Club Carlson Promotions Stack for a Nice Haul
This morning Club Carlson announced yet another bonus promotion for members of their loyalty program. The newest promotion offers triple points for stays plus 1,000 bonus points for bookings made through their app. In other words, it provides some nice earning potential.
Members normally earn 20 points per dollar spent at Club Carlson hotels, so with this promotion that number goes up to an astronomical 60 points per dollar. By combing this new promotion with the 30,000 offer for cardholders, you can get a nice chunk of points for not much money. Make sure to register here.
A Couple Can Earn About 80,000 Points
Since my wife and I are both holders of the co-branded Club Carlson credit card, we are both eligible for the 30,000 point offer. The ideal situation for us then is to book a weekend getaway where we each have one night booked in our names. That way we can earn double the points.
This would also work for an individual who holds both the personal and business version of the Club Carlson credit card. A single person with only one card would be able to achieve only half of the points. Also remember that Club Carlson points can easily be combined between accounts with a simple phone call to maximize redemptions. Here is how the math breaks down:
- Cost of two separate nights: $161.60
- Points earned on Club Carlson credit card (10x inc/taxes): 1,839
- 30,000 Point Bonus for each night: 60,000
- Points earned at normal rate (20 per $): 3,220
- Triple points bonus: (40 extra per $): 6,440
- 35% Elite bonus on earned points: 3,381
- Bonus for booking through app (1,000 p/booking.): 2,000
- Total points earned: 76,880
- Cost per point: $.0024
- Points per dollar: 418
For my calculations I chose the cheapest hotel in Southern California which is a Radisson near the Ontario Airport. There are a couple of other hotels in better locations for not much more and of course everyone’s calculations will vary slightly depending on their local options. Unfortunately we don’t have any Club Carlson properties in Las Vegas.
In some cities I have seen Country Inns for as little as $50 per night which would drive the cost per point down significantly. Either way, paying about 1/4 of a cent for Club Carlson points is a good deal and these points should post before June 1, so we can use them to take advantage of the Bonus Award Night before it disappears.
I also realize we could each book a room on the same night, but I figure if we can make a nice weekend trip and earn points, it is better than simply doing a mattress run. Of course traveling with a baby isn’t easy, so we may opt to simply go down for one night and each book a room on the same night.
Club Carlson is trying their best to shift the focus from the loss of the Bonus Award Night by flooding the market with bonuses and points. While I am still mad about the way they chose to announce (or not announce) the credit card benefit change, I will be happy to take these points and blow them on some nice Radisson Blu hotels in Europe!