Bits: 100% Club Carlson buy points bonus, Cathay to leave oneworld?, Radisson and Park Inn Dream Deals

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News in brief:

100% bonus when you buy Club Carlson points

Club Carlson, the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn, is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points, however few or many you buy.

The link to buy points is here.  The offer runs TODAY (Tuesday) ONLY.

This deal does potentially offer value if you redeem in the right places on expensive nights.  

The maximum number of points you can purchase is 80,000 (40,000 + 40,000 bonus) for $280.  This is £209.  The key London hotels such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – a modern London property with a pool and next to the London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium etc (photo below) – are 70,000 points per night, so £182.  I reviewed the hotel here.

The May Fair (which I reviewed here, and didn’t like much) is also 70,000 points.  The new Park Plaza Waterloo is 50,000 points which would be £130, and you don’t get much in London for £130 these days.

At the more prosaic end of the scale, there are various Park Inn budget hotels around the UK for 9,000 points per night.  Under this promo, 9,000 points would cost you just £23 based on the pro-rata price of 80,000.

Remember that you can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at the 1:3 rate if you need a few extra points for a planned redemption.  That said, as you would only be getting 0.78p per Amex point based on the bonus price, buying points today may be a better deal.

You can buy points via this page of the Club Carlson site. Remember that this deal is for TODAY, Tuesday, only.

Cathay Pacific to leave oneworld, China Southern joining?

As per this article from the South China Morning Post, speculation is mounting that a reshuffle of the big three global airline alliances in Asia is on the cards.

China Southern Airlines, based in Guangzhou (on the Hong Kong border) is believed to have decided that it is getting little benefit from its membership of the SkyTeam alliance – dominated by Delta and Air France / KLM – and would be better off alongside British Airways and American Airlines in oneworld.

American Airlines took a small equity stake in China Southern recently, and any attempts to set up code sharing arrangements or deeper partnerships would be easier if the two companies were in the same alliance.

At the same time, Air China is the 2nd biggest shareholder in Cathay Pacific.  Air China is currently a member of Star Alliance and would benefit if Cathay moved across to Star.

It is very unlikely that both Cathay Pacific and China Southern could co-exist inside oneworld, as neither would want a competing hub in the same alliance so close together.

If anything does happen, it is likely to take 2-3 years to complete.  There is no need for British Airways flyers to panic about losing their access to the Cathay Pacific lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 just yet ….. although the opening of the new Qantas lounge this week may now take on more significance.

Radisson Blu and Park Inn launch ‘Dream Deals’ sale

Speaking of Club Carlson, as we were, Radisson Blu and Park Inn have launched their latest ‘Dream Deals’ sale.  The sale covers 350 hotels across the Europe, Africa, America and the Middle East.

Participating brands are Radisson BluPark InnPark Plaza, Quorvus Collection and Radisson RED.

The home page for the sale is here.

The standard saving is 30% off Best Available Rate, although your actual saving will be lower as these are non-refundable rooms and you should really compare it to the previous non-refundable price.

The discount for participating Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels in London and the May Fair Hotel London may vary between 10 and 30%.

You need to be a Club Carlson member (free to join) to get the full 30% discount – the non-member discount will be 20%. The stay must be paid for in full at time of booking.

Even better, Club Carlson members get 2,500 bonus Goldpoints per stay in addition to the standard 20 Goldpoints per $1 spent. We would value these bonus points at £7-£8 which makes a real extra impact on cheap one-night bookings.

These “Dream Deals” need to be booked before 3rd December. You need to stay between 27th November 2017 and 28th February 2018, except for stays at Park Plaza which must be completed between 27th November 2017 and 8th April 2018 and stays at Radisson Blu Edwardian which must be completed between 27th November 2017 and 7th May 2018.

You can find out more about Dream Deals on the sale website 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.)

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  1. OT – BAPP sign up bonus. I can reapply in just under 6 months. Odds on there being 20k+ sign up bonus still being offered?

    • Recently the bonus of the BAPP card has been increased with no end date – looks like it should be around close to when it’s time for you to reapply…

  2. Doesn’t QR now own a bit of CX?

  3. I think Cathay feels unloved given it has no joint ventures (BA, JAL, American and Qantas all have nothing to do with it), and used by people (like myself) who take full advantage of their amazing lounges, I don’t think they would seriously leave.

    • I think they need to focus a bit more on their hardware – ensuring it’s up to scratch and working. Might attract people back onboard instead of just in their lounges.

  4. Pangolin says:

    I’m going to be Mr Unpopular here and say how great it would be if CX came over to Star Alliance!

    Of course, if SQ decided to jump ship in response it wouldn’t look so smart (I’m Kris Flyer Gold currently).

    • I’m wondering if Singapore are considering releasing a UK credit card. I have no basis for this apart from how they are shaping up.

      • Pangolin says:

        Can’t see it happening myself but a Singapore Airlines equivalent of the BAPP would be fantastic!

        • Well I wouldn’t rule it out completely just yet but totally agree with you on Singapore releasing the ‘SAPP’ 🙂

  5. Ok so if we go with this as a definite maybe what does that mean for award flights pending? I have two tickets on CX to LGW next year on points. Will they be honored?

    • Pangolin says:

      As Rob says, even if it came to fruition it would be at least 2 years down the line before it affected pax, so you shouldn’t worry about holding award tickets for 2018.

  6. starfall says:

    > Remaining in Oneworld with China Southern would bring the two carriers’ home bases of Hong Kong and Guangzhou too close together, with destinations they serve overlapping and the airlines competing for the same pool of long-haul travellers.

    Actually, that’s probably going to result in less price competition and better margins. It’s similar to how IAG’s Atlantic strategy with Iberia and Aer Lingus.

    Plus, China Southern is the best of the mainland Chinese carriers, so I can see the logic in joining OW to capture more of the premium market from the Pearl Delta region and transit traffic from Taiwan.

    Airline alliances are going to increasing rely on clustering to keep competition away from their profitable routes, so I think the article’s analysis is completely flawed.

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