Club Carlson offering up to a 50% bonus on the purchase of Gold Points through October 15, 2013

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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.

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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.

Comments

  1. nice promotion.

    bought earlier on this year when they were running the 75 minute 75% off promotion.

    snagged 70,000 points for $280

  2. Yes, me too. So that was a good price for 70,000! If I recall correctly, that was the max to buy in a year, so we probably cannot buy more anyway.

  3. My wife just got her CC credit card in the mail yesterday. Would this transaction be processed by CC? I mean would it found as CC spend?

  4. I’m just back from Reykjavik, which has two Radissons and a Park Inn. The Park Inn is a low-level redemption (9K points per night) and goes for about $210 a night. Using the credit card benefit for a two-day stay you get just under 5 (five) cents per point value.

    I wrote a review of that hotel, and the Radisson Blu 1919, on Milepoint (in the Club Carlson forum).

  5. @ lance — Agree with dan that it shouldn’t qualify as hotel spend, though according to the post below, apparently an ad said it would qualify for the 10x points, so it could very well be that Club Carlson processes purchases through points.com as hotel spend (which would potentially have other useful implications as well).

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/21275905-post5.html

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