One of the most frustrating things in the miles and points game is letting inactive points expire. I am usually very good with managing my points, but there are some programs that I don’t put energy into on an ongoing-basis, and one of those programs is Club Carlson.
Yesterday, I blogged about a pretty generous new Club Carlson promotion, and that prompted me to log in and check on the status of my points. The last time I earned Club Carlson points in my Gold Points account was over a year ago. Gold Points do not have an expiration date as long as your account remains active by earning or redeeming within a 24 month period.
Of course, if you have at least 9,000 points in your account, you can redeem for a free night at a category 1 property and then cancel the reservation. I am pretty sure that counts as “activity”. In my case, I had slightly less than 9,000, so I had to get a little more creative.
You can also keep your points active by making a purchase with the Club Carlson credit card – that is – if you still have it. I personally got rid of that years ago when they removed the BOGO redemption benefit.
There’s also the option of transferring Membership Rewards points or even a transfer from E-Rewards in dire scenarios, but I just discovered something better that does not take much effort: making a small purchase within the Club Carlson app.
If you download the newest version of the Club Carlson app, there’s an “Extra’s” section when you are logged into your account, and that allows you to earn points on purchases made through the app.
- Restaurant Reservations – Earn 200 Points per seated reservation
- Resy – Book the best restaurants. Earn 200 points for every seated reservation
- Things To Do – 10 Points per $1 USD spent
- SeatGeek – Earn 10 points per 1USD spent on every purchase
- Groupon – Get a deal and own the experience with Groupon! Earn 10 points per 1 USD spent
- Delivery– 8 Points per $1 USD spent
- Delivery.com – Get it delivered with delivery.com and earn 8 points per $1 USD spent
- Hungryhouse – Get food takeaway and delivered in the UK and earn 8 points per 1 USD spent
- Shopping – 6 Points per $1 USD spent
- Jet – Wholesale shopping online – Earn 6 points per 1 USD spent
- eBay – Get the best deals and earn 6 points per $1 USD spend on eBay
- iTunes – Enjoy music & movies and earn 6 points per 1 USD spent
In my case, I purchased a 69 cent iTunes song. Points from “Extras” post 7-10 days after purchase, and I’m relieved that I found an easy way to reset the clock and prevent my points from expiring.
How do you keep your points from expiring? Have you ever made a purchase through “Extras” within the Club Carlson app before?