Elite version listed below, but with no annual fee and with a lower bonus. You get 20,000 points for $1,000 spent within the first 90 days. 20,000 miles will likely not get you a free cruise so if at all possible go for the World Elite card listed below.
This rewards card makes it easy to earn a free cruise. The deal is this: Spend $3,000 on the card within 90 days and earn 40,000 miles. The nice thing about the Barclay cards is that you can use the points for partial credit towards a cruise. So if a cruise costs $600 and you only have 40,000 points then you can just pay any difference in cash as opposed to not being able to spend any of your points until you have enough.
If you already have one of the Barclay Arrival cards, your next best bet is signing up for the Capital One Venture Rewards credit card for their signup bonus of 40,000 miles.If you spend $3,000 in 90 days you will earn 40,000 bonus miles.
If you’re not interested in getting credit cards to get cheap or free cruises, you do have more options! It may not be travel hacking as much as tips to spend the least amount possible on cruises.
Cruises are great, but the least expensive ones will likely be the smaller ships without a lot of extra amenities. Most people don’t have that samurai discipline to not buy the cruise ship extras so plan on spending at least an extra $100 at some point. Happy Cruising!