Reader Brett reports in the comments here that Club Carlson is offering 30,000 bonus points on your next eligible stay between now and August 31, 2015:
to thank you for your continued loyalty, you can earn 30,000 bonus Gold Points on your next Eligible Stay at a Carlson Rezidor hotel worldwide when you pay with your Club CarlsonSM Visa. Offer ends August 31, 2015.
This is in tandem with them eliminating the free night on each award stay. They will be offering a free night going forward for spending $10,000 on your Club Carlson credit card. It’s not clear if that’s a free night every $10K in spend (I don’t think it is having read more language) and if that free night is limited to a specific category range of properties. Given that “Eligible Stay” is capitalized here, I’m guessing that matches what they define a stay in their T&C, likely any paid rate booked directly with them. I’m not familiar with the program T&C but I’ll look it up.
Giving a 30,000 point bonus as a one-time spiff doesn’t strike me as the type of benefit that will get people to keep the card if the primary reason was for the free award nights benefit that’s going away. But, 30,000 points beats a sharp stick in the eye.
This could be targeted, but I think given the wording it will be extended to all card holders. Check your email or call US Bank to be sure.