Did You Know the Club Carlson Booking Calendar is Open 3 Years?

On June 1, the Club Carlson Visa is dropping its last night free award stay benefit and a number of properties are changing price. FrequentMiler suggested Top 7 ways to milk the Club Carlson card before and after June 1. Points With a Crew compiled a sortable table and map of the price changes.

I started to plan out my next year of probable bookings and then noticed the Club Carlson booking calendar stretch on and on. 3 years it spools out.

How far they go is hotel-specific. 2016 is reliably available wherever I search. I have Mother’s Day 2016 booked at Radisson Blu Mall of America.

From 2017 on, it is slim pickings. Stretching out to May 2018 I found 2 Park Inn’s in London with points rates.

Club Carlson May 4-6 2018

Note that a number of their properties, especially around peak times, have expansive cancellation policies. I have encountered 14 days for Phuket and 30 days for Omaha next Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.

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  • Eric

    What happens if you book back-to-back two night reward stays? Do they later come back and cancel one or is that possible to do?

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Eric – does not work, Travel is Free has a piece with some potential solutions, How to Book Club Carlson’s Free Bonus Award Nights Back to Back! If you have both the personal and business cards, each is tied to a different Club Carlson account so can book back to back alternating accounts.

  • Eric

    When you say “does not work” can you tell me what you mean? I did it a couple hours ago for a hotel for two stays in October. I’m wondering if it will get canceled on me or if I’ll have a problem when I check in.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Eric – in my other experience and other reports the system did not give the 2nd night free when doing the second booking at same hotel when the nights were consecutive or trying to do multiple rooms at same hotel for same nights. Maybe something changed or you got lucky. If you have the reservations confirmed and the points deducted from your account, I think you should be good to go. Hotels just see points deducted for 2 night stay from an experience I had talking with them over a hotel my wife wanted to leave after first night.

  • Eric

    Cool, thanks – just wanted to make sure they weren’t likely to come back after the devaluation date and take one of the nights away. Maybe it was because it was an international hotel…

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Eric – or something broken to be exploited, I will run some tests.

  • Eric

    dm @run_emcd – I have an idea

  • DavidNJ

    Burned all our Club Carlson points as follows tonight:
    4 nights @ the Warwick, Philly in June
    10 nights @ Radisson, Grenada over Thanksgiving 2015
    8 nights over President’s week 2016 @ Radisson, Aruba

    Spent 18 night @ Radisson, Aruba in the last 6 months and really like the resort. Taking a chance w/ this booking because the front desk told me that if sold to Hilton, they would honor reservation through 2015.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @DavidNJ – good to hear on Aruba. I almost tried the St Martin one but it was really remote for my island hopping ways, and two weeks later it was sold and gone from the system, don’t know what they did about honoring existing reservations with that one, went to a French company.

    Not sure if this is your first time Grenada, I spent a night at Grenada last year. Nice spot, lots of British Airways tourists (pasty and middle-age). Grenada does of a lot of things ok and nothing spectacular and so was the hotel, see my recap.

  • Jamie

    RTC – I feel like there’s a story behind the hotel your wife wanted to leave after one night? 🙂
    That only ever happens to us when (me) the room is filthy, which I’d recognize right away rather than stay a night; or (my husband) when the air conditioning unit is very loud.
    Actually, practically speaking, I wonder how that works when you want to leave a hotel early.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Jamie – Radisson Toronto Harbourfront two years ago, massive construction outside, racous wedding party inside along with drunks from the Blue Jays-Tigers game, shouting in the halls all night.

    In that case Club Carlson was on the phone while I was with hotel management, Club Carlson already paid the points and we applied to the stay, with nothing they could refund. Only option is if the hotel agrees to refund everything for the stay.

  • Jamie

    RTC – Well, I think that’s a reason for leaving that everyone could agree on. 🙁

  • DavidNJ

    “Pasty & middle aged”, British tourists might crap this 62 year old Yanks style …… Blawhahaha!

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  • Hilary

    If you book so far in advance…what happens if you have to cancel? You just lose the free last night?

  • Hilary

    Also, where can I find a complete list of the hotels and their “cost”. I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Hilary – I do not believe there is a convenient list of all the hotels and their award cost. Travel is Free has a great Map of Club Carlson Hotels that will help, then you can verify at the Club Carlson site.

    Each booking has its own cancellation terms. As long as you cancel before the deadline you get your points back. The assumption is that if you try to change dates after June 1 that you will forfeit the free night.

  • ketan

    Is there a list of hotels that are accepting reservations using points in 2017 and 2018? I see many hotels accepting reservations in 2017 using cash but not points. I tried to get some of them to open up inventory but no luck.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @ketan – sorry, no list and I don’t know of a shortcut to search other than city by city.

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  • Ketan

    In my experience most Park Inn hotels have point rate loaded for 2017 and 2018.