Club Carlson Gold Points Bonus For Weekend Europe Stays

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Club Carlson has brought back an extremely lucrative promotions for stays at participating properties in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as follows:

Register for the Club CarlsonSM Weekend Special by 31 August 2014 and receive 20,000 bonus Gold Points® when you arrive Thursday through Sunday and stay two or more nights between 3 June 2014 and 15 September 2014 at a participating Radisson Blu® or Park Inn® by Radisson hotel in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Terms and conditions apply*.

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You can only earn this bonus once, and registration must be complete before your eligible check-out. The stay must be between June 3 and August 31, 2014, to be eligible. This offer is only valid for reservations made June 3, 2014, or later. Bonus points should post to eligible accounts 6-8 weeks after the stay is completed.

I generally value Club Carlson points at ~0.4 cents each, so that’s an $80 value by my math. But the beauty of the Club Carlson program is just how much value you can get out of a promotion if you truly maximize it.

To give an extreme example, Loyalty Traveler references the Park Inn by Radisson in Budapest, Hungary. He sees a rate of 71 Euros per night, so explains that you can earn the bonus points for a stay that costs less than $200.

When I pulled up rates for the hotel, I see stays that are much cheaper. For example, I see weekend rates in July of ~27 Euros per night.

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So including tax, a two night stay would cost you ~65 Euros, which is under $100USD. However, the Weekend Special promotion only includes eligible rates, so I’m not sure if that rate would be excluded since it’s technically a “stay two nights and save 20%” rate.

But even the best available rate is ~33 Euros per night, which comes to ~81 Euros including tax for a two night stay.

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For that you receive 20,000 points. If you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card, the last night of every award redemption of at least two nights is free. So for staying two nights at the Park Inn Budapest, you could redeem 18,000 of the 20,000 bonus points you earn towards two sets of two night stays.

You really can’t beat six nights of hotel stays for ~$110USD. Anyway, that’s just an extreme example of what’s possible through this promotion, though it really is worth keeping in mind. Club Carlson offers a hell of a value proposition in terms of their award stays in conjunction with their co-branded credit card, since you can basically double the value of your points if staying in the right increments.

I plan on checking out several Club Carlson properties during my visit to Europe next month.

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Comments

  1. Got 3 nights planned in Norway in Sept and 3 nights in Budapest in Nov planned. Too bad I’m going to miss this promo.

    I do have another question: My 3 nights in Norway is currently on points, 44k a night x2 plus last night free with the CC Visa, so 88k points total. The paid rate is ~$150 a night. Do you think it is better to pay for one night at $~150 and book the other two nights as award, for only 44k, including the free night, or should I keep my existing reservation?

    Thanks Ben

  2. @ Ben — Yes, I value 44,000 points at more than $150, so I’d book one night on a paid stay, especially when you factor in how many points you’d earn for it.

  3. I’m not lucky but I think a lot of it depends on whether you’re points rich and money poor or vice versa. Obviously you know that you’d be paying $150 for 44,000 points. If you agree with Lucky’s calculations that a CC point is worth about 0.4 cents, then those points have a value of about $176, so by that matter it would be worth it.

    Personally, I’d probably just burn the points, depending on how many CC points you have.

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for the great post! Will use this bonus offer for sure.
    Interesting question would be whether this is stackable with Club Carlson 2 for 1 for Gold members. http://www.clubcarlson.com/2for1
    So book 2 nights (Thu-Fri or Fri-Sat), pay 1 based on this 2-for-1 rate, and then get the 20k weekend bonus. Do you know whether this 2-for-1 rate is eligible?

    Thanks!

  5. @Ben (Not Lucky):

    Welcome to Norway 🙂

    If you’re staying over a weekend, you can get the 2-for-1 promo on paid stays. I’m assuming you’re at least Club Carlson Gold (or Concierge), so that you can take advantage of it. The promo code is RSGP1P1

  6. @ Gert — I would assume not since it says you can’t combine it with other promotions. But you never know…

  7. @Gert+Lucky – Officially I’m not sure (I think you’re only supposed to get the points/stay credit for the first night), but in practice I’ve always got the basic points and bonus points on for both nights on 241 stays, including when I had to email to chase up the basic points one time.

  8. @ Cecilie

    Takk! Excited to visit Ålesund. I’m only CC Silver, so I can’t take advantage of it. But from what I can tell. I’m not missing anything. I’m only staying three nights, as far as I can tell it doesn’t seem to make a difference if I’m paying for one night, redeem another, and get another bonus night via the credit card, or pay for one night, get the free night from the promo, and redeem a third night. Is that right? Correct me if I’m wrong.

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