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As I wrote a couple days ago, one of the easiest types of hotel loyalty points to earn right now are Club Carlson points. Of course, points are only valuable to earn if you ultimately have somewhere you want to redeem them. One of the more popular family redemption destinations for Club Carlson points in this part of the world has been in Aruba at the Radisson Aruba Resort. In fact, my family redeemed Club Carlson points there just a few weeks ago to enjoy some fun on the beach in the middle of winter.
However, rumors have been swirling for a while now that the property is getting sold and will no longer be a Club Carlson hotel. Those rumors have very much intensified, and even on their own Facebook page they confirmed a week ago that the hotel was in the process of being sold. Hilton keeps coming up as a rumored buyer, but regardless of the buyer, the time to get Club Carlson award bookings in for the property is right now.
I can’t say with 100% certainty that award stays will be honored when the hotel is sold, but I hope that they would be. They were honored when the Radisson Blu St. Martin sold last year to Riu. Either way, there’s only one way to try, and that’s to make your award bookings now. Standard rooms at the Radisson Aruba Resort run 50,000 Club Carlson points per night and “premium rooms” run 75,000 points per night. Of course if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card your last award night is free, so you could theoretically get two award nights at this property for 50,000 points. Rates vary widely, but if you want to come during a busy holiday travel period, room rates can be insanely high ($700 – $800 per night as shown below), so clearly that would be a great time to use points.
I wanted to get this information out there now, and I will share our review of the property a little later today. As a preview, I thought the beach was fantastic for families, the pools were very good, the location in Aruba was pretty good, and the points redemption value in winter was great.
That said, the property could use some renovations, and the food we tried left something to be desired, but overall if you are looking for a beach destination using Club Carlson points it was a solid choice to consider. More to come later today…
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