November 14, 2018
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Gift Cards

So you want to save a little bit of money on your cruise? How about 10% on the total cruise far and whatever you spend on board? The easiest way to do this is to buy discounted gift cards through the rewards programs. There are 3 different ways to get these discounts

American Express

While this isn’t a gift card, AmEx will give you $100 off of $500+ spent on Carnival cruises. Now I personally have no experience with this but have read about it on numerous cruise websites. I don’t have an AmEx card but if you do, you may want to check into this.

Allstate Rewards

If you download the Allstate Drivewise app and sign up for an account, you can get 10% off of gift cards. By having the app you can accumulate points quickly. You purchase a $100 gift card for $90 or a $500 gift card for $450. You can apply these gift cards toward your cruise fare, on board spending, beverage packages, fun shops purchases, Pixels packages, spa, excursions, gratuities, anything Carnival offers. You do not need to be an Allstate customer to get these.

AARP Rewards for Good

You do not have to be old enough for AARP nor do you have to be an AARP member. Anyone can sign up for an account. You can earn points by signing up for their emails, doing surveys/quizzes, etc. The easiest way I’ve found is to do the quizzes. You do not need to read them or get the questions correct. Just click on different things until you’ve gone through the quiz. You can do this in seriously under about 15 seconds. Just click through. Once you complete a quiz, you earn points. You need to have 1,000 points to buy the $100 gift cards and 5,000 points to buy the $500 gift cards.  You purchase a $100 gift card for $90 or a $500 gift card for $450. You can apply these gift cards toward your cruise fare, on board spending, beverage packages, fun shops purchases, Pixels packages, spa, excursions, gratuities, anything Carnival offers.

Here’s a step by step tutorial on how to do this.

Step 1

Go to the AARP Rewards for Good website at https://www.aarp.org/rewards-for-good/ and register for an account.

Step 2

Earn some points by clicking on the “Start Earning Points” link in the center of the page.

Step 3

Once you’ve accumulated enough points (1,000 for a $100 gift card, 5,000 for a $500 gift card) then you’re ready to buy gift cards.

Step 4

Click on “Redeem My Points” in the middle of the screen.

Step 5

Click on “Travel” under the Gift Cards menu.

Step 6

Find the Carnival gift card denomination you wish to purchase. Then click “Add to card” – If you want an eCard, click “More Details” then select EMAIL as your delivery method.

Step 7

Finish the check-out process by entering your name, address, email, phone number and credit card information.

IMPORTANT DELIVERY INFORMATION

If you order a regular gift card, it will be shipped to you via the United States Postal Service.

If you order $500 or more in regular gift cards, it will be shipped to you via UPS and will require a signature so keep this in mind.

If you order eGift cards, they are emailed to you within about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on your junk/spam/promotions folder because these emails have been known to go there.

If you pay for something with a gift card and then cancel your order, your money is refunded to you via another gift card that will be shipped to you from Carnival via FedEx regardless of the denomination.