American AAdvantage Partners with Carnival Corp.

October 8, 2002

Want another way to rack up frequent flier miles? Check out American Airlines AAdvantage's new partnership with The World's Leading Cruise Lines -- also known as the family-of-Carnival. The program, which involves all of the Carnival companies -- Carnival, Costa, Windstar, Seabourn, Holland America, and Cunard -- is pretty straightforward. Buy a trip through AAdvantage Cruises and you get a varying number of frequent flier miles. For Carnival Corp. -- whoops -- The World's Leading Cruise Lines, the appeal of the partnership is an opportunity to reach out to one of the airline industry's largest passenger bases, not to mention a new sales venue. American AAdvantage has "offered land packages," says World's Leading Cruise Line's Vice President Lynn Torrent, "but did not have a cruise presence."

How does it work?  Sailings of 1 - 5 days automatically earn the program's minimum --1,500 advantage points. Trips that last 13 or more nights get the maximum - 10,000. Anybody who books a cruise through AAdvantage Cruises between now and December 31, 2002 gets a 5,000 mile bonus.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the program is that the points are awarded solely based on days sailed -- a weeklong cruise on the more expensive Seabourn, for instance, would earn the very same number of frequent flier miles as a 7-day Caribbean bargain on Carnival. Travelers must either buy the cruise via AAdvantage Cruises' web site ( or call its toll free number. A third party travel agency actually handles the details once the sale is made. Port fees and taxes are not included in the fares and AAdvantage Cruises tacks on a $15 service fee.

Caveat emptor, however -- you may want to compare AAdvantageCruise's prices -- and decide how much you really are willing to pay for those extra miles. We found, for instance, that a four-day Western Caribbean cruise on Carnival's Fascination, departing January 13, was selling for "as-low-as" $269 on the AAdvantage Cruises -- and $155 on