A Club Carlson Bonus and When Not To Get Miles

Club Carlson

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 6.40.37 PMOne of the things that I really like about the Club Carlson hotel program is that they run lots of little bonus offers. It’s the type of thing that can really add up over time, and they’re never particularly difficult to complete. The newest one is no exception: Stay at two different brands between today and March 31 and you’ll pick up 5,000 points. Hey, it’s better than nothing.

Cruises – Skip the Miles

The fine print

The fine print

Mileage programs exist for one, and only one, reason: To influence future behavior (They have nothing to do with loyalty, no matter what the companies call them.). Thus, it seems like a great idea to book any cruise through an airline. Currently, American is running a promotion for six points per dollar spent, up to $10,000, for cruises booked through January 21. Don’t worry if you miss this one, there’s always a bonus somewhere.

But you probably shouldn’t be booking cruises through the airline, anyway. First, travel agents often have access to special deals that the airlines don’t. The cruise lines know that if you are going for the miles, you might be willing to receive less in terms of amenities or extras. Second, a travel agent will often use part of their commission and throw in some extras for you, such as an onboard credit. That can end up being worth more than the miles.

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