Club Carlson scraps its generous 2-4-1 and 4-4-2 weekend deals

Club Carlson has scrapped its very generous ‘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.

A lot of readers benefited from this deal because Club Carlson Gold status is a benefit of the American Express Platinum card which a lot of Head for Points readers hold. 

The loss of this deal removes one of the best deals for good value weekend breaks around Europe and the Middle East.

Radisson Blu Berlin

The 2-4-1 deal worked like this:

Pay for Thursday night, get Friday night FREE

Pay for Friday night, get Saturday night FREE

The 4-4-2 deal worked like this:

Pay for Wednesday and Thursday, get Friday and Saturday FREE

Pay for Thursday and Friday, get Saturday and Sunday FREE

It was a pretty idiot-proof deal booked through the special links on the Club Carlson website.  One Gold member could book up to 2 rooms, so it also worked OK if you needed a 2nd room for family or friends.

Not all hotels offer this, and availability varies depending on how busy they are.  To be honest, availability had got a lot harder to find but with so many Club Carlson hotels in cities such as London you could usually find something.  Last time I ran the numbers, for Berlin in January 2016, five of their eight hotels offered it for a random weekend I tried.

I used it once, in Riga, with an excellent result.  This would have been a decade ago which shows how long this deal has been running.  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!

Oh well.

(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.)

Bits: 10% Tesco bonus to Virgin, 20% off CityJet, Bink / Curve double pizza bonus!
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The great new Eurostar lounge in Paris
About Head for Points

We help business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Visit every day for three new articles or sign up for our FREE emails via this page or the box to your right.


  1. Virgin Boy says:

    In case anyone was concerned about any existing bookings made using this offer,

    From Club Carlson :

    “Yes, all existing reservations will be honored. If you try to
    adjust/change the dates of these stays, the “Weekend Extend” rate will
    not transfer over to the new dates.”

    Best regards,

    Xxxx | Member Services Online Customer Care Specialist, Carlson
    Rezidor Hotel Group
    phone 888.288.8889 | fax 402.501.9166 |

  2. Metatone says:

    That’s sad, for a long time I counted Carlson as one of the best programs b/c of this.
    To be honest, I’m not sure they are worth bothering with without it in Europe, their coverage is still too patchy to be worth putting time into.

  3. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Such a shame, made outstanding value out of it on more than one occasion.

  4. The £50 off £100 offer for Club Carlson just popped up on my BA Amex this morning. I checked earlier in the week when it was mentioned on HFP and it wasn’t there. Perfect timing as I have a 241 in March, happy days. This was my first, and now last, 241 booking 🙁

  5. Do you know if previously made bookings will be honoured? I have booked 2 stays in June with this promo.

  6. Travel Yoda says:

    OT (but hotel related). Has any had IHG HFP Double points for stays booked just before the end but for this year. Had a week in Jan booked 29th Dec. But not seen anything coming through yet.

    • You will get them but they are now saying it could be 2 months. If it has been, say, 6 weeks from check out drop me an email.

  7. Kilburnflyer says:

    Real shame to see these go. Currently at Radisson Blu Amsterdam on 2for1 rate which worked out at €99/night (bargain!), even got an upgrade to Business Room with my Gold status (although no breakfast inc, as upgrade wasn’t paid for they said).

    I hope that they might replace the offer with some other form of rate discount for elite members. Not holding my breath though…

  8. Mr Bridge says:

    Im fed up with radisson blu anyway.

    twice Mercer Street have double billed my credit card, and its been ‘my responsibility’ to prove it.
    last week the mayfair, i checked out in person to confirm there was nothing to pay, only to get home to find they charged me £8..why it was vat!!! i wish vat was £8 of £300. turns out sorry it was a system error, after again i had to prove it!

    Bunch of crooks!

  9. Sergeant Major says:

    Does anyone know if £50 off £100 spend Club Carlson Amex offer works for the prepaid rates? I’m sorry for asking if someone has already confirmed it but I couldn’t see any comments to that effect from Rob’s article a few days ago.

    • barry cutters says:

      I have a question on this too;
      Has anyone had an experience of the £50 posting when you booked through 3rd party website?
      I have a room in Dublin booked , but I booked it on I will be paying there on my BA card , so hoping it will post.
      I am not a member of Club C , and I don’t really want to start another loyalty scheme . I prefer to keep my hotel use to IHG and but obviously £50 cash back is a too good deal to miss. Im thinking It should still post right?
      other option is to join and book through club c as t&C suggest. I could sign up to the 5000point offer also and net 8000 in total for the stay- but what would that get me?
      I can get a status match on my ihg spire so 8000 points is calculated at the higher rate.

      • Logically, despite Amex’s rules, if the hotel is on the participating list and you pay at check out you should be ok. It might not happen but I would be happy doing the same thing.

        • Barry cutters says:

          That’s what I’m thinking . If it doesnt work I still have time to get the bonus somewhere else .
          Will feedback what happens when iv done it. Stay is next week.

          Going back to points thing- what would 8000 get me ? Any real use?

        • 8000 Carlson is worth about £25 but you can’t, in itself, get anything for 8000. Cheapest redemptions are 9000 points for some Park Inn hotels. Easy to top up with Amex points at 1:3 though. ‘Cash and Points’ rewards can be decent value too.

  10. Useful,hotels for me in Germany, Scandinavia and a few other places…

  11. Pangolin says:

    This happened on the day I got Gold status 🙁

  12. sarahluv says:

    don’t feel as bad about missing out on gold this year. silver will do fine!