May062015

Earned 50,000 Club Carlson points on last paid stay of $150

Club Carlson lured many of us into their hotels over the past few years with lucrative bonus points promotions. In 2011, Club Carlson announced its brand promotions, whereby one stay in a Radisson Hotel earned 50,000 bonus points. Club Carlson expanded the offer to other hotel brands with Park Plaza, Country Inn and Park Inn promotions and repeated these offers in 2012. I think I spent around $1,000 over the past four years to earn 600,000 or so Club Carlson points with their promotions.

My last paid stay at Radisson Vancouver Airport in Richmond, British Columbia two weeks ago earned over 50,000 points. That might be the last time that kind of bonus is earned in my Club Carlson account.

Loyalty Traveler – Radisson President Hotel Vancouver Airport

I booked a $135 USD MegaPoints rate for 10,000 bonus points at Radisson Vancouver Airport. This rate also earned triple points with the current Club Carlson promotion (40 bonus points/$1). I booked the stay using the Club Carlson mobile app for an additional 1,000 bonus points. I paid with Club Carlson Visa earning an additional 30,000 bonus points.

  • Room points = 2,478
  • Promotion Points Club Carlson MegaPoints Bonus = 10,000
  • Promotion Points Triple Points Bonus 2015 = 5,422
  • Promotion Points Triple Points App Booking Bonus 2015 = 1,000
  • Room Points – Gold 35% bonus = 868
  • Food & Beverage Points = 315
  • Promotion Points Club Carlson Visa Cardholder 30,000 points offer = 30,000
  • Club Carlson Visa points = 2,800

Grand total = 52,883 points for a $140 hotel room rate with a $13 dining charge.

Radisson YVR-1

Radisson President Hotel & Suites Vancouver Airport, Richmond, British Columbia

 

Normally I would not spend this much for a hotel stay, but in this case, the $153 spent had a great return on investment. My stay at Radisson Vancouver Airport earned enough points to pay for two nights in London at hotels that would cost $700 to $800 for two nights.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge view

View of Big Ben from my room at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.

 

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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Comments

  1. Very cool Ric.
    I passed on the MEGA points component, and the APP bonus.
    Don’t want orphan points after the big burn.
    CU in London!
    ~S

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