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New Club Carlson ‘Work Hard Play Hard’ promo – up to 39% rebate on your spend!

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UPDATE – DECEMBER 2020:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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. 

Click here for our article on Radisson’s current ‘5,000 bonus points per stay’ promotion which runs until 31st December 2020. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza group, has launched its August, September and October promotion.

It is a simple structure.  You will earn double points for every stay between now and the end of October.  If you check in on a Friday or Saturday you will earn triple points on the entire stay. 

In the Middle East, a check-in on Thursday or Friday allows you to earn triple points for the whole stay.

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.

Work Hard Play Hard

Double or triple points is a very generous offer.  The standard earning rate with Club Carlson is 20 points per $1 spent which will go up to 40 or 60 points per $1 under this promotion.

I tend to value Club Carlson points at £4 – £5 per 1,000.  This is based on using 9,000 points for a cheap Park Inn in the regions or 70,000 points for a luxury five-star in London.

Let’s take £4.50 per 1,000 points as our base value and $1.30 per £1 exchange rate.  This means that you will receive:

Double points:  40 points per $1 = 52 points per £1 = 23.4p back per £1 spent

Triple points:  60 points per $1 = 78 points per £1 = 35.1p back per £1 spent

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 means you could receive, under triple points:

20 base points + 7 bonus points + 40 promo points = 67 points per $1

67 points per $1 = 87 points per £1

87 points per £1 = 39.1p back per £1 spent!

Yes, you could be getting points back equivalent to 39% of the money you spend on your stay!

There is yet another perk.  All stays booked via the Club Carlson mobile app will earn an additional 1,000 Carlson points.  Assuming an average stay of £100, this would be an extra £4.50 (4.5%) of value you get back!

Conclusion

If you have a high value hotel stay coming up – especially one that could start on a Friday or Saturday – if would be worth trying to steer it towards a Radisson Blu, Radisson Edwardian or Park Plaza.  Or, if your company is a cheapskate, a Park Inn!

In London, I rate the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (reviewed here) and the other Park Plaza hotels in London are generally seen as sound.

Full details of the promotion, and the link to register, can be found here.


How to earn Radisson Rewards points from UK credit cards (December 2020)

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:

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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (19)

  • Nick says:

    O:T, My 500 Marriott points posted for following then on Instagram.

  • Robman says:

    Apart from London, are there any other recommended Carlson hotels in the rest of UK and Europe. I have Carlson gold status but am a new user of Carlson. Would love to know what the ten best Carlson hotels are that I can experience.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      In UK/Europe: Couple in Edinburgh, few in Paris, Art’otel Amsterdam, Waterfront Stockholm, Berlin, Split, Malta, Dublin.

  • Yuff says:

    Completely OT but hotel related : can anyone recommend a Hilton or IC hotel, in Southern Europe,that works out well using points for 2 adults and 2 children( 11 & 10) at the end of July?
    Current choice is the Conrad algarve but that works out close to 1m HH points for a week as the cheapest option is 2 rooms. Thinking of doing 5 for 4 on points and a suite on a cash rate for 2 nights. 😉

    • Brian says:

      Airbnb?? :))

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Conrad Algarve is brilliant – I was really impressed. There is also a cheaper Hilton that’s supposed to be okay which might have family rooms.

      • ankomonkey says:

        Hilton Vilamoura – the standard points rate rooms don’t allow 2 adults and 2 children. From memory, any larger rooms that allow 4 are expensive on points. Hotel is quite good, but isolated, not on the beach and food was fair-good (based on a stay several years ago, so things might have changed).

        Hilton Sarigerme (Dalaman, Turkey) is fantastic, however.

    • Rob says:

      Conrad Algarve was on offer via Avios hotels recently and I bet they are sneaking out rooms indirectly via other sources too – but no status benefits of course.

      I am the Hilton Mallorca soon and will report back!

  • John G says:

    Very useful. Have Radusson Blu stay next weekend and the T&Cs say nothing about existing reservations being excluded so this could work nicely, thanks.

  • RogerWilco says:

    Not all Carlson properties take part – the whole art’otel chain is missing from the T&C

    • Rob says:

      True. I don’t really count them as part of Carlson but should for the purposes of this.

  • Clive says:

    Just ran award wallet and seeing 20K points in my account. Log in nothing. Anyone else seeing it?

    • Clive says:

      Sorry should say that is with Accor

      • Robman says:

        That’s weird, same for me 20k showing in Awardwallet, but nothing on club Accor.

        • Robman says:

          when i say nothing on Club Accord, i mean that my points balance is not even showing. Looks to me that the site may be not working properly (hacked??)

          • Genghis says:

            +1. Strange

          • Brian says:

            Same here – but Accor’s IT is an absolute mess, so they’re constantly having problems with this sort of thing.

          • Andrew* says:

            +1

            Look at your account number…

            I’m guessing it’s 0123456789?

            Happened once before, went up once refresh and down the next…

            More importantly, is BA updating for anyone?!

          • Robman says:

            Fixed now. Accor account now showing correct and same on Awardwallet.