I want to buy some shares to get shareholder benefits - how and where to buy?

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Found 24th Jan 2015
I'd like to buy some shares in Carnival so that I can get shareholders benefit when we cruise. I need 100 shares and can afford to buy them and also to "lose" this money if it comes to it. What is the cheapest method to buy, bearing in mind that I will probably keep them long term and will not be trading generally on the stock market? I need to be the named shareholder and don't want to pay fees for years to come. Best solution would seem to be to buy the shares, pay a one-off commission and then just sit on them - but where from?
Any help would be greatly appreciated
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http://www.halifax.co.uk/sharedealing/

make sure you get them in your name not a nominee account.
I've bought with Hargreaves lansdown in the past. They do a one off fee try their site.
dirtypotato

I've bought with Hargreaves lansdown in the past. They do a one off fee … I've bought with Hargreaves lansdown in the past. They do a one off fee try their site.



HL may not give you the certificate which OP may need for proof. Suggest contacting the cruise company to see what their Ts and Cs are. I use HL for occasional trading though and they are pretty good.
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HL may not give you the certificate which OP may need for proof. Suggest … HL may not give you the certificate which OP may need for proof. Suggest contacting the cruise company to see what their Ts and Cs are. I use HL for occasional trading though and they are pretty good.



you don't need the cert.

for long term dealing HL cannot be beaten. my dad has circa £500,00 shares through them and he's never had a problem

Edited by: "faiz786" 24th Jan 2015
I hold Carnival shares and they're high at the moment. 100 shares @ yesterday's price will cost you £3,126.00.
500 shares held for 6 months in Thomas Cook Grp = 10% off your holiday bought at High Street price.

I think the general view is that buying shares in a company for the benefits is not a great stratagy unless you can be sure that the investment is sound.
If you can afford to lose that money, why not pay full price. as clearly moneys not the issue.

OR How good are these shareholder benefits you speak of?

Anyway. First Direct have sharedealing @ £11 per transaction

Just had a look at their website. Its not the most up to date. Can only book a cruise up until last December
Edited by: "mclovin9091" 24th Jan 2015
really not sure its worth it for the benefits alone....

If you have shares in Carnival and you would like to take advantage of the benefits please forward the following items to us via fax or post (address below):
Your name
Booking reference
Ship
Sailing date
Proof of ownership of Carnival Corporation or Carnival plc shares (for example, photocopy of shareholder proxy card, shares certificate or a current brokerage or nominee statement (if your shares are held within a nominee account you can also provide a letter or email from your bank/broker quoting your name, number of Carnival shares held and a current date)).


SHAREHOLDER BENEFIT
On board spending money per stateroom on sailings of 13 nights or longer - £150
On board spending money per stateroom on sailings of 7 to 12 nights - £60
On board spending money per stateroom on sailings of 6 nights or less - £30
This benefit is available to shareholders holding a minimum of 100 shares of Carnival Corporation or Carnival plc. Employees, travel agents cruising at travel agent rates, tour conductors or anyone travelling on a staff reduced rates, Travel Industry rates, or on a complimentary basis are excluded from this offer. All other fares types are currently combinable with shareholder benefits. This benefit is not transferable and cannot be used for purchasing art work, bingo, use in the casino, medical expenses and currency. It is non refundable/transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash on any of our facilities. Only one on board spending money per shareholder-occupied cabin.
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Thanks everyone for all of your help and comments. I am now the proud owner of 100 Carnival shares X)
There is an online broker where you can trade for about £5/6 - can't remember their name but you should be able to Google for online brokers and compare prices.
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