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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.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (January 2023)
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 cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with four free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
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 Premium status for as long as they hold the card. It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
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