One of the major draws and most valuable aspect of Club Carlson was the Bonus Award Night benefit that the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card offers.
Club Carlson Removes Bonus Award Night Benefit
The Bonus Award Night benefit allows you to get a last night free on any award stays of two or more nights. Basically, think of it as a two-for-one deal on two night award stays.
The bad news is that Club Carlson recently sent out emails saying the generous Bonus Award Night benefit will no longer be offered after June 1, 2015.
It was easy to get twice the value from Club Carlson points when you booked two night award stays since you would get the last night free. I'm currently staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt, Salzburg which normally runs 44,000 points per night. However, with the Club Carlson visa my two night stay only cost a total 44,000 points.
30,000 Bonus Club Carlson Points on Next Stay
However, there is some good news for some. If you are a Club Carlson Visa cardmember you should have received an email explaining the upcoming changes AND if you were lucky you were targeted with an offer to earn an easy 30,000 bonus points.
The promotion is considerably generous---offering 30,000 bonus Gold Points after just one eligible points earning stay at any Carlson Rezidor hotel when you pay with your Club Carlson Visa. The stay has to be completed by August 31, 2015.
It's possible to find rates under $100 in many locations across Europe, with some close to $70 closer to Eastern Europe. This would make it so Club Carlson is essentially paying you to stay. Even if you value Club Carlson points at 0.5 cents each when redeeming with the last night free, you'd be earning $150 back from a one night stay.
I have both the personal and business version of the card and only received the 30,000 bonus point offer on one account. So, it appears that the offer is targeted and you'll have to read the email you received from Club Carlson to see if you were offered the promo.
The Bottom Line
Overall it's super disappointed to see Club Carlson's last night free benefit on award stays of two or more nights. This benefit was the main reason I even considered applying and keeping the Club Carlson Visa cards.
I just paid the annual fee on both my personal and business version of the Club Carlson Visa, so it looks like its time to burn a lot of Club Carlson points before June 1, 2015!