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There is something to be said for a simple promotion and I think Club Carlson just won my vote for simplest promotion of 2014 yet – stay three nights between January 6, 2014 and April 13, 2014 at any participating hotel worldwide to earn 38,000 bonus points. Register here.
Per the terms & conditions: You need to pay for your stay on a Gold Point eligible rate, so award nights and cash+ points reservations do not count. The nights do not need to be consecutive- you can stay one night at three hotels or three nights at one hotel- it doesn’t matter. Existing reservations do count, but just make sure you register and provide your Club Carlson number in advance or at check-in.
38,000 points is enough for a free night at a category 1-4 hotel and if you have the Club Carlson Premier Visa card those 38,000 points will actually get you two nights at a category 4 hotel since that card gives the last night free on award stays, so you only need to pay for one night on two-night stays.
Overall, a decent promo, but nothing earth-shattering. I like the simplicity of getting the free night via points so there is no special expiration or limitation on how you use those points. I’ll likely try to hit three nights and then use those points for a top tier redemption on a two-night stay so I can really stretch the value of the points since I’m a Visa cardholder. 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.
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.