Club Carlson, the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn, is running a number of 24-hour flash sales for buying points.
Each flash sale will run for a 24-hour period and they will appear randomly between June 18th and June 27th.
All of the flash sales will offer the same deal – a 75% bonus, however few or many points you buy.
The link to the first flash sale is here. You need to sign in to see the pricing. It runs until noon New York time today, which means 5pm British Summer Time.
A lot of American frequent flyer blogs are very excited about this deal. They have one advantage that we do not, though. If you hold the US Club Carlson credit card, you receive ‘one night free’ for every reward stay of two nights or more you book. This effectively means that a 2-night stay is half price.
If you have one of these credit cards, a Club Carlson point is literally worth twice as much to you as it is to a UK resident! There is no Club Carlson credit card of any sort in this country.
That said, this deal does offer genuine value for UK residents if you redeem in the right places.
The maximum number of points you can purchase is 70,000 (40,000 + 30,000 bonus) for $280. That is £165.
The Mayfair, the most prestigious London hotel in the portfolio, is 70,000 points per night. £165 is an excellent price for this hotel.
Even better value comes at properties like Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – a new London property with a pool and next to the London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium etc.
A night is 44,000 points so you’d need 88,000 for a weekend break. The extra 18,000 you need could be obtained by transferring 6,000 American Express Membership Rewards points at the 1:3 rate. Looking at their pricing in late July (18 – 20) you would otherwise expect to pay £458 for a Friday and Saturday night. £185 plus 6,000 Amex points is a steal in comparison.
This Park Plaza also has ‘Family Studio’ rooms which are available for redemption at 62,500 points per night. My brother is staying in one of these in 10 days so I will try to take a look. Given that the hotel has a pool and is next to a lot of family attractions, it is definitely one to consider if you have kids.
Carlson has devalued their award chart this year so I wouldn’t expect major changes in the short term. That said, always be careful when investing in points without a specific use in mind.
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