I recently stayed at Radisson Hotel Kathmandu and prior to my stay I was rather excited about my stay particularly for two reasons. First the hotel is not far from a tourist hub. Second, since this is a category two Carlson property, booking only costs 15k in points. But when everything was set and done I realized that not everything was as golden as it seemed.
A common question is – which hotel card is the “best” keeper card? The answer to this question essentially YMMV. It ultimately depends on various factors such as: what chains are available in places you wish to visit, what brands you prefer, how important status is to you, how much do you value certain points, how much AF, if any, you are willing to pay, and so forth.
Now, as far as I am concerned, below is how I generally rank my keeper hotel cards. Please do note that I am generally open to paying AF granted I think I will get “good” value out of the card. Before you pass judgement on my choices, do understand that what I find to be “good” value might not necessarily be the same for you. That said, here is the list:
Club Carlson properties, particularly in US, aren’t superb. On top of that (in comparison to Marriott and Hilton) there aren’t many Carlson properties worldwide. Besides that, IMO, everything else is in favor of this card. The earning rate is excellent, the free status is very good, the signup bonus is solid, the annual renewal bonus is very good, and above all Carlson points, while not valued a lot, are very flexible. Now before we dig deep, let’s look at some facts.