The true value of elite status comes from how often you can use the benefits. If you never earn a first class upgrade on an airline, getting them for free as a benefit is pretty useless. Similarly, if I don’t get suite upgrades from a hotel chain, the free upgrade benefit is kinda like a pet rock.
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 […]