300+ Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More (or Fewer) Points!

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I wrote about the US Bank Club Carlson credit card losing the free night perk on June 1, 2015.  And now, via Miles From Blighty, over 300 Club Carlson hotels are changing categories.

300 Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More Or Fewer Points

Which Club Carlson Hotels Will Cost More Points Starting June 1, 2015?

Here’s a look at what you can expect.

 What’s the Deal?

Link:   Full List of Club Carlson Hotel Category Changes

On June 1, 2015, certain Club Carlson hotels will change categories.  So award stays at some hotels will cost more points, while award stays at other hotels will cost fewer points.

Club Carlson hotels include Country Inns and SuitesRadissonRadisson BluPark Inn by Radisson, and Park Plaza.  Club Carlson has over 1,370 hotels, and of these, 329 are changing categories.

300 Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More Or Fewer Points

~24% of Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Change Categories

Due to this category switch combined with the US Bank Club Carlson card losing the free night perk, I recommend most folks use their Club Carlson points BEFORE June 1, 2015. 

Even if you aren’t 100% certain of your travel plans, you can book now and cancel for a full refund at a later date.  But be sure to read the cancellation policy before you book!

Club Carlson Hotels That Will Cost More Points

Over 200 Club Carlson hotels will cost you more points.  And many of those are the top-tier Club Carlson hotels in Europe which are often the best value for your points.

Here are a few examples:

300 Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More Or Fewer Points

The Radisson Blu in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Will Soon Cost 20,000 More Points per Night Beginning June 1, 2015

And a some hotels like the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel in Reykjavik are going up 2 categories.

300 Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More Or Fewer Points

An Award Night at the Radisson Blu 1919 in Reykjavik Is Increasing by a Whopping 26,000 Points!

Club Carlson Hotels That Will Cost Fewer Points

117 Club Carlson points will cost less after June 1, 2015.  However, these are primarily lower tier hotels.

300 Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More Or Fewer Points

The Price of an Award Night at the Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration Will Decrease by 10,000 Points

Even though the price of these hotels is decreasing, most US Bank Club Carlson cardholders should still book before June 1, 2015.  That’s because you’ll pay more points at most hotels than you would with the free night perk.

For instance, if you book 2 consecutive nights at the Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration before June 1, 2015, you’ll pay 38,000 points because you get 1 night free.  After June 1, 2015, you’ll pay 28,000 points each night for a total of 56,000 points.

But a few hotels like the Park Inn Yaroslavl (going down 2 categories), will cost less after June 1, 2015, so do the math to make sure you get the best deal.

And if you do NOT have the US Bank Club Carlson card, you should wait until June 1, 2015, to book hotels that are moving to a lower category.

Is the Club Carlson Rewards Program Still a Good Deal?

Link:   US Bank Club Carlson Card

These category changes aren’t good news.  Booking award rooms at Club Carlson hotels was a terrific deal.  And in our hobby, when something is great deal, it’s best to take advantage of it while it lasts!  Because it will NOT stick around forever!

While their points won’t be as valuable as before, you can still get Big Travel with Club Carlson.  Club Carlson has frequent promotions where you can earn lots of bonus points.

Plus, you’ll earn 85,000 Club Carlson points when you sign-up for the US Bank Club Carlson card and complete the minimum spending.  That’s good for 1 free night in a category 7 hotel and 1 free night in a category 2 hotel, or almost 2 nights in a category 5 hotel.

You’ll also earn a free night certificate, to use at a US hotel, when you pay the $75 annual fee and spend $10,000 on your card within 12 months.

300 Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More Or Fewer Points

You Can Use Your Free Night Certificate at the Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago, Which Can Cost ~$300 per Night! So This More Than Makes Up for the $75 Annual Fee

And you’ll get 40,000 bonus points when you renew your card, which is enough for another free night at a category 4 Club Carlson hotel.

300 Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More Or Fewer Points

Earn a Free Night at Hotels Like the Radisson Blu Athens Each Year You Keep the Club Carlson Card

Bottom Line

Over 300 Club Carlson hotels are changing categories on June 1, 2015.  US Bank Club Carlson cardholders are also losing the free night perk on the same day.

So most folks should book Club Carlson award nights before June 1, 2015.

That said, Club Carlson’s frequent promotions make it easy to earn lots of points.  And you can still get up to 2 free nights each year you keep the US Bank Club Carlson card (1 free night certificate when you spend $10,000 on your card and 40,000 points for renewing).

So while I don’t like these changes, you can still get Big Travel with Club Carlson.  But it won’t be the great deal it was previously!

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5 responses to “300+ Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More (or Fewer) Points!

  1. If I book a stay before June 1, can I later change the dates (same location) and still have the free night and/or the same category level? Or do they refund the points from the initial booking, and rebook at the higher cost?

  2. 38000 points now and 28000 points after June 1, if my hotel stay is in July (if I book hotel now), can I get 10000 points refunded back after June 1 ?

  3. Any idea if I can make a provisional award booking with CC and then cancel later and get my points back if I have to?

  4. When spending the $10,000 per year for the free room do I count June 1st as date of Jan 1st?

  5. Katrina Johnson

    Dave S – they will probably refund and book at the higher cost
    Hemang – Probably not
    Bill – Yes, I’ve done it.
    Jane – They use anniversary date to calculate the free points award. I suspect that they do the same for the $10k.