Use Your Elite Status To Get A Free Cruise

Carnvial Cruises has an elite status match program. They will match against casino loyalty programs, because they want big gamblers on their ships. And the offer even includes free cruises (no actual gambling required when you’re on board).

How many Caesars Total Rewards Diamond members are there who have been matched from Wyndham Rewards (a built-in feature of the program)? And how many of those got their Wyndham Rewards status matched from another hotel program, although recent reports seem to be that Wyndham isn’t status matching?

How many Caesars Total Rewards Diamond members got their status from an MGM status match and the MGM status you need you can get from linking your Hyatt account. MGM Gold status is given to Hyatt Explorists and Globalists.

Carnival wants the front and back of your loyalty card to show status. For MGM status for instance you generally get that in person at one of their properties. You can submit more than one casino elite status to them.


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The challenging thing is I don’t see on their website what status levels they are interested in, and what tier levels they match against or offer free cruises to. I haven’t submitted this myself yet. I’ll do it for science eventually, but am not big on cruising and if I were going to take a cruise I probably wouldn’t be aiming for Carnival.

Last summer I suggested that vaccine researchers, confident in their progress, might buy cruise stocks since they can’t insider trade their own companies. You can actually buy a cruise line stock for shipboard credit when you sail, too.

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  1. Generally when one has status with one of the ” World’s Leading Cruise Lines”. ie., the Carnival Corporation, your status carries over to all the other lines. Carnival owns AIDA, Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa, AIDA, Cunard, Holland America, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises UK and Seabourn. So this status can be useful. It doesn’t cost anything to do.

  2. They don’t match you to any of their tiers, you are just offered free balcony room for two. I matched about a month ago.

  3. @JohnB – I have Carnival Platinum status from actually going on cruises, and I’ve never heard of a reciprocity status program between Carnival’s brands. If you have a link, I’d love to see it.

  4. They didn’t “match” me to anything but after submitting Mlife Gold and Caesars Diamond (you can click “add another”) they emailed me with a free interior room for two plus taxes, with a $100 per person deposit which is returned as an onboard credit. So not exactly free. But not bad.

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