Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and U.S. Bank Launch the New Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card as an Even Faster

  Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and U.S. Bank Launch the New Club Carlson
  Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card as an Even Faster Way to a Free Night
  Stay

Cardmembers Receive Bonus Award Nights When Gold Points^® are Redeemed for Two
           or More Consecutive Award Nights, the Last Night is Free

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- December 03, 2012

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel
groups, and U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States,
have partnered to launch the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card
(clubcarlsonvisa.com) to provide an even faster way to earn a free night stay
at over 1,000 participating Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide. It is one in a
suite of consumer and business cards that are available through the strategic
partnership.

“The launch of this card is a significant step forward in the expansion of our
Club Carlson loyalty program which has seen outstanding growth as one of the
most rewarding loyalty programs in the industry,” said Thorsten Kirschke,
president, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas.

The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card enables U.S. members of
the Club Carlson program to earn Gold Points faster. These cardmembers can
earn an additional 10 points per dollar at Carlson Rezidor hotels and five
points per dollar spent on the credit card everywhere else. Award nights start
at just 9,000 Gold Points and now with Bonus Award Nights, the last night is
free when Gold Points are redeemed for a minimum of two consecutive award
nights, an exclusive benefit to all Club Carlson Visa cardmembers.

“The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card was created specifically
to reflect the innovative spirit of Carlson Rezidor hotels,” said John Owens,
Senior Vice President for U.S. Bank Retail Payment Solutions. “U.S. Bank and
Carlson have had a business relationship for more than 60 years. This new
rewards card program is a striking accomplishment that reflects the commitment
of both organizations to creativity, collaboration and innovation.”

Not only will cardmembers earn Gold Points at an accelerated rate, the card
program will offer a range of benefits available exclusively to cardmembers,
making it noticeably different and sure to attract and retain loyal Club
Carlson members.

Some of the key benefits of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature
Card include:

  *Bonus Award Nights – when Gold Points are redeemed for two or more
    consecutive award nights, the last night is free – exclusively for
    cardmembers!
  *10 points per dollar on eligible purchases at participating Carlson
    Rezidor hotels worldwide and 5 points per dollar everywhere else Visa is
    accepted
  *Enjoy up to 85,000 Bonus Gold Points to start. Receive 50,000 Gold Points
    after your first purchase, plus 35,000 points after you spend $2,500 on
    your card within the first 90 days.
  *40,000 bonus points each year when card is renewed
  *Automatic Gold Elite Status once card is used. Existing Gold Elite members
    receive 15 qualifying nights toward Concierge Elite Status

As part of the Club Carlson global hotel rewards program, members can redeem
points for free nights at more than 1,000 Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide.
Standard Award Nights range from 9,000 to 50,000 points with no blackout
dates. Or they can choose from a collection of other first-class redemption
opportunities, including the ability to exchange points for airline miles with
more than 20 airlines. Please visit clubcarlson.com for more details.

Guests can apply for the Club Carlson Visa cards and learn more at
clubcarlsonvisa.com.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – born in early 2012 – is one of the world’s
largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor
Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint spanning 81
countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu,
Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By
CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni). In most of the group’s hotels, guests can
benefit from the loyalty program Club Carlson^SM, one of the most rewarding
loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands
employ more than 80,000 people.

About Club Carlson^SM
Club Carlson is the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Rezidor Hotel
Group, part of leading hospitality and travel company, Carlson. Club Carlson
provides its members a faster way to a free night stay with free nights
starting at only 9,000 points with no blackout dates on standard rooms. In
addition to redeeming points for award nights at any of Carlson Rezidor’s more
than 1,000 hotels worldwide, Club Carlson members can redeem points for
vacation credits with CWT Vacations, as well as gift cards through more than
20 retail and restaurant partners. Club Carlson introduced a Concierge Elite
tier in early 2011 offering members complimentary room upgrades, continental
breakfast, and early check-in and late check-out, among other benefits.

About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $352 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2012, is
the parent company of U.S. Bank, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United
States. The company operates 3,086 banking offices in 25 states and 5,080 ATMs
and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance,
investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers,
businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are dedicated to
improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the 2011
Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company by United
Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

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Contact:

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Ben Gardeen, 763-212-8129
bgardeen@carlsonrezidor.com
or
U.S. Bank Public Relations
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732
teri.charest@usbank.com
or
Wagstaff Worldwide
Jennifer Walters Burke, 212-227-7575
jburke@wagstaffworldwide.com
 
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