Ever since the massive Club Carlson devaluation, I’ve been struggling with booking hotels in London. Club Carlson has over 20 hotels in London, and they are all conveniently located throughout the city – so there literally is a Club Carlson hotel next to every major London landmark.
In 2015 when I visited London, I booked the Plaza on the River and The May Fair, two nights at each hotel and I paid a total of 100k Club Carlson points for four nights. Now that was an amazing deal. Basically, if you had the Club Carlson VISA Credit Card, every second night was free. So essentially you paid for one night with points and got one for free if you had the credit card. Well, not only did they got rid of that, they also devalued the redemption rates meaning that hotels costing 50k points per night went up to 70k.
This all meant of course that instead of one night costing 25k, it would cost 70k. A terrible devaluation. Luckily, I was then able to really maximise Club Carlson and received tremendous value from the programme before the changes.
Now I am stuck. Seriously, there are so many hotels in London, yet it is so hard to justify whether I should pay cash, points, or points/cash for a hotel night. This is because the hotels go for essentially the same price in money and in points (based on how I value my points)… so I am always stuck deciding.
To be fair, Club Carlson still has decent rates on their hotels in London – most go for around $180 USD per night and they are usually located in excellent areas and therefore I think that’s a great value. But if I’m paying $180 USD per night and an SPG hotel costs a bit more, I would obviously go with the SPG hotel for the Starpoints and the stay credits.
I’ll be there soon and therefore I’m once again hunting for hotels in London. I narrowed it down to either the Le Méridien Piccadilly or the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane – both of which cost the same and are in fantastic locations. Now I can’t decide. Usually I avoid Sheratons because of how “boring” they are, but in this case the Sheraton looks a bit better than the Le Méridien.. so I can’t decide.
The two SPG hotels are pricing out at a bit more than the Club Carlson hotels for my dates, so the choice is obvious. But, I really can’t decide – please help!