Carnival FunPoints MasterCard - Limited time offer: Earn 10,000 bonus 'FunPoints'

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  1. vickers

    vickers Gold Member

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    Received this email yesterday:

    Earn 10,000 bonus "FunPoints".
    It's a great time to enjoy your Carnival™ MasterCard®. Just use your card and spend $500 or more in new purchases each month in August, September and October and you'll earn 10,000 bonus "FunPoints"
    Make all your purchases count. With every purchase you make, you'll be getting closer to the monthly $500 goal and your 10,000 bonus "FunPoints" reward.

    Ive had this card for about 6 months now (10K FunPoints for signing up and no annual fee). We would like to take a Carnival Cruise within the next year or so. When I hit this, that will be 20K FunPoints which can be used to "erase" $200 charged with Carnival on the card.
     
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    CITI had a deal with AA for cruises a few years ago, do a print out if the deal before you board...

    Cruises are great, and their is a blog for Cruise Travelers.

    Book a Chef Table one night, well worth it.,

    Enjoy...http://www.cruisecritic.com
     
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    Actually, you may want to use the card to book a cruise. Many Carnival Cruises are in the range of $499-799 for a basic outside stateroom. Since Carnival and most of the Travel Agencies set it up so that you only have to make the final Payment 75 days out, by booking a January or February Cruise, you can put a $500 deposit down in August, pay a second $500 in September, and the Final Payment in early October. PLUS, you get additional points for booking a Carnival Cruise using the Carnival Master Card.

    So with yur original 10000 points and the bonus 10000 points AND (I think double points) for the $1500 for the cruise fare, you now have $230 to retire some of the cost (or use it as on Board Credit).

    Although personally, I don't think the benefits of the Carnival MasterCard are that great (except for no annual fee) I can usually get AA bonus miles or Delta Bonus Miles or IHG points for booking through their travel agencies. On one cruise I got 50,000 AA miles, plus about 2k SPC because I paid with the SPG card while booking through the AA site. I just wish that Hilton did cruises, although you can uses about 300,000 Hilton Points on a Royal Caribbean Cruise. But that is not really a good exchange either. Best to look for Bonus Points from other sources and pay with an appropriate miles or cash back credit card.
     
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    We use to buy points for the table games with a CC, and cash in our winnings it was an easy way to MS POINTS..

    I am sure that game has been slowed a but,,
     
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    Thanks Mapsmith.

    I have seen those advertisements from United an Marriott cruises. Do you know how the charge comes across if I book through them? If it shows as Carnival I can still use the points to wipe away the charges.

    Great point on the deposit. You are correct, you earn double points on Carnival charges. I know the rewards arent quite as good with this card, but with the 20K FunPoints, its more beneficial to charge to that card. this promotion worked on me. :)
     
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    Vickers, if you book through United Airlines Cruises, But charge it on the Carnival Card it should work. But I have actually no experience with UA or Marriott Cruises. but you will find that most all of the Affinity Cruises are with the Online Travel Agency Cruise One.. You will get the additional bonus points and can use that for On Board Credit anyway. (covers the bar bills)
     
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    Actually it is still there. You put a mile earning Credit Card on the Sign and Sail Account (or whatever they call it on your cruise) to cover any onboard expenses. Then you can tap into that account for table games, slots, purchases, etc. Charged to the Credit Card (even gratuities and bar tips) When you win, you can request Cash or a check. Get home and send it in the Credit Card Company. Miles for gambling. Gotta love it.
     
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    keyword "winnings" ;) but still if you lose, you earn. lol
     
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    awesome. thanks.
     
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    Yeah, I like cruising and am trying to get the best deal on a 20th anniversary Cruise in January. Will probably be on Carnival, although I have enough MyVegas Points for a Royal Caribbean Cruise, too.
     
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    Thats great Mapsmith. we went on one before we had kids, NCL around the Hawaiian islands. Now we have a 4 and 2 year old, and Carnival seems like the best bet, from a cost, location, and kids club perspective. Disney would be awesome, but they are almost double the cost of Carnival.

    We have talked about taking a cruise sometime in the future, but this promotion really started the conversation again.

    Ive been playing MyVegas Blackjack and Slots, and have nearly 80K points. I usually use them for buffet passes but Ill look into the Royal Caribbean redemption too.
     
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    I am up to 720K need 750K
     
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    I normally book through AA for my Royal Caribbean cruises. At least when RC isn't offering me free sailings. If you like to gamble and get up big at the very start of your cruise, you can do quite well. I was up about 4k playing craps and roulette on the first night of a cruise last year and then played pretty much every night the rest of the cruise. Probably looked like I went through over 10k to them when looking at my play. So now I get offered multiple free 7 and 12 night cruises in a balcony room by the casino host and get free drinks while playing which they normally don't do. So now I can save $$$ by not getting the drink package as well.

    Now to just find the time to take advantage of this. Having a baby last winter has slowed down our travel ;)
     
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