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New members who enroll in Club Carlson can receive a sign-up bonus of 4,500 Gold Points through the following link. Just be sure that the promo code ERWD2012 appears in the appropriate box.


The sign-up page with the 4,500-point bonus. Make sure the promo code appears in the box.

Per the terms and conditions, this offer is for new members of Club Carlson without a previous account, and is limited to 4,500 Gold Points per person. Members must enroll by May 31, 2012. The bonus points will be deposited in the new account within 6-8 weeks of enrollment.

Club Carlson is the rewards program of Carlson Rezidor Hotels with brands like Radisson, Radisson Blu, Country Inns and Suites by Carlson, Park Inn by Radisson and more—over 1,000 properties in total. Club Carlson members get free internet at Radisson hotels worldwide and Carlson hotels in North America, and there are no blackout dates for award nights on standard rooms.

Free nights start at 9,000 points for Club Carlson’s Category 1 properties, which are mostly Park Inns and Country Inns and Suites with a couple Radissons thrown in. Category 2 hotels require 15,000 points, Category 3 require 28,000 points, Category 4 hotels require 38,000 points, Category 5 hotels require 44,0000 points and Category 6 hotels (where you’ll find some of those fancy European Radisson Blus) require 50,000 points for a free night redemption. They also have a Points & Cash option starting at 5,000 points plus a varying amount of cash that depends on the booking.

Free nights start at 9,000 Gold Points.

To give you another context, Club Carlson members earn 20 Gold Points per US dollar spent on eligible hotel nights as well as meals and beverages charged to the room. So 4,500 points would be the equivalent of spending $225 at a hotel. To purchase 4,500 Gold Points outright from Club Carlson would just cost $31.50, though, since they cost 0.7 cents apiece. That doesn’t sound so impressive, but hey they’re free and it takes 30 seconds to sign up. And if you were thinking of joining Club Carlson anyway, this is a good way to score a few extra points in the meantime.

Hat Tip: Frugal Travel Guy.

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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