Is the 30% Bonus on Club Carlson Points Worth it?

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Do you need extra Club Carlson points to top-off your account?

For a limited time, you’ll get a 30% bonus when you purchase Club Carlson points online, but only until October 31, 2014.

Club Carlson includes Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza, and Country Inns and Suites hotels.

Need Club Carlson Points Get A 30 Bonus Until October 31 2014

How Does It Work?

Link:   Club Carlson Points 30% Bonus

Link:   Club Carlson Points 30% Bonus FAQ

Until October 31, 2014, you’ll get 30% more points when you buy 10,000 to 40,000 points.  Points must be bought in 1,000 point increments and cost $7 per 1,000 points, or 0.7 cents each.

If you bought the maximum number of points Club Carlson lets you buy per year (40,000), you’d pay $280 (40,000 points x 0.7 cents).

Need Club Carlson Points Get A 30 Bonus Until October 31 2014

Club Carlson Lets You Buy up to 40,000 Points per Year

But you’d get an extra 12,000 points, so a total of 52,000 points for $280.  That’s like paying 0.54 cents per point.

If you buy less than 10,000 points, you won’t get the bonus.

Is This a Good Deal?

Link:   Club Carlson Award Chart

This promotion is NOT as good as the 75% bonus 24-hour flash sale Club Carlson ran earlier this year.  With that sale, Club Carlson points only cost 0.4 cents each!

That said, you can still get some quite good deals by buying points through this sale.

For example, you could get 1 night in a very nice Category 6 hotel (their 2nd highest category) for 50,000 points, like the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London.

Need Club Carlson Points Get A 30 Bonus Until October 31 2014

The Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Is Actually ON Baker Street in London!

The best flexible rate for 1 night at this hotel in October is 349 Pounds, or ~$566.

Need Club Carlson Points Get A 30 Bonus Until October 31 2014

Hotels in London Aren’t Cheap: This 1 Costs ~$566 per Night in October!

If you buy points through the 30% bonus promotion, you’ll pay $280 for 52,000 points.  But you’d get a value of ~$566.  So you’d save ~$286 (~$566 cost of room – $280 cost of points) by buying points.

But here’s how to make the deal even better!  If you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards card, you get your last night free on award stays of 2 or more consecutive nights.

So for 50,000 points you’d get 2 nights at the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London, worth 698 Pounds (~$1,134).  And you’ve only paid $280.  So you’re saving ~$854 (~$1,134 cost of room – $280 cost of points).  That’s an excellent deal!

Remember, Club Carlson processes their point purchases through Points.com, so it will NOT count as a travel purchase.  So you won’t earn extra points for using the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, or be able to redeem Barclaycard Arrival Plus points for 2.2% cash back toward travel.

Bottom Line

You’ll earn a 30% bonus on Club Carlson points until October 31, 2014, when you buy 10,000 to 40,000 (the maximum) points.

This is a good deal if you need to top off your account, or have an expensive stay coming up that you would have paid cash for.  Most likely, you’ll save money by using points purchased through this promotion!

It’s an even better deal if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards card, because you get the last night free on award stays of 2 nights or more.

What’s your favorite Club Carlson hotel?  Will you buy points through this promotion?

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9 responses to “Is the 30% Bonus on Club Carlson Points Worth it?

  1. Thanks Daraius. Can you provide a link to readers on your post recommending why/how to freeze the two ancillary credit bureaus US Bank uses for readers who may not know about this practice?

  2. You said that one could maximize the savings by staying 2 nights for the price of one. getting 2 nights for 52,000 points with the Club Carlson Reward credit card. I was under the impression that you need to have enough points to “pay” for two nights and you get one refunded. Is my assumption wrong?

  3. I’m new to this whole thing, so this is off topic, but have you personally run out of cards? It seems that actually “churning” has been nipped in the butt, yet are there enough cards to continue signing up for years? The reason I ask, is I sometimes wonder if it’s better to pay half trip with rewards and the other half with cash, so you don’t rush through all the cards in just a few years. We just finished a trip to disneyland on 2 credit cards, and only paid for park tickets and food. I could have paid for our tickets with two barclay cards, but I wanted to save the barclay cards for our disney world trip next year. Maybe I should have used them?

  4. @Vic: I’m not sure whether the moderators allow members to post URL’s, but I guess I’ll find out today. Here is a link describing how to freeze the two obscure bureaus (ARS & IDA) that U.S. Bank will consult:

    http://hackmytrip.com/2013/06/freeze-ida-ars-us-bank-club-carlson/

    Hopefully I won’t get my hand smacked for providing a link to an outside site here. I’m assuming there’s something to be said for the open sharing of information.

  5. Was thinking about this for the Radisson Blu property in Chicago, but the per night rate was under $200, so may decide not to do this.

  6. @Heather I treat rewards points like any other household budget where you have to factor how many points you currently have, how many you can reasonably earn in a certain time span, and what your travel plans are, and hedge your bets on the inevitable devaluations of the points.

    Everyone’s situation is different. For me, I consider this game as a way to stretch my budget. I want to get the maximum value for the points I have. So there are times I actually pay for a hotel room or a flight if the rooms and flights are relatively cheap.

    Example in point: This year I took my family to Puerto Rico. We decided to visit Ponce for two days (staying overnight at a Hilton), and then staying in Old San Juan for five days (staying 5 nights at a Hilton). Yes, I had enough points that I could have paid for all 6 nights using points, but I didn’t. Instead I paid for the Hilton Ponce one night stay, and earned points instead. Then I used the stay-4-nights-get-5th-night-free at the Hilton Caribe Old San Juan and got maximum usage of points. So now I have points left over as a good start to my next 5 night stay.

    Same with airline points. I scored a fabulous price deal on first class Envoy seats on US Airways (they were the same price as coach!). I paid with my US Airways card and earned points vs spending a ton of points. So saved the points for another trip when tickets are priced higher.

    So a major part of this game is using the points that you have wisely and realizing when to pay and when to use points.

  7. @Hilde – I’d love to know more about that… I just applied in the branch for the business version of this card. All the bennies with a small annual fee. That would be needed information regarding the last night “free” when booking with points. Do i need to have enough points for all nights booked in order to take advantage of this?

  8. @allen that’s what I was thinking. While I could use certain cards for everything, some are better spent elsewhere. Thanks for the advice! It gives me ideas for the future.