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In what is shaping up to be a credible attempt to establish itself as a world-beating hotel frequent-stay scheme, Club Carlson, the loyalty program for Regent, Radisson, Radisson Blu, Radisson Edwardian, Park Plaza, Country Inns & Suites, and Park Inn hotels, has launched some especially noteworthy promotions lately, including most recently a buy-one-get-one-free offer for Radisson stays.
The program’s latest move is the launch of a new suite of co-branded credit cards. In keeping with the program’s aspirations, its card is a contender.
The new US Bank-issued Club Carlson Visa cards comes in three flavors: the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card and the Club Carlson Rewards Visa Signature card for consumers, and the Club Carlson Business Rewards Visa Signature card for business. The consumer cards offer the following:
Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card
Club Carlson Rewards Visa Signature card
With both cards, cardholders only pay points for one award night on a two-night award stay. And when redeeming points for more than two award nights, the last night is free as a bonus award night.
Deal or No Deal
The sign-up bonuses are solid if unspectacular. The earning rates are decent. The instant elite status is what you would expect. And the annual fees are reasonable.
What gives these cards their superior value is the free second night when redeeming points for a two-night award stay.
The discount applies to a maximum of 50 award nights per year. Assuming the discount was actually used for 50 two-night stays, you would net 50 free nights in a year.
That’s a best-case scenario, to be sure. And an unlikely one. But it illustrates how that particular benefit can be used to extract exceptional value from the program.
If stays in the Carlson network of hotels are on your itinerary, a new Club Carlson Visa card should probably be in your wallet. The extra $25 per year for the Premier version is well worth paying for the bigger bonus, more generous earning rates, and higher-tier elite status.
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