Good evening everyone, hopefully your week is off to a great start. A few days ago, I wrote US Bank Club Carlson Visa Signature and Business Cardholders Receiving Free Night E-Certificate (Different from Anniversary Night Certificates). In that post, I determined (thanks to reader comments) that everyone who has a US Bank Club Carlson credit card was going to receive a free night certificate (my letter is below). More interestingly, the free night certificate mentioned in the letter is not related to the $10,000 annual free night certificate (which is only valid in the United States, boo). Today (only 2 days later), I received an email with my free night certificate information. In this post, I will show you how to book your Club Carlson free night certificate at any Club Carlson hotel in the world.
The email subject line is Your Free Night Certificate is Here! and the email address it was sent from is firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, there are instructions on how to book your free hotel night stay. You must use the promo code USBANKEC (EC = E-Certificate?) and your individual e-certificate code that starts with an E. If you click on the reservation link, it will take you to the Club Carlson home page with the promo code and e-certificate number prefilled. You can also manually type in both fields on the search page.
If you log into your Club Carlson account, you will see a section called My E-Certs with details of your free night certificate. The free night certificate is valid through August 31, 2016, so you have a little more than 1 year to redeem your free night certificate. There are a few restrictions, which you can read about here.
This is a hypothetical example, but let’s say I want to use your free night certificate for a stay in Zurich, Switzerland. After entering your dates, the e-certificate number, and the promo code (USBANKEC), you can view all available hotels.
The e-certiciate reduces all available hotel stays to $0 and you can book any hotel that is currently available.
If you want to upgrade your free night certificate to a better room or purchase breakfast for your room, there is a separate charge. The standard room is always free.
On the checkout page, confirm that the hotel room is free and click Confirm Reservation. That’s all you have to do. Just check in as you normally would and enjoy your Club Carlson stay.
Should I cancel a BOGO night stay and use 2 free night certificates instead?
It depends. But before we go on, let’s assume you have 2 free night certificates (from your US Bank Club Carlson personal and business credit cards). If you originally booked 2 nights at a category 7 Club Carlson hotel (70,000 points/night) using a BOGO night stay, your total stay would be 70,000 Club Carlson Points. If you were planning on booking a lower end Club Carlson hotel (category 1-6), you might be better off cancelling the BOGO reservation, redepositing the Club Carlson Points, and using 2 free night certificates to book 2 nights. In this scenario, you would have 70,000 Club Carlson Points in your account, which is almost enough for 2 category 4 hotels (38,000 points/night) or several nights at a category 1-3 hotel.
On the other hand, if you already booked a category 7 BOGO night stay, your total cost is 70,000 Club Carlson Points. If you plan on booking another category 5-7 hotel, you are better off using your free night certificate at those hotels and not modifying your previous category 7 BOGO night stay. Hopefully those examples make sense. If they do not, please let me know and I will try to reiterate my thoughts.
If you have any other questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great night everyone!