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.

My review of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, London

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This is my review of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in London. Regular readers will already know that I checked in to the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel last week on the £27 promotion run by’s ‘Top Secret Hotels’ page.  Amazingly, despite it being a […]

Is it worth buying hotel points to transfer to Avios or Etihad for the 25% bonus?


Until 13th July, British Airways is offering a 25% bonus (10% with Starwood) if you transfer hotel points from seven major loyalty schemes into Avios. Etihad Guest is offering a similar deal until 6th June. Since most of the hotel programmes allow you to buy points […]

MASSIVE Club Carlson devaluation decimates European redemptions

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Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza programme, slipped out a list of category changes on its website yesterday.  No announcement has been made to members. The impact is shocking with many properties – mainly in Europe – jumping by 40%. Take […]

Bits: 8000 Avios for Economist sub back, full points for my £27 stay!

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Some more news in brief: Iberia brings back its Economist promotion Head for Points readers had a lot of fun before Christmas when Iberia offered 12,000 Avios points with a subscription to ‘The Economist’. ‘The Economist’ historically let you cancel your subscription at any time […]

25% bonus on hotel point transfers to Avios is back!

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It’s back, on the fairly regular ‘every nine months’ timetable. I’m talking about the ‘25% bonus when you transfer your hotel points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion! Full details can be found on here. When you transfer hotel loyalty points to British Airways, you […]

TRIPLE points on Club Carlson stays between April and June – a 50% rebate!

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Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza hotel group, has launched a very generous promotion for Spring. Between 6th April and 28th June you will earn TRIPLE points on every stay.  This means that you will earn 60 base points per US$1 […]

Bits: £26 4* and 5* London hotels!, double Avios at London City, got a Tesco Bank account?

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Over Easter I will be dropping more stories than usual into these summary articles.  Whilst these are normally less important deals, I would keep a close eye on them as I will be kitchen sinking all the news here, big or small! £29.99 London hotels deals […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Club Carlson – The Opinion

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In my article yesterday, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Club Carlson loyalty scheme. This post is my personal opinion, highlighting areas where I think you might want to focus. This article has been edited to reflect the June 1st 2015 changes to Club Carlson. […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Club Carlson – The Facts

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This is the first of our overview series of the main hotel loyalty schemes. Each scheme will be covered over two posts. One will list the basic facts of the scheme, the other – on the following day – will be my subjective view of what is […]

What is the best hotel loyalty scheme? – an introduction

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Starting tomorrow and continuing over Easter, I am running updated versions of our overviews of the major hotel loyalty schemes. Each programme will be covered in two posts on consecutive days: The first will look at ‘the facts’, such as the number of nights required […]

Why transferring hotel points to a friend or partner 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 […]

Bits: 1000 FREE Club Carlson points, Heathrow Rewards transfer bonus, CityJet discounts at London City

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More news in brief: 1,000 FREE Club Carlson points Club Carlson is running a special promotion on Twitter on March 19th called #hashtaghotelpromo In order to take part you will need to be following Club Carlson.  To bribe you to do so, Club Carlson is […]

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over my last year of redemptions


Valuing miles and points is a thankless task. I wrote this long piece on valuing Avios points but all it does is show you how complex it can be.  I also tend to throw out valuations of hotel points in articles – 0.5p for IHG, […]

Generous Carlson (Radisson, Park Inn) promo – £150 of points for 3 night stay!

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Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza hotel group, has kicked off 2015 with a bang by launching a very generous promotion. It is a simple proposition: Stay 3+ consecutive nights at a Radisson, Park Inn or Park Plaza and earn 30,000 bonus […]

9,000 Club Carlson points (£45 of free hotel stay or 900 Avios) for 3-day Avis rental

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It isn’t just frequent flyer schemes that offer points in return for renting a car.  Some of the hotel programmes are partners with major car rental companies too. In general the points earned aren’t worth as much as the equivalent airline miles, but do check.  […]

Did you delete a 2,000 or 10,000 points Christmas gift from Club Carlson?!

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(EDIT:  these points posted to accounts in mid January.  If you were targeted but have not yet received them, you should chase Carlson.) Did you receive an email from Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza loyalty scheme, on Thursday?  The headline […]