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 and status from UK credit cards (October 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.)