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Club Carlson just announced a 25% discount on award bookings in Latin America. This award sale includes properties in Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The sale is good for stays through the end of 2015, but must be booked by July 31.
From their email:
From ancient Mayan ruins to vibrant nightlife, explore the rich, colorful cultures awaiting you in Latin America. Come visit us in one of our locations throughout Latin America and save 25% on Award Night bookings. Book your Award Night by July 31, 2015 using Promotional Code LATAM25 and you’ll save 25% on the points needed for stays through the end of 2015.
Raise The Price! No lower it!
This award sale is certainly nice. But the timing of it is just bizarre, given that it was announced literally hours after the 2015 category updates took place. That means some of the properties both went up in price — and down — in the same day!
Take the Radisson Hotel San Isidro Peru, for example. Yesterday it was a Category 3 property meaning it would cost 28,000 points for an award night.
Then this morning it moved from Category 3 to Category 4, increasing it’s cost to 38,000 points. That was an increase of 36%.
But with this award sale, it is back down to 28,500 points through the end of the year. Which begs the question — what was the point of raising the price? These category updates happen once per year, and they just put over 50% of the year on sale!
The Radisson Grenada Beach Resort actually went from 44,000 to 50,000. Yet during this sale it is back to 37,500. So despite the category update which says this property should cost more, for over half the year it’s actually going to cost less.
For properties that went down in category, they are now a lot cheaper. The Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Club in Panama City went from 28,000 points to 15,000 points and is now 11,250 points through the end of 2015.
The Award Night BOGO Is Still Alive
The best part of this sale is that it overlaps by about 12 hours with the waning days of the BOGO award night for those who have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card. According to Ben’s post this morning, that benefit is going to go away at 11 PM CT tonight. So if you were planning to book an award in Latin America, you should probably go back and check.
I actually did book the Country Inn and Suite Panama Canal for a speculative booking in 2016. It didn’t make my top tips for booking last-minute Carlson BOGO award nights, but it could have. We stayed here a year ago and loved it. For those wanting to visit the canal and see some big ships, this is perhaps the best hotel available. The treatment I received as a Gold staying on points was fantastic, including an upgrade to a two room master suite overlooking the canal.
At this point, I have no idea what to expect from Club Carlson. I can’t tell if they are messing with us, or if this is really part of some master plan. But I do know that where there is chaos, there is opportunity, so I look forward to seeing what Carlson comes up with next!
Did any of your LATAM award nights get cheaper?