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Club Carlson 50,000 points for Radisson stay Nov 10-Dec 30, 2011

Club Carlson has a new Radisson brand promotion called the “Big Night Giveaway” running from November 10 to December 30, 2011. The first 50,000 Club Carlson members to register for the Big Night Giveaway and stay at a Radisson hotel in the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean will receive 50,000 goldpoints, sufficient for one night at a top tier category 6 Club Carlson hotel reward.

All members who register for the Big Night Getaway and do not qualify as one of the first 50,000 hotel guests eligible for 50,000 points will receive 15,000 points after completing a stay at a Radisson hotel by December 30, 2011.

15,000 points is sufficient for a free category 2 hotel reward night. Basically this offer guarantees  sufficient points for a free night whether you get 15,000 points or 50,000 points.

Promotion registration goes live at 9pm Wednesday November 9 in California in the Pacific Time Zone and 12 midnight, November 10 in New York in Eastern Time Zone.

Radisson Big Night Giveaway Registration Link: http://www.radissonbignightgiveaway.com

The Big Night Getaway promotion celebrates the November 1 opening of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, the flagship Carlson Hotel property in the U.S. I will be attending a media event at the Radisson Blu Aqua in two weeks and provide a hotel review here on Loyalty Traveler.

Important : Read this Loyalty Traveler post on Monday November 7, 2011  for updated Terms & Conditions for the 50,000 points Big Night Giveaway. Radisson 50,000 Points Promotion Revisited & Clarified Nov 10-Dec 30, 2011.

Club Carlson enrollment bonus

There is a link here for a 2,000 points enrollment bonus for Club Carlson.

 

Press Release for the Radisson Big Night Giveaway.

RADISSON® GIVES AWAY 50,000 NIGHTS TO CELEBRATE

THE NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT OF RADISSON BLU AQUA HOTEL, CHICAGO

MINNEAPOLIS,
Minn. (Nov. 2, 2011)– Radisson today announced the Big Night Giveaway, developed with Club Carlson, the global
hotel rewards program from Carlson Hotels. The promotion celebrates the U.S. debut of the Radisson Blu brand in North America with the opening of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, on Nov. 1. The Radisson Big Night Giveaway awards 50,000 Gold Points®,enough for a free night stay at any Radisson hotel in the world, to the first 50,000 Club Carlson members who register for the promotion and then stay at a Carlson hotel.

The promotion begins Nov. 10 and runs through Dec. 30, 2011. Club Carlson members must register and stay one night at any Radisson hotel in the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean during the promotion time period. The bonus Gold Points they receive can then be used for a stay at any Carlson hotel worldwide. Members who register after the first 50,000 giveaways will receive 15,000 bonus Gold Points.

“The Radisson Big Night Giveaway represents a wonderful opportunity for the first 50,000 members to earn a free hotel night and experience Carlson Hotels’ world-class hospitality at any of our more than 1,000 Carlson properties around the globe,” said Heather Passe, vice president, Marketing, Loyalty and E-commerce. “The opening of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is just the beginning of our ambitious plans for the brand and we encourage our members to take the opportunity to stay with us at this landmark Chicago property.”

The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago introduces the upper-upscale Radisson Blu brand to North America, and reveals the innovative design aesthetic that defines the brand. The hotel features 334 guest rooms and suites; exquisitely prepared Italian cuisine at the contemporary restaurant Filini; more than 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space; an 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness facility with an indoor basketball court; a movie
screening room; an indoor lap pool; a full-service business center; and an 80,000-square-foot green roof and recreation deck complete with gardens, two outdoor pools, a hot tub with cabanas and a one-fifth mile running trail.

More information on the promotion, as well as terms and conditions, are available at www.radisson.com.

Travelers who are not yet Club Carlson members can join the loyalty program for free during any stay at a Carlson hotel or resort, or by visiting www.ClubCarlson.com.

ABOUT CLUB CARLSON

Club Carlson is the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Hotels, part of leading hospitality and travel company, Carlson. Club Carlson provides its members a faster way to free award nights with hotel stay redemptions starting at only 9,000 points. Plus, there are no blackout dates on standard rooms. In addition to redeeming points for complimentary hotel stays at any of Carlson’s more than 1,000 hotels worldwide, Club Carlson members can use points to purchase vacation options with CWT Vacations and Club Med®, as well as through more than 20 retail and restaurant partners. Club Carlson introduced a Concierge Elite tier in early 2011 that offers members complimentary room upgrades, continental breakfast, and early check-in and late checkout, among other benefits.

ABOUT RADISSON BLU AQUA, CHICAGO

Marking the debut of the Radisson Blu brand in North America, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago is set to open on Nov. 1, 2011. The hotel features Filini, a contemporary 150-seat Italian restaurant and bar that offers simple and authentic dishes as well as an expansive Italian wine collection. http://www.radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicagoor call +1 (312) 565-5258.

ABOUT CARLSON

Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,067 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza®; more than 900 T.G.I. Friday’s®restaurants; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®,the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and its brands employ about 170,000 people. http://www.carlson.com

 

Radisson Big Night Giveaway

T&C

The Big Night Giveaway Promotion (“Promotion”) is available only to Club CarlsonSM members for new reservations. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion at http://www.radissonbignightgiveaway.com
(“Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in, and then complete one Qualifying Stay at any participating Radisson® or Radisson Blu hotel in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean (“Participating Hotels”). The Qualifying Stay must begin on or after November 10, 2011 and be completed by December 30, 2011
(“Promotion Period”). A “Qualifying Stay” is defined as a stay of one or more consecutive nights through the Promotion Period, for which the guest specifically booked a rate for which Gold Points are awarded in accordance with the Club Carlson Eligible rate Terms and Conditions. Guest must be enrolled in Club Carlson and registered in the Promotion at the time of check-out (to enroll in Club Carlson, visit www.clubcarlson.com).

The first 50,000 guests who complete the Promotion Registration will receive 50,000 Bonus Gold Points after the completion of the Qualifying Stay. Every guest who completes the Promotion Registration after the first 50,000 registrations will receive 15,000
Bonus Gold Points after the completion of the Qualifying Stay. These Bonus Gold Points are in addition to the standard Gold Points awarded for a regular stay. Only one Club Carlson account per Qualifying Stay will be credited with the Bonus Gold Points. Maximum of one Bonus Gold Point award will be credited to a member with a Qualifying Stay under the Promotion regardless
of the number of Qualifying Stays completed by the member during the Promotion Period. Allow 6-8 weeks for the Bonus Gold Points to appear on account. The Promotion and Gold Points are subject to all Club Carlson program Terms and Conditions. Rates for each night of a Qualifying Stay may vary. Promotion may not be used in conjunction with any other package, promotion, group or convention rate, or any other discounted rate. Promotion is not valid on existing reservations and is subject to availability. Participating Hotels are subject to change without notice and the number of rooms and room types available for this Promotion at Participating Hotels may be limited. Promotion void where prohibited by law. Radisson reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion at any time with or without notice. Radisson is not responsible for: interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, computer hardware or software or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website accessibility or availability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate capture of Registration information. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

 

Park Inn Promotion for 15,000 points with a one night stay

Club Carlson has another offer for 15,000 points for staying at a Park Inn in the U.S. or Canada.

[Update: Nov 3, 2011 – Park Inn 15,000 bonus points promotion registration page.

Loyalty Traveler Park Inn promotion post Nov 3.]

As travelers prepare themselves for the busy holiday season, Park Inn by Radisson is making travel more affordable with two new offers. Members of its hotel rewards program, Club Carlson, can stay one night from October 23, 2011 to December 15, 2011 at a Park Inn by Radisson and automatically receive 15,000 Gold Points®, equivalent to a free one night at many Carlson properties. Travelers who are not yet Club Carlson members can join the loyalty program for free during any stay at a Carlson hotel or resort, or by visiting http://www.clubcarlson.com/. Park Inn by Radisson is also offering a separate promotion open to all guests who book two consecutive nights, now through January 20, 2012 where they will receive 10% off.

Park Inn by Radisson is Carlson’s bright, bold and fresh mid-market brand with 10 hotels and growing in North America and 118 hotels throughout the world. The brand provides affordable accommodations that are efficient, uncomplicated, practical and comfortable. Park Inn by Radisson has a growing presence across the U.S., with four new hotel openings in 2011 so far, affording travelers an opportunity at new savings for the heavy travel season.

 

November 9 Notice to Loyalty Traveler readers: This post originally went up before the Club Carlson promotion pages had been posted. Some of the information originally included here was incorrect or changed. This post was reworked November 9 to make it easier to read and all the strikeout portions were relocated to the bottom of the post.

[UPDATE –  NOVEMBER 7: Loyalty Traveler has a newer post on this offer called Radisson 50,000 Points Promotion Revisited and Clarified Nov 10-Dec 30 written after meeting with Carlson Hotels managers to discuss the details of this offer. There is some good information here, but this post is a mess with strikeouts.]

[Promotion webpage went up a couple hours after this post]

There is confusion over this promotion as to whether the first 50,000 to register or the first 50,000 members to stay at a Radisson qualify for 50,000 points. I think the offer means the first 50,000 guests who register for the offer and stay at a Radisson beginning Thursday night, Nov 10 will earn 50,000 points. After those 50,000 guests, all other registered members will earn 15,000 bonus points.

[Update Friday, Nov 4: Looks like I will get an opportunity to speak with the Club Carlson representative on Monday, Nov 7. Please leave any questions you might have regarding this promotion in the comments section and I will ask for clarification. Thanks.]

[Update Nov 3: Still confused whether first 50,000 to register are the only members eligible for 50,000 points or if the first 50,000 to register and stay earn 50,000 points. The promotion seems to suggest the first outcome. This post is littered with strikeouts. The problem I see is Club Carlson members need to be told if they are one of the first 50,000 registrants to know whether the stay will earn 50,000 points or 15,000 points. The second problem I see is the potential for a large number of registrants in the first 50,000 to not stay at a Radisson Hotel during the promotion period and exclude guests who do stay at a Radisson down to 15,000 points for the stay solely due to not being in the first 50,000 to register for the offer.]

Loyalty Traveler’s pet peeve

The Big Night Giveaway promotion does not have a registration page uploaded yet. [update Nov 3: this promotion webpage posted a couple hours after this post.]

My pet peeve with hotel promotions is a press release of an offer requiring loyalty members to register prior to posting a registration page for the offer.

I received notice of this Big Night Giveaway offer this morning and emailed the Club Carlson PR representative back stating I will not write about the offer until a registration page is available for members. After seeing this offer posted on Mommy Points and One Mile at a Time, I figured I might as well write up the offer today.

You might want to book a reservation now for a Radisson Hotel to lock in a good rate, but make sure it can be cancelled in case the promotion terms require booking after promotion registration.

[Update: T&C state this offer is not valid on existing reservations, so you need to wait and book a stay after registration.]

 

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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  1. […] Club Carlson 50,000 points for Radisson stay Nov 10-Dec 30, 2011Loyalty Traveler showed us how to qualify for this promotion. By staying one night in a Radisson after registering, Club Carlson will give you 50,000 Club Carlson points. If we assume that a night at a Radisson costs about $100, we can calculate the cost per point: $100 / 50,000 = $.002 = .2 cents per point.Deal price: .2 cents per pointFair trade price: .7 cents per pointGood deal? Yes!!! […]

Comments

  1. Appreciate the insightful analysis. One question – must the stay be in a Radisson or will any Carlson hotel satisfy the stay requirement?

  2. http://www.radissonbignightgiveaway.com

    You must register before making the reservation. It is also not combinable with packages. It says that the first 50,000 people to complete their registration will be awarded the 50,000 points after their stay. If is not eligible for packages – I do not know if the includes the breakfast package, but right one, I am planning on the basic package.

  3. I interpret it differently — first 50k to register are eligible for the 50k bonus. They have to complete the stay to get it. It would be great if you could get clarification on this, however.

    As for getting scooped by other blogs: don’t worry, we know who the real hotel expert is, and we know where to get real analysis. NOBODY does a better job of breaking down hotel points than you! Some other bloggers just seem to go RAH RAH at every opportunity without thinking critically.

  4. This sentence from their T&C (as posted on Milepoint) seems to confirm my interpretation:

    The first 50,000 guests who complete the Promotion Registration will receive 50,000 Bonus Gold Points after the completion of the Qualifying Stay.

  5. So unclear the terms & conditions. I needed a night on 11/20 so booked it and hope I can 1. register 2. it qualifies. Any clarity you get back is much appreciated!

  6. “Appreciate the insightful analysis. One question – must the stay be in a Radisson or will any Carlson hotel satisfy the stay requirement?”
    Also would like to know this since there is no convenient Radisson nearby my location.

  7. @hobo13 – In the light of a new day I agree that the terms indicate the first 50,000 registrants are eligible for 50,000 points.

    Here is the problem I see with that procedure. We know people will sign up for everything. So what if 20,000 people are in the initial 50,000 to sign up and never stay at a Radisson during the promotion?

    That means 20,000 people who signed up and stayed at a Radisson are only going to get 15,000 points.

    That is a stupid way to run the promotion. Unless you don’t want to really pay out 50,000 points to 50,000 people. I [Update Nov 7 – I won’t delete what I said, but I did a strikeout. That statement was a little over the top.]

    I hope we get a number when we register to let us know if we are in the first 50,000 members.

  8. Ric — you are spot on. I strongly expect that Radisson is expecting some ‘breakage’ on this promotion.

    Honestly, I don’t really mind. I think it is better to tell people ‘yes, you’ll qualify for the 50k’ or ‘no, you’ll only qualify for the 15k’ then to let people sign-up and wonder. This is a big-time improvement over how COdbaUA runs promotion now-a-days — see ‘Month of Miles’ where nobody has a clue if they are indeed eligible!

  9. Compared to other programs Club Carlson always seems to have something unclear or unusual about their promotions.

  10. Update Friday, Nov 4: Looks like I will get an opportunity to speak with the Club Carlson representative on Monday, Nov 7.

    Please leave any questions you might have regarding this promotion in the comments section and I will ask for clarification.

    Thanks.

  11. Will advance purchase offer stay qualifies for the big night promotion? In their website, the view detail section of advance purchase, it states it may not be combined with any other promotion.
    Thanks

  12. I am also curious about the advance purchase as well. there will be some stays that I need in Dec. this is a good promotion if it plays out! Thanks.

  13. Ric… if you do speak to a Club Carlson representative, ask him/her how is it that these common sense ambiguities weren’t addressed in the design of the promo, by all of their “highly qualified” execs from management to advertising…

  14. Would a stay booked using the Family and Friends rate work? F&F state “can not be combined with any other promo” but this promo appears to work with any stay that would earn points (or does f&f not earn points)? How about a stay that is part of a package (room and a show, for example)?

  15. Ric – If I book using a AAA rate, does this disqualify me for the promo (seems like it from the t&c but could you confirm?) “Promotion may not be used in conjunction with any other package, promotion, group or convention rate, or any other discounted rate.”

  16. I have registered myself for both 50,000 gold points for raddison Big Night Giveaway promotion and 9000 points for a award stay at any club carlson hotel. My question is if I book a Radisson hotel and stay between dec-23 to dec-30. Will I get both 50,000 + 9,000 total of 59,000 points. As both the promotions are different and both will be fulfilled with one stay at a Radisson hotel. Please let me know if I am wrong and how it works.

  17. @Mallik – You will get 50,000 points for a Radisson stay, but the 9,000 points requires a reward stay using points. These need to be two different stays or you can pay one night to earn the 50,000 points and stay a second night at the hotel using points (if you already have the points) and get a 9,000 points rebate.

  18. Thanks for your quick response. I have booked a 2 night stay in a Raddison hotel using club carlson points. So if I understand you correctly for that stay I will be getting only 50,000 points promoted by raddison not the 9000 points for a award stay. Please let me know.

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