Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza scheme, is running a 72 hour flash sale for buying points. The bonus is an impressive 50%.
The link to buy is here. You need to log in to see the bonus.
Here are the headline facts:
There is NO minimum purchase – even buying just 1,000 points gets you a 50% bonus so this is a good way of topping off your balance
The annual cap on purchases is 40,000 points (this excludes the bonus)
Points are sold at a flat rate of $7 per 1,000
On this basis, you are effectively paying $4.66 per 1,000 points. That is exactly £3 per 1,000 points.
Following the recent devaluation, which boosted the cost of the top Club Carlson hotels to 70,000 points, I tend to value my Carlson points at 0.33p each. On this basis, it is possible that you could save some money by buying points instead of booking a room for cash.
A 5-star London property requiring 70,000 points would be £210 if you bought those points during this promotion. That could represent a saving on a peak date but it would be marginal – it is a better deal if you are topping off a balance. At the other end of the scale, some Park Inn hotels are only 9,000 points which would be just £27.
The snag with Carlson is that their portfolio is quite varied. You will find lots of Radisson properties in Scandinavia, for example. London also has a number of impressive Radisson and upmarket Park Plaza hotels. There are also quite a few budget Park Inn hotels in the UK. Other parts of the world have little to offer or, as you will find in the US, the average quality of the hotels is poor.
Before you buy, remember that Club Carlson is also an American Express Membership Rewards partner. As I wrote in this article, it is potentially their most generous partner at 3 Carlson points for every 1 Amex point you transfer. Instead of paying £3 for 1,000 points, you could transfer 333 Amex points instead and effectively get 0.9p per Amex point of value.
The link to buy is here if you are interested. The deal ends on the 14th at 9am US Eastern time which will be 2pm in the UK I think. Best to buy today to be sure!
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