30,000 Bonus Points With Your Next Club Carlson Stay

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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.

Bottom line

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.

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  1. I wonder if the 30,000 point offer will stack with the current promo for 5,000 points for booking thru their mobile app. I should find soon. I booked a reservation for next week with the mobile app after receiving the 30,000 point offer.

  2. It is extremely dishonest that they’re still advertising the second night free all over the landing and application pages. Many people, myself included- just got the card in the mail yesterday, might not be able to make the minimum spend in time to use the MAIN (still) ADVERTISED FEATURE of the card.

  3. Also, Lucky- is that a targeted promotion? I got the same email but it only has the first two paragraphs, not the second two. No mention of the 30K offer.

  4. I noticed the “free night” is for U.S. HOTELS…so no longer good on int’l travel either…I hadn’t seen that mentioned in any of the blog posts by this or other bloggers.

  5. Any suggestions where to dump Carlson points after June 1? I’m thinking of saving the remainder of my 850K to dump into Southwest in 18 months for another companion pass.

  6. Polk, totally agree. Very tacky of them to continue to advertise the Bonus Award Night when it’s only good if you book by June 1! Also tacky of them to target the 30k bonus. I figured I got it because I’ve had my card for less than a year and I feel like a victim of bait and switch. I suppose somewhere in the fine print it says they can change the terms at any time, but within the first year? I’m beginning to think that Congress has a little bit more work to do with credit card regulations. Would be nice if what we sign up for is what we get for the duration that we hold the card.

  7. Weird. Club Carlson facebook page has this entry dated Apr 2: “Tune in to our page every day this week, because you don’t want to miss our next big reveal.” They’re getting a lot of flak about the Visa changes, and more than one person asked if the “reveal” regarded those changes. Club Carlson responded “The Visa® announcement is not related to our reveal this week. We’ll have more coming on that announcement soon.” I don’t know if there’s much they can do to satisfy the cardholders, unless they’re planning to make drastic customer-favorable changes to their points charts.

  8. If you book a stay which has a bonus free night because you have the credit card, but cancel the credit card before the stay, will they still honor the bonus free night? My AF is coming up very soon and I would like to burn my points getting bonus nights and then cancel if I know that the bonus nights would stick.

  9. I Didn’t get the 30,000 points offer in the mail either, just the info about changes. Any ways around it to get it? Thank you.

  10. @ lucky –

    Shouldn’t the free bonus night offer be good for one year after signing up (and paying the annual fee) for the Visa card? I mean the terms STILL mention the benefit, so it seems to be deceptive practices to advertise at the initiation an offer that the provider KNOWS will not be honored.

    Your thoughts?

  11. Did any of you read my first comment? Where i state per Club Carlsons twitter account the 30,000 point offer is available to all using their club carlson visa? Geez lol

  12. @PointsPinnacle, I think it’s always more assuring to get it in writing.

    When asked via Twitter, I was told that you can contact member services to get signed up.

  13. Richard H, Club Carlson Visa application page says this: “Your Account must be open at the time of redemption to qualify for Bonus Award Nights; any Award Night reservation made before your Account was open will need to be rebooked to qualify (rebooking is subject to availability).” The time of redemption is the 3rd night of your stay, I think.

  14. I’ve had the card for 3 months, and would not have signed up for it without the BOGO benefit. It seems that the benefit should last for at least a year from the time of application. What a waste, I feel duped. Going to cancel this puppy when the year is up.

  15. Anyone else having trouble with the business card application? I’ve tried to apply a couple of times, but when I submit, I get an error message that the site is experiencing technical difficulties and to hit the back button on my browser to try again….and it gives me a blank app. I called the UW dept and they had no record of an app despite me trying to submit a few times. Anyone else having issues or success today?

  16. I just checked San Francisco Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf. No availability on points from June 5th through April 2018. Who believes that? what’ll you bet availability opens up June 1st.?

  17. @ John DELTA — Ultimately these programs reserve the right to make changes how they want when they want. It would be nice if they provided more notice, but it’s not something we’re really “entitled” to, unfortunately.

  18. @ tassojunior — I still think the value is best for hotel redemptions in Europe, unless you’re truly totally over them.

  19. @ Polk — Hmmm, I’d recommend calling them, as I believe you should be eligible as well, assuming you have the card.

  20. @Lucky, for the free bonus night, if I need two rooms, do you think I can make two reservations and get both rooms’ second night free?

  21. @ Ken — It was sent on April 3 with the headline “Information regarding your Club Carlson Visa Benefits.”

  22. I just called their member services. I didn’t get the 30,000 next stay bonus via email either. The CSR said I didn’t have to enroll for it, as it automatically applies to all visa credit card holders.. I enrolled for the triple points before I called though.

    I’ve been putting ALL my spend on the card saving up for a future England/Berlin trip, now that’s getting ruined as I’m not quite ready yet. The card’s definitely going into the sock drawer as this ruins the card for me… Its akin to the Hyatt card pulling its two nights benefit!

    I’m tripply disappointed!!!

  23. I asked Club Carlson about the 30K bonus applying to an upcoming stay — this is how they responded:

    “The 30k bonus for eligible stays paid for with your Club Carlson Visa
    card will be after June 1, 2015.”

    Is this what everyone else is understanding or hearing?

  24. @ Chris — Sounds like you got a misinformed agent. That promo should kick in immediately.

  25. I’m still thinking of applying for the card for other perks and I am wondering if the 30k offer would apply to me as I wouldn’t be getting my card until next week sometime. Thanks!

  26. @lucky Do you know if the 30k bonus points will post after you make the reservation or after you stay at the hotel? (I’m assuming it will be after the hotel stay?) I’m trying to use the Bonus Award Night that will cost me 44k points (I now have 58k but I think I read somewhere that I actually need 88k points (2-nights worth) available – even though they will debit 44k).. So I’m trying to find ways to get the extra 30k I need! Thanks so much!

  27. You don’t need 88,000 points to book two nights. The booking website will recognize you status and will only charge you 44,000 for two nights so long as your booking is made before June 1, 2015.

  28. Any idea how long does it take for the 30K to post after the stay? My statement closed on the 18th and I see the 1 night regular hotel stay points and my CC points posted but not the 30K bonus yet. I booked the Mega Points Promotion rate.

  29. @ Paul — Technically it’s not supposed to be eligible, though some report earning the bonus even for award stays, so seems to be a case of “your mileage may vary.”

  30. Just a data point for anyone who cares: I wasn’t seeing 30K post after a 4/12/2015 cash stay; I inquired about it and they told me the points will post after *August*. This was the response:

    “The points for this promotion will post to your Club Carlson account after the promotional period.

    If you do not see the points within 10 business days from August 31, 2015 please let us know.”

  31. @ Chris — Interesting, thanks for the data point. A lot of people seem to have them post much more quickly, so that’s surprising.

  32. Can I stack a Business Package rate on top of this? “The Business Package includes double Gold Points and choice of either early check-in or late checkout (upon request and subject to availability) – To receive the double Gold Points, guest must provide their Club Carlson number at the time of reservation or at check-in…”

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