Mar102011

US and Canada members may use goldpoints for Club Med Resorts credit

Carlson Hotels goldpoints may be used for Club Med credit by US and Canada resident members for 80 ClubMed resorts worldwide. There are three redemption options and only one credit may be applied to a single reservation from March 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012.

Link: http://www.goldpointsplus.com/clubmed

  • $100 credit = 38,000 points (requires 2 night minimum stay)
  • $250 credit = 94,000 points (requires 3 night minimum stay)
  • $500 credit = 188,000 points (requires 4 night minimum stay)

This transaction cannot be done online.

Booking a Club Med package with goldpoints credit

  • Find package at ClubMed.com
  • Book your reservation at 800-250-3964.
  • Receive a ClubMed file number.
  • Call goldpoints plus Member Service Center at 888-288-8889 to redeem goldpoints toward your Club Med reservation.
  • You will receive an email from ClubMed within 5 days showing the credit adjustment to your reservation cost.

Cancellation policy for goldpoints:

If a cancellation for a Club Med vacation purchase occurs 60 days or more prior to departure, 100% of the Gold Points redeemed will be refunded to the member’s account. 

If cancellation occurs 30-59 days prior to departure, 50% of the Gold Points redeemed will be refunded. 

Gold Points will not be refunded for cancellations made 0-29 days prior to departure. 

Refunded Gold Points will appear in Member’s account within seven days of the reservation cancellation. 

The other term that may limit the goldpoints redemption credit value is eligible rates for using the credit: “The Club Med credit may not be combined or used in conjunction with other credits, certificates, other promotional offers, travel industry discounts, tour rates, or any other special discounts or promotional rates.”

Goldpoints plus ClubMed FAQ

Loyalty Traveler Analysis:

$500 credit for 188,000 points is a good chunk of change. In my opinion the points are more valuable when used for Carlson Hotels free nights.

For example, Radisson Aruba Resort is a category 6 hotel reward. This hotel will be only 50,000 points per night when the Club Carlson changes take effect at the end of March.

A 4-night stay at the Aruba Resort from April 4 to April 8 using the 2011 Winter 50% off Sale rate for a garden view room is $1,436 value after tax. This is the likely room category for a nonelite member redeeming 200,000 points on a four night stay at the Radisson Aruba.

Category 6 Radisson Aruba Resort is a $7.18 per 1,000 points value using 200,000 points compared to $2.66 per 1,000 points value for a $500 Club Med credit using 188,000 points.

Bottom line: You will generally get significantly higher value using your goldpoints for hotel rewards at Radisson, Regent, Park Plaza, Park Inn and Country Inn & Suites properties rather than Club Med credit.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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