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

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Back in November, I wrote about a pretty decent promotion that Club Carlson (the Radisson, Park Inn, Park Plaza hotel programme) has launched with Avis.

As you can read here, Club Carlson is offering 7,500 points for crediting a 3-day Avis rental to them.  As 2,000 Carlson points = 250 airline miles, including Avios points, that is a decent deal.  This promotion runs throughout 2013.


Avis has now launched a better version.  Via this link, you will receive 9,000 Club Carlson points for a 3-day Avis rental, at any point in 2013.

9,000 Club Carlson points is a good deal.  You can get a night in one of their cheapest hotels for 9,000.  You only need 50,000 points for one of their luxury redemptions, such as The May Fair hotel in London.

I would value 9,000 Carlson points at around £45 if used well for hotel stays.  Remember that you can top up your balance using American Express Membership Rewards points as well, on a 1:3 basis.

9,000 Club Carlson point would also get you 1,000 Avios or 1,000 miles in many other airline programmes.

You can, of course, also earn a decent amount of Avios via Avis by crediting your rentals to Iberia Plus where you will earn 300 Avios per day (more for some car groups).  However, the Club Carlson promotion gives you the flexibility to credit to other airlines if you wish, or redeem for hotels stays.

How to earn Radisson Rewards points from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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 include:

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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade 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.)

Comments (5)

  • Chang says:

    Ooh I just rented an Avis carin Norway for 3 days (though via ArgusCarHire) – is there anyway I can retrospectively claim points for this rental?

  • Ian says:

    I am interested in the sentence immediately below this para. Particularly as I have a 19 day rental coming up and Iberia have a double points offer on. However Iberia Plus also say that “Rates that do not qualify for Avios: , NET/TOUR OPERATOR rates, and local/promotional/special rates” I’ve booked via VrommVroomVroom and they obviously drive down the Avis price. I am not a member of Iberia Plus but would certainly join for 11,400 points (19*300*2) however if I were to get Nul points I’d rather go with Virgin or BA Avios or something else. Any thoughts anyone?

    “You can, of course, also earn a decent amount of Avios via Avis by crediting your rentals to Iberia Plus, where you will earn 300 Avios per day (more for some car groups).”

    • Rob says:

      Gut feeling is that similar rules will apply to other programmes, even if they are not stated clearly

  • Steve says:

    I am having trouble to get my local hire car location to work on this promotion. It seems that the offer is only valid for Airport locations?? Any way around this?
    My nearest pick up is from Plymouth and whilst there is an option for Plymouth airport (which is now no longer a proper airport and you need to make your way to their pick up location) the system gets confused on where I want to pick up from.
    I have an eternal struggle with Avis and their awful website – I am still unable to log into my avis preferred statement for example after nearly a year of requests and emails….
    I have a rental for this coming weekend and would like the points (more valuable to me compared to the normal 500+250 avios).