Through tomorrow (November 28, 2017) Club Carlson is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points.
Club Carlson limits you to purchasing 40,000 points per account per calendar year, and the 100% bonus applies even if you purchase just 1,000 points. Factoring in the 100% bonus, you can buy a maximum of 80,000 points through this promotion. The 80,000 points would cost you $280, meaning they’re charging ~0.35 cents per point.
Club Carlson doesn’t sell Gold Points all that often anymore. To frame this promotion in the context of past ones:
- In May 2017 we saw Club Carlson offer a 75% bonus on purchased points
- In October 2016 we saw Club Carlson offer a 75% bonus on purchased points
- In June 2016 we saw Club Carlson offer a 75% bonus on purchased points
- In September 2015 we saw Club Carlson offer a 30% bonus on purchased points
- In August 2015 we saw Club Carlson offer a 50% bonus on purchased points
- In November 2014 we saw Club Carlson offer a 100% bonus on purchased points
So it has been about three years since we’ve seen a 100% bonus on purchased points. If you’re in the market for Gold Points, this is as good as it gets. However, do keep in mind that buying Club Carlson points isn’t quite as useful as it used to be, given the two major ways in which the program has been devalued a couple of years back:
- The second night free benefit was eliminated on Club Carlson’s co-branded credit card
- The cost of redemptions at many of Club Carlson’s top hotels increased, due to some award category adjustments
It goes without saying that the biggest devaluation was them eliminating the second night free benefit on their co-branded credit card, since it was essentially a way to double the value of your points.
In the past I’ve said that I value Club Carlson points at ~0.4 cents each, though perhaps it’s time that I revise that valuation, since I’m personally not a buyer with this promotion. Here’s what Club Carlson’s award chart looks like:
As you can see, the top properties go for 70,000 points per night. If you’re buying points for 0.35 cents each, that’s like paying $245 per night for a stay there, which could represent a good value in some cases.
Also keep in mind that while you’re limited to purchasing 40,000 points (pre-bonus) per account per calendar year, you can always purchase points for multiple accounts, and then combine the points in those accounts for free. All members can combine points within a household, and elite members can combine points with anyone. Those with the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card get automatic elite status in the Club Carlson program.
The purchase of Club Carlson points is processed by points.com, so doesn’t count as hotel spend for the purposes of your credit card. Therefore you’ll want to buy these points with a card which maximizes your return on everyday spend:
This is the best bonus we’ve seen on the purchase of Club Carlson Gold points in three years. So while buying Club Carlson Gold Points isn’t as useful as it used to be, this is as good as it gets. For many this promotion will be useful for topping off an account, and for others it might be useful for outright buying points towards a redemption.
Do you plan on buying Club Carlson Gold Points with a 100% bonus?