Club Carlson (Radisson, Park Inn, Park Plaza)

Club Carlson is the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza hotels amongst others. You earn Goldpoints which can be used for free nights or transferred into frequent flyer miles including Avios points.

I published an extensive two-part review of Club Carlson which can be found here and here. The latest promotions can be found on our 'Hotel Promos' page.

Why transferring hotel points to a friend is good (but airline miles are bad)

Most frequent flyer schemes allow you to pay to transfer miles to a friend.  It is usually a terrible deal.  The price is often only modestly cheaper than buying miles outright but no new miles are being created – you are paying a high fee simply for […]

Club Carlson launches new Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza promotion

Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza group, has launched its Spring promotion. It seems simple but comes with a twist. The promotion runs from 9th January to 31st March and you MUST register in advance via this link. This is what […]

Bits: Regus Express to open in Heathrow T2 and T3, 20% off at Radisson Red Brussels

News in brief Regus Express to open in Heathrow T2 and T3 Heathrow Airport is getting two new Regus Express business lounges. After bringing their first Regus Express to T5 back in 2014 (photo below), the global workspace provider is expanding their partnership with Heathrow Airport. […]

Bits: Uber launches UberEVENTS, new Park Plaza hotel opens at Waterloo, DVB AirApp

More news in brief: Uber launches UberEVENTS The newest Uber venture is UberEVENTS.  If you are a corporate or social event planner this may be of interest to you. Imagine that you want to offer people free transport to attend your function.  This has historically […]

Earn DOUBLE Club Carlson points with new Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza promotion

Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza loyalty scheme, has launched a ‘double points or double status credits’ promotion.  This is running until the end of the year. The offer is relatively straightforward and potentially lucrative. You need to register via this […]

Bits: 8000 Flying Blue miles with one hotel stay, prepaid seating on Comair, Club Carlson Radisson RED triple points

News in brief 8000 Flying Blue miles with one PointsHound booking Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France programme, is offering a very generous 8000 Flying Blue miles with your first hotel booking via PointsHound. Full details can be found here. Apart from being a […]

Bits: New Liberty washbags in BA First, 75% Club Carlson ‘buy points’ bonus, Worcester Whitehouse winner

News in brief: British Airways and Liberty washbag collaboration Liberty has designed a new line of washbags for BA‘s First Class cabin. From 1st January 2017, initially on the Los Angeles route, passengers travelling in FIRST will be given a new washbag the British brand has designed […]

Bits: Radisson Blu sale, BA Holidays £1149 Christmas sale ends today, new BA Gatwick Summer flights

News in brief: Up to 30% off – Radisson Blu Autumn sale Radisson Blu has launched its Autumn sale. If you book by 30th October for stays between 17th October and 30th November you can save up to 30% off your city break in Birmingham, Glasgow, […]

Win a trip around the world with Radisson Blu and up to 200,000 points with Accor

There are two interesting competitions around at the moment run by major hotel chains. One is hosted by Radisson Blu and the other by Le Club AccorHotels. Win a trip around the world with Radisson Blu Radisson Blu is giving away a trip around the world […]

How to get a 30% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro has been to destroy, pretty much, the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International Dollar Card. In the past with Sterling at $1.60, […]

Club Carlson (Radisson, Park Inn, Park Plaza) still offering status matches

Club Carlson, the Radisson Blu / Park Inn / Park Plaza programme, launched a status match programme back in June which is still running. If you have elite status with another hotel group, it is worth taking a look at this.  It will only take […]

New Club Carlson ‘Work Hard Play Hard’ promo – up to 39% rebate on your spend!

Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza group, has launched its August, September and October promotion. It is a simple structure.  You will earn double points for every stay between now and the end of October.  If you check in on a Friday or […]

Holiday Tips 4 – earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals

This is the final part of our ‘Holiday Tips’ series which I have updated and re-run this week in preparation for the Summer season.  Earlier articles looked at the best credit card to use abroad, the best way to earn miles when ordering foreign currency […]

Which is the most generous hotel programme for earning Avios points?

The general view of hotel loyalty programmes is that Starwood Preferred Guest is the only scheme where it is is worthwhile trading your points for airline miles. There are a couple of reasons for this.  The first is that – since the conversion rate for […]

Bits: temporary Gatwick Express timetable, Hyatt category changes, Park Inn sale

News in brief: Emergency Gatwick Express timetable starts tomorrow I have written recently about the terrible punctuality problems at Gatwick Express.  The company has now brought in an emergency timetable for Monday to Friday use.  This is part of substantial changes to the entire Southern network […]

25% bonus on point transfers into Etihad Guest – but with a catch this year

Etihad Guest has brought back its offer of a 25% bonus on points you transfer into their scheme.  It is 14 months since we last saw this offer. You can find full details of this offer on the Etihad website here.  The closing date is 31st July. […]

Bits: new Radisson UK sale, a good IHG London redemption, double Avios with Avis

News in brief: Radisson launches its UK Summer Sale – with free breakfast Radisson Blu and Radisson Edwardian have launched their Summer Sale.  This covers all of their properties in the UK and Ireland, with savings of 10% to 25% off regular rates. You need to […]

Is it worth buying hotel points to transfer to Avios for the 35% bonus?

Until 5th July, British Airways is offering a 35% bonus if you transfer hotel points from seven major loyalty schemes into Avios – click for my article from yesterday. Since most of the hotel programmes allow you to buy points – and some currently have special offers – […]