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You can purchase Club Carlson points at a discount today only at 1:00 pm EST.
The Daily Getaways website will have a new deal every weekday at 1:00 pm Eastern Time from May 19, 2014, until June 20, 2014.
However, you have to be quick to get in on these deals because they sell out within minutes!
And you’ll save an additional 10% if you use your American Express card. These includes cards like The Platinum Card from American Express or business card, the Starwood hotel personal or business card, or the Delta personal or business card.
Note: American Express gift cards aren’t eligible for the 10% discount, but some folks have reported Bluebird cards are eligible.
Discounted Club Carlson Points
You can buy Club Carlson points for 0.49 cents per points:
- 50,000 Club Carlson points for $247 (~$222 With AMEX Card)
- 100,000 Club Carlson points for $495 (~$446 With AMEX Card)
You can buy up to 4 sets of Club Carlson points.
Club Carlson normally sells points for 0.7 cents per point (sign in required). With this deal, you’re buying Club Carlson points for 0.49 cents per point.
Buying points could make sense if you use them with the Club Carlson credit card to get the last night free when you use points to book 2 or more consecutive nights.
You can use Club Carlson points at any Club Carlson brand hotel:
Club Carlson points can be transferred to certain airlines at a 10:1 ratio (sign in required), but this is expensive and not a good deal.
Sometimes it’s a bad deal to buy the points. The exception is if you have the Club Carlson Card.
1. Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris-Boulogne
For example, 1 night at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris-Boulogne on August 29, 2014, costs 50,000 Club Carlson points or ~$203 advance purchase rate.
But the lowest cost of this Getaways deal is ~$222! So you’d be spending MORE money buying points than you would paying cash!
However, if you have the Club Carlson card, your last night is free when you book 2 or more consecutive nights. So if you have the Club Carlson card, it might make sense to buy the points to book the hotel for 2 nights, knowing you’d get that 2nd night for free.
With the help of your Club Carlson card, you’d spend 50,000 points for 2 nights instead of one. Your ~$222 would buy 2 nights, saving you $184 ($406 cash cost on the Club Carlson website for 2 nights – $222 Daily Getaway Cost with AMEX card).
Even if you booked a non-refundable rate through Amoma.com via Kayak, you’d pay ~$187, which saves you ~$16 over the cost of points.
Be careful booking through discounted sites like Amoma. Amoma only sends your information to the hotel a few days before your arrival. Although, you may save money, you might not get the same bed type.
If you want to make changes to your reservation, you have to email Amoma. And you might not earn credit towards elite status because it’s a discount site.
2. Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex Hotel
Two nights at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex Hotel on August 29, 2014, to August 31, 2014, costs 100,000 Club Carlson points (50,000 Club Carlson points x 2 nights) or ~$543 advance purchase rate through the Club Carlson website. You’d pay ~$752 if you booked via Kayak.
Buying 100,000 points for $495 and booking with those Club Carlson points saves you ~$44 (~$543 room cost – $495 Club Carlson point purchase cost).
If you use your American Express card, you’ll save an extra 10% on the cost of the Club Carlson points. So buying 50,000 points saves you ~$97 (~$543 cash cost on the Club Carlson website for 2 nights – ~$446 Daily Getaway Cost with AMEX card).
Buying Club Carlson points could be cheaper than paying cash for a hotel depending on the hotels and your travel dates because 2 nights at most Club Carlson hotels won’t cost you $500+.
But be sure to do the math to see if buying points makes sense for you.