UPDATE – AUGUST 2022: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.
Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza hotel group, has launched a very generous promotion for Spring.
If you don’t know much about Club Carlson, full details and a sign-up link can be found here.
Until 30th June you will earn TRIPLE points on every stay. This means that you will earn 60 base points per US$1 you spend. Register here.
You receive 5,000 extra bonus points if your stay includes a Sunday or Monday (and 10,000 points if it includes both!). This offer is repeatable up to a maximum of 100,000 bonus points.
In addition, you will earn an additional 3,000 points for your next stay booked through the Club Carlson app between now and the end of the year. Details are here.
This promotion effectively gives you a 50%+ rebate on your room rate – more if you are Gold.
I generally say on HfP that I value Club Carlson points at £3.50 per 1,000 based on 70,000 points for a five star in London. At the bottom end, where some Park Inn hotels are just 9,000 points, you can easily justify £5 per 1,000 points.
Let’s take an extreme example:
You book a Sunday and Monday night, via the app, at a property costing £80 per night. You have no Club Carlson status (although Amex Platinum cardholders would be Gold and earn more).
You would earn, based on $200 spent:
12,000 base points, based on 60 per $ with triple points
10,000 bonus points for staying a Sunday and Monday
3,000 bonus points for your first app booking
That is a total of 25,000 Club Carlson points which I conservatively value at £3.50 per 1,000. You have got £87.50 of points from a £160 spend.
Even in the worse case scenario – that you have already had the app bonus and you aren’t staying a Sunday or a Monday – 12,000 points would be worth £42 back on £160 spent. That is a return of 25%+.
If you don’t want the points for free nights, this is also a decent deal for earning Avios points or other airline miles. Club Carlson points transfer to Avios at a 10:1 ratio in chunks of 2,000. In my example above, you would have earned 2,400 Avios points for your £160 spend.
You MUST register in advance in order to earn triple points via the link on this page. I would be surprised if another hotel promotion as generous as this comes along for the period through to June.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (August 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 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 15,000 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.
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