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This morning I posted about big changes coming to the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card and the “last award night free” benefit effective June 1st, but as with any unexpected change there were some unanswered questions. Now most of those questions have answers, and there is also a little bit of good news to share. Here are the four things you need to know about the coming changes to my favorite co-branded rewards card perk.
1. The changes kick in on June 1, 2015. There was some early talk of a date in May, but the official email that has gone out states June 1st, just as I was told over the phone this morning. This means you need to book your bonus award night stays by May 31, 2015.
2. The 40,000 anniversary renewal points are not going away. You will still get those each year when you pay the annual fee. You’ll receive the new Free Night Award upon renewal of your card after an annual spend of $10,000 in addition to the 40,000 points that are awarded annually without a spending requirement. Note that the official email says that the annual free night award will be valid at U.S. properties.
3. You can still book future awards with the “bonus award night” until June 1st at which time you can no longer book those awards. Future reservations with the bonus award night will be honored as long as they are booked by May 31st.
4. Many current cardholders are being offered a one-time 30,000 bonus Gold Points bonus on their next eligible stay at a Club Carlson hotel between April 1 – August 31, 2015, if paid with the Club Carlson Visa.
I guess the only other thing you really need to know is where to use your Club Carlson points before June 1st rolls around and you can no longer get the last award night free thanks to the co-branded credit card. My family has stayed at Club Carlson hotels using the “last award night free” perk on the ski slopes in Norway, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, in May Fair in London, on the beach in Aruba, in NYC, and across from the Prado in Madrid. In other words, Club Carlson points have served my family very well at those locations and beyond, so there are plenty of options out there to get some good use out of your points.
Mommy Points Club Carlson Hotel Reviews:
I will be putting together a post with some suggestions on where to use your points, but in the meantime you can check out those reviews mentioned above, read this post on places to use Club Carlson points in the United States, or this one where to use Club Carlson points at international beach locations in the Caribbean and beyond.
If you want to get the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card now, I would recommend hitting the minimum spending requirement as soon as possible so you can use as many of the 85,000 total sign-up bonus points as possible before June 1st. As a reminder, the card awards 50,000 Gold Points after your first purchase, plus 35,000 points once you spend $2,500 on your card within the first 90 days.
Where are you burning your Club Carlson points?
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