Loyalty Lobby has details of small but significant changes to the Club Carlson scheme from 1st June. Club Carlson is the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza hotels.
Carlson has historically had very loose transfer rules, which fundamentally let anyone give their points to anyone else.
This was part of the reason that people went crazy over their ‘50,000 points for one stay’ promotion in 2011 and 2012, as they could open multiple accounts in different names and then consolidate the points later.
(In reality, it was never SO easy. You had to do transfers by telephone and they would often insist on dialling in the other account holder at the same time to confirm ….)
The rules have now been changed …. a little.
Transfers for Red (base level) members are only now allowed:
if both accounts have been open for a year, and
if both members live in the same household, and
if the addresses on both accounts have not been changed in the past 30 days.
If you have Club Carlson status, the old rules still apply. And as you can get Club Carlson Gold free if you have American Express Platinum, or if you ask Carlson to match your status in another hotel programme, this should not inconvenience too many people.
Looking at the exact wording, it seems that only the person transferring out needs to have status.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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 four 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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 Premium 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.)