One of the benefits of the Club Carlson Card I got is one free night when redeeming reward stay of two or more days.
I happen to have a trip coming up in Europe where I used my Club Carlson points to redeem a hotel going for over $400 that night. I spent 250,000 points to get $2,075 value out of points. Not bad for points I earned from cheap stays.
But now that I have my Club Carlson Card, I wanted to see if I could get more value out of my points.
I tried the trick I use when I’m trying to get a better fare with Club Carlson hotels. I went to change my reservation dates and searched the same exact dates. When I am rebooking during a hotel sale, this will bring up my new rate. But when I searched this way, it told me my net difference was 0 points. Hmm.
I searched around to see if this deal did not apply to pre-existing reservations, but I didn’t see anything.
Finally, I tried adding a night. The night showed up the same:
I went back through my reservation and removed this night. Bingo! I was told my reservation cost me -50,000 points.
I was relieved I could get free night at my original stay, and if I couldn’t, was starting to wonder if it was worth staying an extra day for the free night
But I want to point out that I added a night, then subtracted one. I would not try REMOVING the final night and readding it. If the hotel is starting to get overbooked, there’s a real danger of losing your last night.
I just got $2,075 value out of 200,000 Club Carlson Points!