Get 15,000 Club Carlson points with any Park Inn booking!

Though December 31, 2015, Club Carlson has a great promotion available where you can earn 15,000 Gold points when you book one night at any Park Inn hotel in the Americas.  You can view a list of the locations here, but I saw one in Orlando for just $69 a night that would qualify and could work if I go to Hollywood Horror Nights this year.  unnamed

15,000 points is enough for almost two free nights at a Category 1 property (9K each night) such as this Radisson Blu in Egypt.Radisson Blu El Quseir Egypt LinkSo book one $69 hotel night and get two free nights at this awesome resort!  What a deal!

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1000 free points for e-Statements? Sign me up! Happy Belated Earth Day!

Sometimes they make earning points so easy!  This is one of those times! Club Carlson (the loyalty program for Radisson plus some other chains) just sent me an email for a free 1000 points if I agreed before April 28 to take electronic statements via email and an electronic version of my membership card.  Of course I will do that!  Since I have Awardwallet, my membership cards are long thrown away anyhow and I hate junk mail so this is win-win! And if you don’t have a free Club Carlson account, then why not do our Getting Started page now so you can take advantage of the next special that comes around. Continue reading “1000 free points for e-Statements? Sign me up! Happy Belated Earth Day!”

Club Carlson: Extend your Stay, Earn 30K

This is another of our No Credit, No Problem series of posts that you can do with no special credit needed!

Club Carlson has announced their latest promotion and it’s pretty nice!  Now through March 31, 2015, for each 2 night eligible stay you will get 15K bonus gold points and for each 3+ night stay you will get 30K bonus gold points.  Most paid rates will count as eligible stays but some deeply discounted rates such as Friends and Family rates may not apply.Club Carson Extend Your StayYou could consider this a 7.5K per night bonus for 2 night stays and 10K per night bonus for 3 night stays which is pretty awesome since for just 9000 points you can get a free night at a property like this Radisson Blu in El Quseir, Egypt.RadissonElQuseirThese bonus points are in addition to the 20 points per dollar you get for hotel spending and 10 more points per dollar if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa. Since this promotion can be earned multiple times, the optimal strategy would be to split up your stays into either 3 or 2 night reservations so you can get 60K bonus points from a 6 night stay instead of just 30K.  There is really no reason not to sign up and it just takes a few seconds to enter your email address or Club Carlson number. So click here and get to it and start enjoying bonus points!

10 Amazing Island Hotels. Number 3 is incredible!

Feel like getting away?  Really far away?

We have scoured the world for 10 of the most amazing island hotels!  And even better all of these you can book using points so your stay could be free.  Don’t have points yet?  Why not start with our Getting Started page?  These 10 hotels should be all the motivation you need!

10. The St. Regis Mauritius Resort – 20-25K Starpoints/night depending on season.

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1000 Free Club Carlson (Radisson, etc) points with Twitter promotion, but act fast!


This is another article in our No Credit, No Problem series.  These are offers that don’t need any special credit or credit card to get.  Challenged or bad credit, no problem!

Club Carlson, the loyalty program behind Radisson, Park Inn, and Country Inn and Suites, is having a promotion where they are giving away 1000 free Club Carlson points when you sign up for their “Twitter Party.”  It doesn’t look like you need to attend the event, you just need to sign up to get the points.  It is limited to the first 15,000 sign ups so sign up fast if you want some completely free points! I set up a twitter account just for promotions like this one since I don’t personally post one Twitter (although TWM has one!)

Hat tip to my friends over at Loyalty Lobby where I learned about this offer.

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38,000 Free Club Carlson Points with 3 paid nights

Carlson PromoClub Carlson (Radisson, Park Inn, Country Inn & Suites) is having a promotion from January 6, 2014 – April 13, 2014 where if you stay 3 eligible nights, you will receive 38,000 free bonus points.  Note these 3 eligible nights have to be fully paid nights and cash and points rates don’t qualify.  This 38,000 points is on top of the points you receive for the 3 nights which is a pretty nice deal.  It isn’t quite as nice as when I got 88,000 for 2 nights in 2012 but better than last year’s 10,000 points for 2 nights.  But free bonus points are free bonus points so I’m not going to complain! I ended up using those 88,000 points for two free nights in London over Wimbledon which gave me a value of over $800!

38,000 points is enough for a free night at a category 4 hotel with Club Carlson such as the Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi.Radisson Blu Abu DhabiOr the Radisson Blu Tunisia.Radisson Blu Tunisia

I much prefer promotions like this one that give points to ones that give free nights because it gives you much more flexibility.  1) Because the points typically do not expire after one year like the free night awards do and 2) Because you can use the 38,000 points however you see fit, from adding with some existing points for a top hotel award of 50,000 points to getting multiple category 1 nights that only cost 9,000 points.  For example, you could use the 38,000 points from this bonus for 4 nights at the Radisson Blu El Quseir.RadissonElQuseirOverall, I think this is my second favorite promotion this quarter after the IHG Big Win. If I end up having enough hotel stays then I will tackle the Big Win first then work on this promotion, followed by the Marriott Stay 2 Get 1 Megabonus promotion.

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Eurotrip 2013: Part 2 – Planning for Hotels in Europe for Maximum Miles

Turnberry Resort by Starwood Preferred Guest

This is the second post in a series about my 2013 trip to Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain.  Part of the free plane tickets were funded by the 40,000 point sign up bonus of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

When I started planning the hotels for my Europe trip, I wanted to take advantage of many of the hotel promotions that were going on this quarter and strategically redeem points where necessary when I was getting good value.  I don’t consider myself a hotel expert and rely on the excellent Loyalty Lobby blog to get a lot of my hotel promotions information.  In particular for this trip I accessed the Top Hotel Promotions June 2013 Guide.  I had Platinum status with Starwood and Le Club Accorhotel and Gold Status with Hilton going into the process.  I did a status match with Priority Club and Club Carlson via my Starwood status to get Platinum status with Priority Club and Gold status with Club Carlson. This would insure that I got the best treatment for my bookings on my trip. I saw from the promotions guide that Priority Club, Marriott, Hilton, and Club Carlson had the best promotions currently.

I’m going to give a run down of which hotels I chose in which cities, the prices, and why I thought each was the best choice. I knew we were going to have some expensive stays in Dublin, St. Andrews, and London so purposefully picked some cheaper properties with a good location when I thought I could.

Fairfield Inn by Marriott JFK Airport – $152 on a senior rate (traveling with Dad pays off!)

The Morrison Dublin, a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – 2 nights @ 246 Euro on a senior rate

  • Hilton’s Daily Grand promotion should give me 1,000 bonus points and 1000 Virgin Atlantic Miles and my Gold Status will get us free breakfast so we can hit the ground running each day without having to go to an outside restaurant.

Waterford Marina Hotel in Waterford, Ireland – 79 Euro

  • This was one that my Dad’s picks because of the golf course located here.

Holiday Inn in Killarney, Ireland – 129 Euro

  • By stacking multiple promotions I expect at least 10,000 Priority club points from this stay (which could be enough for two PointsBreak nights in the future.)

Radisson Blu Galway, Ireland – 2 nights @ 136 Euro on a AAA rate

Holiday Inn Express Queen’s Quarter in Belfast, Ireland – 85 GBP

  • Stacking Multiple Promotions and multi stay bonuses.

MacDonald Rusacks in St. Andrews, Scotland 2 nights @ 282 GBP

  • This was one of my Dad’s picks because of the golf course located here.  They did have “The Club” loyalty program that I signed up for but it doesn’t look like it gives much to start.

Holiday Inn Express in Inverness, Scotland – 93 GBP

  • Stacking Multiple Promotions and multi stay bonuses.

Turnberry Resort, Luxury Collection Starwood – $110+6000 Starpoints

  • This was one I added on because of the golf course and that I could get a Cash and Points rate of $110+6000 star points which gave me a value of 4.1 cents per point redeemed.

Hilton Paddington London – 129 GBP

Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt London – 2 nights @ 44,000 Club Carlson Points

  • Redeemed 88,000 Club Carlson points for 2 nights in a 328 GBP a night room, yielding a value of 1.1 cents per point

Renaissance by Marriott London Heathrow Airport – 135 GBP

Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt – 114 Euro

  • Stacking Multiple Promotions and multi stay bonuses.

Once all of the points post I will do a summary post to see how I did.  I hope this gives you a feel for some of the thought that goes into booking hotel stays on an extended trip for maximum value.

Club Carlson Points Flash Sale for the next 45 mins. 70,000 points for $280!

Club Carlson Flash Sale

Club Carlson has had some awesome specials in the past such as their 50,000 points for one night stay promos.  They are currently having a flash sale until 10:15 EST where you can get 70,000 Club Carlson points for $280.  It is provided as a 75% bonus on whatever points you buy. This breaks down to $0.004 a point.  I am trying to book a room at Wimbledon in London right now and there is one at this Radisson Blu I can get for 50,000 points that is going for $574 a night if you pay cash!  So for $200 (50,000*.004) in points that I purchase I can get a $574 room! This is perfect if you need a last minute room in an expensive market such as London or Paris.

This expires in about 45 mins so don’t delay if you will need a room in an expensive market and want to save!

10,000 Club Carlson points after a 2 night stay.


Club Carlson, the loyalty program for Radisson hotels, has launched a new promo for May 13 – July 21, 2013 where if you stay for two consecutive nights at one of their more than 1,000 participating properties world wide you will get an extra 10,000 Club Carlson point bonus!  While not as lucrative as the Stay One, get 50,000 offer they had last year, it is still probably worth doing if you have travel planned anyhow.  10,000 Club Carlson points can get you 1 night at the Radisson Blu in Alexandria, Egypt (pic below). This is in addition to the 20 points per dollar that you get for whatever the hotel cost is.

RadissonAlexandriaThere aren’t a lot of great promos out right now so I will be taking advantage of this since I have a lot of travel planned during this period.  If you have summer travel, you should too!