3 Days Left to Book These European Club Carlson Properties!

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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 (London)

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.

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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.

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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:

Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

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. 

The Radisson Dublin Royal Blu

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.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel – Oslo

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.

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Radisson Blu Trysil Resort

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.

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen:

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

Radisson Blu Prado Madrid:

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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Comments

  1. Plan on doing some speculative booking over the next few days. Not sure if it will pan out, as my wife will flip out if I plan another european vacation on the fly a year in advance. It will be discussed at a family meeting in April 2016. LOL !!! But, might as well book them now.

    Anyway, thinking of the Radisson Blu in Amsterdam as that seems like a great redemption value. Also, the Radisson Blu in Prague gets great Tripadvisor reviews, and their upgraded room option for 66,000 points (currently good for the two nights with the credit card) includes a larger room, breakfast, daily credit at the bar, telephone calls anywhere in the world, and more.

    • Larry, I understand your dilemma! Ha! In terms of Amsterdam, I spent a little time in the Radisson Blu as we used some of our points to book friends there and I didn’t love it. Of course it can be a good value on points, but if possible, I’d look to the art’otel amsterdam, by park plaza for comparison.

  2. Was lucky I get approved for the business card and get my personal anniversary bonus points in for a big trip (trip around the world in first thanks to US Airways). Going to miss Club Carlson free night. It really made my week in London incredibly affordable. Was able to book 6 nights in London (2 in May Fair, Westminster Bridge, Mercer) and 2 in Bangkok (2 in Jr Suite at Radisson Blu).

  3. Be sure to consider cash rates when deciding where to use your points. Most London hotels are $350-400/night; hotels in many other European cities are much cheaper. So I’m burning my points on London stays in 2015 and 2016, and will pay cash for my stays in other cities. (I was surprised to find that even Oslo in late July is only about $130/night.)

  4. I was 2500 points short of 200K points, so I thought it was worthwhile to buy 3000 points (for $21) to move me up over the 200K number. So 8 nights in London in 2016 that would only be worth a little over 3 nights in London if I had booked after June 1st (due to loss of BOGO and upping the categories). It took about 4 hours for the 3000 points to show up in my Carlson account (Might take longer now if a lot of people are topping off their accounts). Have never stayed in any of these London properties, but looking forward to it next year (Edwardian Bloombury in Covent Garden, Edwardian on Mercer Street in Covent Garden as well, Edwardian Hampshire in Leicester Square, and Edwardian New Providence Wharf in Canary Wharf). Stayed in the Radisson in Edinburgh and it is in a great location.

  5. Hi, I’m looking at the 50K point level hotels in London (ex. Park Plaza at Westminister), do you think it is worth to book the 75K premium room instead of the 50K standard room?

    If we have to separate reservations one booked with the 50K (2 nights), one books with the 75K (2 nights), any chances to get upgraded the 50K standard room to the 75K room? was planning on booking the family room for 62500, but it is not showing up.

      • I tried to put 3 adults, 2 adults and 2 kids for March 2016. but none of the family room options are coming up for any of the Park Plaza hotels. Perhaps it is not open up yet? I tried 2 adults for 12/31/15 and I saw family room. 🙁

  6. Just booked eight nights in the U.K., down to my last 5k points. Staying four nights at May Fair, two at Mercer Street, two at Radisson Edinburgh. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. I was charged the AF on the 17th of April. The 40k has Still not posted. Calling has not helped. Any idea how long it takes.

    • I am in the same boat. They are stating six to eight weeks from the April due date on the statement. I doubt it will post before the end of the month.

  8. This Club Carlson thing is stressing me out!! I wanted to use this for Reykjavik but I don’t think the stars will align for that… Not sure what my strategy is going to be but that ticking clock is making it harder to figure out! : )

  9. I just booked 8 nights in Paris: 2 nights with my cc; then 2 nights with my wife cc; then 2 nights again with my cc, …
    Do you know if I should expect any problem with such booking? Hotel my not like this?

    • Kris, I wouldn’t expect any problems. Pretty common strategy among us miles and points folks. 😉

  10. Looking to book 2 stays next summer in London for my wife and 2 year old. Do I have to book family rooms or will it be okay to take baby in?

    I have 105k points and planning on doing two stays with the CC last night free. If I book using two adults, it works. When I enter two adults and 1 child, there is significantly less availability across town or it’s up to 75k for a night from 50k.

    I have put in an email to the hotel to inquire about their infant policy.

    Thoughts?

    Mahalo

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