Club Carlson was selling small number of Gold Points via Daily Getaways yesterday (read more here) and a LoyaltyLobby reader messages me that they had made an announcement on the Facebook page about coming flash sales over the next two weeks.
Club Carlson was selling Gold Points via the same flash sales for 75 minute period every weekday for two weeks back in 2013 (read more here). I would imagine that these sales will start by Monday (if not already this week).
You can access Club Carlson’s Facebook page here where they make announcements once the flash sales are on.
You can buy maximum of 40,000 Gold Points per year and this is then bonused to 70,000. The price of the 70,000 points is $280.
Does paying $280 for 70K Gold Points make sense?
So, the price of a Gold Point purchased under this offer is 0.4 US cents. If you are planning to trip to let’s say London or Paris, the maximum price of a hotel night would be $200 for just buying the points and using them instead of cash (at the 50,000 points per night level).
You just have to note that Club Carlson doesn’t offer last room availability using points. Hotels need to make certain percentage of their rooms available using awards, but once they have hit the requirement it is up to the hotel, if they
This is even better if you have access to the Club Carlson credit card issued in the United States that comes up with 2-4-1 award night benefits (you get only charged for one night when you book two using points and this saved you 50%).
If you don’t have plan to use the points in a meaningful way, I wouldn’t buy them. Just because they are on offer at 75% bonus doesn’t necessarily make them a deal.
This can make sense, if you are planning to visit an expensive city with quality Radisson Blu hotels that have availability. I may stock up some points as I plan to visit cities where Club Carlson makes sense when you factor in the credit card award night discount.
I find it quite interesting that Club Carlson seems to be using the Daily Getaways as a teaser before their own points flash sales.