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As you (hopefully) know, Club Carlson is handing out a double whammy effective June 1st (which is this coming Monday!). They are not only taking away the “Last Award Night Free” benefit that has come with the co-branded Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card, but they are also “blowing up their award chart” beginning on June 1st by increasing the number of points required for many properties. A two-night stay that might cost you 50,000 points if you book before June 1st can easily potentially cost you nearly 3x that amount at 140,000 points after June 1st. This is that bad of a change so pay attention and burn those points. The “good news” is that you can lock in today’s award prices as far out as 2017 at many properties. Note that not all properties allow booking that far out, though most do at least into 2016.
I’m making speculative reservations using my Club Carlson points to book out into the future, and just hoping that I can make those dates/locations work. I highly recommend that you book either firm reservations, or at the very least speculative reservations before June 1st. To help with that process here are some Club Carlson properties in Europe for you to consider locking in before June 1st. I did a similar post on six Club Carlson properties in the United States to consider that you can read here. I hope to do one more post in the next day or so on some Club Carlson beach properties to consider locking in before June 1st.
London Club Carlson Properties:
The May Fair first opened by King George V in 1927 and touts itself as a five star hotel. We stayed at The May Fair using Club Carlson points a couple of years ago and had a very nice stay in the 400 room hotel. It is located in Mayfair in a great neighborhood and is walking distance to many things, including Buckingham Palace.
Standard rooms are already Category 7 at 70,000 points per night, so that isn’t changing, but if you want to take advantage of the “Last Award Night Free” benefit, this is your last chance.
While The May Fair may be considered the “nicest” Club Carlson property in London by some, there are other London properties that may be better for families looking for larger rooms. As I shared in this post on Family Rooms Using Club Carlson Points in Europe, you can sometimes get 3 or 4 people all in one room or suite on points at select properties.
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Family Room Award-Studio Room – 62,500 points per night. This room has a separate living area with sofa bed that is rated for one child over 12 or two children under 12. This property will be increasing from a Category 6 to a Category 7.
Plaza on the River London
Club Carlson-Family Room Award-1 Bedroom Suite – 105,000 points per night. This hotel is already a Category 7, so it’s not going up in points price but this family room award is a large suite that isn’t priced too terribly if you can get the “last award night free” with your co-branded credit card.
Park Plaza County Hall London
Family Room Award – 62,500 points per night. This hotel is near the London Eye and the Family Room has a separate living area and bedroom. The sofa bed can be used for one child over 12 or two children under 12. This hotel will be increasing from a Category 6 to a Category 7.
Paris Club Carlson Properties:
The Club Carlson properties in Paris don’t have as many larger room options available on points as the London properties, but they can still be a good use of points. We stayed at the Radisson Blu Champs Elysees – Paris last year and didn’t love the property, but got good value for our points there as it is very centrally located.
The Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel is another popular choice in Paris. Both of those two properties are already 70,000 points per night for a standard room, so they aren’t going up in category, but you would want to use the last award night free perk by June 1.
Other European Club Carlson Properties:
This hotel is housed in a 16th-century style facade, and is centrally located on the Royal Mile. Standard rooms are currently available for 50,000 points per night, but that will be increasing to 70,000 points per night on June 1st. This is one of the hotels that we have speculatively booked for a future trip.
This hotel was situated in a pretty decent spot for exploring Dublin when we visited a couple of years ago. It was clean, modern, and well worth the 44,000 points per night required for a standard room. It will be going up to a Category 6 hotel on June 1st. If you need a family room on points in Dublin then look at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel Dublin as a family room can currently be had for just 55,000 points per night. That hotel is not currently slated to go up in category.
Virtually everything in Norway is expensive, so being able to use 50,000 Club Carlson points for a standard room in Oslo was great during our visit last year. This hotel was in a good location and provides complimentary breakfast to all guests. It will be increasing to a Category 7 on June 1st.
This ski resort is located right off the mountain and was a very nice facility with indoor pool, bowling alley, and more for just 50,000 points per night. It will be increasing to a Category 7 property on June 1st. It’s also worth mentioning you can currently rent an “apartment” there for 75,000 points per night if you need more space. While we are on the topic of ski properties in Europe, the Radisson Blu Resort, Arc 1950 in France will also be going from a Category 6 to 7 property.
There are actually a few good Club Carlson options in Copenhagen, but this one stands out to be because for just 66,000 points per night you can book a family suite for two adults and two children with a separate living room and bedroom.
It is located minutes from the city center and 15 minutes from Copenhagen International Airport. Standard rooms go for 44,000 points per night currently
We recently stayed at this property in Madrid and as the name implies it is literally across the street from The Prado. The rooms were tight, but totally adequate for 50,000 points per night. There is also a small indoor swimming pool available if the kids need to burn off steam. It will be going to a Category 7 property on June 1st.
This is not at all an exhaustive list of Club Carlson properties to consider in Europe, but hopefully it is a good start since there are only a couple of days left to book at the current rates before things get much pricier on June 1st.
Where are you using your Club Carlson points?
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