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

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

Thanks again!

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?

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.

Million Mile Secrets

@Lynn – You have to check in (not necessarily check out) to earn the free night.

@Randy – I suspect there are some capacity controls on the free night availability.

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?

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?

Million Mile Secrets

@Dongliang – I don’t believe it counts since you don’t earn points on it.

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