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As per the title, I just went to my account to see if Carnival gift cards were available (they are at the moment) and there's an announcement about the SMART REWARDS program being discontinued. Please see your account for the details.

 

Points will not be transferrable to their new program so use them while you got 'em! I think they're usable through the month of October.

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Thanks for the heads up! I was saving those and using the Drivewise points for cards. Looks like I've got to change that plan.

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Everyone is lucky except me. I've been with Verizon since 2013 and not one time was I ever able to get a Carnival card.

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Figures I didn't even know about the gift cards through Verizon until after I'd paid for the cruise. I have 357,180 smart rewards hahaha. Oh well.

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You can use them on board as well, that is what we did. So try to snatch some up....you have until 10/31 I believe.

 

Figures I didn't even know about the gift cards through Verizon until after I'd paid for the cruise. I have 357,180 smart rewards hahaha. Oh well.

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Don't know if Verizon might still offer gift cards with their new rewards program, they're changing the structure of it (you earn one point per $300 spent).

 

In my opinion this is just Verizon changing their system and has nothing to do with the gift cards themselves, so I doubt the other companies that offer them will be affected.

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I know and have some stashed for our cruise in a few weeks but I have enough points to buy a whole lot more :) :D

 

You can use them on board as well, that is what we did. So try to snatch some up....you have until 10/31 I believe.

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Verizon Up is only available through the My Verizon app. It only costs one credit per reward.

 

If you sign up for their new rewards program, it says you have to sign up for Verizon Selects as well(give them permission to track everything you do with your smartphone). I joined and then immediately opted out of Verizon Selects. It didn't kick me out of the program. Hopefully I will still earn credits.

 

They had the same requirement for Smart Rewards, and I opted out of Verizon Selects then too. I still earned points every month, just not as many.

 

They are giving you one reward credit just for joining. It expires in 60 days. The rewards refresh at the beginning of every month. The current rewards are:

 

•20% off 10 Uber rides in one month

•1GB of bonus data

•3 months of HBO NOW

•$10 toward a new device

•$25 off $75 or more at Boxed

•$5 Starbucks gift card

•One(?) set of 2 "Super Tickets" to various events(sports, concerts, Broadway, etc.)

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Verizon Up is only available through the My Verizon app. It only costs one credit per reward.

 

If you sign up for their new rewards program, it says you have to sign up for Verizon Selects as well(give them permission to track everything you do with your smartphone). I joined and then immediately opted out of Verizon Selects. It didn't kick me out of the program. Hopefully I will still earn credits.

 

They had the same requirement for Smart Rewards, and I opted out of Verizon Selects then too. I still earned points every month, just not as many.

 

They are giving you one reward credit just for joining. It expires in 60 days. The rewards refresh at the beginning of every month. The current rewards are:

 

•20% off 10 Uber rides in one month

•1GB of bonus data

•3 months of HBO NOW

•$10 toward a new device

•$25 off $75 or more at Boxed

•$5 Starbucks gift card

•One(?) set of 2 "Super Tickets" to various events(sports, concerts, Broadway, etc.)

 

Thanks for posting this, I hadn't had a chance to do my homework yet. Not terribly impressed with the choices of rewards, so far at least :cool:

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I have been considering switching from Verizon to another cell phone provider, but I really liked being able to buy Carnival gift cards. I guess now I can dump Verizon.

 

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I have been considering switching from Verizon to another cell phone provider, but I really liked being able to buy Carnival gift cards. I guess now I can dump Verizon.

 

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I don't know how I feel I about the new program. I wasn't using my Verizon points because I liked seeing that big balance get bigger. I used AARP points to get Carnival gift cards.

 

My thoughts on the current rewards available from the new program:

 

•Uber discount: I don't use Uber.

•Bonus Data: It will be useful for me when my next cycle starts on 8/14. I am going to Disney World in September, and the wifi isn't always reliable.

•HBO NOW: I don't care about Game of Thrones.

•New device dollars: I just bought an unlocked phone directly from the manufacturer. I refuse to do a device payment plan. I want to own my phone outright from the start.

•Boxed: It is a coupon that can usually be found elsewhere for free.

•Starbucks: Spending $300 and only getting $5 is stupid. That is only one drink.

•Super Tickets: I can't sit through an entire game/match/meet of most sports. I like very few actively touring singers enough to go to a concert. I don't have much interest in Broadway. I do want to see the Lion King though.

 

 

 

I won't be switching since Verizon has good service in Baton Rouge during a hurricane and the days after. During Gustav, my parents were on Verizon, and I was on AT&T. My parents had service. I didn't.

 

During and after the flood in August 2016, every carrier except AT&T had service. AT&T has the worst infrastructure in Baton Rouge, and they take their sweet time to fix it.

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Well that is disappointing. I used them for pretty much every Carnival cruise over the last few years and I had enough points built up to last for life. My last cruise I paid for everything from the fare, gratuities and Cheers with it; saved 10% across the board on the cruise.

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Well that is disappointing. I used them for pretty much every Carnival cruise over the last few years and I had enough points built up to last for life. My last cruise I paid for everything from the fare, gratuities and Cheers with it; saved 10% across the board on the cruise.

 

Same here........but for now at least, there's still AARP (you don't have to be a senior to join their Rewards for Good program), Citibank, Allstate and another one I can't think of?

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Does anyone have any experience having (private) trip cancellation or trip interruption insurance paying claims when the non-refundable charges were paid for with gift cards?

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Thanks for the heads up OP.

I'm going to miss the Smart Rewards program just because of the discount gift cards!

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Thanks for the heads up. I was planning on paying off my 2 cruises in Nov. But bought the gift cards now and paid them off. We were planning on switching phone plans anyway....so now we can say goodbye to Verizons high prices. We only kept them because of the Carnival gift cards.

 

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I have a zillion points but do not use them for Carnival cards....I think it's a horrible deal anyway,...90.00 for a 100.00 card

 

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I don't see how a built-in 10% discount over and above whatever deal you're able to make with your travel agent is a horrible deal, except for the fact that whatever you pay with gift cards does not seem to be insurable with trip insurance.

 

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It is/was a pretty worthless program. I've used some points for local dining, entertainment and a few gift cards but have found that most of the stuff is just a way to get you to spend money. Most of the restaurants are ones that are trying to drum up business and not too great, or they are fast food types of businesses.

 

I've used about 100,000 points but still have over 300,000 and can't find anything else I want.

 

I really won't miss the program and perhaps the new one will be actually worthwhile.

 

Take care,

Mike

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I have a zillion points but do not use them for Carnival cards....I think it's a horrible deal anyway,...90.00 for a 100.00 card

 

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To each their own, but it adds up! I'm saving over $250 on a Jr Suite next year, works for me!

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To each their own, but it adds up! I'm saving over $250 on a Jr Suite next year, works for me!

exactly! i have saved over a thousand dollars the last 2 years using the gift cards i buy from verizon. my next cruise in March is over $5,000 just for the booking of the 2 rooms for my kids and us. i have been buying gift cards for the final payment that will save me $500. not to mention i will have gift cards to put towards my on board account. that doesn't sound like a horrible deal to me. it will be missed

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I'm personally going to miss it, especially since they recently added the electronic version of the gift cards where you don't have to wait for UPS and sign. I had a $500 card from Verizon go missing in the UPS system a couple of years ago, and it took forever to get it straightened out, so I had shyed away and had been using AARP rewards until the electronic cards appeared on Verizon rewards. It was 10% of my cruise, a little at a time, plus bonus cards for on-board use. Win! From what I've seen of the "new" revamped program, I don't think it's going to be of any use for me. If we didn't get a discount through Verizon through DH's work, I'd probably switch to Sprint. DH says Verizon's service is way better in our area, though...so we'll have to wait and see.

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I have used the Verizon gift cards for Carnival cruises and cruise expenses several times and the savings were substantial. Have also used them for several restaurants. From what I can see, however, I am not impressed with the new Verizon program to replace it. First of all, it is rather secretive when you call Verizon to see exactly what it will be. If you ask if the same gift cards will be offered, they say "not quite". You lose all your points in about 2 months and I have about 200,000. Also seems like you earn less points with the new program than you now do.

 

I get the impression Verizon is unhappy with the current program but I don't know if it is because too many gift cards were being sold or if it is the other way and they want less gift cards sold. I guess we will learn shortly. Strange part of this scenario is that Verizon was the one that kept sending E-mails to me to use the program

 

There is the AARP alternative but you earn less points with them and I doubt their program will remain the same once the new Verizon program begins. In the end, this change will not be good for us.

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So far I'm not impressed with what I've read about Verizon's new program either. And earning 1 point per $300 spent and then getting a $5 Starbucks gift card? Really? Hopefully AARP, Citibank, Allstate, etc will continue to offer the discounted Carnival gift cards....

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The earnings rate looks horrible, and the first set of rewards are lackluster. The program is only available through the My Verizon app. It will take me three months to earn one credit, but you only need one credit(point) to get a reward.

 

They give you one credit just for signing up. There are new rewards at the beginning of each month. I will be using the free credit to get 1 GB of data. Disney World wifi isn't always adequate.

 

Just remember to opt out of Verizon Selects after joining if you don't want Verizon tracking everything you do with your smartphone. I opted out, but I wasn't kicked out of the program. Hopefully I will still earn credits. The terms say you have to join Verizon Selects to join the new program. Smart Rewards had the same requirement. I opted out then too.

 

 

Also, consider joining AARP even if you aren't 50+. Any adult can join. People under 50 can get an associate membership. The only things that I know you won't be eligible for are their insurance products. You will be eligible for all of the discounts(travel, dining, retail, etc). So you can get discounts on pre and post cruise hotels, car rentals, some flights(book with a British Airways flight number), and at restaurants in whatever US port city you are in.

 

I will be saving $6.86 on a 1 night stay at a MCO hotel in September and $31.19 on a 3 night stay in New Orleans in January.

 

You have to call their 1-800 number to get an associate membership. It is supposed to cost $12 per year(that may be changing). The rep tried to charge me the full $16 per year, but gave me the first year for $12 after I said that I had read it was $12.

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I didn't see this this thread earlier so I created a thread about this. My two cents here is that the new program is surely going to be watered down to almost nothing of what it is now. I normally wait to pay off cruises but in this instance I have paid off two rooms for Nov of next year, saving 400 dollars of my cost of about 4000 dollars. Some out here complain that the current program is a waste of time. To me saving 400 dollars is anything but a waste of time :p. Coke rewards used to have a decent little program where one could earn things. Then they changed it and now it is all sweepstakes entries and I fear that is where Verizon is going with this, along with some really small rewards like the 5 dollar starbucks cards. I have saved around a 1000 dollars with this program and am going to miss it.

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For those who wish to purchase cards, the 100 plastic ones as well as 100 and 500 e cards are currently available. I just snagged 5 x 500 for our 2020 or 2021 LNG cruise.

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my cruise is paid for, can i use the gift cards to transfer money to the casino? what happens if i have some left over?

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my cruise is paid for, can i use the gift cards to transfer money to the casino? what happens if i have some left over?

 

Just have it applied to your account when you board, either at check-in or at Guest Services. It depends on the amount of credit you have left, I have received checks in the mail for up to $40. Their rules say money will be refunded in the form of a gift card but maybe if it's $100 plus? Not sure.....

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Do the gift card you buy through Verizon have an expire ration date we don't cruise until June 18, 2018

 

 

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There is no expiration date for Carnival gift cards. I have bought Carnival gift cards for cruises in 2018 and 2019.

 

 

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Do the gift card you buy through Verizon have an expire ration date we don't cruise until June 18, 2018

 

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There is no expiration date so I am assuming they don't expire at all. My cruise is Nov of next year but I went ahead and paid it off now to get the $400 dollar savings from the Verizon cards.

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They don't expire. You can put them on your sail and sign and then pull the $ out by loading it on one of the slot machines. And then cash out and take your ticket to the casino cashier (and there are no fees).

 

On our last cruise we didn't realize we had a larger balance and about 3 weeks after we returned, Carnival sent us a refund card (about $300).

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