THANKS for the information, Luanne. Hopefully, the new owners will do a better job than the old ones. We quit using the card. We'll wait and see if anyone who is still using it, gets any better results. Then, maybe, we'll use it again.
I think they are up to old tricks. This comany is the same as the other one, only sister company. I guess we aren't suppose to know that, because they trust we don't read the fine print. I guess we can only stand by and see.
Unless the Credit Card company changes the fact that you still have to use the ICE agents to book, it doesn't matter what "credit card" name is on the card... I'm done!!
COMPLETES THE FLEET
If it is Carnival and it floats....we have sailed it!
Hubby ... DIAMOND (every ship except the Carnivale)
Me ... DIAMOND (every ship starting with the Tropicale)
20 year old son ... DIAMOND (every ship starting with the Tropicale...he is the only DOUBLE Milestone under the age of 21)
24 year old son ... DIAMOND
I am done too, and this happened today. I get a call, but because it was blocked on ID, I don't answer. They leave a message that says that it is the bank (Juniper) and there is a problem with one of my transactions. I call back, and a lady that barely speaks English asked me for SS# and bank info. I tell her that they called me, and that I am smart enough to know that they should have that info. After 10 or more minutes, I tell her to not tell me anything about my account, but to tell me if there is a problem. She finally admits that what I received was a sales call, and she would take me off their sales list. I didn't ask her to. I smell deception. Need to make your sales call, then tell them anything to get them to call back. I don't need them, but they need me.
I would not advice anyone to get this card. I have done a little bit of investigating this weekend, and nothing has changed. Still owned by the same company, just a different name. I was hoping it was a new company who would see that the travel agent part was messed up, and clean that part up. I also realized that if I use the credit cards where you get money back, I could use that money for trips, and use the TA I wanted. That;s a win win situation.
I learned long ago that the Carnival card is a major bait and switch program. I have numerous stories to back up that statement.
If you really want a card that has value you'll have to go the NCL card.
With theirs you accumulate points (3/$100). When you reach 500 points ($17,000 in charges) you request a certificate which is a $500 gift certificate used toward any NCL cruise. You book it with whomever you choose and there are no restrictions whatsoever! A much better deal. Of course, if you're a Carnival devotee it won't be your thing, but it is very straightforward and I appreciate that in today's world.
As a further side note, when I was attempting to redeem SeaMiles points one day, the agent told me that Carnival didn't own SeaMiles, the travel agency Our Vacation Center owns it and has a deal with Carnival to use their name or some such foolishness. It didn't make a lot of sense to me that Carnival would allow such a slipshod organization to use their name but I think another vacation club did the same thing in the past.
I redeemed my last points (finally!) for a cruise in February but quit using the card a year ago when I figured their scam out.