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A fantastic, but easily forgotten, benefit that of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card are the 40,000 annual bonus points you receive each year after your card membership renewal. This benefit is easy to forget since the sign-up bonus of up to 85,000 points and the “last award night free” benefit often outshine the renewal bonus. The “last award night free” benefit is absolutely amazing and it can effectively double the value of your points if you book lots of two night award stays.
Though of course to book the first award night (in order to get the second award night free), you have to have some Club Carlson points. If you have run through lots of your Club Carlson points as I have, then the 40,000 point injection that will hit after the first year holding the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card, will be a nice and easy injection to an otherwise dwindling balance.
This card has been around for just over a year now, so the very first folks to sign-up are starting to see the 40,000 bonus points show as pending in their Club Carlson accounts.
The terms indicate that:
“Each year that you renew your account by making at least the minimum payment by the due date printed on the account statement in which the annual fee is billed, you will receive a renewal bonus of 40,000 Gold Points (25,000 Gold Points for Platinum Rewards). Please allow 6 to 8 weeks after the payment due date for your renewal bonus to appear in your Club Carlson account.
The reports on the linked Flyertalk thread above indicates that the delivery of the 40,000 bonus points is indeed taking 6-8 weeks after the annual fee is billed and at least a minimum payment is made. In other words, have a little bit of patience with the points posting when the anniversary comes around, but they should eventually show up. My Gold elite status has been extended through 2015, but the renewal bonus points have not yet appeared for my account. I got my card pretty early on, but I was not one of the very first, so it makes sense that my points have not yet appeared.
In my book the 40,000 points (combined with the last award night free benefit) are worth way more than the $75 annual fee, so this card will be a keeper even after the first year.
Have your 40,000 bonus points posted? Are they enough for you to keep this card?