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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.
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.
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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