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As you (hopefully) know, Club Carlson is handing out a double whammy effective June 1st. 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, 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.
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 six Club Carlson properties in the United States to consider locking in before June 1st. I will do another post on a few of my favorite international Club Carlson properties in the next couple of days as I think their presence outside the United States is even stronger.
This downtown Chicago hotel was the first Radisson Blu in the United States and it actually looks pretty swanky. I haven’t yet had the chance to stay there, but it looks like a nice place to burn some Club Carlson points in this country. I currently see award availability open through January 1, 2017 at this property and it will be jumping from 50,000 to 70,000 points effective June 1st.
The Radisson Hotel Martinique Broadway is located in Midtown Manhattan near 34th Street, Empire State Building, Macy’s, and more. My parents had a good stay there a few months ago, and it is very valuable way to spend 50,000 Club Carlson points per night before the price jumps to 70,000 points (and of course we lose the “last award night free” perk. I see award availability open through January 1, 2017.
This downtown Philadelphia hotel appears to be pretty stylish and it is also an iconic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The rooms currently go for 50,000 points per night and I see availability through January 1, 2017. This hotel will also jump to 70,000 points per night effective June 1st.
I’m not sure I 100% know the attraction of the largest mall in America, but I know it is a popular spot for many, and the Radisson Blu Mall of America happens to be one of the nicest Club Carlson properties in America. The hotel is literally connected to the mall, has an indoor pool, and currently goes for 44,000 points per night. Like many of the others, that amount will be increasing to 70,000 points per night on June 1st.
This hotel is located in popular downtown Austin where rates for hotels can get absolutely crazy. The hotel needed a renovation when I last stayed here a couple years ago, but my understanding is that has been underway and their outdoor pool area certainly looked very hip and fresh when I last walked by earlier this year. The hotel currently goes for 44,000 points per night and shockingly I don’t see it on the list of hotels changing category. However, assuming you can take advantage of the “last award night free” benefit, this may be a good place to do so. I see award availability through January 1, 2017.
This all-suite hotel is located in Melbourne, Florida, right on the beach. It currently goes for 44,000 points per night and I saw award availability open through January 1, 2017. This hotel is not scheduled to undergo an award category change on June 1, but again if you want to use the “last award night free” perk this may be a family friendly property to lock in.
What Club Carlson properties in the United States are some of your favorites? Have you locked in some future reservations?
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