Club Carlson has just announced a promotion where they’re offering 5,000 bonus Club Carlson Gold Points if you stay at two or more of their hotel brands between January 18 and March 31, 2016.
Club Carlson’s six brands include Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites.
To participate in the promotion, registration is required prior to your first eligible stay. Only cash stays are eligible for the promotion, so stays booked using points or through Club Carlson’s Points + Cash program aren’t eligible for the bonus. Bonus points should post within eight to 10 weeks of eligible activity.
I value Club Carlson points at ~0.4 cents each, so to me 5,000 bonus points are worth ~$20. That’s not a huge bonus, but given how cheap many Club Carlson properties are, and also given that promotions with Club Carlson can be stacked, it’s a nice additional bonus.
Here are the full details of the promotion:
You must be a Club CarlsonSM member to participate in the “Brands to Love” promotion (“Promotion”). Promotion is valid for Eligible Stays, as defined in the Club Carlson Terms and Conditions, which are completed between January 18, 2016 and March 31, 2016 (“Promotion Period”). Promotion registration and Promotion stays must all occur during the Promotion Period. To earn Promotion 5,000 bonus Gold Points, you must register online for the Promotion at clubcarlson.com/brandstolove5k and provide your Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or at check-in. Once registered, you will earn 5,000 bonus points after completion of two Eligible Stays where each of the stays were completed at two separate hotels from different Carlson Rezidor brands, including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson during the Promotion Period. Stays or nights paid for by redeeming points or by using Points + Cash are not Eligible Stays for purposes of this Promotion. You only need to register once, but you must register before checkout of the first Eligible Stay in order for that stay to count as a Promotion stay. Members can earn only one bonus during the Promotional Period (i.e., a maximum of 5,000 bonus points in this Promotion). Offer may not be combined with any other offer or promotion, may not be redeemed for cash or credit, and has no cash value.
Both the check-in and checkout dates of the stay must take place within the Promotional Period. Bonus Points will be credited to your account when the standard Gold Points are credited for the Eligible Stay and will usually be posted to a member’s account within 8 to 10 days after the activity through which they were earned.
This promotion reminds me a bit of the one Starwood has offered for the past couple of years, where they give you a bonus if you stay at a certain number of brands over the course of a year. It’s a smart promotion, as it reminds members of how versatile the brands participating in some loyalty programs are, and encourages them to try brands they might not otherwise stay at.
For example, last year I earned 9,000 bonus Starpoints for staying at nine SPG brands over the course of the year. Starwood has already announced a similar promotion for 2016, though it’s not as generous as last year — this year I can earn 500 bonus Starpoints after staying at five brands.