Quick background: Club Carlson recently announced that Bonus Award Nights, the best feature of their co-branded credit cards, would no longer be available as of June 1 2015. Instead, they are offering: A one-time 30,000 point bonus for a one night stay (for current cardholders, only); Triple points on stays through the end of August; and a new credit card benefit of a free night at a US property after $10K spend. Details can be found in these posts:
- Club Carlson Visa dumping Bonus Award Nights
- Top 7 ways to milk the Club Carlson card before and after June 1
- Club Carlson offering triple points between April and June
- How to maximize Club Carlson point earnings: 30,000 points plus 92 points per dollar
As a result of these changes, many are scrambling to book their Bonus Award Nights before the end of May. Even though the ability to book Bonus Award Nights will go away soon, you can use them now to book stays pretty far into the future.
A common question I’ve received about this, is whether it is OK to cancel your Club Carlson credit card before your stay. Will the Bonus Award Night that was booked before you cancelled still apply? I always assumed that the answer was yes, but I decided to check directly with Club Carlson for confirmation. Here is what they said:
Thank you for following up via email.
A reservation using a Bonus Award Night will be honored even if you
cancel your Club Carlson Visa as long as the reservation is completed as
it was originally made (no changes or cancel and re-booking after Visa
Hope this helps, please let us know if you have additional questions or
So, there you have it. Book now and feel free to cancel your card after booking.
NOTE: I don’t have any evidence of this whatsoever, but I have a feeling that Club Carlson will introduce something new in June to help counteract this devaluation. So, I plan to keep my credit cards open at least through June – just in case. Plus, of course, the credit cards will continue to offer 40,000 bonus points every year. That’s pretty good, even without Bonus Award Nights. My point is: it is OK to cancel your credit card after booking Bonus Award Nights, but that might not be the smartest move.