When your Club Carlson points expire, and how to stop it

I receive occasional emails from readers asking ‘How can I stop my Club Carlson points from expiring?’ or ‘When do my Club Carlson points expire?’.  This new series looks at the major hotel loyalty programmes and shows you how to keep your valuable points intact.

If you need to refer to this article in the future, there is a link to it on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page in the Club Carlson section.  This also includes details of current Club Carlson promotions.

About Club Carlson

Club Carlson is the loyalty scheme for Radisson Blu, Radisson Red, Quorvus CollectionPark Inn, Park Plaza and Country Inns & Suites hotels.

When do Club Carlson points expire?

According to the Club Carlson terms and conditions here “Gold Points do not have an expiration date as long as your account remains active by earning or redeeming within a 24 month period.”

What do they mean by ‘earning or redeeming’?

The key point is that YOU DO NOT NEED TO STAY AT A HOTEL TO KEEP YOUR POINTS ALIVE.  You simply need to have some activity go through your account.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

There are various ways of achieving this:

Earning points:

Transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into your account

Buy Club Carlson points

Go shopping at Bicester Village – you will earn 10 points per £1 spent

Credit a car rental to Club Carlson.  It is partners with Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National and Sixt.

US readers can also earn points by ordering flowers or wine via Club Carlson partners.

Spending points:

Any movement on your account should cause your expiry date to reset.  These are the smallest redemptions possible:

If you have at least 9,000 points, book and then cancel a Park Inn redemption night.  This should count as activity, in my opinion, but of course you try this at your own risk.

Transfer points into an airline loyalty scheme.  The minimum transfer is 2,000 points.

Club Carlson has a number of charity partners on their website who accept donations of points.  The minimum donation is only 1,000 points.

Redeem for a pre-paid MasterCard.  You can redeem 30,000 points for a £25 gift card.  105,000 points is a slightly better deal as this gets you a £100 gift card.  Whilst gift card redemptions from airline and hotel schemes are usually poor value, this one is actually no worse than redeeming points for airline miles (100,000 points would get you 10,000 airline miles) assuming you value an airline mile at 1p.

As you can see, there is no excuse at all for letting Club Carlson points expire!

If you want to track the expiry dates of all of your miles and points, I recommend signing up to AwardWallet for free.  It keeps all of your points balances, including non-travel loyalty schemes, in one place and updates them automatically.  If you pay for the premium version it also tracks your expiry dates and emails you when points are about to expire.

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

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Comments

  1. Optimus Prime says:

    OT – Starwood points 35% off until 30th June.

    • Alex W says:

      Oooh. Do they get double points paying on SPG Amex?

      • Alex W says:

        Seems not as it’s processed by Points.com. Also charged in US$ so Lloyds Amex it is then!

  2. Frenske says:

    I think US people can also get a Club Carlson credit card. Lucky them up to 85.000 bonus easily worth £250

  3. pauldb says:

    Looks like the minimum Amex transfer is 3 points (= 9 CC points) so that’s a bit of a no-brainer.

    • RussellH says:

      That also makes Club Carlson the obvuious destination for those few final Amex MR points when the time comes to empty your MR account. Most airlines require a minimum transfer of 1 000 points (Alitalia 200 and Flying Blue 500) and of the other hotel partners, SPG require 400 and Hilton 200. So once you have fewer than 200 points left in your MR a/c, Club Carlson is the only other travel option. If you have ended up with 199 points, you get 594 CC points and lose just 1 MR point.

      I can live with that…

  4. Anyone looking for a 9000 point redemption? I found this:
    https://www.clubcarlson.com/fgp/hotelcategory/home.do