Review: Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card

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This post comes from Logan Abbott, editor of the credit cards section of MyRatePlan.com.

The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card is a generous hotel rewards credit card for people who frequent Carlson Rezidor hotels.

Advantages

  • Large first-purchase bonus. Cardholders earn 50,000 Gold Points after their first purchase.
  • Earn more bonus points within the first three months. Cardholders can also earn 35,000 Gold Points once they spend $2,500 on purchases in the first 90 days that they have the card. That’s the equivalent of nine free award nights at Category 1 hotels.
  • Earn points on every purchase. Cardholders earn 10 points for each dollar spent at participating Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide, and five points for each dollar spent anywhere else.
  • Bonus award night. Cardholders earn a free night’s stay when they redeem Gold Points for two or more consecutive award nights.
  • Club Carlson Gold Status. Cardholders become Club Carlson Gold Status members after they activate and use their card, which entitles them to extra benefits and perks at Carlson Rezidor hotels.
  • Purchase and travel benefits. The card offers purchase protection, return protection, extended warranty, and travel accident insurance.
  • Earn points each year that you renew your card. Cardholders earn 40,000 bonus points each year that they renew their card membership.

Disadvantages

  • Annual fee. The card charges an annual fee of $75.
  • No introductory 0 percent APR offers. The card doesn’t offer a 0 percent introductory APR on purchases or balance transfers.

Bottom line

Get it if: You have excellent credit and you often stay at Carlson Rezidor hotels.

Forget it if: You have less than excellent credit, or want a broader rewards program.

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