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None of the fall hotel promotions have been lucrative enough to make me really alter my planned hotel stays. However, the new Radisson promotion is worthy of a mattress run in some cases. For those wondering what a mattress run is, it means a hotel stay that is planned solely or primarily for the purposes of earning points/free night certificates. Often on mattress runs, people just check-in and don’t even actually spend the night at the hotel. It sounds crazy, and it is, but it can make total sense in some cases.
The new Radisson “One for One” Promotion provides a free night award that can be used at any Radisson Blu or Radisson Hotel in the US, Canada, or the Caribbean when you register and book a qualified stay before October 31. Your qualified stay must take place between October 1st and December 31st at a Radisson or Radisson Blue in the US, Canada, or the Caribbean. Your free night must be used by December 31, 2013.
I certainly liked their “Big Night Giveaway” promotion that happened earlier in the year much better as it awarded 50,000 points that could be used however you wished after a qualifying stay, but this promotion is still pretty good compared to other promotions that are out there. Let’s say that you can stay at a Radisson for around $80 (or less), which is not unheard of in some areas.
You can then turn around and use the free night earned from your $80 stay at an expensive Radisson like the Radisson Martinique on Broadway in New York City. That hotel often goes for $250 – $350 and up per night, so this deal could save you a few hundred bucks just by checking into a hotel.
Of course you do have the risk of reward nights not being available when you want to use your free stay, but that is always the case with miles and points. I need to do some research/thinking about when or where it would make sense for me to participate in this promo. There isn’t a Radisson in Houston, but there will be in some other cities I visit before the end of the year. Update: Since I wrote this I actually found a very reasonably priced Radisson in a city I am visiting, and found a lower price on another website. I have submitted for a Best Rate Guarantee to save 25% off the lower rate I found. We’ll see how it plays out – worked fine for the last promotion!
I recommend looking at your travel plans for the next few months to see if it makes sense to arrange your hotel stays around this promotion. There is a limit of one free award night per person. Even if you aren’t 100% sure if you will participate I would register for the promotion since it is limited to the first 50,000 that register (of course don’t register if you know for sure you won’t be using your slot).
While you are at it, you can also register for another Club Carlson promotion that awards points based on the number of stays you have October 1 – December 31. You can earn an extra:
- 2,000 bonus points per night when you stay one to five nights
- 4,000 bonus points per night when you stay six to nine nights
- 6,000 bonus points per night when you stay 10 to 20 nights
Your total award will be calculated and credited to your account early in January 2013. Maximum award of 120,000 Bonus Points per member. Happy point and free night earning!