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.

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 – […]

Is a 35% bonus on hotel point transfers to Avios 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. This year, the bonus is the biggest ever.  It is […]

Is Club Carlson the best Amex Membership Rewards hotel partner?

American Express Membership Rewards has three hotel partners in the UK, assuming you want to redeem for points instead of a voucher for a free room: Hilton HHonors, with a conversion rate of 1:2 Starwood Preferred Guest, with a conversion rate of 2:1 Club Carlson, […]

Bits: Moneycorp pulls currency pre-orders, Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza launch 30% off sale

News in brief: Moneycorp pulls currency pre-order facility I wrote last week about how you could protect the cost of your holiday this year by pre-ordering currency from Moneycorp. Moneycorp would let you book order currency at a rate agreed today for collection in one […]

How to match your existing hotel status to Club Carlson (Radisson, Park Inn, Park Plaza)

Club Carlson, the Radisson Blu / Park Inn / Park Plaza programme, has launched a status match programme. If you have elite status with another hotel group, it is worth taking a look at this.  It will only take a few minutes and it may […]

Bits: FREE 2-month Friends & Family Railcard, 25% off Radisson, Park Inn & Park Plaza weekends

News in brief: A FREE 2-month Friends & Family Railcard The Sun has been giving away 125,000 Friends & Family Railcards this week. They are only valid for two months, from 1st June to 31st July, but given that it will only take a few seconds […]

Bits: Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza taken over by Chinese group, Radisson’s new family package

Two bits of Club Carlson news today: Carlson Rezidor taken over by Chinese conglomerate Carlson Hotels, parent of the Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza brands, has been acquired by HNA Tourism Group, a major Chinese conglomerate.  HNA, amongst other things, is an investor in […]

My review of The May Fair Hotel in London

This is my review of The May Fair Hotel in London which is operated by Radisson Edwardian, albeit unbranded, and is part of the Club Carlson loyalty scheme. You may wonder why I was in a hotel that is three tube stops from my house.  Last […]

Bits: £15 off £200 Opodo flight, new UK KLM destinations, Radisson & Park Inn Nordic sale

News in brief: New Opodo discount code launched Until the 29th (Friday), Opodo is offering a £15 saving when you book a flight for £200 or more.  You need to be careful about any fees they add which may reduce the value of the bonus […]

Earn up to 50,000 bonus Club Carlson (Radisson, Park Inn) points with their Spring promotion

Club Carlson, the loyalty programme for Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites, has announced a new bonus points promotion running until 31st July. It is a very simple one.  You need to register here and you will receive bonus points based on the […]

Bits: Tesco Bank interchange fee profit hit, new Avios hotel deals, £50 credit at Radisson Blu Edwardian

News in brief: Tesco Bank shows first hit from EU interchange fee caps The Tesco financial results last week gave the first indication of how credit card companies will be hit from the 0.3% cap on interchange fees which came into effect on 3rd December. […]

Bits: redeem Avios from Humberside!, win 60,000 Avios with Melia, £129 Park Plaza London

News in brief: Now redeem your Avios points from Humberside Airport Great news for anyone living near Hull, Grimsby or Scunthorpe!  From next Friday 15th April, British Airways is launching flights from Humberside Airport. OK, it isn’t quite as exciting as that.  It isn’t British […]

Bits: Park Inn Easter offers, Amex Nectar sign-up bonus now available to everyone

News in brief: Easter deals at Park Inn hotels in the UK and Ireland Last week I wrote about the special Easter deals available at Radisson Blu hotels across the UK – free upgrades, free breakfast and free Easter eggs!  This included the Manchester and […]