January 11th, 2012

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From now until March 16, 2012 you can get triple points when you register and stay at any participating Carlson (Radisson, Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza hotels). 

You normally earn 20 points per dollar spent, but you earn 60 with this promotion. Carlson free nights start at 9,000 points, which normally requires a mere $450 in spend, or 50,000 points for a top tier property, like most Radisson Blu hotels, for $2,500 in spend – which is pretty lucrative in my opinion. With this promotion, the spend for a level 1 property drops to $150 and a level 6 to $833! Pretty hard to beat.

Free night chart

Plus, they recently ran the 50,000 point promo for a single stay and will give you 9,000 points for redeeming points by January 31, 2012 so I’m starting to really like the Carlson program!

In my opinion, this promo is more lucrative and has less strings attached than Marriott, Hilton and Starwood‘s Q1 promos. We are still waiting to hear from Hyatt… cricket, cricket.

Status Match

To be honest, historically I’ve overlooked Carson’s program though, but now I am going to give it a shot. If you have status with Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, and Starwood they will match your current hotel elite status up to their Gold Status, which gives:

  • Complimentary room upgrades as available
  • 50% point bonus on every eligible stay
  • 2,000 point online booking bonus at clubcarlson.com or any Carlson Hotels website
  • Early check-ins and late checkouts as available upon request
  • Roll Over Nights (unused elite-qualifying nights count again next year toward elite status)
  • 72-hour room availability guarantee at participating hotels
  • Elite Customer Service Line

All you need to do is email them here and include a screen shot of your current hotel elite status, your Carlson GoldPoints number and request a status match. I just sent mine, so I’ll report back, though the match to Gold status should be a sure thing (apparently they almost never match to Concierge).

I feel like they might even be the new Hyatt, coming out with rockstar promotions to steal the spotlight and gain momentum.  I’ve never stayed at a Radisson, but I figure now is as good of a time as ever.

More to come in a future post – feel free to share any Club Carlson experiences you’ve had!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR
N/A
Regular APR
16.24%-23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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