Buying Club Carlson Points might be a Good Deal
I know, I know, buying points/miles/lottery tickets is not a good deal, but sometimes it is. In case you were wondering, Club Carlson sells blocks of 1,000 points for only $7, or 0.7 cents per point, and you can only buy 40,000 Club Carlson points per calendar year.
The transaction is processed by Points.com, so if you were planning on using your US Bank Club Carlson credit card to earn bonus points, think again. You will only earn 5x Club Carlson Points for your purchase. To buy points, click here.
Club Carlson does want you to use your US Bank Club Carlson credit card though.
Anyways, you still might be better off purchasing Club Carlson Points if you have the US Bank Club Carlson credit card because you get the second night free for a 2 night stay. Here is a breakdown of the costs:
|Hotel Category||Club Carlson Points||1 Night Stay||BOGO (2 Nights)|
|5||44,000||Too many points||Too many points|
|6||50,000||Too many points||Too many points|
|7||70,000||Too many Points||Too many points|
As you can see from the chart, some of the 1 night stay prices are pretty good, but the BOGO 2 night stay prices are awesome. Of course you could manufacture Club Carlson Points with Vanilla Reload Cards and get 2 nights at a category 6 hotel for $40/night.
Another perk of the US Bank Club Carlson credit card is the 40,000 Club Carlson Points you get each year you pay the annual fee of $75. In essence, you are paying $75 for 40,000 Club Carlson Points, which equals 0.19 cents per point. If we take the annual fee and yearly bonus Club Carlson Points into consideration, we get this chart:
|Hotel Category||CC Points||Buy Points||Points Cost||Annual Fee||Total Paid||BOGO (2 Nights)|
Other interesting notes:
- If you were staying at a category 1 hotel, you could redeem for 4 BOGO stays, or 8 nights, for only $9.38 per night.
- If you were staying at a category 2 hotel, you could redeem for 2 BOGO stays, or 4 nights, for only $18.75 per night.
As you can see, the US Bank Club Carlson credit card is great for stays and a great card to keep year after year (assuming they still keep the BOGO card feature). If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.