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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*.
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.
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.
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.