Cruising with points?

Old Jul 21, 17, 7:30 pm
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Cruising with points?

My wife and I have accumulated a few million points in various airline and bank card programs. Are any - Chase, AmEx, AAdvantage, SPG or others good options to use points to purchase cruises?
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Old Jul 23, 17, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by wetsand View Post
My wife and I have accumulated a few million points in various airline and bank card programs. Are any - Chase, AmEx, AAdvantage, SPG or others good options to use points to purchase cruises?
No one with experience doing this?
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Old Jul 23, 17, 10:22 am
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Not much discussion of cruise redemptions. Most programs which offer the option price it around $0.01 per point, and those same points are worth more if used for airfare.

Have a look at these threads:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...ine-print.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...ly-cruise.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/chase...ly-2015-a.html
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Old Jul 24, 17, 1:20 pm
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Was on a Holland America cruise last week, their credit card from Barclays was horrible, only offers points that can be used on Holland America and only gets 2 points/dollar on Holland America purchases.
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Old Jul 25, 17, 7:10 pm
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cruises in general are of poor redemption value. It is not a bad idea to pay for a cruise with a card that will give you part of your travel back (yearly travel credit for sapphire reserve for instance.) I would definitely check out above. I would certainly look into maybe offsetting travel to the cruise instead. Maybe consider a cruise departing Hawaii for example and use your points for the flights?
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Old Jul 26, 17, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by wetsand View Post
No one with experience doing this?
Can't speak to cruises however I will say that keeping a couple of million miles in the "bank" is not a wise move these days.

Miles/points are kinda like Sushi - they do not get better with age.
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Old Jul 26, 17, 1:20 pm
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Prob. the best way to get value is to use a cashback site to earn cash back from the purchase plus 2% or 3% on the credit card charge as well. Therefore, you're double dipping.
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Old Jul 26, 17, 1:23 pm
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Can't speak to cruises however I will say that keeping a couple of million miles in the "bank" is not a wise move these days.

Miles/points are kinda like Sushi - they do not get better with age.
One of the reasons I am looking to spend them. I think I can use UR points @ 1.5 to 1. I called Chase the other day and I believe that is what they said. Was hoping other FT'ers had done this before and could give some advise or recommendations.
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