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Maybe I just missed an announcement in the middle of all the other hotel award chart shake-ups this year, but it seems that as of at least early January a popular Club Carlson redemption option went up from a Category 1 to a 2 without much fanfare. This is only “newsworthy” as it was such a good family redemption.
The Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration was a Category 1 hotel that cost just 9,000 points per night. It had fallen to a 1 from a 3 last May. This was an amazing deal as currently you earn 60 points per dollar when spending money at Club Carlson hotels thanks to their current triple points promo. That means that $150 in eligible Club Carlson hotel charges nets you a free night at this family-friendly hotel near Disney. If you use a Club Carlson Visa Signature credit card to pay for the charges then you are earning up to an extra 10 points per dollar for those charges on the card, and then you also get the second award night free as a benefit of having the card. That would mean that for every $129 in eligible Club Carlson hotel charges you are earning a free two-night stay at this Orlando hotel. Crazy!
However, it was pointed out to me today that it is now a Category 2 hotel that requires 15,000 points per night. Even with just the current 3x points promo you are still earning a free night with every $250 in eligible expenses, but 9,000 is still better than 15,000.
I’m just curious to see if anyone else missed this? Were there other award charge property changes that I missed, or was this just a “one off” adjustment?
If you really want to stay in Orlando for just 9,000 Club Carlson points per night, the Radisson Hotel International – Orlando Drive is still a Category 1 available for just 9K points per night.