Club Carlson offers one free night award for a two night stay at a Country Inn & Suites in U.S. or Canada between October 2 and December 1, 2011 when booked using “Free Night Fall” rate. The free night certificate is valid for Country Inn & Suites hotels in U.S. and Canada for stays between December 15 and February 15, 2012. There is no limit to the number of free night certificates posted in the promotion terms and conditions.
- Book a stay of two or more consecutive nights Sunday-Thursday at a Country Inns & Suites property in U.S. or Canada using Free Night Fall rate. Offer is not valid for existing reservations.
- Complete stay between October 2 – December 1, 2011.
- Club Carlson will send email about two weeks after your stay with directions for registering the qualifying stay to receive free night certificate.
- Free Night Reward Certificate will be issued to member. Certificate is not transferable.
- Redeem free night at a Country Inns & Suites property in U.S. or Canada December 15, 2011 – February 15, 2012.
- Reservations must be made at least three days in advance for the Free Night Fall rate and when redeeming free night certificate.
Loyalty Traveler Analysis
This is a high value offer in the midscale hotel market segment. There appears to be no limit for earning free nights during the promotion period and potentially a member could earn two certificates each week of the promotion with two 2-night stays. Free internet and free breakfast are provided at Country Inns & Suites. Club Carlson members earn at least 1,000 bonus points for online reservations and 20 points per $1 on hotel rate.
There are around 500 Country Inns & Suites in US and Canada giving this promotion some room for leverage. For example, some properties I checked in Atlanta, Georgia have room rates under $75 using the Free Night Fall rate while California properties tend to be over $100 per night.
The Country Inns & Suites Free Night Fall rate is higher than other rates available like AAA and Advance Purchase. The difference ranged from under $10 to $35 per night for hotels I checked. Basically the member may need to pay $20 to $70 more for a two-night stay to earn the free night.
Club Carlson members can potentially earn a free night for under $20 compared to booking lowest available rate and redeem the free night for a hotel costing over $100. That is a midscale hotel high value deal from this offer.
The Free Night Fall rate at Country Inns & Suites, Norcross, Georgia is only $72 per night or $85 per night for a suite. The AAA rate here is $64.80 for the standard room or $61.20 for Advance Purchase prepaid, nonrefundable rate. The AAA rate is $76.50 for the suite.
This hotel stay in a suite will only cost $17 more for a two night stay using the Free Night Fall rate. That is a low premium to pay for a free night certificate that can be used at another hotel with rates over $100 per night.
In contrast, the nearest Country Inns & Suites to my home is San Carlos, California about ten miles south of San Francisco and the rate difference between Free Night Fall and Advance Purchase is over $35 per night.
This Country Inns & Suites San Carlos, California hotel stay is $139 per night using Free Night Fall rate. The AAA rate is slightly less at $125.10. The big rate difference for these dates is the availability of an advance purchase rate at $104.25. This makes the Free Night Fall Rate about $80 more after tax for a two-night stay compared to the advance purchase prepaid nonrefundable rate.
Loyalty Traveler Hotel Promotion Rank = 4 keys out of 5.
This is probably the best U.S. midscale hotel chain deal for the fall season. The large number of Country Inns & Suites around the U.S. makes this an easy offer to earn and burn for a good value rebate on hotel stays. The Sunday to Thursday nights requirement makes this offer geared more to business travelers.
If weekends or one-night stays are your travel pattern, then consider Marriott’s MegaBonus for a free night after two stays as another high value offer.