Carnival Funpoints will have the best value when redeemed as a statement credit towards Carnival purchases. You can get up to 1.5 cents per point based on the Carnival net purchase amount meaning that 10,000 FunPoints can be worth as much as $150 in cruise value.
Here's the breakdown on how much FunPoints are worth:
|Redemption value in cents
|Carnival net purchases of $1,500 to $5,000
|Carnival net purchases of $50 to $1,499.99
|Transactions made with other World's Leading Cruise Lines
|Airline and hotel statement credits
Carnival purchases: 1 to 1.5 cents per FunPoint.
You can get the best value out of your FunPoints by redeeming them for purchases made with Carnival. You'll get either 1 cent or 1.5 cents per point based on the net cost of your Carnival purchase.
|Carnival net purchase
|FunPoints value in cents
|$50 - $1,499.99
|$1,500 - $5,000
Due to the big difference in value, you'll want to be extra careful when redeeming your FunPoints. If you redeem your FunPoints for net purchases with Carnival that range from $1,000 to $1,499.99, you'll be shooting yourself in the foot.
This is because redeeming FunPoints for a $1,000 net purchase would cost you 100,000 FunPoints... the same cost for a $1,500 net purchase!!
- $1,000 Purchase: Redeem 100,000 FunPoints for 1 cent in value per point.
- $1,500 Purchase: Redeem 150,000 FunPoints for 1.5 cents in value per point.
Why make $1,000 in net purchases with Carnival for 100,000 FunPoints when you make $1,500 in net purchases with Carnival for the same 100,000 FunPoints?
In conclusion, if you end up passing $1,000 in net purchases, splurge until you hit $1,500.
Purchases with other cruise lines: 1 cent per FunPoint.
In addition to being able to redeem Carnival FunPoints for Carnival Cruises, you can also redeem your points on the other nine cruise lines that are part of World's Leading Cruise Lines. This includes:
- P&O Australia
- P&O Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Holland America Line
Redeeming your FunPoints on these nine cruise lines will always give you a value of 1 cents per FunPoint no matter the cost. This means every 5,000 FunPoints redeemed with World's Leading Cruise Lines is equal to $50 in value.
This can be useful if you're trying to shave off the cost of your cruise ticket on a partner cruise line.
Do note that both Princess Cruises and Holland America Line also have their own co-branded cruise line credit cards (but don't bother as they don't offer much).
Airfare redemptions: 0.9 cents per FunPoint.
FunPoints can be redeemed as a statement credit to pay for airfare at a value of 0.9 cents per point. Every 5,000 FunPoints redeemed for airfare will give you $45 in flight value.
Hotel redemptions: 0.9 cents per FunPoint.
FunPoints can be redeemed as a statement credit to pay for hotels at a value of 0.9 cents per point. Every 5,000 FunPoints redeemed for bookings will give you $45 in hotel value.
Gift card redemptions: 0.75 cents per Funpoint.
FunPoints can be redeemed for gift cards and certificates. Redemptions start at 3,300 FunPoints for a $25 denomination which gives FunPoints a value of 0.75 cents each.
If you're looking to earn gift cards from reward programs, FunPoints are not going to get you the best value. You would be better off with a cash back credit card since cash back earned can be redeemed at an even ratio of 1 cent for 1 cent.
FunPoints Value Calculator
Use the Carnival FunPoints Value Calculator to determine the cash value of FunPoints based on the redemption options listed. You can enter any amount of FunPoints in the field below.
|Average Dollar Value
|$1,500 - $5,000 Carnival redemptions
|$50 to $1,499.99 Carnival redemptions
|Other World's Leading Cruise Line redemptions
|Airline and hotel redemptions
|Gift cards and certificates
FunPoints Needed For Free Cruise
Use our calculator to find out how many FunPoints you will need for a free Carnival Cruise based on the cost in cash.
|Needed for free cruise:
The drawback to the FunPoints program is that it takes a long time to build up your rewards due to only earning 1 FunPoint per $1 spent on most purchases. In order to build up enough points to pay for a $700 cruise, you would need 70,000 FunPoints which will require a minimum of $70,000 in spend!!!
If you want to earn rewards redeemable towards Carnival and other cruise lines in half the time, the best rewards program for doing so will be the Capital One Venture Rewards & Spark Rewards programs.
Venture miles and Spark miles can be redeemed for 1 cent in value towards any kind of travel. This includes cruises, airfare, hotels, parking, tolls, car rentals, and much more. This gives you the flexibility to use your points how you want to.
On top of that, the intro bonuses for these credit cards can be as high as 75,000 miles which is equal to $750 in value towards Carnival or any other kind of travel. That's significantly more than what the Carnival World Mastercard offers.
I highly recommend checking out the credit cards offered in the Venture Rewards & Spark Rewards program if you're looking to build enough rewards to earn at least one to two free cruises annually.
What are Carnival FunPoints?
Carnival FunPoints is the rewards currency of Carnival Cruise Line.
How do I earn Carnival FunPoints?
Carnival FunPoints are earned for every eligible dollar spent on the Carnival World Mastercard.
What are the benefits of Carnival FunPoints?
Carnival FunPoints allows you to wipe out the cost of Carnival purchases made to a Carnival World Mastercard. This can help shave down the cost of a cruise or pay for a cruise entirely.
How much are Carnival FunPoints worth?
FunPoints are worth between 0.75 cents and 1.5 cents each based on the redemption. Redeeming towards Carnival net purchases of $1,500 or more will give you the best value of 1.5 cents per FunPoint.
How much are 10,000 FunPoints worth?
10,000 FunPoints are worth $150 when redeemed as a statement credit towards Carnival net purchases of $1,500+ and $100 when redeemed as a statement credit towards Carnival net purchases of $50 to $1,499.99.
What can you use Carnival FunPoints on?
Carnival FunPoints can be used toward Carnival purchases, purchases made with World's Leading Cruse Lines, airline tickets, hotel redemptions, gift cards & certificates, and on-board gifts.
Are Carnival FunPoints worth earning?
Carnival FunPoints are only useful for those who spend a large sum of money directly with Carnival and their cruise line partners. If this is not the case, the Carnival FunPoints program will be far from the best option.
How many Carnival FunPoints do you need for a free cruise?
The amount of FunPoints will vary. If your cruise is less than $1,500, divide the cost by 0.01 to find out how many FunPoints you will need. If it's $1,500 or more, divide by 0.015. For example, you will need 70,000 FunPoints for a $700 cruise ($700 / 0.01 = 70,000).