Club Carlson has just unveiled the details of their summer promotion, which is valid for stays between May 13 and July 21, 2013. Through this promotion Club Carlson members can earn 10,000 bonus points (in addition to the 20 points per dollar ordinarily earned) for every paid stay of at least two nights. There’s no limit to how many times you can earn the bonus, and registration is required prior to the first check-out in order to be eligible.
I value Club Carlson points at about 0.4 cents each, so this is basically a $40 “return” after every two night stay. Club Carlson redemptions range from 9,000 to 50,000 points per night, so this isn’t nearly as generous as the giveaways in the past where they offered a free night at any property after a single stay.
Then again, that type of a promotion was intended to encourage people to become loyal and wasn’t sustainable long term (much like “Faster Free Nights” wasn’t sustainable at Hyatt), so as far as “normal” promotions go, this isn’t half bad.
Keep in mind if you have the Club Carlson co-branded credit card you’re essentially getting a “buy one get one free” on all award redemptions, which can substantially increase the value of their points.