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I’ve written extensively about the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card, which is hands down one of the most rewarding hotel credit cards out there.
What makes this card so special is that:
- You earn 40,000 bonus Club Carlson Gold Points upon your account anniversary each year
- You receive Club Carlson Gold status for as long as you have the card
- You receive a free night when you redeem for two or more award nights, up to 50 bonus nights per year
While all those benefits are lucrative, the last one is the one that truly stands out. Just for having the credit card you can potentially double the value of your points, as long as you stay in two night increments.
A lot of people have said that the benefit is too good to last, and that might indeed be the case. The latest statement which Club Carlson sent out to members includes the following:
Starting 6/1/2015 Cardmembers can earn a Free Night at a Carlson Rezidor hotel by spending $10,000 annually and paying the annual fee. Free Night replaces Bonus Award Night. terms and conditions apply.
This suggests that:
- The second free night award redemption benefit will be discontinued as of June 1, 2015
- That benefit will be replaced by an annual free night when you spend $10,000 on the card per year
If this is indeed the case, there’s no denying it would be a huge blow to the value of the card. But it also wouldn’t surprise me, because that benefit really was that good.
I actually think the Club Carlson Visa is still worth holding onto for the 40,000 points annually and the Gold status alone. Club Carlson is still incredibly rewarding for hotel stays. So while I wouldn’t put much spend on the Club Carlson Visa anymore, it wouldn’t change my desire to hold onto the card.
So if you have the the Club Carlson Visa you might want to try and redeem your points before June 1, 2015, to maximize the free night benefit. And if you don’t have the card, it could still make sense to sign-up as soon as possible so you can still redeem some points on the card using the second night free benefit.
To those of you with the card, does the second free night benefit being eliminated change your desire to hold onto the card?
(Tip of the hat to Bd)