Feb282014

Club Carlson brands 35% off Americas, book by March 10 for 2-night stays Mar 21-May 31.

Three reasons why this 35% off room rates is a great offer to book room nights.

  1. The 35% rate is a real discount on room rates.
  2. Most hotels allow day before or day of arrival cancellation with no penalty.
  3. 35% off sale dates overlap with current Club Carlson promotion for 38,000 bonus points after 3 nights for stays through April 13, 2014.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has an offer for 35% off regular rates on 2-night stays booked by March 10 for stays from March 21 to May 31, 2014. This offer is only for hotels in the Americas at Radisson Blu, Radisson, Country Inn and Park Inn brands.

The best feature of these rates is most hotels allow cancellation with no penalty up to day before arrival.

This can be a good rate discount for a 2-night or 4-night hotel stay for stays overlapping Club Carlson’s promotion through April 13, 2014 to earn 38,000 bonus points after three hotel nights.

Three nights do not need to be consecutive for the 38,000 bonus points promotion, and you can knock out two of three nights at a good discount rate with this current sale. Or book two 2-night stays and earn the 38,000 bonus points on four discount rate hotel nights.

35% off links

Points Analysis

This may be the last hurrah for the Club Carlson member online booking bonus.

I am booking a 2-night stay for a California Radisson hotel at $160 after tax with this sale. I assume I can find another night between now and April 13 at a Carlson Rezidor hotel for $80 all-in. After booking this room, I received and applied for a Nor-1 eStandby upgrade offer at $24 per night to upgrade to a one-bedroom suite. This is one upsell offer I decided to try.

Hotel Spend = $225 (room rate only, before tax) for three nights.

Club Carlson points earned:

  • 225 x 20 = 4,500 points
  • Gold elite bonus = 2,250 points
  • online booking bonus = 4,000 points (two reservations 2 x 2,000 points as Gold elite made before March 15, 2014)
  • 38,000 bonus points from stay 3, one free promotion.

48,750 points for $250 after tax spend.

This means I pay for three hotel nights and the points earned are worth as much as the cost for the three nights.

This is one discount sale I am ready to book.

Country Inn Orlando

$64.35 for Country Inn & Suites, Orlando Universal April 1-3, 2014.

Cancel with no penalty up to 48 hours before arrival on March 30.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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Comments

  1. I got this “By Invitation Only” offer, but as in the case with all other mismatched marketing offers, it does not offer a discount at the region we frequently visit, APAC!

  2. I got a wierd email from Country Inns (representing Club Carlson) yesterday. It started…

    “As a new Club Carlson member, we welcome you to enjoy all the ways to earn Gold Points… ”

    Wierd thing is I am Concierge, have a little more than a million points, and have been a member for close to 2 years.

    It then went on to give what seemed to be a mix of old and new ways to earn points.

    • 20 points per USD spent on eligible nights, food and beverages charged to your room*
    • 3,000 bonus points when you book at countryinns.com or clubcarlson.com

    I’m not sure what is up.

  3. Do you feel we’ll get the booking bonus for reservations made before 3/15 no matter how far out the stay date is? I am in a certain area pretty much every Monday and I could book way out. I’m not sure if any changes to reservation would negate bonus (especially a date change).

  4. @Carl P. – Getting the online booking bonus for reservations before March 15 is my hope since the booking occurs before the change, however, I do not know for sure at this time if it will apply for stays after March 15 when the rules change.

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