UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry. We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above.
It is a simple proposition:
Stay 3+ consecutive nights at a Radisson, Park Inn or Park Plaza and earn 30,000 bonus points
Stay 2 consecutive nights at a Radisson, Park Inn or Park Plaza and earn 15,000 bonus points
You must stay between 12th January and 29th March
You can earn the bonus more than once
I value Club Carlson points at £5 per 1,000. This is based on using 44,000 or 50,000 for a typical 5-star redemption in London, or 9,000 for a cheap Park Inn night in the regions. The bonus is therefore worth roughly £150 on a 3-night stay and this is on top of the base points for your stay.
You may receive an even bigger bonus. Flyertalk reports that some members have been targeted with the offer of a 40,000 point bonus on your first three night stay. You will see if you are eligible for this when you log in on the promotion home page. This would make your 3+ night bonus worth £200.
It is not clear if this promotion will work in conjunction with the ‘2 4 1’ and ‘4 4 2’ deals offered to Club Carlson Gold members at weekends. It would depend on the hotel treating a ‘2 4 1’ stay as 2 nights rather than 1 night. I wrote about these deals here.
If you have an American Express Platinum card, remember that you can join Club Carlson at Gold level. This will increase your base points earning rate as well as giving you the chance of an upgrade and other benefits. It will also allow you to book the ‘2 4 1’ and ‘4 4 2’ rates I mention above.
You can also convert Club Carlson points to Avios or other airline miles. The rate is 10:1 which is pretty poor – 30,000 points gets you £150 of hotel points or £30 of Avios points. However, if you have no interest in Club Carlson points, earning 3,000 Avios for a three-night stay is still a good deal in its own right.
PS. As mentioned in the comments, Park Plaza has some good sale deals at the moment, including excellent hotels in London from £89. You need to book by 7th January for stays to 12th April and the deals are only available via their website and entering promo code JANSAL under ‘Search Options’.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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:
- 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 two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 180,000 Radisson Rewards points. 60,000 points is a special offer which runs to 2nd November 2021.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 15,000 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 Gold 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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