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Last week Club Carlson announced that they’d be offering some flash sales on the purchase of Gold Points. They launched their first 75% bonus on purchased Club Carlson points the same day that they announced these flash sales would be coming. Then they announced yet another flash sale with the same terms this Monday.
Well, the flash sale offering a 75% bonus on purchased points is back for a third time, through 5:29PM EST today, Friday, June 27, 2014.
With a 75% bonus you’re paying just 0.4 cents per point.
Even though Club Carlson points purchases are processed by points.com, people are reporting that if you use your Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card you’ll earn 10 points per dollar spent (I haven’t been able to verify this directly). If that’s the case, that means purchasing 70,000 Gold Points would actually get you a total of 72,800 points as long as you use their co-branded card. So that’s a rate of 0.385 cents per point!
That’s a hell of a value in conjunction with their co-branded credit card. Most of their top hotels go for 50,000 points per night, and when you redeem for a two night stay the second night is free, assuming you have their card. So this is like paying less than $100 per night for one of their better hotels, including in London Paris, Stockholm, etc.
You’re limited to purchasing 40,000 Club Carlson points per calendar year, so if you maxed out the last promotion you wouldn’t be eligible for this one.
Do keep in mind that Club Carlson lets you combine points from multiple accounts with no fee, so one way around the limit is to buy points for multiple accounts. If you don’t have status then you can combine points from multiple accounts within the same household for no fee. However, if you do have status then you can combine points with anyone for no fee. Keep in mind that just having the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card gets you Gold status, which is enough to avoid that transfer fee.
While this has been a very generous promotion, I’m somewhat puzzled about why they offered an identical promotion three times, when you’re limited to purchasing a total of 40,000 points per year. Oh well, this has been a great promotion — even if a bit overdone — and I look forward to using my Club Carlson points in Europe this summer. If you haven’t yet purchased Club Carlson Gold Points through this promotion, I would assume that this is actually the last flash sale.