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