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One type of hotel point that used to be a pretty rising star among point junkies was Club Carlson points. They were easy to obtain and really easy to stretch for big value if you had the co-branded Club Carlson credit card. Then after a couple of years they increased the maximum number of points required for many of their hotels from 50,000 to 70,000 points per night, and eliminated the super valuable last award night free benefit that came with the credit card. The huge points promos from paid stays also significantly decreased around the same time.
Thanks to all this (and being busy having a raising a baby) I ignored them for about a year. I think that many others did the same even without having the new baby. However, we recently had a stay at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh that reminded me how much I really do like Club Carlson points, even if I don’t like them quite as much as I used to.
I’ll do a full review of the hotel in the next week or so, but today I want to just offer a reminder of how quickly Club Carlson points can still add up, even without the truly massive promos we saw 3-4 years ago.
Racking Up Lots of Club Carlson Points
Thanks to having the co-branded Club Carlson credit card I have automatic Gold status in the Club Carlson program. This doesn’t mean too much in practice, but it does mean you earn a 35% points bonus on eligible stays. Factoring that bonus into the equation, here’s how our recent stay quickly turned into 36,000+ points!
- Earn 20x points per dollar on eligible Club Carlson stays and food/drinks charged to room
- Earn 35% bonus on those base points for having Gold status (via the credit card)
- Earn double the normal base points via the current Work Hard Play Hard promo through 10/31/16 – would have been triple on a weekend stay. Maximum earning of 50,000 bonus points during this promo.
- Earn 10x points for Club Carlson charges on the co-branded credit card…though this card very unfortunately still charges foreign transaction fees, so you may just want to use it for domestic Club Carlson stays to avoid that now pretty antiquated fee.
When you start talking about these huge multipliers it doesn’t take much for a paid stay to turn into a good haul of points to use in the future. In fact, our stay was actually an award stay, but we paid a cash co-pay to go from a standard room to a true one-bedroom suite. We also had another room booked for Grandma for one night and we charged a few food items and drinks to the room. All-in for those expenses we spent about $587 USD at a Club Carlson property, and that quickly turned into around 36,000 Club Carlson points earned at over 60x points per dollar spent, which is nothing to sneeze at.
While standard rooms at their top tier properties are now 70,000 points per night, category 1 Club Carlson properties start at 9,000 points per night. In other words, 36,000+ Club Carlson points still have real value for us. I was pleasantly reminded how quickly Club Carlson points can add up when I logged in to my Club Carlson account this morning. I am looking forward to putting those points to good use in the future at a property like the Radisson Blu Edinburgh, the Radisson Blu Madrid Prado, the Radisson Blu Trysil Ski Resort in Norway, or the May Fair in London!
Do you still make use of the Club Carlson program, or you still “on a break” with them? Are you as impressed as I am at how quickly the points can add up on stays?
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