Club Carlson now offering family rooms for redemption …. good deal or not?

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Club Carlson – the Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn programme - made a number of downgrades to their loyalty programme on March 15th.  This included removing the online booking bonus, lowering status bonuses and increasing the points required for some properties. On the upside, we […]

Last day to book Club Carlson redemptions at current rates

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Today is the last day to book Club Carlson redemptions at Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn hotels before the new redemption chart comes into effect tomorrow, March 15th. The full list of changes to the programme is formally outlined on the Club Carlson website here. […]

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

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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. (It is even less known today than it used to be, as Amex removed the webpage […]

25% bonus when you convert hotel points to American Airlines miles

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American Airlines has copied BA’s popular promotion and is offering a 25% bonus when you convert your hotel points into American Airlines miles. You can find full details of this promotion here. The important thing to note is that not all hotel schemes are included.  […]

Big Club Carlson devaluation announced, but it’s not all bad

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Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn programme, announced a devaluation of the programme yesterday – although you wouldn’t have thought that given the way their email was worded! Let’s look, step by step, at what is actually happening. The changes are formally outlined on […]

An important lesson in miles and points, courtesy of Wyndham Rewards


Wyndham Rewards is not a hotel loyalty scheme that I focus on.  The chain is heavily US-focussed, although there are a number of Ramada and Days Inn properties across the UK. Last week, though, Wyndham did something which should be a lesson for every Head for […]

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 will be my subjective view of what is of particular merit. (Note:  […]

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

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In my other post today, 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. (Note:  Various changes to Club Carlson will take place on 15 March.  These changes […]

Which is the best hotel loyalty scheme? – an introduction

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Starting tomorrow, I am launching a series of posts on the seven major hotel loyalty schemes.  Each programme will be covered in two posts, to be run on the same day. The first will look at ‘the facts’, such as the number of nights required […]

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

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It dawned on me recently that I have never done a post on 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 […]

9,000 Club Carlson points (1,000 Avios) for a 3-day Avis rental


Back in June 2013, I wrote about a pretty decent promotion that Club Carlson (the Radisson, Park Inn, Park Plaza hotel programme) had launched with Avis. It was offering 9,000 Club Carlson points for booking a 3-day Avis rental. This offer has now been extended until […]

Which hotel chains let me collect Avios points?

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I first ran this analysis back in July 2013.  However, there have been some major changes since then.  This is an updated list. Whilst British Airways has its own partner hotels, Iberia has its own, different, list.  And, with the number of different hotel groupings, […]

New Club Carlson deal – stay 3 nights, get 38,000 bonus points!

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Club Carlson - the Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza group – has launched a promotion which is running until April 13th. Slightly cheekily, they are advertising it as “Stay 3 Nights, Get a Free Night”. However, that is not technically true.  What they are actually […]