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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.

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

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

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 (55)

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  • Chris says:

    Broadly one world question; I flew into Helsinki and back a few weeks ago- one class d and one class I ticket and didn’t get my points into my EC. Submitted a claim and the reply was ”
    This is because the flight details you submitted do not qualify for Avios and Tier Points.” Had a similar response to a cathay flight earlier this year that I didn’t manage to overcome – even with a boarding pass they said I didnt fly. Any suggestions on what I should reply?


  • Delbert says:

    OT – but had an email this morning to inform that MyFlights will be no more with effect 31 December 2017. Shame about that as I found the app quite a useful tool.

    • Delbert says:

      Actually, just catching up and note that this was already reported by another poster yesterday.

      • Alan says:

        Is also one of the main topics in another post today 😉

        • Delbert says:

          I was in there before the article appeared, Alan. Seven hour time difference between UK / Thailand. 😉 Probably why I only saw the email this morning, too.

    • Stu R says:

      I saw their Facebook post before getting the email too – gutted! However it seemed like the usefulness of the app was becoming watered down by muppets like Lufthansa, KLM(?) etc blocking access to their data. It’s sadly a thing that apps which bring all your ‘stuff’ together in one place are slowly becoming useless (see parcel tracking apps – Royal Mail just pulled access to their data via TP apps for ‘security reasons’) …. progress eh?

      • Tina Hammond says:

        Amadeus are blocking access to en masse information from January. Hence MyFlights having to close 🙁

  • Will says:

    Sad news in Cathay if true. My favourite airline by quite some margin.

  • Dwadda says:

    China Southern works for me (huge route network). But I’ll miss grabbing a bottle of bubbly and relaxing in the bath at the CX First lounge in HKG.

  • Love2Travel says:

    OT so in bits: Has anyone used Hilton Premium Asia to book discounted room at Conrad Koh Samui? I know there won’t be any points but will I get Diamond benefits. The terms say no Hilton benefits and hence they are quoting rate with B&B. I want to book room only as I do get breakfast for 2 people as a Diamond. My initial nights will be on points for which I will get my benefits. Also they have an app now so do we still book through them or can do directly via app? Thanks.

  • Cat says:

    In the original Dream Deals HfP article, the one only sent by email a few days back, there was a rather lovely looking photo of a Club Carlson Property. Can anyone tell me which property it is?

    • Rob says:

      Was it Berlin with the aquarium in the lobby? Don’t have access at the moment to the email system.

    • Cate says:

      Cat if you right click the picture you get a menu one of the options is find this picture on the internet. You can get it from there. I’ve had the same problem to as some of the properties look lovely 🙂

      • Cat says:

        I never know how to do that on a macbook…

        It wasn’t Berlin, it had some lovely looking poolside rooms with lots of blue sky!

  • Hayley says:

    My heart sank when I read this about China Southern. We flew with them to Thailand a couple of years ago and would never use them again! They are the worst airline I have personally ever experienced! Tiny seats, rudestaff, disgusting food, no snacks and warm drinks. I wouldn’t fly with them if you paid me.

    • mark2 says:

      My niece agrees with you. She flew with them to Australia in Economy with a long stop at Beijing.

    • Genghis says:

      I’ve only flown them once SH within China but didn’t have a very good experience.

    • Alan says:

      Indeed, have never heard positive things about them – can’t see OW being keen on them replacing Cathay. Seems to be a recurring idea from time to time but don’t think it’s too likely, HKG is quite a different market to mainland China and already plenty of other OW airlines in the region so can’t see that itself being the only reason. Guess we’ll see!

    • Delbert says:

      Thank the Lord we’re returning to UK on Thursday on the mighty EVA Air in biz. China Southern? Would rather gouge my eyeballs out with a rusty teaspoon.

      • Michael C says:

        Hi Delbert – I’m looking at EVA biz as a possible option for the LHR-BKK direct flight: a decent experience? From your other post, better than TG?!

      • Pangolin says:

        There are some things you might try once – just to see if it’s really as bad as you thought, like eating insects in Cambodia, and there are some things you shouldn’t even try once, like China Southern.

        I spent 6 months in China and if they were the only flight option I’d be checking the bus and train timetables for alternatives!

        Even Air China is something I would prefer not to fly in J (if I had any alternative), but it’s definitely better than Southern.

        @Michael C: EVA is way better than TG (J or Y). It’s just their colour scheme I’m not a fan of!

        • Michael C says:

          Cheers, Pango!

        • JamesB says:

          I like EVA but on BKK-LHR Thai wins easily IMO, reason being a380 and soon a350. Both have good business class seats and both aircraft are massively better than a 777. I have not flown it but I fail to see how Y in a 777 can ever be a better experience than an a380. Service food etc are pointless comparing in Y, minor variations of the same thing across all airlines. In First Thai still wins by a country mile because in addition to above you have first lounge and spa alomg with other ground services.

    • Adam says:

      I took 5 flights with them last year whilst travelling around China and found them ok. The planes were dated and the staff were as friendly as any service staff in China but other than that no real complaints – the food was inedible but I think that may have been my western pallate rather than low quality in the food. However this was only SH so no idea what their LH offering would be like.

      • Vivian says:

        No it’s not a “western vs Chinese” palate thing. It’s inedible even for Chinese people.

    • Jordan says:

      I agree completely. Not of good enough standard for OW in my opinion. Cant even begin to compare the quality of lounges at CAN with cathays offerings in HK .

  • Concerto says:

    Sounds good enough for oneworld.

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