UPDATE 5/19: Club Carlson has done the right thing! According to Radisson’s Facebook page, existing reservations WILL BE ELIGIBLE for the promotion! This is exactly how the situation should be handled. Kudos to Club Carlson’s marketing department! Thanks to Jeff the Wanderer for the tip-off.
UPDATE 5/10: Club Carlson’s Facebook page has confirmed that YES, reservations made before the promotion goes live on May 15th (but are within the promo window) are eligible for the Big Night Giveaway!
There’s a lot of buzz on the forums and blogs lately about a promotion that has made its way back from a successful initial run. Club Carlson present’s the Radisson Big Night Giveaway! When this promo debuted in the fourth quarter of 2011, the terms were that if you stayed one night in a Radisson hotel, you would receive 50,000 Club Carlson points. Under the previous terms of the promo, you had to be one of the first 100,000 people to register and you could only complete this offer once.
This time, however, it seems that Club Carlson is doing the same Big Night Giveaway (BGN) with two of their other brands as well – Country Inn & Suites and Park Inn. They have also confirmed on Facebook that we will be allowed to complete each promo. So there is the potential to for A LOT of points with this promotion.
That is a possible 138,000 Club Carlson points for one person. Sign up a spouse or family member and they can earn the same! I found a Country Inn & Suites for $89 a night in Waldorf, MD, where Joann and I will be spending a weekend in June to visit family. It works out perfectly because we will each reserve one weekend night. As for the Radisson stay, I will stay one night at Radisson Newark-Carteret, near my work, for $115.
With some quick and dirty math, I will be participating in two of the three BGN’s (Radisson and Country Inn & Suites). I’ll pay roughly $204 ($89 + $115) and receive 94,000 Club Carlson points (50k + 44k). My per point earning ratio will be $0.002 per point. That is absolutely insane. Joann will do the same and also earn 94k Club Carlson points.
Also, to further increase the savings, sign up with Top Cashback where you can click through to either Radisson or Country Inn & Suites to save 5-10%.
Club Carlson Loyalty Program
First of all, if you haven’t signed up for the program, do so now! Here is the link and make sure you sign up with promo code ERWD2012 for a free 4,500 points!
Pro Tip: Club Carlson will easily status match you if you have elite status with any other hotel programs. If you have a Visa Signature card, you can get free Hyatt Platinum status and then be matched to Club Carlson Silver. Better than nothing!
Here are some basic earning rules for the program:
Earn 20 Gold Points per U.S. dollar* spent on eligible hotel nights, along with any meals and beverages charged to your room.
You can also earn bonus points by booking online reservations at clubcarlson.com. For each online reservation stay:
- Club Carlson members earn 1,000 Gold Points.
- Club Carlson Silver and Gold Elite members earn 2,000 Gold Points.
- Club Carlson Concierge members earn 3,000 Gold Points.
Transferring Points: Club Carlson lets you “gift” points to another member for free. Think of it this way, you can have your friends or family sign up for this promotion, pay their one night stays, and then transfer the points to your account!
Club Carlson Points Redemption
The main draw of this promotion is to earn enough points to redeem for free nights. Club Carlson has six categories of hotels, ranging from 9,000 (Category 1) to 50,000 (Category 6). The Category 6 hotels offer great value as there are several in major tourist destinations in Europe (France & England) and their rates are usually very expensive.
To put the free nights in perspective with this promo, the Radisson Blu Ambassador Hotel, Paris Opera costs about $455 USD per night for January 2013. It is a Category 6 hotel so if you were to redeem points for a free night, it would cost you 50k points. Remember, my earning ratio is $0.002 per point so:
50,000 points x $0.002 per point = $100!!
I would have effectively paid $100 for a $455 hotel room. You can’t tell me that’s not amazing.
They also offer a cash and points redemption type where the points cost is slightly less if you add a cash co-pay.