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Miles For Cruising

Miles for cruising? What? Yep, that’s right.  You can earn airline miles when you cruise.

Simply book your cruise with a participating cruise agency and you’ll earn airline miles.  You’ll earn airline miles on all cabin types from inside to suite.  You get one mile for every dollar spent, including port charges, government fees, and taxes.

Are you sure? Does it work? You bet it does. And you’ll be getting extra miles for something you’re already doing.  I’ve cruised extensively since 1998, but have booked with any of the airline cruise agencies, until a few months ago.  Long story short: the process was simple and the miles posted quickly.  I’ll be posting about my experience using AA Cruises soon.

Here’s a list of participating cruise agencies and current mileage offers:

  • Alaska Airlines Cruises – Alaska Airlines

Offer: 1,500 miles for cruises priced from $0 -$2,999; $5,000 for cruises priced $5,000 or more.  Call 1-800-215-3796 to book.

Special Offer: None

  • AA cruises – American Airlines

Offer: 1 mile for every dollar spent, including port charges, government fees, and taxes

Special Offer: Double miles (2x) when you book a balcony or suite stateroom between April 9, 2012 – May 12, 2012 for all cruises departing before December 31, 2013.

  • Air Canada Expedia Cruise Ship Center – Air Canada

Offer: 1 mile for every dollar spent.

Special Offer: Up to 1,500 miles when you book a Royal Caribbean cruise by April 30, 2012 and sail by December 31, 2012.  (500 miles for oceanview cabin, 1,000 miles for balcony, and 1,500 miles for a suite)

  • Delta Airlines Sky Miles Cruises – Delta Airlines

Offer: Miles vary depending on length of your cruise

Special Offer:  Double miles when you book by April 30, 2012 and sail by December 31, 2012.

Cruise Length: Interior/Oceanview: Balcony/Suite:
1-5 Nights 1,500 Miles 3,000 Miles
6-8 Nights 3,000 Miles 6,000 Miles
9-12 Nights 5,000 Miles 10,000 Miles
13+ Nights 10,000 Miles 20,000 Miles
  • United cruises – United Airlines

Offer: Miles vary depending on length of cruise; bonus miles if you pay with your Mileage Plus visa; bonus miles for balcony and suites.

TRIP LENGTH BASE MILES MILEAGEPLUS VISA CARD DOUBLE MILES BALCONY/SUITE
EXTRA MILES
TOTAL MILES
1-5 Nights 1,500 1,500 1,500 4,500
6-8 Nights 3,000 3,000 3,000 9,000
9-12 Nights 5,000 5,000 5,000 15,000
13+ Nights 10,000 10,000 10,000 30,000

Special Offer: None

  • US Airways Cruises – US Airways

Offer: 1 mile per dollar spent, including port charges, government fees, and taxes

Special Offer:  2 dividend miles for every 1 dollar spent booking an Interior or Oceanview category, or 3 dividend miles for every 1 dollar spent booking a Balcony or Suite category – that’s DOUBLE or TRIPLE Miles!  Book by April 30, 2012 for all sailings departing by December 31, 2012.

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