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Club Carlson Premier Card Review – Big earning, but a lot of hotel gaps

Pros
  • Instant Gold Elite Status. That gets you room upgrades, early / late check-out and an in-room welcome gift with every stay. Normally you need to stay 35 nights a year or have 20 stays in a year to earn this status, but it’s yours for holding the card and making a single purchase with it.
  • A decent intro bonus. You get up to 85,000 points to start, which sounds like a lot, but Carlson hotels require a lot of points for a free night, and you’ll find many cost 50,000 points or more for a free night.
  • Fast earning. You get 5x points on everything you spend, and 10x points at Carlson hotels. Plus you get 40,000 points each year you renew your card. Don’t get too excited though – most nicer hotels need at least 44,000 points or more for a free night.
Cons
  • Expensive point prices. Club Carlson charges a lot for free nights – often 44,000 points or more for free nights at its nicer hotels in big cities.
  • Not many resort hotels. Carlson doesn’t have big resort options in Hawaii, and only a few options in the Caribbean, so if you’re after a nice beach vacation Carlson points aren’t going to work for you. Instead, you’ll find a lot of Carlson hotels in Europe and parts of Asia.
  • A $75 annual fee. You’re not going to get around it, because it’s charged upfront. But when you renew things are a little easier because you get a 40,000 point bonus every year, which is enough for almost a free night a many hotels, and that could save you over $100.
Overall Rating
2/5 Stars   
Key Features
  • Earn up to 50,000 Gold Points after your first purchase, plus 35,000 points once you spend $2,500 on your card within the first 90 days – that’s up to 9 Free Award Nights at Category 1 hotels
  • 10 points per $1 spent in eligible net purchases at participating Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide
  • 5 points per $1 spent in eligible net purchases everywhere else
  • Club Carlson Gold Status is yours after you activate and use your card
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details
  • Net purchases are purchases minus credits and returns
 

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee

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