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American Express has launched a generous Club Carlson (Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza) promotion.

You will receive £50 cashback on a £100 spend at a participating hotel before 31st March 2017.

It appears to be aimed at BA Amex cardholders, who should find the deal under the ‘Offers’ section of their online statement.  It may be available to other cardholders and may not be available to all BA Amex cardholders – I am working off a small sample set.

Only 5,000 registrations will be accepted so you should register immediately if you are interested.  Head for Points is more than capable of generating 5,000 registrations on its own, albeit this offer won’t appeal to everyone.

Unfortunately, Amex has messed up the offer.  I’m sure it will be fixed quickly once they read this (!) but for now it is a mess:

The ‘Offers’ page says you get £50 cashback on a £100 spend “at checkout”.  This implies that pre-paid rates do not qualify, but the terms and conditions don’t mention this.

The list of participating hotels is apparently at but that link is broken.  It appears that non-UK hotels are included as the rules discuss currency conversion.

It says that bookings must be made at the Club Carlson site or via telephone but this seems unlikely due to the way that these offers are triggered.  It makes no sense that you can’t book via the Radisson site, the Park Inn site or the Park Plaza site.  Even bookings via third party sites such as Expedia may well qualify if you have £100 of incidentals to pay on departure.

Assuming that advance purchase rates do count (and we’re not sure of this), you could tie this offer in with the decent sale currently running at all Club Carlson chains.

It will also work alongside the generous Club Carlson promotion currently running.  This offer 5,000 bonus points per night, which I would value at £15 – £20.

If you have American Express Platinum, remember that you can claim free Gold status in Club Carlson which, if nothing else, will get you additional status bonus points for your stay.

As the offer runs until 31st March, and your plans may not be firm until then, you may want to register just in case.

PS.  The photo above is the funky aquarium in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Berlin.  I’ve no idea if this hotel is included in the offer as the link to participating hotels is broken …..

PPS.  Club Carlson has scrapped its generous 2-4-1 and 4-4-2 deals for elites …. more tomorrow

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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:

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.

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

Comments (129)

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  • JamesW says:

    Not on my BAPP.

  • mark2 says:

    A related OT:
    would I be able to use my Avios to get tickets from LAS-DFW (if available) for my nephew and three of his friends?

    • Rob says:

      If American flies it, yes. Look on for cash tickets to see how they route it, or if it could be direct.

      Check Alaska as well – but you need to call BA to enquire about Alaska reward availability.

  • Robbie says:

    Hi – Not even going to pretend I am sorry about going off topic this time as I seem to be doing it every day – I have now booked a trip to Dubai (The last off topic question I asked.) I couldn’t get the Qatar flight back I wanted so have now needed to return a day later so I have one more day in the UAE than I thought but the question is should I spend it in Dubai or Doha?

    I have brought my hotel with Points (a suite in the Melia) and am out of points so would be paying cash for any future night so will probably have to move from the suite to something cheeper (My goal has always been to maximize savings through points and an expensive cash booking would ruin that.) so I am thinking I will either move to Dubai airport to overnight and fly out in the morning or fly to Doha a day early and either stay somewhere there (is there much to see in Doha?) or stay at an airport hotel there (We fly back at 15:30 from Doha so won’t be rushed whichever we do.)

    Anyone got a preference?

    • the real harry1 says:

      there’s absolutely nothing to do or see in Doha (honest, NOTHING, unless you have a friend with a boat or want to go to a shopping mall) – at least in Dubai there’s a fair bit going on

      • Rob says:

        Agreed. If you want to be nearer Dubai Airport, although it isn’t as if Dubai is big, the InterCon / Crowne Plaza complex at Festival City is very nice, as is the Park Hyatt. The Meridien at the airport is a bit of a dump.

        • Robbie says:

          Great Thanks, Dubai it is then.

          My main aim is to find somewhere cheap rather than necessarily be at the airport. I just thought if Doha was worth a visit then maybe I would look at it.

          Maybe I will just suck it up and pay for another night in the Melia suite but my goal is to get as big a points saving as possible and so far I am getting just under 10K of value for about 500 quid and I don’t want to ruin that by paying 400 just for the extra night! And I can’t switch to a cheaper room at the Melia as then my wife may find out that the 5 Star VIP weekend hasn’t cost as much as she may think!

          • Genghis says:

            Are you not truly up front about the points game with your wife?

          • Robbie says:

            I was when I started collecting but there are only so many times I can talk to her with her eyes glazing over before I give up.

            But as she has never stayed in a Hotel Suite before and has never been in any class other than Economy on a plane I am hoping that after this trip she may be converted when she finds out it only cost 600 pounds (and a few years of obsessive compulsive collecting of course)

            You never know maybe after this she will stop trying to waste my Tesco vouchers on shopping!!!

          • Genghis says:

            I find informing my wife of how good things are collecting points gives me a bit more of a free pass with credit card sign ups in her name.

    • Alex W says:

      Doha is a dump.

      • the real harry1 says:

        some dumps got character… whereas Doha…

      • Ro says:

        What’s so bad about it?! (Im just curious as never been)

        • Rob says:

          It is basically all the boring bits of Dubai with none of the fun bits. No megamalls, no really good beach resorts, no indoor ski slopes, no Burj, no Palm etc.

          • HIDeHi says:

            I wouldn’t call Doha a dump but it is probably the worst major city in the world for tourist attractions. There are maybe 3 things to do and see in the whole city. We had 12 hours in the city and that was about 8 hours more than we needed to see literally everything.

          • the real harry1 says:

            if I had to spend 2 days there I would make sure the first day was a Friday and do the fairly fun expat brunch thing for about 5 hours then find a pool to snooze it off, obviously only a half-decent idea if you are with friends/ make friends easily

            the second day I would find a boat and go fishing which is always fun and a good way to get away from the fact you are in Doha – or you could hire a 4×4 and cross over to the other side with a minor bit of off-road larks and see a bit of desert etc with a picnic

            you still essentially come down to finding ways to avoid remembering you are in Doha

          • Johnny5a says:

            agree there isn’t much there. we visited for two reasons:
            – tick off another country
            – see a friend who was working there

  • HayMow says:

    Gutted about the demise of Carlson 241 and 4for2 – the page was still live 2 days ago when I checked but I couldn’t find availability so that must’ve been why 🙁 That would’ve been great stacked with these promos. I found the Amex offer on my own BAPP but not as additional cardmember to my hubby’s BAPP, tho I did get in first thing this morning when saw Rob’s email – by the time hubby checked there was nothing on either of his BAPPs.

  • JamesWag says:

    I just hope everyone who registered for the £50 makes use of it as plenty of people have wanted it but not been successful.

    • will says:

      It’s very much still alive and kicking, on my partners BAPP and just enabled it at 14.53

    • the real harry1 says:

      you could try giving Amex a ring and asking if they can put the offer on your card

  • Mike says:

    Not on my BAPP or my Amex gold card. Checked my wife’s too, nothing

  • CC says:

    Just checked and its available on my BAPP.

    • CC says:

      And I meant to add that it was not there earlier when I checked on my phone, if that might make any difference.

  • John says:

    Just checked my BA card and it is there.

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