Club Carlson 2-4-1 and 4-4-2 rates – a great deal for Gold members (ie Amex Plats!)

It is a while since I have written about the Club Carlson ‘two for one’ and ‘four for two’ deals that are offered to Club Carlson Gold members.  This is for stays at Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza properties.

This is especially poor of me, because Club Carlson Gold is a benefit of the American Express Platinum card which a lot of Head for Points readers hold.  I will make up for that today!

Radisson Blu Berlin

The 2-4-1 deal works like this:

Pay for Thursday night, get Friday night FREE

Pay for Friday night, get Saturday night FREE

The 4-4-2 deal works like this:

Pay for Wednesday and Thursday, get Friday and Saturday FREE

Pay for Thursday and Friday, get Saturday and Sunday FREE

It is a pretty idiot-proof deal.  You need to book through the special links on the Club Carlson website, which can be found here for the 241 and here for the 442.

It is only valid for hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  One Gold member can book up to 2 rooms, so it also works OK if you need a 2nd room for family or friends.

Not all hotels offer this, and availability varies depending on how busy they are.  I used it once, in Riga, with an excellent result.  Not only did I get two nights for the price of one, but the hotel upgraded me to a Business Class room because of my Gold card.  This meant I got free mini-bar, free pay TV and free breakfast as well!  I think my total bill was around £40!

As a quick experiment, I did a search for Berlin in late January 2016 which is low season (the Radisson Blu in Berlin is pictured above – yes, that is a massive aquarium in the lobby!):

  • 5 of the 8 properties offered me a free Saturday when I bought Friday
  • 5 of the 8 offered a free Friday when I paid for Thursday
  • 4 of the 8 offered Friday and Saturday for free when you paid for Wednesday and Thursday
  • 4 of the 8 offered a free Saturday and Sunday when you paid for Thursday and Friday.

Whilst you will definitely not find such good availability everywhere, the rates are there if you want them although you may need to book a few months ahead.

(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. Sandgrounder says:

    Don’t these rates include breakfast anyway? I have used this deal three times so far and it has always included breakfast, upgrade or not.

    It is worth mentioning that Club Carlson are quite generous with status matches. My wife previously had Gold through the PRG offer a while back. This had expired, so I emailed a scan of my Accor Platinum card a couple of weeks ago, and I have been given Gold until the end of Feb 2017. Off to Sweden shortly with a nice saving.

  2. I love it but careful, i have always been upgraded to an executive room for the two rooms i booked but depending on the hotel it is not always free breakfast and free minibar!!
    I had to pay in Parkinn for example
    And no mention in Radisson re free minibar!!

    • Sandgrounder says:

      The rate details will tell you if you get breakfast. I did in Oslo, Riga and Malmo. All Radisson Blu though not Park Inn. I got the upgraded room each time but not the room service breakfast advertised for business rooms, just the standard as per the rate.

  3. Some great rates to be had indeed! Had a look around Christmas market time, availability isn’t bad at all really.

  4. Dirtyneedebluesky says:

    Also works for silver status members (at least for me although I was once gold).

    Although the booking conditions state you will need to show your gold card at check-in nobody has asked for this.

    The rates are that good they even make the hotel staff envious as it beats their staff discount!

  5. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    CC are also offering 10k bonus points for a two-night weekend stay at selected EMEA hotels before November 15th:

    https://www.clubcarlson.com/secure/offers/9791913?int_cid=promotions:secondary:weekendspecial

  6. Just tried the Park Inn, Belfast 8th Jan for 2 nights.

    1st night £79
    2nd night £0 (was £99)
    Total £143.32

    There’s a whopping £64.32 of “Estimated Additional Fees” – yet I can’t see anywhere what they are, even when I open up the full rate details. Any ideas?

    If I don’t login as gold member & just select the 2 nights in the same hotel, not on the offer, guess what – the price is £142.40 on their advance purchase rate. I smell a rat!

    • Looks like they trying to circumvent the deal rate.

    • Booking the Belfast Radisson Blu for the same nights does have the second night free, £97 for the 2 nights. I have used the 241 quite a few times and have not seen Estimated Additional Fees at this level before. I would ring IHG or the hotel direct for an explanation.

      • I tweeted @ClubCarlson who have asked me to email them full details for investigation – I have just done so.

  7. Availability in London is non-existent…. Was looking yesterday for a weekend in Dec and there is nothing…. Even with the F&F…. I also brought up the availability calendars up and there is nothing upto February either.
    Disappointing

    • sandgrounder says:

      I am seeing some availability in Jan, for example Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, Park Plaza Riverbank and Plaza on the River are available 8th to 10th, And the week after. But I agree, it’s not great in the capital. Unless you count Thurrock!

  8. Slightly off topic -I cancelled Platinum in early June, took out a Gold and just got 20,000 bonus points can I get an upgrade bonus to Platinum now or would I need to wait until early December?

    • Even worse – you need to cancel Gold and THEN wait 6 months. You need to be ‘Membership Rewards free’ for 6 months.

      • Really? I was kind of surprised to get points on the Gold having only got rid of Platinum in June. I thought I’d seen posts on FT about upgrading Gold to Platinum for extra bonus points unless it’s changed…. pity Platinum so much I like the lounge access but don’t travel enough and already have medical cover at work.

        • Do Priority Pass cards lapse when Platinum is cancelled or on expiration of the card?

          • They stop when the Amex stops, the other status cards continue for the remainder of their year (occ longer).

        • Amex IT can be ropey but you can’t seriously expect me to encourage hundreds of people to do something just because it (mistakenly?) worked for a couple!

          I would encourage someone to buy a newspaper in Tesco if it was mistakenly giving out Clubcard points. I am not going to encourage someone to take out a charge card with a £450 annual fee and associted credit file hits etc just because some people got a bonus they were not expecting.

          You CAN upgrade from Gold to Plat and get a 15k bonus – the link is advertised on the HFP ‘Avios Promos’ page.

          • Sorry getting a bonus was a plus (not sure what couple ref was about) I wouldn’t expect a bonus for upgrading to Platinum to be honest and if I did it would be a plus and of course anyone taking a card out does so of their own free will. I might try the link thanks for that can always cancel later anyway.

  9. Thanks for highlighting this Rob!

    Just booked the G&V royal mile in Edinburgh – £219 for a 2 night stay in Jan 2016. I’d been looking for a hotel in Edinburgh anyway – so this offer tipped the balance!

    Is this a long term benefit for golds or just a promotion? Might make me rethink about trying to requalify next year rather than slipping down to Silver!

    • It has been running for years – my Riga trip was probably 7 years ago!

      If you can’t renew, an option is getting Amex Platinum, applying for Carlson Gold and then cancelling quickly. You’d get most of your £450 fee back pro-rata and the hotel cards last until the usual expiry date.

  10. I previously have held CC Gold when I had the Amex Plat, but this had lapsed as I had cancelled and moved to Amex Gold. I emailed my IHG Plat status to CC and they status matched me back to Gold. We then did the 4-4-2 offer for 4 nights in Madrid in August. That got us 4 nights for £200 all in at the Radisson Blu. It was a great deal getting a nice enough hotel in central location for £50 per night. I did think it would be very hot (August is generally seen a low season due to the heat) but the weather was perfect for us with temps generally in the high 20s/low 30s during the day and low 20s at night.

    I wouldn’t have known to look for the deal (or fly there using Avios as 2 one way bookings, one on BA and one on Iberia to minimise the charges) had it not been for hfp – thanks Raffles.