Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza group, has launched its November and December promotion.
It is a simple structure. You will earn double points or double nights towards elite status for every stay between now and the end of December.
You must register to take part – the registration page is here.
Unlike most chains, ALL Club Carlson properties participate in its promotions so there is no ‘opt out’ list to worry about.
Whether you should choose double points or double nights is down to your own personal situation. Unless you are ‘very close but not quite there’ to retaining status, I would take the double points – this guarantees that you will see some benefit.
Double points is a very generous offer. The standard earning rate with Club Carlson is 20 points per $1 spent which will double to 40 points per $1 under this promotion.
I tend to value Club Carlson points at £5 per 1,000. This is based on using 9,000 points for a cheap Park Inn in the regions or 50,000 points for a luxury five-star in London.
Assuming $1.60 per £1, this means that you will receive 64 points per £1. At £5 per 1,000 of value, this means you are receiving 32p in free stays for every £1 you spend.
The situation is even better if you have Club Carlson status. A Club Carlson Gold member – which is the status you get for free with an American Express Platinum card – receives a 35% bonus on their base points. This would mean receiving 27 base points per $1 plus 20 bonus points, taking you to 47 points per $1, 75 points per £1 and a 38% rebate!
(Want to earn more hotel points? To see our complete list of promotions from 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.)