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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.
club carlson free night
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.
Club Carlson Award Chart

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.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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