I have applied for this credit card. One of its promotions is 15,000 points with first qualifying purchase. What is a qualifying purchase. Also, if I book my cruise through an agent do I get the double points? What other advantages have you found using this card?
Go here and read the terms and conditions link. The bonus points are awarded if you use the card to buy something or get a cash advance within the first two billing cycles.
The card is administered by Bank Of America. I've had one for about 6 months but haven't redeemed any points yet. That is not an especially easy thing to do from what I can tell. You have to order coupons for the points you are redeeming and those coupons have to be submitted at the time of the booking by your agent. At least that is my understanding.
We have used the credit cards for about two years now and had no problems. For every 5,000 points you can get $50 shipboard credit. Just make sure to give yourself enough time to redeem them since it's all done by mail. The certificates only took a few days to get to us, then we signed them and put our cabin number, ship and sailing date on them and mailed them back. It took a few weeks to post, but was all in order when we boarded. There's nothing better than shipboard credit!
RCCL - Song of American
- Seranade (2007)
-Adventure of Seas
NCL - Spirit
Carnival - Spirit
Princess Sapphire (2010)
The only time you get the double points is when you book a cruise. Sometimes when some of my family member take a cruise the same time as we do, I put their cruise on my card and they pay me. That helps get the points I need for a free cruise.