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Club Carlson 2-4-1 and 4-4-2 rates – a great deal for Gold members (ie Amex Plats!)

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It is a while since I have written about the Club Carlson ‘two for one’ and ‘four for two’ deals that are offered to Club Carlson Gold members.  This is for stays at Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza properties.

This is especially poor of me, because Club Carlson Gold is a benefit of the American Express Platinum card which a lot of Head for Points readers hold.  I will make up for that today!

Radisson Blu Berlin

The 2-4-1 deal works like this:

Pay for Thursday night, get Friday night FREE

Pay for Friday night, get Saturday night FREE

The 4-4-2 deal works like this:

Pay for Wednesday and Thursday, get Friday and Saturday FREE

Pay for Thursday and Friday, get Saturday and Sunday FREE

It is a pretty idiot-proof deal.  You need to book through the special links on the Club Carlson website, which can be found here for the 241 and here for the 442.

It is only valid for hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  One Gold member can book up to 2 rooms, so it also works OK if you need a 2nd room for family or friends.

Not all hotels offer this, and availability varies depending on how busy they are.  I used it once, in Riga, with an excellent result.  Not only did I get two nights for the price of one, but the hotel upgraded me to a Business Class room because of my Gold card.  This meant I got free mini-bar, free pay TV and free breakfast as well!  I think my total bill was around £40!

As a quick experiment, I did a search for Berlin in late January 2016 which is low season (the Radisson Blu in Berlin is pictured above – yes, that is a massive aquarium in the lobby!):

  • 5 of the 8 properties offered me a free Saturday when I bought Friday
  • 5 of the 8 offered a free Friday when I paid for Thursday
  • 4 of the 8 offered Friday and Saturday for free when you paid for Wednesday and Thursday
  • 4 of the 8 offered a free Saturday and Sunday when you paid for Thursday and Friday.

Whilst you will definitely not find such good availability everywhere, the rates are there if you want them although you may need to book a few months ahead.

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Comments (24)

  • Dan says:

    Thanks for highlighting this Rob!

    Just booked the G&V royal mile in Edinburgh – £219 for a 2 night stay in Jan 2016. I’d been looking for a hotel in Edinburgh anyway – so this offer tipped the balance!

    Is this a long term benefit for golds or just a promotion? Might make me rethink about trying to requalify next year rather than slipping down to Silver!

    • Rob says:

      It has been running for years – my Riga trip was probably 7 years ago!

      If you can’t renew, an option is getting Amex Platinum, applying for Carlson Gold and then cancelling quickly. You’d get most of your £450 fee back pro-rata and the hotel cards last until the usual expiry date.

      • Nick says:

        Am I right in thinking that Club Carlson allowed ANY amex holder to get Gold status? Or was that a one-off/cock-up?

        • Rob says:

          What you are thinking of was a cock-up. Platinum supplementary cardholder gets it, though, as they do the SPG and Accor cards.

  • Scott says:

    I previously have held CC Gold when I had the Amex Plat, but this had lapsed as I had cancelled and moved to Amex Gold. I emailed my IHG Plat status to CC and they status matched me back to Gold. We then did the 4-4-2 offer for 4 nights in Madrid in August. That got us 4 nights for £200 all in at the Radisson Blu. It was a great deal getting a nice enough hotel in central location for £50 per night. I did think it would be very hot (August is generally seen a low season due to the heat) but the weather was perfect for us with temps generally in the high 20s/low 30s during the day and low 20s at night.

    I wouldn’t have known to look for the deal (or fly there using Avios as 2 one way bookings, one on BA and one on Iberia to minimise the charges) had it not been for hfp – thanks Raffles.