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Most of the major hotel chains have revealed their early 2015 bonus point promotions, and while many have been relatively lack-luster so far, Club Carlson is actually a real stand-out with their “Extend Your Stay, Earn 30K Points” promo.
Here are the details for the pretty lucrative promo:
- Earn 15,000 bonus Club Carlson points for eligible stays of two nights or longer
- Earn 30,000 bonus Club Carlson points for eligible stays of three nights or longer
- Stays or nights paid for by redeeming Gold Points or by using Points + Cash are not eligible for this promotion.
- Registration must be received before checkout of the first eligible stay to qualify.
Some Club Carlson members also got emails that they will receive an additional 10,000 bonus points on their first eligible stay of two nights or longer during the promotion. Look for an email with the subject line “Early access to our new promotion” to see if you were included in that portion of the promotion.
Let me put some math to this promotion to highlight why I think it is a stand-out above the other promotions. Let’s assume that you are staying at a Club Carlson hotel that has a $100 average daily rate (and there are plenty that are going to rank in much lower than that). Let’s also assume that you have a Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card since you absolutely should have that card if you are going to care about Club Carlson points. Having that card also gives you instant Club Carlson Gold status, which I will factor into the equation below.
Three nights x $100/night = $300
$300 x 20 Club Carlson points per dollar = 6,000 points
+35% Gold Elite bonus of 2,100 points
$300 x 10 Club Carlson points per dollar for paying with Club Carlson Visa Signature = 3,000 points
+30,000 bonus points from promo
+10,000 bonus points from “early access” targeted email (if applicable)
That’s a potential total of 51,100 points via a three night stay with the Earn 30k Points Promo. That sounds like an impressive total, and it is. That is enough points for an award night at many Club Carlson hotels around the world including Radisson Martinique on Broadway in NYC, Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa, Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, Radisson Blu Trysil Ski Resort, or Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London.
With the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card 50,000 points is actually enough for two nights at any of those properties since this last award night is free with the card. So, for $300 (or less in many situations), you could have enough points for two nights at properties that can easily run $300USD or more per night. That may or may not be mattress run worthy for you, but it is certainly worth giving Club Carlson preference for a qualifying stay this winter if you have the opportunity!