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I wrote earlier that Club Carlson is running three separate promotions which together could net you 138,000+ Club Carlson points.

The Radisson and Country Inn & Suites promotion registration opened last week and you can still register for a spot to get 50,000 bonus points  and 44,000 bonus points after a 1 night hotel stay.

And registration for a similar promotion by Park Inn opened for registration yesterday.

The 1st 20,000 people to register will get 44,000 bonus points after they complete a Park Inn hotel stay by July 22, 2012.

Unfortunately, there are only 10 Park Inn hotels in the US, but far more locations outside the US.

Here’s a list of the US Park Inns:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Dallas, TX (Love Field airport)
  • Dallas, TX (Dallas Forth Worth airport)
  • Fresno, CA
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Houston, TX
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • Sharon, PA
  • Toledo, OH
  • Tulsa, OK

There’s a Park Inn in Toledo, Ohio, so perhaps we’ll visit Emily’s grandmother again.  And of course, we’ll get granny her own room!

Bottom Line:  The Club Carlson promotions is a great way to rack up points for hotel stays which you’ve already got planned.

And it could even make sense to go out of your way to stay at a Radisson, Country Inn & Suites, and Park Inn just for the bonus points if you know you can use those points later on to save money on hotel stays. 

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It’s not the sort of thing one usually brings up in public. 🙂

But, checking the hand I’ve been dealt… here’s Carlson’s response [as always the brackets are me:

“As of right now, [since it’s a new account and has ZERO points] you would need to complete 75 nights or 30 stays in a calendar year to reach Concierge status. If you were to enroll with our Club Carlson Visa, you would need to complete 60 nights in addition to the the 15 night credit provided.

So, it seems, the points are “15 nights toward the next level” only if you have earned the level you’re one with nights. If it’s part of a status match =bzzzz= no luck.

That wouldn’t sting as much if they didn’t think their Gold level was equal to Hilton Diamond… or would actually match that status.

I’m still iffy on getting this card, but I’ll keep the potential as a second stringer… at least until 2015 matched status.

(Side note: I -never- get an e-mail informing me of responses to my posts… no matter what I choose from the drop-down menu below.)

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@#!&∫! Sneaky Fees! – Thanks! I’m looking into the email responses.

Yes, and…

One might want to get that match done BEFORE applying for the CC Visa card… because, if you already have a status, adding the card will boost you toward the next level.

Seeing this potential, I tried to play my way up to Concierge level… but it was no dice.

After being offered Gold Elite, I mentioned that IHG Platinum and Hilton Diamond equate more closely with CC’s Concierge level… and that I’d earn permanent Gold level by just getting and keeping their card… so the offer of matching my status with Gold just wasn’t much of a deal.

They replied [brackets mine]:

“Dear Barry,

We appreciate your reply.

We certainly are excited to have you with our company, and we wish that Concierge status was something that we could award for just this reason. However, it is policy that this level cannot be matched, but must be earned.

We assure you that our Gold Elite status is extremely beneficial to the

avid traveler, as it is a step ahead of most programs [this point is argued elsewhere and, well, maybe not so much of a step ahead as advertised]. We believe that with a traveler of your status, you should be Concierge status in no time.

We have upgraded your Club Carlson account to Gold status effective immediately and expiring in 2015 (unless otherwise re-obtained). Please review the list of elite benefits below.

Gold Elite Membership Benefits:

50% Point Bonus, Late Check-out (based on availability), Early Check-in (based on availability), Best Available Room in the category booked, 72- hour availability guarantee, Priority full-service Member Services telephone number

-In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, you’ll also enjoy the following

Elite membership benefits:

Weekend Extend (2 for 1 and 4 for 2 Nights).”

Which is all delightful… but breakfast and internet would have been a nice capper.

So, now that I’ve got the Gold Elite thing, I can make my plans for this fall/winter. Once those are set in stone, I’ll add the CC Visa(s?) to my pile and shoot for Concierge.

Here’s a niggling detail:

Since we’re already at Gold Elite, the CC Visa would add 15 nights to our quest for Concierge.

1. Does that mean you only need 40 nights to get to the top level (because the 35 nights you’d need to get to Gold are already waived)?

2. If you get more than one card, are these night credits cumulative (as in 15 more nights for each card)?

While the website leaves the very-confusable-me thinking that, during the granted period of my Gold match (“until 2015”) getting three CC cards isn’t unthinkable. So… if it’s 15 night credits per card that pushes me over the 40 night difference into the top status.

If, on the other hand, one has to amass the whole night count to get to the top level and the cards night credits can be stacked as indicated, it could take 5 CC Visa to get there.

On the third hand (this is the hand no one talks about, cause it’s the sad one), perhaps these night credits are not really collectable at all and you can only get 15 of them – the rest must be actual stays.

What’s anyone think of any of this? Is what I’ve written decode-able at all?

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@#!&∫! Sneaky Fees! – I didn’t know you had 3 hands! I suspect that you will need more nights for concierge level status and that the nights aren’t cumulative. I’d go with the third hand option.

As an FYI – I just confirmed with Club Carlson on twitter that they will status match. You can e-mail documentation to CCare@carlsonrezidor.com. As both a SPG Gold and HHonors Golf, I was told I’d be matched to Club Carlson Silver, which has the following perks:

Complimentary room upgrades as available

25% point bonus on every eligible stay

2,000 point online booking bonus at clubcarlson.com or any Carlson Rezidor hotel website

Early check-ins and late checkouts as available upon request

Roll Over Nights (unused elite-qualifying nights count again next year toward elite status)

Elite Customer Service Line

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@Mile Collector – That’s a great way to rack up extra points and get upgraded during your stay.

Is it confirmed whether or not you actually need to stay, or can you just check in? I’m going to travel to ABQ this week to get a stay at a Park Inn, but I’ll be spending the night in the Homewood.

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@DaveS – Great tip! Thanks for sharing.

@Matt MSP – Perhaps they will do another promo for Park Plaza?

@Casey Friday – I’m not sure, but it couldn’t hurt to call and let them know that you left because you were in a hurry.

^ Never mind, it’s a Park Plaza. I’m surprised Park Plaza stays don’t count towards the Park Inn promo.

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