Club Carlson Update: New Purchase Point Option, 4,500 Signup Points and 50,000 Point Promo

by on December 10, 2011 · 33 comments

in Carlson, Free Miles/ Points

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Club Carlson, the loyalty program for Radisson and Country Inn & Suites, has been on the rise recently. With the launch of many new Radisson and Radisson Blu upscale properties, they are heavily promoting their loyalty program.

They even recently launched a new program to buy points. Historically, the only way to get points was by hotel stays or partner activities, though now they are selling points at .7 cents a piece ($7 for 1,000). This may be of interest to those who want to use them as a hit in next year’s US Airways Grand Slam (assuming there is one). 8,000 Club Carlson points = 1,000 US Airways miles.

Buying them outright would cost $56, but Deals We Like recently highlighted a unique way to get 4,500 Club Carlson points just for signing up – via TGI Fridays.

1) Sign-up for the TGI Fridays frequent eater? program here. Print your membership card and write down your Stripes number.
2) Then sign up for Club Carlson using this link and enter your Stripes number and you’ll get 4,500 points just for signing up. Points should post 6-8 weeks after registration and hopefully sooner.

Club Carlson is also offering a whopping 50,000 point bonus if you stay a single night at a US/Canada/Caribbean Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel. Make sure you register here and complete your stay by December 30, 2011.

Club Carlson free nights start at 9,000 points and top tier hotels, like the Radisson Blu Paris Champs Elysee are 50,000 points. They even have a points and cash option which might make sense, though I’m not sure because the cash amount varies.

Club Carlson Free Award Nights

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  • Jim

    The 50 K points deal has been going for a long time now. YOU ONLY GET THE 50K IF YOU WERE ONE OF THE FIRST 50K TO SIGN UP. I did and I got an email from Carlson that I was among the first 50K, but that was a couple weeks ago. I suspect the bonus sign up is no longer available.

  • Jy

    I think the fine print states you have to be one of 50k who registered AND completed the stay requirement. I agree, that the 50k deal may no longer be available, but the fine print also states you’d get 15k if not one of 50k, but nonetheless register and complete a stay during the promo period.

  • Colin

    I just registered today, and I called Club Carlson at (888) 288-8889 to confirm if I was one of the first 50K members and will receive the 50K points, and they confirmed that I was. I would call them before booking a room. The bonus is still active, for now. If you aren’t in the first 50K to sign up, you only get 15K points, which isn’t worth going out of your way for..

    Register for Club Carlson with the XING promo code OPBCSL11 and get upgraded to Silver Elite status with Club Carlson, which gives you an extra 2,000 Club Calrson points for online reservations, 25% bonus points, and room upgrades. If you have top tier status with Hyatt, Hilton, or Marriott, they will upgrade you to Gold Elite status (50% bonus points). Call customer care to process the status match to Gold, the Silver upgrade will process by just inputting the code.

    They also do a best online price match guarantee, which you can match to Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz,, ect.

    Thanks for the tip TPG! I don’t need to stay at a hotel but I’ll stay at a Radisson one night for the 50K points :)

  • Modernhaus

    I believe it was Mommy Points that called Carlson and verified that once the 50,000 entrants were filled, the language on the bonus page would change to reflect the new, lowered 15,000 award.

    However, it seems extremely improbable to me that 50,000 people have not yet registered as this is an older and much-publicized promotion.

    We are completing our Radisson stays on Dec 23-24 for the bonus and really hoping it’s still 50k. I wouldn’t pay real money for hotel rooms for a paltry 15k for a hotel program (one free night in a very low-level hotel after paying cash for a night in a mid-level hotel??), and would feel kind of bait-and-switched if Carlson didn’t make it clear which bonus amount we were earning.

  • Modernhaus

    Sorry, wanted to add that through January Carlson is crediting back 9000 points per night for awards booking, up to 45,000 points.
    You could redeem existing points for five nights at a low-level 9000 point property, total 45,000, and Carlson will reimburse you all those points. Free stay.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t worry about it. If they let you register for 50k, you’ll get 50k.

  • Jose

    The reason they don’t have the 50000 people signed up for this offer is I personally think this is a good offer but not extremely good considering the points required to redeem a free night. There are so many hotel programs out there and lets take an example when you compare to Marriott Reward, Club Carlson has less locations outside of the States, how many category 1-3 world wide? not many, many major cities have Marriott hotels available and required less points to redeem a free night. Guess Carlson is good only if you want to find a hotel in the US

  • Modernhaus

    Ugh, I’m a mom…I worry for a living ;)
    Sometimes I can’t turn it off. I’m sure you’re right.

  • John3

    From the Club Carlson website: “An Eligible Award Stay is defined as an Award Stay which is paid for in full with Gold Points for one or more consecutive nights at the same Participating Property, regardless of the number of check-in or check-outs during that stay.”

    The 9000 points are awarded per “stay”, so a 5 night stay would only net 9000 points. You would need to make 5 separate stays to receive 45,000 points.

    On a side note, my wife and I stayed at a Radisson in Orlando last weekend, (one night on her account, and one on mine) and received our 50,000+ each by Wednesday of this week.

  • dracs

    created account,registered yesterday and it said will get 50000 points. the stay was also completed yesterday

  • Craig Chu

    Huh. Found a

  • Craig Chu

    Huh… so tempting to grab a $99 stay at the Radisson on Lexington Avenue just to grab 50,000 points…

  • Jim

    In response to Jose’s post about the number of hotels worldwide, I don’t think he realizes that in addition to the Radisson Brand you also have Park Inn, Park Plaza, and Country Inn and Suites under the Club Carlson umbrella. I have stayed in Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing and many more outside the USA. Country in and Suites is now targeting India to add several hotels. You can also easily convert Club Carlson points to airline miles and pre-paid gift cards at many national chains like Target and Best Buy. Of course, I also have Marriott and Hilton but why would you limit yourself to one or two programs?

  • PJ

    can you booked a paid night and no show just trying to get 50K points ? did somebody book and pay a low priced Hyatt hotel to get in Prak Hyatt Paris or Tokyo when Hyatt was running the special promotion ?

    sad to say after having 3 cards from chase in about 6 months I applied for Sapphire Preferred AND Mariott 70K(?) at the same time; Chase insisted to take away one card to give me Sapphire Preferred but not Marriott …which i think is a very GOOD hotel card. HYatt was giving 2 nights of your choice plus one anniversity night up to category 4 ( all together 3 nights for $75 annual fees) that was a good deal.

  • CloveLeaf

    I used the promo code OPBCSL11. Where can I find my status in my account?

  • Anonymous

    If you already have a goldpoints account, you can still get 1000 points for signing up for TGI Fridays through this link —

    I found an $80 Radisson stay near me and registered my account … with the various bonuses, I’ll get 56,000 points, which is just enough for 2 nights at a Category 3 hotel. Will use those for the Radisson in the Miraflores area of Lima on my BA LAN redemption. The hotel is $103/night, 28K points, or 5K points + $65 … debating between full points or cash+points on that one.

  • Ted

    50k still showing and going

  • PJ

    I would do of course 5K +65
    i am going Sheraton all the way in rio iguazu buesnos aires Bariroche Puerto Varaz SanDiago withouth cash + points opetion i would need more than a lot of SPG points from many signon bonuses.

  • dracs

    PJ look on flyertalk for information!!

  • Raffles

    I don’t understand why this promo has so little buzz. 1 cheapo US Radisson night gets you 1 to 5 free nights globally. And,of course, Carlson points are FULLY TRANSFERABLE to anyone, anywhere. It is even a deal for airline mile.s, as 100k Carlson is 18k with most airlines. Anyone heading to Paris etc should be signing up there entire family to this and doing bookings from their accounts if you can find a sub $100 Radisson.

  • Jjhlj100

    hi Akold, one question. How to link my existing Carlson number to new TGI account, seems 1000 points is not availble.

  • Giant Fan

    So if I am understanding this correctly I sign up and then I could book any (radisson) hotel even for only $100 a night and then 50,000 bonus points

  • Flip

    The Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport has rooms for $55 around Christmas time if anyone is interested…

  • Super Bob

    I can’t get signed up. I fill out the form and it gives me a hexadecimal confirmation code and actsw as though I should be getting an activation email (which never comes). I try to login or have a password emailed to me based on email address and it says email is not valid. It never gives me a Carlson account number. What am I doing wrong?

  • Jon

    This has been discussed in the past. You simply have to be one of the first 50k to register to be eligible for the 50k points (which you will only receive if you stay at a Radisson-branded hotel in the US before 12/31/11).

  • Jon

    The bonus is still available as long as the registration page still says you get 50k points. It’s still fully available as of today.

  • Andrew Nelson

    I also can’t get signed up for Carlson. What is my account number? I have the same problem as Super Bob

  • MJLouise

    Go to then Travel and you can find the following. When you click through it takes you to the web site. The T&C say you are eligible for Gold Points.

    Radisson Hotels

    Book in advance online and save up to 25%.

    Offer Valid 08/17/2011 – 12/31/2011

    Book in advance online and save up to 25% at Radisson Hotels.

    Terms and Conditions

    To receive this offer, purchase must be charged in full to any American Express® Card.
    Offer valid online through this link only. Not valid in Europe, the Middle East or Africa. Offer valid at participating hotels only and is subject to availability. Advance purchase period of 14, 21, or 28 days, depending on type of hotel and individual hotel booking terms and conditions. Non-refundable credit card prepayment for entire stay is required at the time of booking. Reservations cannot be cancelled, amended, or adjusted after booking. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. This offer is available for individual bookings only. Name on the reservation must be the same as the credit cardholder’s name and same individual must check-in for the stay. Club CarlsonSM members can earn Gold Points® with this offer. This offer may be changed or discontinued at any time. Subject to applicable law and void or not applicable where prohibited by law.
    Offer cannot be combined with other promotions or offers

    How To Get Offer


    Click GET OFFER and use your American Express Card when making your purchase.


  • Andrewprimary

    The offer is no longer available. I like how they waited a week to send me my Carlson account number.

  • silvana

    The 50k sign up is still available. I signed up yesterday, december 26 and double checked by re-registering.

  • nicesharky

    I just had to say Thanks for the heads up on this promo! I collected 280,000 gold points be enlisting my parents and family for 5 total stays and am reserving four March nights in Paris at the Opera or Champs Elysee properties for 50,000/nt…(otherwise priced at 350-400 euros per nt). This just couldn’t have worked out any better. Thanks!

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