Take a Cruise With 70,000 Chase Points From the Ink Plus Card Bonus

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The way to get flights and hotel stays with Chase Ultimate Rewards points is to transfer them to partner airlines and hotels.

But what if you’d like to take a cruise?  Is it worth using your points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel portal?

Take A Cruise With 70,000 Chase Points From The Ink Plus Card Bonus

Sail Away With 70,000 Chase Ultimate Reward Points!

You can use Chase Ultimate Rewards points for more than just airlines and hotels.  They are also great for booking rental cars and cruises!

How to Book a Cruise With Chase Ultimate Rewards

You can redeem the Chase Ink Plus 70,000 sign-up bonus for cruises at 1.25 cents per point.  Booking is easy, but you can’t do it online!  You’ll have to call to make your reservations.

Note:   The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point bonus offer ends on October 19, 2014.

Take A Cruise With 70,000 Chase Points From The Ink Plus Card Bonus

Call 866-951-6592 to Book Your Cruise Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

You can pay for the entire trip with points or you can pay a portion with points and the rest with your credit card.

If you use a credit card, remember the Chase Sapphire Preferred counts cruises as travel.  So you will earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent.

And when cruising to foreign countries, you won’t have to pay foreign transaction fees when you shop with the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Plus!

How Much Can You Save?

If you book a $600 cruise through Chase Ultimate Rewards, it would cost 48,000 points.  But if you paid for the cruise on another site and then redeemed your points for a $600 statement credit, it would cost 60,000 points.

So you will save 20% on your cruise by booking directly instead of using your points for a statement credit.

However, you will really only save 20% if Chase Ultimate Rewards charges the same price for cruises as you can find on other sites.  So I did some digging to find out…

1.   4 Night Bahamas Cruise

A 4 night cruise for 2 in an ocean view room costs ~$705 through Priceline.  If you used your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for a statement credit to cover this cost, you would need 70,500 points.

Take A Cruise With 70,000 Chase Points From The Ink Plus Card Bonus

Priceline Charges ~$705 for a Cruise to the Bahamas

Chase Ultimate Rewards charges the same price for this trip, which means it will cost ~56,400 Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  That’s a 20% discount!

You’ll also get the added bonus of a $25 on-board credit when you book with Chase.

Take A Cruise With 70,000 Chase Points From The Ink Plus Card Bonus

Book Your Cruise With Chase Ultimate Rewards to Save 20% and Get a $25 Credit to Use During Your Trip

2.   4 Day Pacific Coast Cruise

You could also take a 4 day cruise for 2 from San Diego to Vancouver.

Take A Cruise With 70,000 Chase Points From The Ink Plus Card Bonus

A 4 Day Trip Up the Pacific Coast Is ~$847 When Booked Directly Through Holland America

You can use ~84,700 Chase Ultimate Rewards points as a statement credit to cover the cost of your trip.

However, if you booked the same trip with Chase Ultimate Rewards you could save some points!  The cash price for this cruise is also ~$847.  But when you book with Chase your points are worth 1.25 cents per point so it will only cost you ~67,760 points.

No on-board credits were offered with this cruise.

3.   4 Day Cruise to Baja Peninsula

A 4 day cruise for 2 to Baja, Mexico on Carnival Cruise Lines costs ~$774 when you book through Travelocity.  You could redeem 77,400 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for $774 statement credit to pay for this cruise.

Take A Cruise With 70,000 Chase Points From The Ink Plus Card Bonus

Travelocity Charges ~$774 for a Cruise to Mexico

This cruise will cost the same if you book through Chase Ultimate Rewards, but you will save points.  That’s because it will only cost you 61,920 points.  This is 15,480 points (20%) cheaper than booking through Travelocity (77,400 points for a statement credit – 61,920 points booked through Chase).

You also be able to get on-board credits depending on when you book the trip.

Take A Cruise With 70,000 Chase Points From The Ink Plus Card Bonus

Cruise to Baja With 61,920 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Bottom Line

You can use the Chase Ink 70,000 point sign-up bonus towards a cruise for 2 to the Bahamas, the Baja Pennisula, or Vancouver.

You can redeem the points for cash back to cover the cost of the trip.  But you will save 20% if you book directly through Chase Ultimate Rewards by calling 866-951-6592

In addition to the points you will save booking your cruise with Chase, you may also get on-board credits that you won’t find booking on other sites.

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7 responses to “Take a Cruise With 70,000 Chase Points From the Ink Plus Card Bonus

  1. There should be a disclosure that this is a terrible way to redeem valuable UR points….

  2. I think one can find cheaper rates from 3rd party Cruise Line agencies (vs. Priceline or Travelocity). Did you try Cruise Compete? Still a useful article.

  3. I too wondered about this, but since they don’t have any online pricing, I presumed they were expensive. CruCon and other cruise sellers offer much better pricing than Travelocity. Do you think that UR cruises uses Travelocity as their booking engine? did you find any fares with a difference on the face value?…It may be a low price redemption, but there are few ways to get a cruise with points.

  4. What good would cheaper rates be from Priceline or Travelocity if the intent is to pay with points?

    BbHorn, why is this a terrible way to redeem points?

    I’ve been collecting points and miles for a long time. My goal is to travel for as little as possible. On our last trip to Spain and Portugal, we used UR points to “pay” for all expenses that could not be covered by program points/miles including train tickets, museum admissions, food, souveniers and also the taxes/security fees associated with our airline tickets. I charged them to my Sapphire Card and used the “pay with points” feature that only netted me 1 cent per point. Is this a “terrible” use of points? Not to me as I have hundreds of thousands of UR points and continually earn them (as well as airline miles and assorted hotel points.) My goal is NOT to use cash. The “value” of the trip was close to $32K and we paid almost nothing in out of pocket cash.

  5. @Bbhorn, I agree this is not a good use of points unless one is points rich and has no better options. MMS is just trying to sell more credit cards. Expect a post every day on the Ink Plus until Chase pulls the affiliate links.

  6. I really don’t think this is just an attempt to hawk credit cards. I’ve never got that feeling from Darius. He’s always been pretty transparent and honest with his posts.

    There are really not that many ways to use points for cruises so those who love to cruise and use their points to do so may not always get the best redemption values due to this lack of options. I’ll most likely be using my UR points on our next cruise, but if it helps me reduce or eliminate my out of pocket spend it’s a good use for me. I’m sure everyone has different opinions, but as long as we’re traveling it’s a win!

  7. Can someone recommend a specific agent at Chase Ultimate Awards cruise bookings that I could phone directly? I have found the agents to be less than knowledgable about cruise ships, being particularly out of the loop when it comes to small boutique cruise lines (some of which, such as Ponant, they will not book even though the cruise line is in fact supported by SignatureTravel, the consortium that Chase’s partner agency uses.