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.

Bits: see BA’s new BOB menu, 25% off Radisson Blu and Park Inn, BA / Avis deal renewed

News in brief: Changes to BA’s buy-on-board menu British Airways has made changes to their short-haul economy buy-on-board menu – and, if you click the link, you’ll see they don’t look great. There is a new tapas meat and cheese platter with a couple of crackers, […]

Are the seven Amex Platinum hotel status cards worth having?

If you’re looking to get yourself some hotel status quickly, there is no easier route than getting an American Express Platinum charge card. It comes with SEVEN hotel status cards.  Five of these are given to you directly and two require you to complete a […]

Club Carlson family room redemptions …. a good deal or not?

If you have kids, hotel reward redemptions can be a bit messy.  Most programmes only make standard rooms available for redemption and, especially in big cities, these are small with a maximum occupancy of two people. (There are exceptions – in London, Holiday Inn Mayfair, […]

Get a 35% bonus on hotel transfers to Avios – but is it a good deal?

It was due a return and now it is back.  I’m talking about the ‘bonus when you transfer your hotel loyalty points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion. The ba.com page for the offer can be found here. As with the last two versions of this offer, which […]

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

Bits: BA Holidays Avios bonus being cut, Flying Blue promo awards, 30% bonus buying Carlson points

News in brief: BA Holidays Avios bonus being halved British Airways has – very quietly – announced a cut to the Avios earned when booking via BA Holidays. Currently the earning rate is 2 Avios per £1 spent. This is on top of the Avios you […]

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

One of the lesser known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to buy up to 10,000 Membership Rewards points per year for 1.5p each. This facility is mentioned on the Amex website here although it does not mention the price. […]

Don’t get caught – IHG, Hilton and Marriott change their cancellation rules

The last few months have seen a number of, in some cases, underhand moves to change – for the worse – the cancellation policies for flexible hotel bookings. These moves have generally been restricted to North America which is why I haven’t covered them.  However, […]

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 1 (Hotels)

I thought it was about time to revise and update the lists I first published in 2012 about the best way to use up small amounts of miles and points. What I want to explore is ‘What is the smallest or most optimum small reward, and […]

Which hotel at Heathrow has the best swimming pool?

You may well have spent many hours awake at night wondering which Heathrow Airport hotel has the best swimming pool.  Good news – I’ve done the work for you! For reasons too complex to explain, we decided to spend Friday at a hotel at the […]

Bits: 4,800 Avios with LEGO, 30% off Radisson & Park Inn, 25% off Good To Go Parking

News in brief: 4,800 Avios with LEGO Tesco Direct has launched another attractive ‘extra Clubcard points with LEGO’ offer : 500 extra Clubcard points (1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin miles) when you spend £30 1,000 extra Clubcard points (2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles) when […]

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

Bits: Kate Spade opens at T5, new BA ski routes from Manchester, 20% off Radisson in Germany

News in brief: Kate Spade New York at Heathrow Terminal 5 Kate Spade New York has opened a shop at Heathrow Terminal 5. The brand continues to grow internationally and Heathrow T5 is their first shop at a UK airport. The pop-up shop will be […]

Bits: Big savings with Amazon Prime Day today, 75% bonus on Club Carlson points

News in brief: Amazon Prime Day – big discounts today only Amazon Prime Day has returned for the third time. What started as a one off event for Amazon’s 20th birthday two years ago, is now an established annual event where Amazon makes certain items […]