Fellow blogger FrequentMiler just shared information that honestly ruined my day. For those who have been following my blog for a bit, you know I’m the biggest cheerleader for Club Carlson’s loyalty program, and the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card
is was one of my most-loved hotel credit card (I loved it so much that it made the list of credit cards that are never leaving my wallet).
Over the course of my card membership, I’ve redeemed my Club Carlson points wisely for some great value at some of their best properties including at the Radisson Aruba and Radisson Blu Sydney. Sweet-spot redemptions within the program have always been exciting for me.
Today is a sad day though. I learned that it is now confirmed that the most lucrative benefit of the Club Carlson Visa is disappearing: bonus award nights. This benefit is being replaced with a new benefit: a free night after $10,000 in annual spend on the card.
For those who are not following, simply put:
THIS IS A MAJOR DEVALUATION. What’s even more upsetting is that it’s happening so soon. It is confirmed that June 1 would be the last day to
use book (whew) the Bonus Award Night feature.
What really bothers me is that I just paid my annual fee on the card not too long ago, and now I have to scramble to think of ways to use the points before Memorial Day Weekend. Part of me wants a refund on the fee. Not for nothing, but I paid an annual fee with expectations to get at least another year’s worth of the benefits I signed up for.
I’m also feeling really annoyed that I just earned a boatload of Club Carlson points last week by stacking all of their promotions. I feel especially bad for those who purchased points during the Daily Getaways as well.
This is a classic example of how “all good things come to an end”, and while the benefit seemed “too good to be true”, it was something that I truly enjoyed and it kept me excited about Club Carlson and their properties.
What are your thoughts? Are you going to keep the card? Dump the points? Would love to hear what’s going through your mind…