Club Carlson has launched a new promotion for buying Gold Points with a 75% bonus but this time for one week only, from now until October 30, 2016.
This matches the biggest bonus Club Carlson has offered in the last 2 years (there was a 75% bonus for 3 days back in June of this year). The last time there was a bigger offer was back in November 2014 when they offered a 100% bonus on purchased points.
You can access Club Carlson’s bonus offer here. Remember Club Carlson allows members to purchase up to 40,000 points per calendar year before any bonuses.
Price: Here is a screen shot showing the purchase price of $280 USD for 70,000 points (40,000 + the 30,000 point bonus).
The per point under this promotion is 0.4 cents.
There are some instances where the purchase of Club Carlson points may make sense under this promotion, for both regular award redemptions as well as Cash & Points redemptions.
Take New Year’s Eve in London for example. All the Radisson Blu hotels in Central London are charging at least £312 per night ($381 USD+). You can buy 70,000 Club Carlson points for $280 USD under this promotion, which will get you an award night if available at any property in London, saving at least $100 on this stay over the cash rates available. Keep in mind that not all hotels that are available on cash rates are available using points.
In addition to cash rates, buying points may make sense for Points + Cash redemptions as well:
In this example, 5,000 Gold points which can be bought for about $20 can save about $35 off the best available rate at the Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration:
Given the fact that Club Carlson has not offered a better promotion for purchasing points in almost 2 years, I wouldn’t hold my breath for a better offer.
If you have a specific use in mind, you may want to take advantage of this offer while it lasts. But as always, check award availability first and compare cash rates to the amount you’d be paying for points (including taxes where applicable and the value of earned points you’d be giving up for award stays vs paid stays).