New Club Carlson deal – stay 3 nights, get 38,000 bonus points!

Club Carlson – the Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza group – has launched a promotion which is running until April 13th.

Slightly cheekily, they are advertising it as “Stay 3 Nights, Get a Free Night”.

Carlson promo

However, that is not technically true.  What they are actually offering you is 38,000 bonus Club Carlson points for completing three nights during the period.

This could be better or worse than a free night!  Should you want to visit the Park Inn in Rotherham, for example, 38,000 points will get you four free nights!

If you want to stay at The May Fair in London, their poshest property in the UK, it will cost you 50,000 points per night.  (To be fair, with the base points from your three nights, plus the 1,000 points online booking bonus, you would have earned close to 50,000 points in total from your three nights anyway.)

In general, I value Club Carlson points at £5 per 1,000.  This means that you are effectively getting a £190 bonus for completing three nights.  At a super-cheap property, this might (but I stress might) make a mattress run over a cheap weekend worthwhile.

You can register for the promotion via this page.

Compared to the other hotel promotions currently being run by the big chains (see my list here), this is probably the most generous.  If you can arrange your business travel to take in Radisson, Park Plaza or Park Inn properties this Spring, I think you will find it worthwhile.

(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Cheapest Park Inn I can find can be had for £29.50/night

    • You’re lucky! My next trip has a cheapest room of £144 – that’s what I paid for 3 of the 4 nights of the previous IHG Big Win! Not sure I’ll be doing this too considering much greater outlay, no bonus codes (new IHG ones coming out on LoyaltyLobby), only getting 1-4 nights back, and no Point Break options.

  2. For anyone who has CC gold there is a possibility that this could work with the 4 for 2 weekend stays, whenever I’ve used these 4 nights have posted to my account.

    • As in you stay 1 night during a weekend, do this twice, hence 4 rather than 2 nights post? Therefore, you’re hoping that this’ll qualify you as you have at least 3 nights? Interesting thought – I don’t know CC (though I am Gold) or of the offer, can you supply more info please?

      • Hi Trevor, I’ve no experience of using this offer but there are 2 versions, one is 2 nights for the price of 1 and the other is 4 nights for the price of 2, the details of the 2 for 1 offer is here just change the URL to say 4for2 instead of 2for1 for info about the other offer.

        • Hi Simon, thanks for reply and link(s). That makes more sense, will look into it. If 2 cheap weekend nights can post as 4, this may make it worthwhile. Assume that if a stay is booked as 2 nights (even though only paying for 1), if you check-out early (ie only stay the 1st night as that’s all that is required), both night’s will still post.

        • It would be better not to tell them you are checking out early I would say and just ring during the morning after the 2nd night and say you left that morning but had to leave in a rush and didn’t have time to check out.

          The terms and conditions say nights booked with points don’t count towards the 3 nights but that is the only exclusion I can see so in theory a 2 for 1 stay should get you two thirds of the way to the 38,000 points. Checked the nearest Club Carlson hotel to me and the first 2 for 1 night I could book was December 18th 2014!

  3. Jimmyjimmy says:

    Do points expire?

    • Yes, after 24 months if your account has no activity, this is what the website states

      Gold Points do not have an expiration date as long as your account remains active by earning or redeeming within a 24 month period.

  4. Are the January Sale rooms eligible to count towards the 3 stays?

    • Should be, Carlson does not seem to play silly games like IHG does on what counts. In fact, IHG seems to be the only chain who get fussy about your rate when giving points.

  5. The May Fair is their poshest property?

    Heavens, thanks for the heads up. I’ve dodged a bullet!

    • The new Radisson Blu in Chicago is meant to be impressive. Nothing life changing in their portfolio, although – to be fair – some solid four stars in London like the new Park Plaza opposite Westminster, near the Eye.

      If you’re travelling to Scandi, they are great – hotels everywhere and you save a fortune given the high prices there.

      • The Plaza on the River in Londo is supposed to be really nice too. I often stay at the Riverbank, and the Plaza on the River is in the same building with serviced apartment accomodation.

      • Chilibenny says:

        Has anyone stayed in any nice CC properties in Boston, USA?

  6. How do I search for the cheapest eligible properties in my area?

  7. Would it be possible to transfer the 38,000 points to a linked BA account?

  8. There hasn’t been a Park Inn in Rotherham since 2012. (It’s a Holiday Inn Express these days)

    • Ah, is that what the HIX is? Didn’t know that. I always use the Rotherham examples because I was brought up there and my brother still lives there. I am an occasional visitor to the Holiday Inn (ex Marriott, ex Swallow, ex Beeches!) at Junction 33 …..

  9. Although the Park Inn Leigh is 9,000 points.