There was a hard announcement to swallow this morning when we learned that the bonus award night benefit with the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card was going to disappear after June 1, 2015.
This news quickly created a mass panic among the blog-o-sphere for valid reasons.
Not only did I confirm these changes were in fact true with both U.S. Bank and Club Carlson, I just received an official email announcing the changes as well. Here’s what the email says:
There is a light at the end of the tunnel though; pay close attention to the last paragraph:
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 CarlsonSM Visa®. Offer ends August 31, 2015. Terms and conditions apply.
As a good-will gesture, Club Carlson is offering Club Carlson members a chance to earn 30,000 bonus Gold Points on their next eligible say between April 1 and August 31, 2015. That is a VERY generous promotion to help lessen the blow.
Here are the T&C:
The 30,000 Bonus Points Offer (the “Offer”) is available only to Club CarlsonSM Visa® cardholders. The Offer is valid for 30,000 bonus Gold Points® on an Eligible Stay between April 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015 (“Promotion Period”). One Offer per Club Carlson Visa account holder. You must provide your Club Carlson number at the time of reservation or at check-in and pay for your stay with your Club CarlsonSM Visa®. Stays or nights paid for by redeeming points or by using Points + Cash are not eligible for the Offer
So even a cheap $60 stay can generate a 30,000-point bonus, and maybe the best strategy after all would be to book this stay ASAP, have the points deposit, and then make a bonus award night booking before June 1.
Does this mean I might be tempted to book yet another Club Carlson mattress run?