Carnival World MasterCard review: terrible, just terrible

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Carnival World MasterCard:

  • Card issuer: Barclays
  • Type: World MasterCard/Platinum MasterCard (automatically considered for lesser Platinum if rejected for World)
  • Sign-up bonus (public):
    • 5,000 “FunPoints®” after first purchase
    • 1 “FunPoint®“/$1 in balance transfers in first 30 days of account opening, maximum 5,000 “FunPoints®
    • Possible same bonus if approved for Platinum Card
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Annual fee waived first year: N/A
  • Additional cardholders: $0
  • Foreign transaction fee: 3%
  • Rental Car Collision Damage Waiver (CDW): Secondary
  • Earning:
    • 2 “FunPoints®“/$1 spent on Carnival purchases
    • 1 “FunPoint®“/$1 everywhere else
  • Redeeming (selected options):
  • Special benefit(s): None
  • Annual benefit(s): None

Review: Terrible, just terrible. Those who practically live on Carnival may eke out value on Carnival purchases. The “FunPoints®” are not only idiotically named but are not part of a true rewards program as Carnival does not have one; this ‘fun’ only exists in the credit card. No annual fee but no special benefits.

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None of the cruise ship cards seems to have any real “value”