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Club Carlson has unveiled their fourth quarter promotion, entitled Points Or Nights. The promotion is valid for stays between November 4 and December 30, 2014.
Through this promotion you have the choice between:
- Double base Gold Points
- Double night credits towards status
Registration is required prior to check-out of your first eligible stay, and you do have to select which reward you want at the time of registration — you can’t change it later.
Double Gold Points
Club Carlson members ordinarily earn 20 points per dollar spent at Club Carlson properties, so through this promotion would earn 40 points per dollar spent.
Keep in mind if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card, you earn an additional 10 points per dollar spent. Furthermore, the card automatically comes with Gold status, which earns you a 35% bonus on base points. That’s an additional 7 points per dollar spent. That means you’re looking at a total of 57 Gold Points per dollar spent at Club Carlson properties when paying with the card.
I value Gold Points at ~0.4 cents each, so that’s like a return of 23%. That being said, it’s possible to get a lot more value out of points in conjunction with their co-branded credit card, since the second night of every award redemption is free. That potentially doubles the value of your points.
Double elite night credits
If you select this option, your elite night credits will be doubled. It’s worth noting that this doesn’t apply to elite stay credits, but rather only elite night credits.
In general I find Club Carlson elite tiers to be a bit too high given the benefits:
Like I said above, you automatically get Gold status with the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card, which gets you free internet, a welcome gift, and room upgrades.
Upgrade to Business Room at Radisson Blu as Club Carlson Gold
Obviously I’d only recommend choosing this option if you were really close to the next elite tier, as your elite night balance will reset next year. So unless it helps you achieve a higher tier, selecting this option would be a waste.
Hilton, Hyatt, IHG Rewards Club, and Starwood have all already announced their fourth quarter promotions, which are of varying value. Hilton and Starwood’s promotions aren’t especially lucrative, while Hyatt and IHG Rewards Club have targeted promotions that have the potential to be lucrative.
Club Carlson has always had an attractive return on hotel stays, and this promotion only improves that further.