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I visited the Radisson Aruba resort this past December and ultimately had a great time. Aruba is an extremely easy family vacation and the Radisson was very kid friendly (especially the pools!). While a trip report is still in the works, I wanted to point out that this resort is in the process of being sold. While confirmation of the exact date and who is buying them is TBD, rumor on the street is that it will turn into a Hilton at some point in April.
I heard about this rumor back in December when I was visiting myself and at the time the front desk staff were reluctant to give out any information. My assumption is that they didn’t know much more than what I read on the internet. However, my parents just returned from this resort a few days ago and the staff there had no problem giving them some information. There was apparently a bunch of talk about the sale on the beach from many resort guests as well.
With that being said, you can still book at this hotel until December 2016! This gives you over a year and a half to book and utilize not only your Club Carlson points (the hotel requires 50,000 points for a free night) but also your free night on any award booking which is an amazing perk of the Club Carlson credit card. That means if you are a Club Carlson card member, you can book a stay for two nights and only pay 50,000 points! When I visited back in December, I was able to book back to back reservations using two different accounts to maximize the credit card benefits (related blog post). For that vacation, I booked three separate reservations that looked like this:
- Reservation #1: Booked under my account, night 1 = 50,000 points, night 2 = FREE!
- Reservation #2: Booked under my husbands account, night 3 = 50,000 points, night 4 = FREE!
- Reservation #3: Booked under my account, night 5 = 50,000 points, night 6 = FREE!
So for a 6 night stay in Aruba I only spent 150,000 Club Carlson points and since it was Christmas time the face value was over $4,000! Remember, this perk is not limited to this particular hotel, but to ALL Club Carlson properties.
While I am not 100% sure yet of my vacation plans this upcoming December, I have already gone ahead and made some speculative reservations at the Radisson Aruba to lock them in with points and the free night benefits. With that being said, assuming the hotel does officially turn into a Hilton hotel within the next month, there is no guarantee that the reservations will be honored so I would not book a non-refundable flight right now if you are not willing to stay elsewhere. The Radisson Aruba Facebook page does suggest that all reservations will be honored and customer service over the phone told me the same thing, but I received no guarantee from the Club Carlson social media team on Twitter. They said that when a property leaves the chain they will make every effort, but ultimately it is up to the new management to decide whether or not the reservation is honored. I personally would love it if reservations are honored and then we can get the perks of having Hilton status during the stay. Fingers crossed, but I am not getting my hopes up!