Last week was a crazy week in the points and miles world. First, Wyndham came out with a surprise from nowhere, and then Club Carlson did the same (except one was a pleasant surprise and the other… not so much).
If you’ve missed it, a major benefit of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card is going away by June 1. Luckily, Club Carlson is helping to “lessen the blow” by offering card members a chance to earn an additional 30,000 points on their next stay before August 31.
My Sweet Call To US Bank
This type of commotion always makes people stir-crazy.
Some people have reported that by voicing their opinions directly with a US Bank phone agent, they’ve been able to get some points added to their Club Carlson accounts as a retention offer (I’ve heard reports ranging between 2,500 and 7,500 points). I decided to make the call myself with expectations of receiving 2,500 points, at most (that seems to be the standard offer).
However, I was surprised that the agent offered me a full refund of my $75 annual fee that I had paid not too long ago. Of course I took the $75 offer immediately instead of mentioning the 2,500 points. The entire call took less than 3-minutes, so if you’re in the same boat, it doesn’t hurt to call.
My Club Carlson Strategy
Aside from the 30,000-point offer, they’ve also announced another triple points promotion that is stackable with the mobile-app booking bonus (now 1,000 points) and the Mega Points rate (available at select hotels for an additional 10,000 points per night – promo code is MEGAPTS), making the thought of a final “mattress run” enticing to many.
I completed a mattress run of my own just days before the big devaluation announcement was made… and believe it or not, I already completed my “30,000-point” stay too (hey, I’m making moves).
Here’s how many points I’ve earned from my recent one-night Radisson stay with a room rate of $137 (I had an actual need for the hotel night):
- Club Carlson Visa Promotional Points For Next Stay: 30,000 (not yet posted)
- Room Points: 2,736
- Promotional Points – Club Carlson App Booking Bonus: 5,000
- Room Points – Gold 35% Bonus: 958
- Club Carlson Visa 10x on Room Rate: 1,370 (not yet posted)
Total Points: 40,064
My strategy is to earn as many points as possible and book my awards before June 1 to maximize the bonus-award night benefit before it becomes extinct.
So far, I’ve made 2-night bookings at the following properties:
- Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago (50,000 points for 2 nights)
- Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa (50,000 points for 2 nights)
- The May Fair (70,000 points for 2 nights)
I’ll probably make a few more bookings before June 1 as well. The good thing about booking speculative awards is that I could always cancel up until the day of arrival without penalty.
What’s you’re Club Carlson strategy? Has anyone else received a retention offer of an annual fee refund, statement credit, or bonus points? Feel free to share and discuss your strategies!