Nov302014

CyberMonday Deal 20,000 Club Carlson points for $70

Club Carlson has a CyberMonday deal I plan to maximize. Club Carlson members can buy 10,000 points for $70 and receive 100% bonus points. This is a great value CyberMonday deal 20,000 Club Carlson points for $70. This offer is available December 1, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. CST.

Club Carlson members need to be logged in to your account to see the offer as shown below.

http://www.clubcarlson.com/fgp/earn/points.do

Club Carlson CyberMonday

Terms and Conditions

Price includes all applicable fees. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian resident. Gold Points purchased using this option are non-refundable and will post within 2 to 5 days. All Points Purchase Terms and Conditions and all standard Club Carlson Program terms and conditions apply to your purchase and use of Gold Points.

This offer applies to Gold Points purchased on December 1, 2014 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. CST (“Promotion Date”). Gold Points purchased on the Promotion Date will receive a bonus equal to 100% for purchases between 1,000 to 10,000 Gold Points. Any points purchased on the Promotion Date for any one account for over the 10,000 point maximum will not be eligible for the bonus points. There is a limit of 10,000 bonus points per member. Bonus Gold Points will not apply to the annual 40,000 Gold Point purchase maximum. Bonus Gold Points and purchased Gold Points will be posted to the member’s Club Carlson account as one transaction within 2-5 days of purchase. This offer does not apply to points purchased as a gift. In addition, the purchase and use of Gold Points are subject to thePoints Purchase Terms and Conditions and the Club Carlson Terms and Conditions.

My Take on this offer

I am sitting in a luxury hotel in Dublin, Ireland writing this post after spending 170,000 Club Carlson points for six reward nights at three Radisson Edwardian hotels in London last week. The room rates for my London hotel stays were $2,800 for six nights at the time I booked. These same London hotels had rates of $600 to $750 per night a few days ago when I checked room rates during our stays.

I plan to spend $140 to buy 10,000 points for my account and 10,000 for my wife’s account and receive a total 40,000 points with the 100% bonus points. These points will likely be worth $500+ on Radisson Blu hotel stays next July when we spend two weeks in Europe.

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. Usually hotel points purchases go through Points.com and do not count as a hotel stay purchase.

    I have not researched Club Carlson points purchases and I have never bought points with them before using Club Carlson Visa.

  2. Why would someone spend $70 for 20,000 points when you can do the below
    1.buy simon gc @ 3.95 per $1000 for 5K points
    2.total cost for 20K points= $3.95*4=$15.8
    Anand

  3. Ric,
    20,000 points for 70$ is about 0.286 cents per mile

    I have a better deal.
    3 cards
    US Bank 50$ fee – 25000 points
    US Bank 85$ fee = 40,000 points
    US Bank 84$ fee = 40,000 points (bz card)
    total 105000 points EACH year for 220$ = o.21c each
    (about 25% better)

    My spouse has them as well.
    and family
    AND
    the points are freely transferable among people with the card

    If one gets 300,000 points (for 660$)
    that gets 8 nights at the most expensive hotel
    = about 80$ a night with food included

  4. I got our 40,000 points for $140.

    Manufactured spend is fine if that is what you like to do. I hate to shop and I don’t want to be bothered.

    In the late 90s, I racked up millions of miles shopping online when the online retail trend was to offer big miles and points bonuses with purchases. I put hundreds of hours a year into that effort. It allowed us to travel the world. Then the tech boom went bust and so did many of the online retailers.

    I think the best trend was bonus points and miles for actually traveling. I earned millions of points and miles while flying around Europe, Central and South America on different airlines and staying in hotels in Australia. That was the most fun since I enjoyed traveling to places on trips created to earn the bonus points and miles.

    Then credit card sign-up bonuses started and manufactured spend. I have too many other interests to use my time earning miles and points through credit card schemes. Aside from food and travel, I do not have many needs and I make very few retail purchases. Most of what I have acquired was purchased 20 to 30 years ago when I was a working stiff.

    $140 is an easy way to 40,000 Club Carlson points. Bought and done.

    Manufactured spend is for people who like to shop.

  5. Ric, I think you misunderstood ffi (or were you responding to Anand?).

    The points are NOT manufactured spend, but the annual points you receive for your annual fee on the US Bank Club Carlson credit card. You get 40K points for having the card and paying your annual fee of $85. As opposed to the $280 you spent to get 40K split between you and your wife. She can also get the card and get her own 40K for $85.

    I think this post shows that getting 40K points by paying the annual fee for the card is a good deal.

    I don’t like manufactured spend either, but I do try to do smart spending with the credit cards and I’m willing to shift spending if they reward me well.

  6. Did the straight cyber Monday purchase.
    Not my time for card app-o-rama or man spend.

    Ric, your analysis of the Edwardian’s was helpful.
    Maybe I am going to try the two Bloomsbury properties.
    I booked then canceled Mercer St, many reports of sub par tiny rooms.
    The Mayfair has no availability on points.
    I’ve done the Hampshire and Berkshire, Rad Blu Portman & don’t like them.
    Have Park Plaza Riverbank booked on points for first 2 nights, probably end up at PP County Hall or Westminster. At least they are consistent and a known entity. The Westminster has a nice pool also. Maybe they will finally offer me a status upgrade.

  7. @ Charles Clarke and ffi – I did misunderstand.

    That is a good annual retention bonus points offer with the Club Carlson cards.

    I don’t think we can have too many Club Carlson points. We will likely blow another 300,000 points next summer in Europe. And that just happens to be the one trip we have planned at this time.

  8. @Soren – from what I saw looking out the windows on the top floor Business Class level, there were some good views at both Radisson Mercer Street and Bloomsbury Street.

    Bloomsbury has views of British Museum.

    I think taking an e-upgrade offer for a Business Class room in London would likely be a good investment.

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