Country Means Business is the initial goldpoints plus 2011 Q1 offer.
Earn 10,000 bonus goldpoints for one night, Sunday through Thursday, at a Carlson Hotels Country Inn & Suites from Jan 2 and Feb 17, 2011. Promotional code = COUNTRY.
Offer applies to new reservations made beginning December 31, 2010. This offer requires 3-day advance booking.
Bonus can only be earned one time during the promotion period regardless of number of eligible hotel stays.
There are more than 500 Country Inn & Suites hotels in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Latin America.
Loyalty Traveler analysis:
Country Inn & Suites Nashville Airport, Sunday Jan 9
- $85 room rate
Goldpoints Plus members normally earn 15 points per dollar for Country Inn stays.
$85 x 15 base points/$1 = 1,275 base points
Online booking bonus = 1,000 bonus points goldpoints plus member or 2,000 points for elite members.
COUNTRY Promotion Bonus = 10,000 bonus points
Total: $85 room rate = 12,275 goldpoints
Earn 12,275 points for this one night $85 Country Inn stay as a goldpoints plus member without elite status.
The Value of Goldpoints Plus
Free nights at Carlson Hotels brands of Radisson, Country Inn, Park Inn and Park Plaza start at 15,000 points for category 1 hotels and go up to 60,000 points for category 6 hotels.
Country Inn & Suites Nashville Airport is a goldpoints category 2 hotel reward for 25,000 points for one night. Goldpoints has a unique program feature offering additional reward nights at a 10% discount. A two night stay at a category 2 hotel is 25,000 points for the first night and 22,500 points for the second night.
Goldpoints Plus also offers Points + Cash reward nights. This same Nashville Airport hotel night for $85 is available for 5,000 points + $51.
Using this Points + Cash data for Country Inn Nashville Airport shows the value of 5,000 points + $51 saves $34 on the regular $85 rate. A reasonable estimate for the value of 10,000 goldpoints is $68 using this hotel example.
One $85 Country Inn hotel night earns 10,000 bonus points that can save $68 in future hotel stays using Points + Cash.
That is an 80% promotion bonus rebate value on a future hotel night for one paid night.
Bottom Line: This is a high value offer for a one night stay at Country Inn & Suites. Too bad there is not more promotional incentive to stay longer than one night during the promotion period.
I think of Country Means Business as a hotel brand sampler promotion. Get yourself into a Country Inn for one night and check out the hotel brand. The promotion bonus of 10,000 points provides a future hotel stay rebate value nearly equal to the cost of one room night at a Country Inn & Suites this winter 2011.