Through October 15, 2013, Club Carlson is offering tiered bonuses on the purchase of points, up to 50%. The bonus thresholds are as follows:
- Buy 5,000 – 10,000 points and receive a 20% Bonus
- Buy 11,000 – 30,000 points and receive a 30% bonus
- Buy 31,000 – 40,000 points and receive a 50% Bonus
Club Carlson points ordinarily cost 0.7 cents each to purchase, with a maximum of 40,000 points that can be purchased per year (in this case not including the bonus points).
That means if you max out the promotion you can purchase 40,000 points for $280 and will get 20,000 bonus points, for a total of 60,000 points. That comes out to ~0.47 cents per point.
So is that a good deal? Well Club Carlson’s top properties go for 50,000 points per night, so at 0.47 cents per point that’s the equivalent of paying ~$235 per night at one of the top Club Carlson properties. In some cases that might make sense, given that they have hotels that retail for $350+ per night, but it’s not exactly a compelling offer. After all, we’re talking about Club Carlson properties and not Park Hyatts.
That being said, if you have the Club Carlson Signature Visa Card the second night of your award redemption is free, meaning 50,000 points would get you two nights at a top property. You’d be paying $235 for a two night redemption, which is ~$118 per night. Now that’s a bargain, in my opinion, assuming you don’t have a huge stash of Club Carlson points.
So if you have Club Carlson’s co-branded credit card I’d say this might just be a promotion worth taking advantage of. Fortunately the promotion runs for about two months, so you don’t have to immediately decide whether you want to take advantage of the offer or not.