Club Carlson members can book six Radisson Blu hotels in Europe at a 50% points discount for stays November 1 to March 31, 2013. This offer looked more exciting a couple of days ago when the Club Carlson list of 47 hotels in Europe and Middle East was leftover from the summer 2012 promotion.
Now that the hotels are actually bookable the participating hotels list only has six hotels for booking at 50% points. Still, there are some nice properties.
Promotional Code = 50REDEEM
Radisson Blu Resort Nice, France in December?
Sounds nice to me.
Radisson Blu Nice at 25,000 points per night in December compared to 124 EUR [$161 USD] on a prepaid, nonrefundable room rate. The best flexible rate at 155 EUR = $201 USD. There is a 10% discount for 3 night or longer stays reducing the rate to 139.50 EUR ($181 USD) per night.
Is the value of the 50% off award nights worth buying Club Carlson points for 50% bonus points through November 10?
A member can buy up to 60,000 points for $280 during the current Club Carlson points purchase limited time offer. Normally there is a 40,000 points per calendar year limit when buying points for your account. This current limited time promotion for 50% bonus points allows a member to buy 60,000 points.
A traveling couple can buy each buy 60,000 points for $280 each and combine points or make separate reservations for two nights each at Radisson Blu Resort Nice. A couple can buy as up to 120,000 points for $560.
Total cost = $560 for 120,000 points.
50% off award nights might make buying points a good option with current bonus.
$119 buys 25,500 points during the current sale through November 10.
Book four nights at Radisson Blu Resort Nice and pay a total of $476 ($119 per night) buying points for Radisson Blu Nice, France compared to a paid reservation at $644 (124 EUR/night) for a prepaid, nonrefundable room stay or $724 (139.50 EUR/night) for a flexible cancellation stay.
Buying points to book 4 nights at Radisson Blu Resort Nice for $476 saves $248 on the published room rate for a flexible reservation and $168 less than a prepaid, nonrefundable booking for sample December dates checked at this hotel.
March in Croatia?
22,000 points looks like a real bargain until seeing the rates are as low as 75 EUR per night.
Conclusion: There are only six hotels participating in this offer, but there are some nice properties to stay during low-season in these locations. Compare rates to see if 50% off award nights are the best deal for your stay.
Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.