I’ve often referred to Club Carlson as “the little program that could.” Club Carlson, the owner of brands such as Radisson, Park Plaza and Country Inn & Suites, does not have the world’s best-known hotels, but they tend to make up for it with some fantastic promotions. Their second quarter promotion for 2017 is no exception.
Triple Points Plus 5K
The base promotion alone, which you need to register for, is excellent. You’ll receive triple points on all stays between now and June 30. You typically earn 20 points per dollar spent at their hotels,* but the promotion will kick it up to 60 points per dollar spent (Only base points are doubled.). Standard rooms range anywhere from 9,000 to 70,000 points, so you could end up with a nice vacation out of this promotion. You can also exchange points for airline miles, at the not unattractive rate of 10 points = 1 mile. For the purposes of this promotion, you can triple the number of miles received.
But wait, there’s more! You’ll also earn an additional 5,000 points for each Sunday and Monday night that you stay at their properties. That’s on top of the triple points that you earn above.
The only downside to the promotion: Your total bonus is capped at 100,000 points. That’s equivalent to 50,000 base points earned, or $2,500 in spending. That sounds like a lot of money to spend on hotels but, for those who travel to expensive cities, it’s not as hard as it sounds.
Regardless of the limitation on the total that you can earn, this is one of the best promotions that I have seen in the world of hotels. I’m not normally a Club Carlson customer, but the bonuses that they are offering would make me seriously thing about taking advantage of this promo.
*Beginner’s Hint: The actual number of points that you earn per dollar is a largely irrelevant number. Just because you earn 10 points per dollar at Hilton and two points per dollar at Starwood does not make Hilton a 5X better program. The most important number is the number of dollars you need to spend earn a free night. Since Starwood’s free nights also cost considerably fewer points than Hilton’s do, the ratio is much closer than it would appear.
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