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Club Carlson launches three Summer bonus promotions

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UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2020:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.  We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above. 

Click here for our article on Radisson’s current ‘5,000 bonus points per stay’ promotion which runs until 31st December 2020. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza hotel group, has launched three special Summer deals for members.

These promotions are only for hotels in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region.

To quote from their email:

  • Stay 1 night, get 2,000 Gold Points! – Escape your daily routine by spending one night away from home and earning 2,000 bonus points. Register and book today for a stay from 1 August and completed no later than 30 September 2013.
  • 5,000 Gold Points for a 2 night stay! – Discover summer life in your favourite city, book 2 consecutive nights at participating hotels and earn 5,000 bonus points. Register and book today for a stay from 1 August and completed no later than 30 September 2013.
  • Add an extra day to your weekend! – Make your weekend last longer with an extra day to relax! – ‘Buy 2 get 1 Free‘ offer. Book today using promotional code WBUY2F2 for a Thursday – Sunday stay from 1 August and completed no later than 26 October 2013.

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These are not bad deals, given that they come on top of Carlson’s existing generous earning rates (20 points per US$1 spent) and the 1,000 bonus points per stay you receive for booking online.  Plus status bonuses etc ….!

I tend to value Carlson points at £5 per 1,000 when used for hotels stays, so you are looking at £25 of value on a 2-night stay.

Don’t forget that Carlson has recently devalued its rates for converting points to Avios and other airlines, so it is best to use the points for hotel nights these days.

Remember that if you have Club Carlson Gold (either via Amex Platinum or by getting yourself status matched from another hotel programme) then you already have access to a better deal than the last promotion.  Gold members can use a ‘pay for Thursday and Friday and get Saturday and Sunday free’ promotion (or ‘pay Wed/Thu and get Fri/Sat free) or a ‘pay for Friday and get Saturday free’ or ‘pay for Thursday and get Friday free’ deal.  Full details here.


How to earn Radisson Rewards points from UK credit cards (November 2020)

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 Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (7)

  • DontLikeFruit says:

    As already noted on the FlyerTalk CC forum, 2 things to note about the latest promos:

    1. According to the Ts&Cs, existing booking don’t qualify.
    2. Only EMEA properties are covered, and even here, there are many places not participating.

  • r says:

    Was about to say the same thing – lots of properties not included, and restricted to Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • Boddingtons says:

    Raffles, I’d be interested to hear a basis for your £5 per 1000 point valuation…..that’s greater than IHG Rewards. Many feel that even at a 1:1 ratio, trading between the two program’s would be a better deal in favour on the IHG rewards recipient.

    I’ve got 700k of the buggers which admittedly were acquired solely to convert to AA miles until they took an axe to the conversion rates. I’ll obviously have to look to somewhere which has a lack of booze at the 9k point level and relocate to utilise them.

    • Rob says:

      May Fair is a high end London 5-star for 50k which easily sells for £250 per night, Park Inn Rotherham is 9k per night and I can’t believe that goes for under £45. I admit you struggle a bit with some of the intermediate properties to get to that valuation. A really plush NYC property would be good.

      Wait for the new Maldives resorts to open for booking and jump on those!

      Some ideas here as well – https://headforpoints.com/2013/03/20/the-best-places-in-the-world-to-use-your-club-carlson-points/

      • Ola says:

        First of all, I thank you for your wonderful website. You always have so good ideas/thoughts.

        Having said that, I am positive that your valuation of CC points are way off. I will try to explain, but English is not my language….

        Anyway, you are forgetting the points you will earn booking for cach when you compare points vs cash.

        On a 250 pound booking you earn typically 9650 points (including 2000 points for gold card membership), lets say 10k points because you might be consignere… That is £50 of value, so your “true cost” for booking the hotel room is only £200 (if you dont agree with that, well then that is proof that your valuation is off).

        Same goes with low-end redemptions, a hotel for 9000 points is handicapped due to the “huge” online booking bonus of 2000/3000 points that you earn when you do cah buy.

        I have played alot with the numbers, and the fun thing is that very often the Money+Points potion is the best way to do a redemption? Why? Well, you do save money, and you do earn new valuable points! And it counts towards status stays…

        If you want, I can send you an excel document that I use when dererming what to book (money/points or money+points). You have my email adress, just send me a short yes and I will come back to you.

        My own valuation of CC points, taking the earning in consideration, is now (55-60 dollars per 10.000 points (it used to be the same 50 pounds that you have, before I did my calculations)…

        br/Ola

        • Rob says:

          That’s all true – the generous Carlson earning rate does skew numbers a bit. That said, $6 per 1000 is not massively off my rate of £5 per 1000!

  • Jordan D says:

    As others have said, the EMEA restrictions are the killer on this offer … sadly.