Radisson Aruba Not Sold Yet: Make Award Bookings Through 2016

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The Radisson Aruba Resort is reportedly in the process of being sold to another company.  Rumors have been popping up that Hilton is the buyer, but so far that isn’t confirmed.  Until pretty recently the Club Carlson website was only allowing points reservations to be made for 2015 dates at this property.  However, you can now make award bookings at the Radisson Aruba Resort using Club Carlson points through 2016.

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You can read my full review of the Radisson Resort, Casino, and Spa here

As you might expect, availability is very good that far in advance, even during peak holiday travel seasons.  In fact, I looked at some days between Christmas and New Years in 2015 and 2016 and found nights when the hotel is over $800/night, but there is 50,000 point standard room availability in rooms with a king bed or two doubles.

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This information is important not just because there are strong rumors the hotel will be sold soon, but also because May 31st is the deadline to book awards using the last award night free benefit that comes with the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card.  I have not yet seen an official statement that 2016 award reservations at this hotel will be honored if/when the sale goes through, but I would think there is a pretty good chance since they literally just opened up 2016 for award bookings knowing a sale is likely coming soon and they have stated that 2015 bookings would be honored.  Of course, this doesn’t 100% mean it will happen that way, but it can’t hurt to at least make a speculative award reservation if you want to enjoy the blue water of Aruba in 2016 using Club Carlson points!

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Comments

  1. I just returned from the Radisson in Aruba this past Saturday. I was told that an announcement will be coming by the end of April regarding the sale which is most likely to Hilton. I was told that award reservations would most likely be honored through the end of this year but not the following year. I am going to book speculatively into 2016 anyway and will probably bail on those reservations just prior to the devaluation if I don’t have a definite answer from the new hotel.

    • Evan, sounds like a good strategy. I would hope that if they know 2016 wouldn’t be honored that they wouldn’t have opened the award booking window that far and would have instead left it shut as it was until recently. Fingers crossed…

    • You can check out my review (linked in the post). The beach was great for families. The pools were nice. The hotel itself isn’t luxury for sure, but it was fine for family time at the beach.

  2. We were planning on using CC points for mid a mid July 2015 stay. A contact at the property just advised me that points will no longer be accpted for ANY reservation, from now on. I have spoken directly with a Carlson representative who advised that the hotel is no longer accepting points as payment. What a terrible disappointment! We’ve been staying at the property at least once or twice a year for the past 10 years or so….we will miss it desperately! I wouldn’t mind so much but we have over 600000 points we wanted to use in Aruba!

    • Yes, sadly this rumor of the resort being sold has been around for months now. I’m so sorry you didn’t get your bookings in time! They aren’t accepting points now, I would assume, as the sell is close to closing and it will no longer be a Radisson property in the nearish future.

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