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Club Carlson TSA Precheck Redemption
You have probably heard that the TSA is understaffed this Summer and thus lines at airports have grown. This in turn has “motivated” many people to get either Global Entry or TSA Precheck. While us credit card crazies probably all have Global Entry due to various fee credits available, the masses do not and loyalty programs are seeing a way to cash in on it.
For example, Southwest recently sent me the following deal:
To help alleviate long TSA lines at the airport, for a limited time we are offering our Members the ability to bypass the $85 TSA Pre✔® application fee. Members can redeem 9,000 Rapid Rewards® points to receive an authorization code by mail.
Well Southwest points are worth about 1.2-1.4 cents each, so redeeming them for just under a penny a piece isn’t a good deal at all. But, it is a good deal compared to the offer I just received from Club Carlson. It is so bad I had to do a double take.
Use your points to enjoy five years of hassle-free travel with TSA Precheck, the program offering expedited security when you fly. Make your whole travel experience more convenient and efficient for just 65,000 Gold Points.
The TSA Precheck application fee is normally $85, but as a Club Carlson member, you can now use your points to cover the application fee.
65,000 points to save $85?!? OMG! Ok, I know that Club Carlson points aren’t worth much, but certainly the company feels they are worth more than .13 cents each. I also love how they admit how worthless their points are by putting the normal $85 price tag right in the text. I know my loyal readers don’t need to be told this, but THIS IS A TERRIBLE DEAL!
If I really cared much for Club Carlson, their properties or their loyalty program I might actually be offended by this offer. Thankfully I’ll find a way to get upwards of .4 cents per point for my balance, but that cheap stench every time I look at the Club Carlson section in Award Wallet will never go away. 😉
What is the worst points redemption deal you have ever seen? Let us know in the comments!
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