50% bonus when you buy Club Carlson points – 72 hours only

Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza scheme, is running a 72 hour flash sale for buying points.  The bonus is an impressive 50%.

The link to buy is here.  You need to log in to see the bonus.

Here are the headline facts:

There is NO minimum purchase – even buying just 1,000 points gets you a 50% bonus so this is a good way of topping off your balance

The annual cap on purchases is 40,000 points (this excludes the bonus)

Points are sold at a flat rate of $7 per 1,000

On this basis, you are effectively paying $4.66 per 1,000 points.  That is exactly £3 per 1,000 points.

Following the recent devaluation, which boosted the cost of the top Club Carlson hotels to 70,000 points, I tend to value my Carlson points at 0.33p each.  On this basis, it is possible that you could save some money by buying points instead of booking a room for cash.

A 5-star London property requiring 70,000 points would be £210 if you bought those points during this promotion.  That could represent a saving on a peak date but it would be marginal – it is a better deal if you are topping off a balance.  At the other end of the scale, some Park Inn hotels are only 9,000 points which would be just £27.

The snag with Carlson is that their portfolio is quite varied.  You will find lots of Radisson properties in Scandinavia, for example.  London also has a number of impressive Radisson and upmarket Park Plaza hotels.  There are also quite a few budget Park Inn hotels in the UK.  Other parts of the world have little to offer or, as you will find in the US, the average quality of the hotels is poor.

Before you buy, remember that Club Carlson is also an American Express Membership Rewards partnerAs I wrote in this article, it is potentially their most generous partner at 3 Carlson points for every 1 Amex point you transfer.  Instead of paying £3 for 1,000 points, you could transfer 333 Amex points instead and effectively get 0.9p per Amex point of value.

The link to buy is here if you are interested.  The deal ends on the 14th at 9am US Eastern time which will be 2pm in the UK I think.  Best to buy today to be sure!

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. There is almost nothing to fish for in the Category 1 9,000 points pool.

  2. Simon Schus says:

    Is there a list of Club Carlson properties by category anywhere easy?

  3. I have 189.000 points, but wherever I would like to go they tend to have only top of the range hotels or hotels in the middle if nowhere e.g. near airports or suburbs.

  4. JamesWag says:

    Hi, I’ve noticed this a few times, not a huge problem by any means but is a little irritating; The articles are written as if the reader is receiving them the previous day. Obviously because they’ve been written the previous day but its not ideal from an audience perspective.
    Often I’ve noticed that I recieve an email which talks about something finishing tomorrow whereas it is actually ending the same day the email arrives.
    This has happened, in words to such effect, today with this article too.

    Another observation is that this email arrived with just 10 hours remaining of a 72hour sale. Fortunately its for something which presumably doesn’t have limited availability.

    Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning :-)

    • Yes. Wrong side of the bed, definitively.

    • I see your point, although I am aware of the timing issue and try to be careful using words like ‘today’ or ‘tomorrow’ to ensure they relate to the day of publication. However, the article is FACTUALLY correct :-) Carlson has launched a 72 hour flash sale (a day ago!) which therefore will finish tomorrow as the note at the bottom says.

      I couldn’t have been any quicker with this as I wasn’t emailed about it until yesterday evening in the first place!

  5. This is fair value at the promotional rate if using the points sensibly.
    But when I go through the hoops I am not offered any bonus rate.
    Without the bonus the regular price lacks commercial merit

  6. I quite like Radisson blu hotels but the constant changes to the program are annoying. Be wary about this!
    I did get good value with a part cash points deal at the hotel in Weisbaden, which included access to their spa….