Will I Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points If I Book 3 One Night Stays at the Same Hotel?

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You can get up to 38,000 Club Carlson points with their “Stay 3 Nights, Get 1 Free” Promotion.

Will I Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points If I Book 3 One Night Stays At The Same Hotel

But Can You Book All 3 Nights at the Same Club Carlson Hotel?

Of course you can stay for 3 separate or consecutive nights to get the bonus points.  But can you stay in 3 separate rooms for 1 night and still get the bonus points?

I did some research to find out…

Club Carlson Promotion Details

Link:   Stay 3 Nights, Get 1 Free

Club Carlson hotels include Country Inns and SuitesRadissonRadisson BluPark Inn by Radisson,  and Park Plaza.

You get 1 free night when you stay 3 paid nights at Club Carlson hotels by April 13, 2014.  However, the 1 free night is a bit misleading because you aren’t getting a free night certificate.  Instead you get 38,000 points which is not enough for 1 night in ALL Club Carlson hotels.

And 9 hotels will soon cost 70,000 points!

Will I Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points If I Book 3 One Night Stays At The Same Hotel

You Can NOT Get 1 Free Night at Club Carlson’s Category 5 & 6 Hotels With 38,000 Points

Make sure you register for the promotion to get the bonus points!

Can I Book 3 Rooms for 1 Night at the Same Club Carlson Hotel and Get the Bonus Points?

Emily and I went to Ohio to visit family.  Since we needed a few hotel rooms, we ran a test to see if you can get the 38,000 bonus points if you book 3 one night stays at the same hotel on the same night.

Will I Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points If I Book 3 One Night Stays At The Same Hotel

We Tried to Earn the 38,000 Club Carlson Points by Booking 3 Rooms for 1 Night

We paid $94 per night (before tax) at a Country Inn x 3 nights = $282.  You can buy 38,000 Club Carlson points for $266 (38,000 Club Carlson points x 0.7 cents per Club Carlson point).

So I would not go out of my way to participate in this promotion unless you already plan to stay 3 nights in a hotel or have 3 one night stays.

But it is a great deal if you already have hotel stays planned and want to save money!

That’s because, even if you value Club Carlson at 0.5 cents per point, you’re getting ~$190 (38,000 points x 0.5 cents) back on a ~$282 hotel stay.  That’s ~67% off, which is a great discount!

Will I Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points If I Book 3 One Night Stays At The Same Hotel

Is it Worth Booking a Club Carlson Hotel Just for the 38,000 Points?

Our Experiment

We booked 3 hotel rooms for the same night in the same hotel with Emily’s Club Carlson credit card.  A few days later, I checked Emily’s account to see how many points we earned.

Will I Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points If I Book 3 One Night Stays At The Same Hotel

You Can Still Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points if You Book 3 Rooms for 1 Night at the Same Hotel

You earn 20 Club Carlson points per $1 spent at Club Carlson hotels without any elite status etc.

So with no promotions or the Club Carlson card we would have only earned $94 x 3 rooms x 20 Club Carlson points per $1 = ~5,640 points.  But we earned a lot more points:

  •   2,000 point online booking bonus x 3 rooms = 6,000 points
  •   50% Gold status bonus (from the Club Carlson Card) x 5,640 points = 2,820 points
  •   “Stay 3 Nights, Get One Free” promotion = 38,000 points
  •   10X points (Club Carlson card) x $282 total cost = 2,820 points

We earned ~55,000 Club Carlson points for our 3 rooms for 1 night (5,640 regular points + 49,640 bonus points).

Note that Club Carlson is reducing the frequency of the online booking bonus and the bonus for being a Gold elite member is reducing from 50% to 35%.  So your future stays may not be as lucrative as ours.

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We Earned a LOT of Club Carlson Points!

So from 3 one night stays (which we had to make) we earned a total of ~55,000 Club Carlson points!  With ~55,000 Club Carlson points we could get 1 free night at a category 6 hotel at the Paris Disneyland.

Will I Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points If I Book 3 One Night Stays At The Same Hotel

We Could Stay 1 Night at the Radisson Blu Disneyland in Paris for FREE!

Or we could book 2 award nights at a category 2 hotel and get the 3rd night free with Emily’s Club Carlson credit card.  Plus we would still have ~25,000 points left over!

Will I Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points If I Book 3 One Night Stays At The Same Hotel

We Could Also Get 3 FREE Nights at the Country Inn & Suites in Midtown Savannah With Plenty of Points to Spare!

Bottom Line

You can book 3 hotel rooms for 1 night at the same hotel to get the 38,000 Club Carlson points from the “Stay 3 Nights, Get 1 Free” promotion.

I would NOT book nights at Club Carlson just for the 38,000 points because you can probably buy the points for less.  But this is a great promotion if you already are paying cash for a hotel room!

That’s because the amount of points you get adds up to a great discount on your stay.  To get the 38,000 bonus points register for the promotion and stay 3 nights at Club Carlson before April 13, 2014.

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10 Responses to Will I Get 38,000 Club Carlson Points If I Book 3 One Night Stays at the Same Hotel?

  1. Daraius, your statement picture shows your CC number. You might want to hide it.

  2. D – Next time you’re in T-Town, if you’ve got the time, I’d love to take you guys out to dinner or something. Your site has been so helpful, it’s the least that I could do. We just got back from Aruba… airfare and 7 nights at the Hyatt in a Family Suite all for free :) We had a blast… now back to the cold and snow in Toledo. Another 4″-7″ of snow tomorrow. Yay.

  3. you didn’t use a shopping portal.
    you could get 6%, but I’ll say 5% @ the bigger CB portals
    that would have brought your $282 down to around $250.

  4. also, do you have to check-in for this promotion?

  5. also, on your previous post, in the comments you said
    “@DB – The terms say “Only one person per stay may receive Points and Points will be credited to the individual whose name appears on the reservation. You may earn Points on up to three rooms booked under the same reservation, but credit for multiple rooms must be requested at or before the time of check-in.”

    I’ve never booked 3 rooms for 1 night with Club Carlson, so I can’t say for sure how the above rule is interpreted. My guess is that 1 night with 3 rooms in your name wouldn’t count, but I can’t say for sure.”

    how was the rule interpreted? Did you need to do anything extra to make sure the stays counted?

  6. I’m thinking about getting the Club Carlson Premier card as my next card— Isn’t the deal that if you book two nights you get the second free? As in to say— If you book two nights together; the second is free, essentially a BOGO?

    I’m hoping I didn’t misinterpret it :(

  7. I think it make sense to book the double points offers they have online. Ten dollars more per night nets you double points. I will find out in a couple weeks if the gold status multiplies the double points or the original points total for the room. It’d be nice if they stacked.

  8. @kam – Thanks!

    @Roy – Glad you had a nice trip! Emily doesn’t miss the snow in T….

    @steve – You do have to check-in to the hotel to get the points! We didn’t do anything extra and the points counted.

    @Chance – You interpreted it correctly. And it is a good deal!

    @Anthony – Keep us posted, but I suspect it is only the base points.

  9. Thanks D!

    This is an awesome deal- Perusing the forums I have seen that many people have had (or are currently having) issues with being approved by US bank due to the other reporting agencies (IDA & ARS). It has been suggested that we freeze these accounts and wait a month or two.

    Has anyone had any experience with this issue lately?

  10. @Chance – Emily froze those accounts for inaccuracies and got approved.

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