Miles to Memories post about Club Carlson 30,000 bonus points for 3-night stays and $50 rates got me wondering about cheap rates at Club Carlson hotels. I found some Country Inn rates under $50 per night in Alabama. But, I don’t want to take a winter trip to Alabama.
Country Inns in Silicon Valley, California are under $100 per night on Friday and Saturday, but the rate typically doubles for Sunday to Thursday and that makes a 3-night stay prohibitive as a mattress run idea. There are no under-$50 per night hotel rates anywhere close to me. Fresno, California is a cheap place to bounce between three Club Carlson hotels, but I don’t want to spend a week in Fresno.
Winter in Europe makes Summer in Europe cheaper
Next summer Kelley and I fly to Copenhagen on WOW Air. Two weeks of hotels in peak season is a reason to travel to Europe this winter and earn cheap points.
Club Carlson’s offer got me looking at how I could use this promotion in combination with a cheap trip to Stockholm on Norwegian Air. The price for Norwegian Airlines Oakland – Stockholm round trip is $350 all-in for some dates over the next three months, if you can get by without a confirmed seat assignment, a checked bag or in-flight food. You can buy those other things for $89 more each way.
Or pay the Norwegian Air base rate and manage the 10-hour 787 flight with cash savings and free Wi-Fi. The seat issue is a tough one to bet on since a middle seat is a drag. Food can be brought on board.
I am planning to perfect my lightweight carry-on travel bag as I embrace being a low cost carrier frequent flyer in 2015. Carry-on bag limitations of 20” x 7” x 14” is tiny. That 7-inch depth is the toughest to manage.There is only about 15 pounds allowed for your stuff given the weight of most suitcases at 7 or 8 pounds use up one-third of your 10kg or 22 pounds bag limit on many low cost European carriers. My experiences with LCC flights in 2014 is a carry-on bag is viewed and not weighed.
Club Carlson Stockholm
Rates are under $100 per night at several Club Carlson hotels in Stockholm, Sweden for 3-night stays during February and March. $350 for a round trip plane ticket from California to Sweden and $600 in hotel nights can earn 80,000 Club Carlson points for a Club Carlson Visa card member with the Extend Your Stay 30,000 bonus points for 3-night stays. Club Carlson Jan 12 to March 29, 2015 stays earn 15K for 2 nights, 30K for 3 nights.
Stockholm as a destination beats the hell out of Fresno most any day.
Where are low Club Carlson rates to be found?
There are Club Carlson hotels with rates around $50 per night in places I would like to visit this winter. My first look is Berlin.
Spending six nights near Alexanderplatz in Berlin sounds like great fun to me. I am thinking about the noodle bars around the city square and $6 meals and a liter of beer from the supermarket for $1.50. Two years ago I spent a week in Berlin for a conference. A week in Berlin for museum sightseeing and visiting different neighborhoods is a fun outing.
Berlin, Germany February 13-16 Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
art’otel berlin kudamm is $168 for three nights. Earn around 35,000 points as a Club Carlson Visa member. 35,000 points is the price for one night at any top category 7 hotel with a 2-night stay as a Club Carlson Visa member. A place like The Mayfair London or Radisson Blu Champs Elysees, Paris for free after a trip to Berlin.
Park Inn Berlin Alexanderplatz is a massive hotel built as a Cold War icon of East Berlin. The 37-floor hotel built in 1967-70 has 1,012 rooms. The subway is located right next to the hotel for easy access to any place in Berlin from the city center location. Museums are close by for walking and stores are all around Alexanderplatz. $220 for three nights earns the 30,000 bonus points for a 3-night stay. The rates drop $1 per night at Park Inn Alexanderplatz for Feb 16-19 stay dates.
Six nights in Berlin paying $400 at two Club Carlson hotels earns sufficient points for two nights at a category 7 hotel or three nights at a Category 5 or 6 hotel when points are redeemed for 2-night stays as a Club Carlson Visa member. Published room rates for some Radisson Blu hotels in summer 2015 top $500 per night.
Berlin is a city with several low cost Club Carlson hotels for taking advantage of Club Carlson’s Extend Your Stay, 30K bonus for hotel stays by March 29.
Where have you found low rates for Club Carlson hotels?
My focus has been Europe. I’d keep my eye out for low airfare to South or Central America or Asia if I knew I could combine the travel with a cheap Club Carlson hotel.