Sailing the ocean on a cruise vacation can be very affordable, but adding flights and hotels can quickly double or triple costs. However, if you utilize cruise points and miles to reduce those costs, you can save money and get upgraded amenities.
Using points and miles for a cruise vacation is tricky when you’re trying to reduce the cost of the cruise itself.
Cruise lines don’t offer miles programs the way airlines and hotels do. Typically, you cannot use your loyalty status as currency. So, my mission has been to focus on using cruise points and miles.
I am so proud of my accomplishment. I’m not a professional traveler, just a regular person who enjoys cruises whenever the opportunity arises.
It was a lot of work learning about points and the hours I spent searching for flights and hotels. But, man, it was worth it! I saved almost $7,000 for a wonderful and memorable trip.
From now on, I will try to use points and miles whenever I travel and I’m committed to finding ways to reduce the cost of cruise travel as well.
If this inspires you to start your own points and miles journey, here’s my advice:
Get started with one card, and if possible, have your spouse or ‘player 2’ get one as well. But don’t dive into the world of points and miles unless you can pay off the card balance every single month.
Let me know in the comments how you’ve used points and miles on your cruise vacations.
I also want to send thanks to Zachary Burr Abel and Julia Menez for all the amazing content they create. I wouldn’t have known how to do this kind of trip on miles and points without them.
Give them a follow if you’d also like to learn how to use miles and points to save money on travel.