Club Carlson allows members to exchange points for PayPal deposits. The exchange rate is not great, but considering the Club Carlson bonus points promotions of the past year, the exchange rate is not bad.
Last night I completed a $60 Park Inn stay that should earn 46,200 points with the 44,000 bonus points Park Inn One + One promotion, 1,000 points online booking bonus, and 1,200 base points on a $60 room rate. I never applied for a status match with Club Carlson to get the 2,000 points online booking bonus and 50% bonus base points.
45,000 Club Carlson points can be exchanged for $65 in PayPal cash. On a $60 hotel stay that is basically a free night.
Club Carlson PayPal Deposits
- USD 15 = 11,000 Club Carlson points
- USD 25 = 18,000 Club Carlson points
- USD 50 = 34,000 Club Carlson points
- USD 100 = 66,000 Club Carlson points
- Link: http://www.clubcarlson.com/fgp/redeem/paypal/home.do
Our Club Carlson stays: 8 hotel nights in 8 months for $800 and 400,000 points earned.
My wife and I have earned nearly 400,000 points in the past year with Club Carlson on about $800 in hotel spend. We needed every one of those hotel nights while traveling.
- 4 hotel nights at Radisson = 200,000 bonus points.
- 2 hotel nights at Country Inn = 88,000 bonus points.
- 2 hotel nights at Park Inn = 88,000 bonus points.
We could cash in all our points right now for $600 in PayPal deposits.
$800 for Carlson Hotels – $600 in cash back = $200 our of pocket for eight hotel nights. Even Priceline or Hotwire won’t let you buy 8 hotel nights for $200.
Exchanging Club Carlson points for PayPal deposits is an option. Although not an option I will likely use.
Those Points + Cash rates can bring the value of Club Carlson points to about $7 to $9 per 1,000 points in hotel rate savings at some properties.
Our Club Carlson 400,000 points will likely provide over $2,000 in hotel rooms over the next year of hotel stays. PayPal cash for Club Carlson points is an option that is not likely in our travel plans, but a nice option to know just in case we need quick cash.
Ric Garrido, writer and content 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.