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Last day to book Club Carlson redemptions at current rates

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Today is the last day to book Club Carlson redemptions at Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn hotels before the new redemption chart comes into effect tomorrow, March 15th.

The full list of changes to the programme is formally outlined on the Club Carlson website here.

Tomorrow, a new Category 7 is launched, requiring 70,000 points.  This replaces the current cap of 50,000 points for Category 6.  Initially, only nine properties will be in Category 7:

  • Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai
  • Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris
  • Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes
  • Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris
  • art’otel, Amsterdam
  • Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow
  • The May Fair, London
  • Plaza on the River, London

A number of other others change category, both up and down.  The list is here.

The other UK properties going up are the Radisson Blu Edinburgh, Radisson Blu Manchester Airport, Park Inn Telford and Park Inn Doncaster.

If you are thinking of booking into one of these properties, even tentatively, you should book today.  You can, after all, cancel without penalty at any point and get your points back.

Paris is clearly the city hardest hit.  Even with The May Fair at 70,000 points per night, there will still be a lot of decent Park Plaza and Radisson redemptions in London at 44,000 – 50,000 points per night.  In Paris, pretty much all of the decent options will be 70,000 points.

Interestingly, Club Carlson lets you book MORE than a year ahead.  The May Fair, for example, is currently showing availability up to 31 December 2015 – you can lock in an award night for up to 21 months ahead at the 50,000 points rate!


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 (6)

  • Alan says:

    I’d totally forgotten about the timing of this change and quite happily booked the May Fair at 50k a couple of days ago, thinking what great value it was! May make a speculative booking for later in the year just in case!

  • Frenske says:

    Gosh I am happy I booked the Edinburgh Edwardian months ago for the May bank holiday weekend. I have stayed there before and it is not worth 50.000 points per night, though the location could not be better.

  • James Vickery says:

    Need advise. Need a good hotel near the London Eye with Amex MRs transferred to Carlson Club. Any suggestions?

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Plaza on the River, I’d say. There are some spectacular suites at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, but I’ve heard more mixed things about the entry-level rooms.

    • Rob says:

      Westminster Bridge is directly next to the Eye (and the Aquarium, London Dungeon etc) and has a pool, decent choice for families. I got a reward room there with 2 beds for my brother and his 2 kids recently.

      Park Plaza on the River is a bit further down the river – could be a bit trickier with kids as no immediate station outside.