50% Off Club Carlson Redemptions at 6 European Radisson Blu Hotels

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From now through March 30, 2013, Club Carlson members can book award stays at six Radisson Blu resort properties in Europe for 50% of the points normally required on stays from November 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013.

Use promotional code 50REDEEM when making the booking to ensure you receive the offer. The special redemption rate is valid for standard room Award Nights only and is subject to availability. Points + Cash bookings are not eligible for this Offer.

The six hotels participating are:

Radisson Blu Palace

Radisson Blu Resort, Split

Radisson Blu Resort Nice

Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi

Radisson Blu Resort Ruegen

Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta

Remember, you can still buy Gold Points and get a 50% bonus until November 10. Gold points cost 0.7 cents each, and you can buy up to 40,000 per account per calendar year.

The Radisson Blu’s participating in this promo are in the top two tiers of Carlson properties, requiring 44,000 or 50,000 points for a free night normally. However, with the 50% promo, you’d only need 22,000 points. So in order to get that many points, you’d need to purchase 15,000 and you’d end up with 22,500. That would cost you $105.

A quick look at a couple of the resorts showed that there is indeed quite a bit of availability at several of them – after all, they’re warm-weather resorts, so winter is super-low season.

At the one in Split in Croatia (a Category 5 hotel), which is becoming more and more of a jetsetter destination by the moment, I found a room for two nights over a weekend in November for 22,000 points. However, I could have gotten the same room for about 86 EUR ($111) a night for a two-night purchase, and the best available per-night rate was 94 EUR ($121), so you’re not saving that much money with points.

At the Category 6 resort in Nice, you’d need 50,000 points normally for an award night, but just 25,000 with this promo. You could buy those points for $119 right now and use them to redeem instead of paying a nightly rate of 135 EUR ($175), so you’d be saving over $50 a night on just the normal best available rate, though you could get a two-day discount rate of 121.50 EUR ($158) if you were staying two nights.

As always, double check the cost of the room you’re thinking of redeeming for and the other rates available – advance purchase, two- or three-night discount, and even Cash + Points – and determine whether the use of points for a redemption is valuable enough for your needs. Still, if you’re thinking of hanging out in Europe this winter and need some cheap award redemption nights in various places, this could be a good way to score some award nights at a discount.

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