How to Maximize the Radisson “Stay One Night, Get One Night” Promotion

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Radisson hotel has a promotion where you can earn 1 free night in the US, Canada or Caribbean after booking 1 night at any Radisson Blu or Radisson hotel in the US, Canada or Caribbean between October 1 and October 31, 2012, and completing your stay before December 31, 2012.

  • This offer is valid for only the 1st 50,000 online registrations, so sign-up for the promotion sooner rather than later.
  • The free night is in the form of an award (not points) which can be used in any Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel in the US, Canada, or Caribbean through December 31, 2013.
  •  Reservations using cash & points awards or the discounted AAA rate also qualify for the free night award.

Frugal Travel Lawyer has a great explanation of how to stack this with other promotions to squeeze every last point & cent out!

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Stack the Radisson Promotion!


Radisson, and particularly Radisson Blu, have some expensive hotels in New York, St Martin, Chicago, etc. which sell for over $300 per night.

But, you could stack the promotion and stay in a Radisson for $ 60 or $70 and then redeem your free award at the more expensive Radisson or Radisson Blu hotels.

Or if you have a hotel stay planned before December 2012, you could move it to a Radisson hotel and get a free night to use by the end of December 2013 – effectively reducing the price of your hotel stays by 50%!

Unfortunately, you can’t use the free night in expensive Europe.  But there are plenty of places in North America which are (unfortunately) expensive too!

Here are 6 steps to make the most of this promotion:

1.   Stay One.  Get One.   Register in the Stay One. Get One.” promotion to get 1 free night after 1 paid night.

2.   2,000 Extra Points.   Register in the “Stay More Nights.  Earn More Nights” to earn 2,000 bonus points for your 1 night stay.

3.   8% Cash Back.  Top Cash Back offers 8% cash back (for the next 2 days) when you book a hotel at the Radisson after clicking through from Top Cash Back.  You can also use Fat Wallet for 3.5% cash back, if you prefer using a different cash back site or have had trouble getting cash back from Top Cash Back.

4.   1,000 to 2,000 Online Booking Bonus.   If you are a Red level (entry-level) member of the Club Carlson program, you get 1,000 bonus points for booking your stay online.  If you are a Gold or Silver member, you get 2,000 bonus points for booking your stay online.

You can match your existing status to Club Carlson by emailing them at [email protected] [email protected] with a screenshot of your existing hotel status.

5.  30% Off.  This isn’t applicable to ALL Radisson hotels, but you may be able to get 30% off a stay at a Radisson if you book your stay by October 9, 2012.

You have to use the discount code 30PCTOFF in the “Promotional Code” field when making your booking.  Unfortunately, there is limited availability with both dates and participating hotels.

6.  5X Ultimate Rewards Points or 5% Cash Back.  You get 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points or 5% cash back when you pay with your Chase Freedom for hotel stays purchased directly through a hotel.

If you don’t have the Chase Freedom Visa or MasterCard, you can use the Chase Sapphire Preferred which earns 2X Ultimate Rewards points for all travel purchases.

Bottom Line

This is a great promotion if you can stay in a cheap Radisson and use the free night at a more expensive Radisson.  Unfortunately, you can only earn 1 free night per account.

But you can always check-in with your family to earn 1 night for each family member and then redeem each free night for consecutive stays!

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33 responses to “How to Maximize the Radisson “Stay One Night, Get One Night” Promotion

  1. This is a great promotion that I will definitely take advantage of! Although I will be leaving out the “topcashback” part. TCB has been very bad honoring any purchases I have made through their website. Months later I am waiting for credit from three Radisson stays and two of three retail purchases that I made through them. Because I have not received credit for any of my activity (except for a FTD flower purchase), I have decided to no longer use them. Their customer service gives nothing but the run-around, even though I have provided documentation after documentation. I am now using a site that only pays 5%, but at least my account is getting the credit. Has anyone else had issues with TCB? Any successes, especially with Radisson credit?

  2. I had some problems with TCB but they eventually came through. I’ll take my chances with them one more time.

    Found a prepaid rate near me for $69 after 30PCT not counting TCB and Freedom 5X, though those will take care of the taxes/gas/my time.

  3. By the way, D, you may want to fix the first paragraph. You have to BOOK by October 31 but can complete the stay by DECEMBER 31.

  4. I have found that TCB always shows my purchases. It can take up to three months to go from pending to payable. In the end it is slow but I get paid.

  5. Can you use free night from your friends account for yourself? 😉

  6. booked the senior rate as I will be staying with my mom…called Club Carlson and they said i can still book for senior even though i am not one. said hotel may ask for id of senior

    • @Kim – I’ve not had any issues with Top Cash Back, but I know others have. I love Fat Wallet’s service – much better than any other cash back site in my experience.

      @AK – I updated the post. Thanks!

      @Corridor! – That’s been my experience as well. It is slow, but I finally got paid for earlier Radisson stays a few weeks ago.

      @Ketan – No personal experience, but I don’t see why not!

      @sil – As long as your mom i with you, you should be fine.

  7. Thanks! In on this promotion!

  8. You can also get 3.5 back through ebates (my referral link for a conga, You get $10: ). Ebates is the grandaddy of the cash back game and very reputable.
    I’m also considering stacking this with the 3x Bed and Breakfast promo For me the BB rate was $20 more, but you earn an extra 40 pts per dollar on all spend.

  9. You only get one free night for a multi-nights stay? or can you get a free night for each night?

  10. @Ketan – While I’d love to give a free night’s stay as a Christmas gift, the T&C state that the member must stay both the first and second (free) night. You could try the “oh, he’s coming later; please check me in now” attempt, but YMMV.

    Thanks for the instructions, Daraius. Even without TCB, an $80 hotel night in NYC is a good deal.

    And for the record, TCB tracked my Staples purchases with one exception. They had to be reminded of my gift-card purchase amount when they only credited non-gift card purchases. A follow-up email sorted everything out. Haven’t used them for hotels, but I took screenshots this time. I expect only a little difficulty based on the fact that 30PCTOFF is not a prepaid rate and my credit card wasn’t charged today.

  11. As extra precaution when you make a purchase thru any shopping portal, never click on ‘Back’ button at any point – it may kick you out of the portal (told by Discovercard CSR).

  12. Top Cash Back takes forever. I would just book through Ultimate Rewards, which i have found to be very reliable.

  13. Wow! I can stack all 6 promotions all together. Thanks MMS for sharing this. Keep it up!

  14. Quick Question,
    when you said in the last paragraph, you can “check-in” with your family member to build up your free nights for future use. Do you mean check-in the same room (pay for only one room), and it counts toward others in the family, (let’s say4 family member total), to get 4 nights by only using one night stay?
    thank you

    • @Frank – No, I meant that family members could each check into a separate room on 1 night. If 4 family members do that, you could have 4 nights to use later on. This only makes sense if you book a cheap room which you don’t really need in order to get 4 nights to be used at the more expensive hotels.

  15. I signed up my wife & I for the promos. Got confirming e-mails. Book one night for each of us.
    1. For myself, I used cash & points for Sun nite for the Radisson near ORD. Since I needed one more night for the Chicago conference, it works out nicely.
    2. We booked one night at the ONT (Calif) Radisson under my wife’s name. With the 30PCTOFF code, the base rate is only $72. Wanted 11/3 but 30% off started Nov 4 and we booked the night of 11/4 since that also worked with us.

    Went thru fatwallet since I do not have the time to deal with TCB. My wife & I have 4 unpaid claims since July and I do not want to deal with them anymore.

    Fatwallet always paid me 100% on everything. Very reliable and I rather have a little lower payout that is 100%.

  16. Just to clarify, this is good at any of the Radisson brand hotels correct? So, I can stay at a Country Inn and Suites as well for the qualifying stay right?

  17. The free night is only valid at Radisson or Radisson Blue, as per Daraius. But does the qualifying night have to be at one of those in order to earn the free night? or can it be at some of the lower tier hotels such as “country inn” etc?

  18. Same as wise question. I understand the free night is only valid at Radisson or Blu but can I stay at the Country Inn to meet the requirement?

  19. I’ve got a stay booked at the IND Radisson airport for one night prior to an early departure the next morning, got it for ~$70ish and have a BRG claim pending. Will be using my free night at the Blu Chicago in order to get my China tourist visa for an upcoming trip. This promotion couldn’t have been timed more perfectly for me.

  20. I’m going to Portland by myself in a couple of weeks, and I see the PDX radisson has some good rates while I’m there. You think I can book a room from my account and one from my wife’s, and check-in for both – yielding us each a free nights award? Looks like that will be my only chance at a radisson by the deadline

  21. Can I use the friend and family code to book the hotel at Radisson to get a free night, or have to be regular price?

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  23. Darius – I would like to take advantage of this offer but I won’t be travelling again until next year and there isn’t a radisson near where I live. Can I book a room in another location, keep the reservation and just not check-in? Will that count as a stay and I can still get a free night for 2013?

  24. I found that i can not use that at Radisson hotel in New York during thanksgiving although they still have rooms to sell on their website.

  25. Hi Darius,

    I recently completed my stay for this promo, but I cannot find where in My Account info page for Club Carlson if I was awarded a free night stay for future use? Would you be able to help guide me?

  26. Update: Nevermind! I found out…using a hypothetical stay, it shows up as Gold Points – 0 Needed.

    Thanks again!