If you picked up a pile of Club Carlson points during their Summer promotion this year, this may be a good chance to top them off to the right amount needed for an award.
I have an account with 48,700 points in it, for example, and this promotion allows me to get up to the 50,000 needed for a top-category reward by purchasing just 1,000 (plus bonus) instead of 2,000.
The price is a flat $7 per 1,000 points, so $7 per 1,500 under this promotion. The most you can buy is 40,000, which is bonused up to 60,000.
Apart from topping off an account, there are 2 other possible uses for the points:
1. To get a cheap night somewhere
If you pick the right hotel on the right night, purchasing points could be cheaper than paying cash.
Let’s say I want a room in London on Tuesday 9th October. The May Fair hotel is £300 inc VAT, or 50,000 points, for a refundable rate. Those points would cost you just $233 (£143) to buy through this promotion.
Similarly, the Radisson Royal in Moscow is 27,140 rubles (£539!) versus £143 for buying 50,000 Club Carlson points.
There are also plenty of places where the maths don’t work, of course, but if you are heading somewhere expensive soon it is worth considering.
2. To buy fairly expensive airline miles
Club Carlson has decent conversion rates for turning points into airline miles. The sweet spot is 100,000 Club Carlson points, which gets you 18,000 miles.
To get this level, both you and a friend would need to buy 50,000 points each and then ring up CC to transfer points from one account to the other (CC is happy to do this, there is no charge, surnames and addresses do NOT need to match. It must be done by telephone, though.) 50,000 points gets you a lower amount of 8,000 miles and the rates get worse as the numbers get smaller.
Let’s imagine that, between you and a friend, you buy 100,000 Club Carlson points for $467. That is £288 for 18,000 miles, or 1.6p per mile.
Now, 1.6p per mile is rarely good value. However, if you are looking to get hold of a chunk of miles to top off an account to redeem an award, it may be worth a look. This is especially true for programmes which make it difficult to obtain miles cheaply, eg those which don’t have a credit card and are not Amex Membership Rewards partners.
Club Carlson has 23 airline partners – Aeromexico, Aerloplan, Air Berlin, Air China, American Airlines, Asiana, BA, Cathay Pacific, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad, Frontier, Gulf Air, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM Air France, Lan Chile, Miles & More, SAS, US Airways and United.
I have bought 1,000 points for a grand total of $7 to top-off my account to 50k. I will then use this for a top category Club Carlson award, or will take the 8,000 airline miles option.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (September 2022)
Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.
These cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.
Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card. It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)