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.
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.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)
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:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 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.)