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Club Carlson Daily Getaways
Last week I wrote about how much Club Carlson points are really worth. In the fine print of their Twitter contest, the company listed the value of their points at $.002 or 1/5 of one cent. Pretty low compared to the .007 they normally sell the points for.
By now you have probably heard that Club Carlson points are going on sale today at 1PM ET at Daily Getaways. During the sale you can get the following packages:
- 100,000 points for $450 (50 packages)
- 50,000 points for $225 (100 packages).
Both of the packages are pricing the points at $.0045, so this is definitely better than the normal price Club Carlson sells them at, however there are much cheaper ways to acquire these points.
Club Carlson Credit Card
I am a big fan of the Club Carlson credit card (my review) and both my wife and I have one. One of the ways I acquire Club Carlson points every year is by paying the annual fee. Each year in exchange for a $75 annual fee, they give me 40,000 points.
This means I purchase those points at a cost of $.0018. Not only is that an amazing price, but the card also gives me Gold status and that very valuable “Extra Bonus Night” amenity.
But what if those 40,000 points aren’t enough? Then why not manufacture points at a much lower cost than Daily Getaways?
Manufacture the Points
For example, many malls sell $500 Visa gift cards for $3.95. To generate roughly 50,000 points, I would need to spend $10,000 since the Club Carlson credit cards earns 5 points per dollar on everyday purchases.
So if I buy 20 $500 gift cards at $3.95 each, I will spend a total of $79 on fees and generate 50,395 points. That makes my cost per point $.0016 which is about 1/3 of the cost of the points through Daily Getaways.
Even if you purchase $500 gift cards for $5.95 at grocery stores, you will spend $119 to generate 50,595 points. In that case, the cost per point is $.0024 or a little more than half of the Daily Getaways price.
Why Buy Daily Getaways
Of course the Daily Getaways prices may still be good if you are need of points relatively quickly or don’t want to do the work to manufacture the points. If you hold the credit card, those 50,000 or 100,000 points should get you a value far in excess of what you pay for them.
Between my annual points from the credit card and the ability to manufacture points for an amazingly low $.0016, I will pass on today’s Daily Getaways offer. Since there are only 150 packages available anyway, I doubt I would be able to get anything anyway.
If you need more Club Carlson points or miss out on today’s deal, remember there are still plenty of ways to get them at a very inexpensive price. Finally, if you don’t have the credit card, I highly suggest taking a look at it as a part of your overall hotel strategy.
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