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Today is a bit of a sad day for hotel point junkies like me. The Club Carlson Visa has announced that they are replacing the coolest rewards credit card perk out there with a mediocre one.
Currently the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card gives you the last award night free. That means that if you redeem points for one night you can get the second award night for no additional points. It basically makes two night award stays “buy one, get one free”. It was insanely generous and I have used it many times myself. In fact, the card is still being marked that way right now for new customers. The only real limit was you can “only” use it 50 times per year, but apparently it was still too generous…
Turns out this very lucrative benefit is coming to an end effective June 1st and is being replaced with an annual award night you are awarded after spending $10,000 annually on the card and paying the annual fee. Note that others have been told May 28th is the last day, so I’m not sure what is causing the slight difference in dates. That is an okay perk, but not nearly as good as getting the last award night free on all of your award reservations!
I haven’t seen any official notice of this change on my account yet, but I called Club Carlson Visa customer service at 1-800-236-4012 after reading The Frequent Miler’s post this morning and I was told the above information and that it applied to all accounts.
I was also told that as long as you make a reservation before June 1st (or May 28th?) using the last award night free perk that it will be honored. As you may or may not know, you can book some Club Carlson hotels very far out into the future. I don’t know if there is an end date they haven’t mentioned when the last award night free reservations will not be honored, but for now the word I received was future reservations will be honored. You can bet every last Club Carlson point I have will be used for locking in future reservations before June 1st rolls around!
If you have been on the fence about getting Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card and want to do it before the last award night free perk goes away, that should work since the benefit is still being advertized today, though obviously that could change at any time.