The result was anyone who called, or did a secure message, asking for a free night cert to make up for this change would get one in a few weeks.
My wife called at 4PM on August 18th and just today the certs posted to both her Club Carlson card with an annual fee and the downgraded card she also holds. I have booked both certs using the code from the cert and the promo code USBANKEC.
The bottom line is these two certs saved me over $500 for the two nights I have booked them for next year. I also used some of my remaining points to finish off the nights I needed. That, and a combination of SkyMiles LEVEL 1 awards and bump vouchers is going to make my anniversary trip this year as close to free as I can make it! 🙂
Have you got your free night cert yet? – Rene