I’ve often referred to Club Carlson as the little program that could. It’s not the biggest loyalty program in the world but it offers excellent redemptions and promotions at a wide range of hotels, including Radisson and Park Plaza, among others. Before any elite status bonuses, you earn 20 points per dollar spent and room nights start at 9,000 points, so it’s possible to spend just $450 and get a free room ($450*20 points/dollar=9,000 points). The rate of return is better than any of its competitors’, and it isn’t close, and it gets even better if you have elite status.
Double Gold Points
The terms and conditions for the promotion aren’t entirely clear, but it does appear to be a straight double points promotion through December 31, with a possible exception for Country Inns & Suites (which would require Sunday through Thursday), meaning that as little as $225 can earn you a free room. Otherwise, it’s a no muss, no fuss promotion.
As mentioned above, Club Carlson isn’t as big as its competitors but it does offer excellent value in the upscale and upper-midscale categories, as well as broad geographic diversification. When combined its the huge returns and easy redemptions, Club Carlson is one of the best loyalty programs in the lodging space.
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