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I’ve written about the opportunity to earn up to 138,000 Club Carlson points with three single (and potentially) cheap stays with Radission, Country Inn and Park Inn promotions. The first two promotion registrations went live last week and the Park Inn registration that offers 44,000 Club Carlson points after a single stay, is now live. It’s open to the first 20,000 people, so just register now to be safe.

“Congratulations: You are now registered for the 1+1 Offer. To receive your 44,000 bonus Gold Points, be sure to complete a qualifying one night stay at any Park Inn hotel worldwide by July 22, 2012.”

44,000 Club Carlson points equates to a free night at a category 5 (out of 6) hotel night. So the angle of this promo is that you stay at a cheap Park Inn and then redeem the points for a night at an expensive category 5 hotel like the Radisson Blue Hotel 1919 Reykjavik (Iceland is hot these days and there aren’t lots of points hotel options!).

I’ve never stayed at a Park Inn and I couldn’t even tell you where the closest one was. Or even where a single one is! However, there are only Park Inns in nine US and many more international cities, so that probably explains it. In the US they can be found in Albuquerque, NM, Dallas, TX (DFW and Love Field airport hotels), Fresno, CA, Houston, TX, Mechanicsburg, PA, Sault Sainte Marie, MI, Sharon, PA, Toledo, OH and Tulsa, OK.
Remember – if you currently have elite status, you might as well match with Carlson before you start staying so you get bonus points. 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 up to Gold.

-Complimentary room upgrades as available
-50% point bonus on every eligible stay
-2,000 point online booking bonus at or any Carlson Rezidor hotel 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

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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