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Yesterday I wrote about the huge changes coming to the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card. One of the most compelling benefits of the card has been that the second night of every award redemption is free, which can potentially double the value of your points if you always stay in two night increments. Unfortunately this benefit goes away as of June 1, 2015.
Club Carlson has now emailed those with the Club Carlson Visa Card to officially communicate the change and offer a pretty cool promotion:
As a valued Club Carlson member and Club Carlson Visa cardholder, we would like to tell you about an upcoming change to your Visa benefits.
Beginning June 1, 2015, you can earn a Free Night, good at any Carlson Rezidor hotel in the U.S. This Free Night will replace the current Bonus Award Night benefit. Bonus Award Night stays may not be booked after June 1, 2015. You’ll receive the new Free Night award upon renewal of your card after an annual spend of $10,000. Updated program terms and conditions will apply and be available on June 1, 2015.
As a Club CarlsonSM Visa® cardholder you will continue to enjoy the following benefits:
- 10 points per $1 spent in eligible Net Purchases at Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide – that’s in addition to the 20 points per dollar you earn as a Club Carlson member
- 5 points per $1 spent in eligible Net Purchases everywhere else
- 40,000 renewal bonus points each year when you renew your card by paying the annual fee
- Gold Elite Status – which now includes a dining discount at participating hotel restaurants!
And, to thank you for your continued loyalty, you can earn 30,000 bonus Gold Points on your next Eligible Stay at a Carlson Rezidor hotel worldwide when you pay with your Club Carlson Visa. Offer ends August 31, 2015. Terms and conditions apply.*
The bad news is that the email does indeed confirm that the second free night benefit is going away for bookings made as of June 1, 2015.
And I guess as a small gesture of goodwill, Club Carlson is offering those with the Club Carlson Visa Card 30,000 bonus Gold Points with their next eligible stay by August 31, 2015.
I value Club Carlson points at ~0.4 cents each, so that’s like a ~$120 return for one stay, which is more than they charge per night in many cases. So you can basically make money on your next Club Carlson stay.
As I explained yesterday, there’s no arguing that this is a huge devaluation to the Club Carlson Visa. That being said, I do still think the card is worth holding onto, as the card still offers 40,000 bonus points upon account renewal every year, as well as Gold status for as long as you have the card. That more than justifies the annual fee.
If you don’t yet have the Club Carlson Visa Card you can still sign up for it now and hopefully make some bookings before June 1, 2015, with the second night free benefit. Regardless, I think this continues to be a worthwhile hotel credit card. It’s just not as over-the-top rewarding as it used to be.