The Club Carlson hotel family includes the brands Radisson (Blu), Park Inn, Country Inn & Suites, and Park Plaza. There are tons of options in Europe, but they are sometimes lacking in coverage in upscale options in the US, especially on the West Coast. Top-tier hotels go for 50,000 points per night, and there is a bit of disproportionate stacking toward the upper categories of tier redemptions. The key to maximizing value in these points is getting the US Bank Club Carlson Visa cards and leveraging your points by doing 2-night stays at a time (see below for details)
Special deals: If you have one of the US Bank Club Carlson Visa cards, then the last night of any multiple-night booking is free!
Let’s take a 20,000-point-per-night room for example. If you stay 1 night, you pay 20,000 points. If you stay 2 nights, you still only pay 20,000 points. If you stay 3 nights, you pay 40,000 points. Also, cash+points” awards exist, but they are usually a pretty bad value.