Thursday Giveaway: Club Carlson Concierge Status and $500 Gift Cards

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This has been a busy holiday week what with killer Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals, and with 2013 quickly coming to an end, I’m sure more than a few of you made some mattress-running hotel reservations for the final sprint towards status.

However, just to inject a little bit of fun back into the travel game, and to take the pressure off when it comes to elite status, for this week’s Thursday Giveaway, the folks over at Club Carlson have given me two $500 gift cards and two of their highest-tier Concierge level status valid through February 2015 to give away to lucky readers.

I’ve been paying more and more attention lately to Club Carlson, the loyalty program of Radisson and Radisson Blu (as well as other brands like Park Inn), thanks to some unique features including half-price award redemptions on two-night award stays if you have one of the Club Carlson credit cards, which is one of if not the most lucrative hotel credit card perks out there.

The Club Carlson Visa's half-price award night benefit is one of the best out there.
The Club Carlson Visa’s half-price award night benefit is one of the best out there.

For more background on the program, check out my Maximizing Club Carlson series, whose posts include Base Level Earning and Redemptions,  Business Program, Elite Status and  Cash + Points Redemptions.

Concierge Status and $500 Gift Card

Now for the fun part – winning Concierge status and a $500 gift card.

Concierge status gets you the following perks:

-Complimentary room upgrades
-Elite Rollover Nights – above and beyond qualification for each elite status  level
-Early Check-in and Late Check-out
-Elite Customer Service Line
-3,000 bonus points for online booking
-75% bonus on earned points
-In-room welcome gift
-48-hour room availability guarantee
-Free restaurant continental breakfast
-Global concierge access

Normally to earn Concierge status, you need 75 nights or 30 stays per year, but you can earn it, and a $500 gift certificate easier than that with this giveaway.

How To Enter

All you have to do to enter my contest for the chance to win one of two prizes is leave a comment on this post telling me which tropical Club Carlson property you’d use your $500 gift card at and how you’d maximize your Concierge status there (is it the booking bonus? picking out an upgraded room? access to a well-reviewed breakfast spread?).

Maybe you’re in the mood for a Fijian getaway at the Radisson Blu resort on Denarau.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau IslandOr maybe you want to take advantage of the Caribbean’s balmy weather and fly to St. Martin for a stay at the Radisson Blu there.

Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 2.49.41 PMOr Thailand is gorgeous this time of year, and the one in Phuket beckons.

Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 2.52.01 PMWhatever your top choice is, let me know what it is, why and how you could make your Concierge status count there.

You can enter now through 5pm Eastern Time on Monday, December 9, and then we’ll choose two winners at random. Good luck!

U.S. Bank, Carlson Inc., and their respective affiliates and employees are not sponsors and are not responsible for any part of the giveaway.

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