Reminder: Only 3 Days Left to Book Club Carlson Free Night Award Stays!

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This weekend is your last chance to book Club Carlson award stays and get the last night free if you have the US Bank Club Carlson Premier Rewards card.

That’s because the changes to Club Carlson’s award program take effect Monday, June 1, 2015.  Even if you don’t have the card, it’s worth looking into award stays now, because on the same date, some Club Carlson hotel award nights will cost more points.

Reminder Only 3 Days Left To Book Club Carlson Free Night Award Stays

Club Carlson Cardholders Should Book Award Stays by Sunday to Save Points!

Even if you’re not sure of your travel plans, you should still book now.  As long as you meet the hotel’s cancellation policy, you can get your points back if your plans change.

What’s the Deal?

Link:   US Bank Club Carlson Premier Rewards

Link:   Club Carlson Card Downgraded

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

On June 1, 2015, the Club Carlson award program is changing.  So you have until this Sunday, May 31, 2015, to book award stays under the old rules.

The most significant change is the elimination of the last night free on award stays of 2 nights or more for US Bank Club Carlson cardholders.

Reminder Only 3 Days Left To Book Club Carlson Free Night Award Stays

Many Folks Are Unhappy About the Changes to Club Carlson’s Award Program

This was the card’s most valuable perk, because on a 2-night stay, you’d only pay points for 1 night.  So it was like getting award nights for 50% off!

Also on June 1, 2015, Club Carlson is changing the number of points required for award nights at 300+ hotels.  Here’s the full list of hotels that are switching categories.

Over 200 hotels, like the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, are moving to a higher category.  So they’ll cost more points per night!

Reminder Only 3 Days Left To Book Club Carlson Free Night Award Stays

You’ll Soon Pay 70,000 Club Carlson Points per Night (Increased From 50,000) at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

That said, if the hotel you’re interested in is moving to a lower category, don’t book until after June 1, 2015.  That way, you’ll pay fewer points.

What If You Don’t Have Firm Travel Plans?

Even if you’re not 100% sure of your travel dates, there’s no harm in booking Club Carlson award stays now.  For most hotels, you can make reservations through 2016.

And at worst, you can change or cancel your reservation in the future and get your points back.

Reminder Only 3 Days Left To Book Club Carlson Free Night Award Stays

Book Now, Cancel Later – You’ll Get Your Points Back As Long as You Cancel by the Hotel Deadline

But be sure to read the hotel’s cancellation policy, because they vary!

However, if you’re a Club Carlson cardholder and book an award stay with the last night free, Club Carlson will NOT honor the free night if you change your booking dates after June 1, 2015.

Your points WILL be refunded if you cancel before the deadline, though.  So it’s still a good idea to book now!

Is the Club Carlson Card Still Worth It?

Even though the US Bank Club Carlson card’s best perk is going away, this card is still worth it for many folks.

The 85,000 Club Carlson point sign-up bonus alone is more than enough for a night at a top Club Carlson hotel, like The May Fair in London, UK.  Paid nights here can cost over $500 per night!

Reminder Only 3 Days Left To Book Club Carlson Free Night Award Stays

You Can Still Get Great Value From the Club Carlson Card Sign-Up Bonus, Like at Expensive European Hotels

And you’ll still get 40,000 points each year when you renew your card, which is enough for an award night at a category 4 Club Carlson hotel.  This more than makes up for the $75 annual fee.

They’ve also added a new perk to the Club Carlson card.  If you spend more than $10,000 on your Club Carlson card in 12 months (and pay the annual fee), you’ll get a free night certificate to use at a US hotel.

That’s not nearly as good as the last night free on award stays of 2 nights or more, but it might be of interest to Big Spenders!

Bottom Line

This SundayMay 31, 2015, is the last day US Bank Club Carlson Premier Rewards cardholders can book and get the last night free on award stays of 2 nights or more.

And remember, some Club Carlson hotels are changing categories effective June 1, 2015.  So book before then if the hotel you want will cost more points in the future.

It doesn’t hurt to make reservations now, even if you’re not sure of your travel plans.  As long as you cancel before the hotel deadline (check the cancellation policy!), you can get your points back.

But if you change a reservation with the last night free after June 1, 2015, Club Carlson will NOT honor the free night.

Which Club Carlson hotels will you book before the deadline?

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10 responses to “Reminder: Only 3 Days Left to Book Club Carlson Free Night Award Stays!

  1. This was one of the best card to now THE WORST CARD ever! You will use 70k points at almost ALL Radison BLUES.

    NO bonus night and 70k points for one night stay. Even the motels like country inn, park plaza go up to 40 to 50k points a night. The annual 40k for $75 is NOT worth. Thier gold status is pathetic with almost NO BENEFIT what so ever!
    Plus they don’t have many properties around the world like other chains.

    Due to all these
    you should cancel the card and get another card that is worth far more.

  2. Would I be able to reserve a room with my points for someone else? Or would I have to be the one to check in at the hotel?

  3. I applied in April and managed to get my spend done quickly. All my bonus points posted in May statement closing and I booked 2 nights on points/2 nights free this summer in Madrid. Yay!

    I was initially upset because I signed up for the card mainly for the benefit, but since I’m able to use all my points I’m good. I don’t believe I’ll keep the card since their top hotels are going up in categories. And without the bonus night award, doesn’t seem worth it. The initial signup bonus may still be worth it depending on your travel goal.

  4. When I called, the service rep told me that you could book the “2 for 1” deal for the rest of this year…

  5. Chris – I only wish that was true!!

  6. You can book through 12/16. I’m dumping all my 800K points on monthly 2-day stay reservations at the Martinique in NYC since I’m in DC and NY is the most expensive.

    Curses on u Carlson.

  7. All who booked with free night perk, do not cancel your card until your stay, or you won;t get the free night. However, if your fee is about to post, switch to the free version of the card.
    @Antonio: You may book a room for someone else with your points. However, if you will book free night, you would have to be present. Hope that helps. 🙂

  8. I have heard that you could cancel your card and it would not affect free nights on future bookings. Has this been confirmed by anyone?

  9. I booked my last two-fer for Aruba in December of 2016.
    Apparently you can book into 2017.

  10. I booked the free night and on June 1st when I am trying to make the change it is allowing to keep the free night. I didn’t confirm my changes but just wanted to check if it works. So if you have free nights and believe you can still change it.