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I’ve had the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card since shortly after it came out over a year ago. It’s biggest perks have to be the 85,000 points you get after hitting the spending requirement and the “last award night free” perk you get when redeeming points. However, another benefit of having the card is that it comes with automatic Club Carlson Gold Elite Status. A question I sometimes get is “What Does Club Carlson Gold Status Get You?”, and now that I have a fair number of stays under my belt as a Club Carlson Gold member, I think I have a decent idea of the answer.
Club Carlson Gold Status Normally Takes 35 Nights/20 Stays Per Calendar Year
If you were to earn Gold status with Club Carlson via the normal method of stays and/or nights per year, it would take quite a few before hitting that status. It doesn’t take quite as many as Hyatt Diamond or SPG Platinum status, but it isn’t far off. In other words, Gold status should be relatively rewarding based on how long it takes to achieve if you were doing it through hotel stays. Of course, you get it with no effort for paying an annual credit card fee.
Official Gold Status Perks:
- Room upgrade which will be offered at check-in, upon availability.
- 35% bonus on points earned on top of the 20 points per dollar
- Free internet
- 15% discount on food and beverage purchases at participating in-hotel restaurants in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
- Special early check-in or late checkout privileges will be given upon request, whenever possible. Simply inquire at the front desk.
- In-Room Welcome Gift Available once you check-in.
There are some other perks as outlined here, but those are some of the bigger ones in my view. The only perk that top tier Concierge Members (75 Nights/30 Stays) get each year get over what Gold’s get is free continental breakfast in participating hotel restaurants.
How Gold Status Works in Practice:
In my experience I have had no problem with things like free internet of getting the 35% bonus at check-in, but the room upgrade situation (likely as expected) varies wildly. Most of the time I have not received any sort of upgrade, and other times I have been told I have an upgraded room of sort, but if they were an upgrade it was a pretty much imperceptible one.
However, there have been times when the upgrades have been pretty substantial. My mom seems to have way better luck on the upgrade front as a Club Carlson Gold member and she was upgraded to a Business Class room at the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees (we got one with a balcony and view of Arc de Triomphe). She also got suite at the Radisson Blu es. Hotel Rome.
One thing that is pretty consistent is a food and/or beverage amenity has been delivered to our room on pretty much every stay. This has ranged from fruit and water in Norway to macaroons in Paris.
How Much is Gold Status Worth:
The snacks in the room vary in quality, but it is always nice to see them. The room upgrades vary even more than the food amenities, but again it is a nice surprise when you are in a very nice room, and a good feeling knowing you likely won’t end up with the worst room. I wish there was free breakfast of some sort with this status, but very hotel elite status benefits you can get simply by having a credit card come with free breakfast, so that may be an unreasonable wish of mine.
All in all I don’t find Gold status amazing, but it is absolutely useful, and worth having if you are going to visit Club Carlson hotels a few times a year. Since it comes just by virtue of having the credit card, it is a no brainer.
I’m curious as to what your experiences have been with Club Carlson Gold Status?
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