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Club Carlson Flash Sales All Week – Buy Points For As Low As 0.4 Cents

by on June 18, 2013 · 18 comments

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All this week, Club Carlson will be announcing flash sales on points from their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Screen shot 2013-06-17 at 5.36.34 PMYesterday’s sale went live at just before 1:30PM ET and stayed live until 2:15PM ET – so if you want in, you have to act fast – and featured Club Carlson points on sale with a 75% bonus. All you had to do was click on the link in the Facebook post or Twitter feed, log into your account and purchase the points at the bonus level.

Club Carlson points normally cost 0.7 cents each (1,000 for $7), but with this sale, that price dropped to just 0.4 cents each. You can purchase up to 40,000 Club Carlson points per year, so you could have bought a total of 70,000 points for $280.

To give you a concrete example, if you purchased 50,000 points – the point requirement for an award night at a top-tier Category 7 property – at the rate of 0.4 cents each, you’d be paying $200. Let’s say you then wanted to take a quick jaunt to Europe over the July 4 holiday and stay for a couple nights in Paris from July 3-5. You could use those 50,000 points to stay at the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan boutique property just a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower.

Screen shot 2013-06-17 at 5.43.43 PMRates those same nights are going for 560 EUR, or $750 – so you’d be getting a $550 discount per night! What’s more, remember that if you have one of the Club Carlson co-branded credit cards you get the last night of any award reservation of 2 nights or more for free. So if you do have one of those cards, all you’d need to spend for 2 nights is 50,000 points – costing you the same $200, but you’d be getting 2 nights for a total value of $1,500!

Granted, it’s not always easy to get such high values from Club Carlson redemptions and you could argue that some of them aren’t worth it since I personally don’t put their top-tier hotels in the same category as those of, say, Hyatt or Starwood, but the bottom line is, you could still be saving a lot of money on some great redemptions.

Don’t forget, this is also Week 2 of Amex’s Daily Getaways special vacation packages, and tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19, they will be selling packages of Club Carlson points at a discount that’s actually lower than the flash sale price.

Amex Daily Getaways Week 2

100,000 Club Carlson Gold Points – Redeem for a 2-Night Stay, $385 ($700 value), 71 Available, Max per purchase: 2
Dates of Travel: Anytime

50,000 Club Carlson Gold Points – Redeem for a 1-Night Stay, $194 ($350 value), 142 Available, Max per purchase: 2
Dates of Travel: Anytime

No more than 2 sets of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number. A maximum of 4 sets of points is allowed per loyalty number across both Club Carlson offers.

So with this promo, you are essentially buying Club Carlson points for 0.385 cents each instead of the 0.7 cents they usually cost – and if you pay with an American Express card, you get a further 10% discount, bringing your per-cent cost to 0.3465 cents per point.

The one drawback is that these packages are pretty limited – just 71 of the 100,000-point ones and 142 of the 50,000 point ones, so you have to be quick on the draw.

Those $385 you would pay for 100,000 points will get you two nights in a top-tier Radisson Blu property like the May Fair in London where room rates this summer are going for around 359 GBP, or $560 per night.

Rates at the May Fair are over the $500 mark this summer.

Rates at the May Fair are over the $500 mark this summer.

So you could be getting a really significant discount if you can find award availability – which seems pretty open at this point. And again, if and get the last night of any award reservation of 2 nights or more for free, you could use 50,000 of those points to book a room at the May Fair for one night and then get the second award night for free. You’re paying $192.50 for those 50,000 points, but getting $1,120 in value – pretty huge savings.

Again, these packages are limited though, so you might want to consider the flash sales taking place all week if you can’t score one of these.

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  • InACents

    FYI, the offer went live yesterday at 1:00 PM EST.

  • sil

    not a good deal. much cheaper if you use your Club Carlson biz card to purchase VRs at CVS

  • Mr. Cool

    how so? show math plz

  • nsummy

    If I understand it correctly you can buy $5k worth of vanilla reload cards at the cost of $39.50, this gives you 25k points. Not sure what the business card has to do with it though.

  • Mr. Cool

    5k spent = 25k points?

  • nsummy

    yah, I think the card earns 5 points per dollar

  • Mr. Cool

    everywhere? on ALL purchases? forgive me for being skeptical, but that would make it 1-of-a-kind

  • nsummy

    If it were for united miles or SPG points then yes that would be 1 of a kind. I think you might be confused about the value of Club Carlson points though. For example, as just a normal member of their loyalty program you get 20 points for each dollar spent at their hotel. That might give you a better understanding of what a point is worth.

  • Robert

    I did some math in my case and found it quite interesting to purchase 100K Club Carlson’s points. Considering the fact that my US Bank’s plastic gives me only 3 points per dollar, I would have to spend $33,333 which would be some 66 VRs. Each of them costing me $3.95 and I get a total of $260.7, not to mention a bottle of water or soda that sometimes I have to purchase in order to distinguish expenses’ amount per transaction.
    This $86.8 difference would certainly make it up for gasoline and time spent to run back and forth. Unfortunately, my credit card lets me get 6 VRs per week. 3 bought at the time and then wait until BlueBird pays ii back.
    So even if the final numbers/costs are the same I am still saving time, i.e. 1 day vs. 10 weeks. And I’ll definitely need a lot of points for Brasil 2014. By the way, which hotels whose CCs we use may be found in Rio de Janeiro? There’s neither Hitlon nor Club Carlson. Only in Sao Paolo.

  • tekkk

    Your basic fact is wrong. So everything else is wrong. US Bank club carson card gives you 5 points/$, not 3 points.

  • tekkk

    Google club carlson visa. You will find out 2 of club carlson cards (1 personal and 1 biz) give 10 points/$ at club carlson hotel and 5 point/$ everywhere else. Lower level club carson card is 6 points at its hotel and 3 points everywhere else.

  • Robert

    Your are and aren’t wrong at the same time. There are cards that give you 5 points with a higher bonus, unfortunately, mine gives me only 3 points per dollar spent plus I only got 65K bonus. I wish US Bank had classified me as a better client :)

  • Crispus Buttocks

    With the Club Carlson credit card it’s easy to get over 1 cent per point if you use the points for rooms in Europe for exactly 2 night stays (second night free). Rooms that cost $300 to $400 per night are only 50k points for both nights.

  • disqust101

    Er, if you can’t do basic math, you really shouldn’t be in this game. Buying Carlson at 0.4 c is beyond stupid.

  • disqust101

    No, it would make it just like Hiltonpesos. What hole did you just crawl out from?

  • xina

    To receive additional 10% off, can we use any Amex branded card? Such as SPG Amex?

  • Mr. Cool

    er im flying around the world on friday while youre still booking tix to vegas for the 4th time this year er

  • nsummy

    In Rio there are 2 SPG hotels and a Marriott, and a few Best Westerns. Out of curiosity can you expand on the water comment (im about to get a CC card)? Do they sometimes make you purchase something to use your card? Also, when you say 6 VRs per week. Why is that?

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