Club Carlson has launched a promotion for buying their points, which is running for a surprisingly long time – up to 15th October.
The level of bonus increases with the amount you buy:
- Buy 5,000 – 10,000 points and receive a 20% Bonus
- Buy 11,000 – 30,000 points and receive a 30% bonus
- Buy 31,000 – 40,000 points and receive a 50% Bonus
There is an annual limit of 40,000 purchased points. For the purposes of this promotion, they are not counting the bonus points towards the 40,000 point cap.
The price to buy points is a flat $7 per 1,000. The most you can buy under this promotion would be 60,000 points for $280.
There may be times when this is a better deal than paying cash for a hotel, but it certainly isn’t a no-brainer. You need to remember that Club Carlson has very generous earning rates. When you pay cash, you are earning 20 points per $1, plus the online booking bonus, plus any status tier point bonus. A Gold member earns a 50% points bonus and a 2,000 point per stay online booking bonus.
On this basis, a $200 stay would earn a Gold member 8,000 points – worth about £40 if you assume £5 / 1000 on a good redemption. This is around 25% of the money you paid coming back to you in rewards.
If you need to top off your account to a suitable level for an award night (say, to 44,000 or 50,000 points, which are typical high-end reward levels) then this may be an option. Don’t forget that you can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Carlson, though, which – given the 1:3 ratio – may be a better deal.
If you want to buy, the Club Carlson ‘buy points’ page is here (scroll down).
(PS. Don’t forget that, two months ago, Club Carlson changed its ‘points to airline miles’ conversion rates overnight with no notice. Bear that in mind before you stockpile Club Carlson points with no obvious redemption in mind.)