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Cyber Monday is full of online deals and online spam mascarading as deals, and it can be hard to spot the difference. Today I’ll share a few Cyber Monday specials that are actually legit deals that are really better than the regular price. Of course that no “deal” is right for everyone, as the “deal” has to align with your budget and travel goals in order for it to make sense for your family.
The first deal today that I think is very good is on Club Carlson hotel points. Club Carlson is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points, up to 10,000 points. That is a pretty low maximum amount of bonus points, but the price on the points you can get with the 100% bonus on is great none the less.
I will be purchasing 10,000 Club Carlson points to trigger the full 10,000 point bonus for a total of $70. That comes to just over 1/3 of a cent per point, which is a very good deal. It is an even better deal if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card which gives you the last award night free! On two night stays, this can essentially double the value of your points!
To put some context to that, we have a two night stay at the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa on Club Carlson points coming up. Since we have the co-branded credit card, we are just charged 50,000 points for the first night and then get the last award night free. At the rate of $.0035 per point, that stay would cost a grand total of $175 for the first night, and nothing for the second night. The selling price for the hotel on our dates around $350 per night, so you are getting tremendous savings by purchasing points at that rate.
I have also gotten tremendous value of our Club Carlson points during previous stays at The May Fair in London, Radisson Blu Champs Elysees in Paris, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin, Radisson Blu Plaza in Oslo, and at the Radisson Blu Ski Resort in Trysil. My parents just used their Club Carlson points for a stay at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway in New York City!
Here is the Club Carlson award chart so you can get an idea of how many points are required for the different categories of hotels. The hotels I have stayed at in Europe are all on the upper end of the award chart as Category 5 – 7 hotels.
In general I prefer to use Club Carlson points for stays in Europe as they have some properties in major cities as well as some European ski properties that can also be a great value on points. However, if Europe isn’t in your travel plans, there are some good values right here in the United States. Club Carlson properties in Europe often offer family rooms and even one-bedroom suites for an increased number of points (with the last award night still free with the co-branded credit card).
There is a maximum of 40,000 purchased Club Carlson points each year (the bonus points don’t count toward that total), so be sure you aren’t already over that limit. Remember that Club Carlson allows you to transfer points for free if you are an elite member (which you are with the credit card), or the person you want to transfer to is a member of your household. Who else is buying Club Carlson points with a 100% bonus today?!