Combining Club Carlson Promotions

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There are often overlapping promotions with the hotels and airlines. Sometimes the terms and conditions indicate that the promotion is or isn’t combinable with other ones. It is not, however, always clear, whether people writing these terms and conditions actually know what is happening in reality.

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Club Carlson currently has the Park Plaza version of their Ultimate Night Giveaway still going on until the August 28th, 2012. Then there is the bonus promotion of 10000 bonus points for stays of two nights or longer in the Asia Pacific region.

The terms of the latter promotion includes the following exclusion:

This Promotion may not be used in conjunction with any other package, promotion, discounts or bonus points programmes. Participating Hotels are subject to change without notice.

This is fairly typical copy paste that these chains tend to have on each of their promotions. Based on this and what you might hear if calling the customer service, you may come to conclusion that these two promotions are not combinable.

Wrong!

Park Plaza Jul 30, 2012 to Aug 1, 2012 – Park Plaza Food and Beverage Earning 20 Points per USD 330
Aug 3, 2012 Earn Park Plaza Points|Two Night Asia Pacific Stay 10,000 Point Bonus 10,000
Aug 3, 2012 Earn Park Plaza Points|Online Booking Gold Member Bonus Points 2,000
Aug 3, 2012 Earn Park Plaza Points|Park Plaza Ultimate Night Giveaway 50,000 Point Bonus 50,000
Aug 3, 2012 Earn Park Plaza Points|Gold 50% Room Points Bonus 856
Aug 3, 2012 Earn Park Plaza Points|Gold 50% Food and Beverage Points Bonus 165
Aug 3, 2012 Earn Park Plaza Jul 30, 2012 to Aug 1, 2012 – Park Plaza Points|Room Earning 20 Points per USD 1,712

Points posted for the both promotions exactly as I expected.

Conclusion

It always makes sense to sign up for all possible promotions.

Terms and conditions often include words that the promotion cannot be combine with other ones, but that is often not the case. Contacting customer service in advance of your stay to seek clarification is often fruitless as they go by the written rules of the promo.

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