Last week I reviewed how you can transfer points between Marriott Rewards accounts. Conveniently Sara and I each picked up a Chase Marriott Rewards cards in during the fall which netted us each 50k points. I don’t typically stay with Marriott, but diversity is key in this game.
I had no intentions in staying with Marriott on our upcoming trip, but a change in our flights left us with an unexpected night in Hong Kong. Combining those points we’ve got a night at the tallest hotel in the world, the Ritz Hong Kong.
The biggest point surprise for us in 2012 was Club Carlson. I still have yet to redeem a single point in the program but am sitting with over 350,000 points in my account thanks to some consolidation among my family members.
With the exception of combining Ultimate Rewards points, which can be done online (albeit some limitations / disclaimers), transferring Club Carlson points is as easy as it gets.
To transfer points simply call Club Carlson Customer Service, provide your account information and the name and account number you’d like to transfer to. The only way we’ve done it is have the person whose account the points are coming out of make the call. Points transfer are immediate. No fees, no hassle. While I’ve just transferred within my family, there are no restrictions currently on address, name, etc.
In my book ability to use points where and when is still my number one priority when looking at an award program, but right on its heels are the flexibility of those points. Club Carlson gets an A in my book here. They’d get an A+ if I could do the transfer online, but I don’t mind a phone call, especially as every time I’ve called the folks are quite pleasant.
Want to really maximize your investment in this program?
- Sign up for the Club Carlson Q1 2013 Promo (3x points)
- Grab a few of the Club Carlson Credit Cards issued by U.S. Bank
I’m on a transfer kick … Starwood you’re up next. Then, Hilton (well, not directly, but indirectly in what I think is one of the best ways to earn Hilton points.)
Where will I finally use those Club Carlson points? Not sure yet
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IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49