Get More Than 3000 Free Club Carlson Points – 100 Points Per Day

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Club Carlson has launched a Club Carlson Global Giveaway for residents of United States and Canada. There are various prizes that you can win, but the icing on the cake is the 100 FREE Club Carlson points PER day that you can get by flipping through the Vacation Look Book.

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This offer is valid from August 14th to September 24th, 2012. You can get the 100 Club Carlson points for each day during this period.

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I just flipped through the first Vacation Look Book and will flip it through again tomorrow for another 100 points.

Conclusion

This is very easy way to rack up few thousand extra Club Carlson points. You just have to remember to do it daily.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Club Carlson: Country Inn & Suites 25 Years – Get 25000 Bonus Points For 2 Nights Stay

Country Inn & Suites has turned 25 years. To celebrate this Club Carlson is offering 25000 bonus points per two nights stay at all Country Inn & Suites location between August 15th and October 14th, 2012.

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You must book using promotional code 25FOR25 to be eligible for the bonus points. This promotion is valid at all Country Inn & Suites locations worldwide. You need to register for this promotion before of your stay and be a Club Carlson member.

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  • Register for the 25 for 25 Event by clicking on the “Register Now” button below. You’ll need to be a Club CarlsonSM member to register. Not a member? No problem, just follow the “Join and Register” link below.
  • Complete a two night stay booking the 25 for 25 Promotion Rate at any Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM hotel worldwide between August 15 and October 14, 2012.
  • After you complete your stay, your 25,000 bonus Gold Points will be deposited in your Club Carlson account within 4-6 weeks. Then redeem your points for a variety of gift cards or other great redemption options.

Booking the 25FOR25 rate

Club Carlson Country Inn & Suites 25 for 25
Club Carlson Country Inn & Suites 25 for 25

Just make sure that you include 25FOR25 in the promotional code field to pull up the rates for this promotion. You need to choose a two night stay for the rates to be shown.

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Club Carlson Country Inn & Suites 25 for 25 Rate Display
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Club Carlson Country Inn & Suites 25 for 25 Rate Display 2

Apparently the 25FOR25 is based on the Best Available Rate (BAR). The BAR is rarely the lowest rate, but is not a rack rate either. You need to choose if the 25K bonus points are worth more than the savings that you could get using advance purchase, AAA, and other discount rates that you are eligible for.

Conclusion

Club Carlson has been very active in the promotional front for the past year. The various Ultimate Night Giveaway are now gone, although the Park Plaza version runs until the August 28th but the registration is closed.

This Country Inn & Suites 25 year 2-night bonus of 25K Club Carlson bonus points is a good offer, if the best available rates for the dates are reasonable.

Here are the full terms and conditions of this offer:

The 25 for 25 Event (“Promotion”) is available only to Club CarlsonSM members for new reservations. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion atwww.countryinns25.com (“Promotion Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in of a Qualifying Stay, and then complete one Qualifying Stay at any Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel worldwide (“Participating Hotels”). A “Qualifying Stay” is defined as a stay of two or more consecutive nights in the same room at a Participating Hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs during the Promotion Period, for which the guest specifically booked the 25 for 25 Promotion rate The Qualifying Stay must begin on or after August 15, 2012 and check out must be completed no later than October 14, 2012 (“Promotion Period”). Guest must be present at the Participating Hotel at both the time of check-in and check-out, enrolled in Club Carlson at or before the time of check-in, and registered in the Promotion no later than the time of check-out (to enroll in Club Carlson, visitwww.clubcarlson.com). Members who complete the Promotion Registration will receive a 25,000 Bonus Gold Point award after the completion of their Qualifying Stay. This Bonus Gold Point award is in addition to the standard Gold Points awarded for a regular stay. An individual can earn a maximum of one Bonus Gold Point award for this promotion regardless of the number of Qualifying Stays completed during the Promotion Period. Only one Club Carlson account per Qualifying Stay will be credited with the Bonus Gold Point award. Allow 6-8 weeks for Gold Points to appear on account. The Promotion and Gold Points are subject to all Club Carlson program Terms and Conditions, including rules and restrictions regarding redemption for prepaid cards and retail gift cards which may not be available to all members and which vary based on member’s country of residence1. Only standard rooms are eligible for the Promotion and rates for each night of a Qualifying Stay may vary. Promotion is not valid on existing reservations and is subject to availability. Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is not responsible for: interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, computer hardware or software or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website accessibility or availability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate capture of Promotion Registration information. Promotion void where prohibited by law. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion at any time with or without notice. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.
1 The merchants listed are not affiliated with Carlson Hotels, nor are they sponsors or co-sponsors of Club Carlson. All merchant names, logos, trademarks or other marks herein are used with permission. The registered owners of the names, logos, trademarks or other marks retain all rights therein. Merchants may have additional terms and conditions, which may be found on the gift card, gift certificates, or merchant’s website. Merchants listed are subject to change without notice. iTunes® trademarks of Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple is not a participate in or sponsor of this promotion. T.G.I. Friday’s® is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of this program. T.G.I. Friday’s® is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of this program. T.G.I. Friday’s is a registered trademark of TGI Friday’s of Minnesota, Inc Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is not affiliated with The Home Depot®. The Home Depot® is a registered trademark of Homer TLC, Inc. The Home Depot® is not a sponsor of this Promotion. The Club Carlson Prepaid Card is issued through UMB Bank, n.a., pursuant to license from Visa U.S.A. Use of the Prepaid Card is governed by Cardholders Terms & Conditions. TM Trademarks of the Bank of Nova Scotia. ® Registered trademarks of the Bank of Nova Scotia. ® VISA Int./Lic. User The Bank of Novia Scotia. MC Marques de commerce de la Banque de Novelle-Ecosse. ® Marques de commerce deposes de la Banque de Novelle-Ecosse. ® VISA Int./Utilisateur sous licence la Banque de Novelle-Ecosse. The MasterCard Prepaid Card is issued by Raphaels Bank, pursuant to a license from MasterCard International Incorporated. The Shell Gift Card can be used only for purchases of goods and services at Shell locations in the U.S., except territories. The Shell Gift Card cannot be redeemed for cash and no change will be given, except in states that require redemption for cash. Shell Oil Products U.S. and its related companies are not sponsors or co-sponsors of this promotion. If the Shell Gift Card balance falls below one dollar, pay at the pump may not be available, in which case contact station cashier to access balance or call the number printed on the card for assistance.

Carlson Hotels Friends & Family Discount

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Many of the hotel chains are offering discounts for friends & family members of their associates. Carlson hotels is no different on this.

Note that I would use this rate plan only if I knew someone working for Carlson hotels as the name of the employee friend may be requested prior or during your stay. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a person working for Carlson Hotels from anyone’s extended circle of friends.

Searching for Friends & Family Rates

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Searching for these rates is easy at Carlson’s website. You only need to use promotional code CARLSONF when doing the rate search.

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The availability of this rate plan is very spotty as one can expect considering that the price is fixed at 80 euros per night. You can use the rate calendar that shows two months availability at a time.

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There were only two properties in Paris that had any availability this year and both offered few dates in August.

Carlson Family & Friends Rate-Classic Room

PRICE:
80.00 Euro (EUR) Per night Tax included For 1 nights per room

ROOM DESCRIPTION:
– +/- 20 square metres
– Room type / Bed type / Smoking preference confirmed
– Free broadband
– VAT and applicable taxes included

FEATURES:
– Please note – employee name and work location will be required at time of check-in.
– Discounted rate for family & friends of Carlson employees globally
– Guest will be charged equivalent of EUR 80
– Please note that currency exchange rates are subject to change
– Room type / Bed type / Smoking preference confirmed
– 25% discount on food and beverage (excluding alcohol) in the all day restaurant
– Buffet breakfast, VAT and applicable taxes included

INSTRUCTIONS:
No points/miles awarded
1 night minimum stay required.
A maximum of 3 rooms per person may be booked at this rate.
Rate intended for leisure travel only.
Guest will be responsible for room rates, applicable taxes and surcharges, in addition to any other charges that they incur.
Rate subject to availability and change.

GUARANTEE POLICY:
Credit card holds accepted
Travel agency holds accepted
Company hold accepted

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Cancel today thru Aug 14 2012 = No penalty
Cancel Aug 15 2012 thru Aug 16 2012 = 80.00 EUR.

Things to keep in mind:

1. You need to know someone working for the Carlson Hotels.

2. The availability can be very spotty at popular locations.

3. The price is equivalent of 80 euros in local currency.

4. Breakfast is included as are all the taxes.

5. It is not qualifying stay for points or stay credit.

Conclusion

This is a terrific offer for friends and family members of Carlson hotels. The price of the room is fixed regardless of the location and includes all the taxes and breakfast. You should ONLY consider using this rate if you know someone working for Carlson hotels and have their permission.

During times when Club Carlson is running good point promotions it probably makes sense to pay the regular rate to get qualifying stay and associated points in the process.

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.

Hotel Promotions Update (August 2012) Le Club Accorhotels, Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club, Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest & Wyndham Rewards

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There are number of bonus points opportunities with number of hotel chains at the moment. Remember that you need to register for most of these promotions before your stay for the the bonus points/miles to post..

Le Club Accorhotels

There are current no global promotions for Le Club members. You can, however, earn 500 Air Canada Aeroplan or Delta Air Lines SkyMiles for singing up for Le Club membership.

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Sign Up For Le Club Accorhotels Membership And Get 500 Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

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Le Club Accorhotels & Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Promotion – Get 500 Mile For Signing Up

Best Western Rewards

Best Western Rewards is offering a free night certificate after three stays. This promotion started on June 17th and ends on August 19th. You can only earn ONE free night certificate.

Best Western Rewards Summer Bonus Offer SUM12 – Free Night Voucher After Three Stays

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The alternate promo is 2000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles per stay for up to three stays. The bonus is 1750 miles per stay.

Best Western Rewards Aeroplan Bonus Offer – 2000 Miles Per Stay for up to 3 Stays

Best Western is also offering 1000 bonus points for stays in South America. You need to stay at least two different Best Western properties to be eligible for this.

Best Western Bonus Points Offer For South America 1000 Bonus Points

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

The Big Night Giveaway promotions for Radisson/Radisson Blu, Country Inn & Suites, and Park Inn are now over. The Park Plaza version of this promotion is valid until August 28th, however. The 50K bonus point version is oversubscribed, but they have an offer for 15K bonus points for a stay up for now

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Club Carlson Park Plaza Ultimate Night Giveaway – Earn 50K Bonus Points

Radisson has an offer for Europe, Middle East and Africa for 3rd night free + 2000 bonus points when paid by American Express. This is valid until September 30th, 2012. There is a separate offer for double points at selected Club Carlson properties.

Radisson & Radisson Blu 3rd Night Free + 2000 Bonus Club Carlson Points

Club Carlson Double Points in Europe, Middle East & Africa at Participating Hotels

Club Carlson has a separate promotion for Asia Pacific region. You will receive 10000 bonus points for stays of 2 nights or longer.

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Club Carlson Asia Pacific Promotion “Two Nights. 10,000 Points” – 10K Bonus Points For Stays Of Two Nights Or Longer

If you are new to the Club Carlson, you can read about the various status levels with the program and the status match opportunities:

Club Carlson Red, Silver, Gold, & Concierge Status Levels Explained

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Choice is offering 8000 Choice Privileges points for every two stays that you can redeem for $50 gift cards with number of retailers. Note that the definition of a stay is TWO nights at select Choice properties. This promotion ends on August 15th, 2012.

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Choice Hotels Summer Promotion – Stay Two Separate Times & Earn $50 Gift Card

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s 3rd quarter promotion is for double points for weekday stays and triple points for weekend ones. Please note that the number of properties that have opted out of this promo is rather long.

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Hilton HHonors 3rd Quarter “Triple Your Trip” 2012 Double or Triple Points Promotion

You can also get 2000 bonus Hilton HHonors points for your first Home2 Suites stay. This offer is valid until August 15th, 2012.

Hilton Home2 Suites Bonus Offer – 2000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for First Stay

Hilton HHonors and Delta has teamed up offering triple Delta SkyMiles at selected Hilton family of hotels until September 20th, 2012.

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Triple Delta SkyMiles for Stays at Selected Hilton Family of Hotels

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

It can make sense to use Virgin Atlantic as Double Dip partner and then transfer the miles back to Hilton. You can read more about this here:

Hilton HHonors Double Dip Strategy with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt has teamed up with number of airlines; Air China, Air France-KLM, ANA, American Airlines, British Airways, China Eastern, Delta Air Lines, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar, Southwest, and United to offer up to five times the miles or points.

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Hyatt Gold Passport Summer 2012 Promotion for up to Five Times the Miles

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

Sometimes it makes sense to use Hyatt Stay Certificate instead of paying. You can read about more of them here:

Hyatt Stay Certificates – Way to Save Money On Hyatt Stays

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

As always, Priority Club has number of promotions that you should sign for.

You should sign up for onetime bonuses that Priority Club also has. These were offers that were emailed to a number of Priority Club members and are supposedly “targeted”. With Priority Club these targeted offers are open for anybody, however.

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know that you can achieve

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Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

Priority Club $25 Gift Card Offer for Booking Directly Online

Priority Club is offering gift cards for bookings made online.

Priority Club Meeting Rewards Offer of Triple Points

Priority Club has an offer for meeting planners. You can get triple points for meetings.

2000 Bonus Points for Priority Club Surveys

You can get couple of thousand bonus points for completing bunch of short quizzes.

Marriott Rewards

Marriott summer promotion started on June 1st and is valid until August 31st. You needed to register by June 30th. There are number of variations of the offer.

Marriott Summer Promotion of Free Night Certificates or Bonus Marriott Rewards Points

Marriott also has a MegaMiles promotion from July 1st to October 31st, 2012 for triple airline miles with selected airlines. Note that you need to change your earning from points to miles before you can sign up for this.

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

Marriott has already announced their fall 2012 MegaBonus that starts on September 15th, 2012

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Marriott Rewards Fall 2012 MegaBonus

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Status Match – Taste of Platinum & Gold Challenge

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton has exciting Extraordinary Returns promotion started on July 15th and ends on October 15th, 2012. You can get 30000 bonus points for a stay of 4 days or longer.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns – 30000 Bonus Points for a Four Night Stay

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood launched their much anticipated SPG Nice Choice promotion on May 1st that hasn’t gone down too well. You can read about the initial leakmy ability to confirm that the leaked information was real, and the strategy that you should take. Essentially, this is a double or triple Starpoints promotion that is very weak compared to free night promotions that SPG was running during 2010 and 2011. Note that you needed to choose what you would like to earn and when by June 30th, 2012.

Westin Kierland and Sheraton Wilde Horse Pass have exciting bonus points opportunity. Stay once at both properties and earn 10000 bonus Starpoints.

Stay at Westin Kierland & Sheraton Wild Horse Pass for 10000 Bonus Starpoints

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Rewards is offering quadruple points or miles starting from the second stay for up to four stays.

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Wyndham Rewards Summer 2012 Promotion for Quadruple Miles or Points

Club Carlson Gold/Concierge Elite Member Offer – Stay 2 Pay 1

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Club Carlson has a special rate plan for Gold and Concierge level members. Pay for Thursday night and get the Friday free or pay for Friday and get the Saturday free. This offer is capacity controlled and not available at all hotels. Offer is valid only in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

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You can follow the link on the Club Carlson web page or you can simply input a promotional code RSGP1P1 when making the reservation. If there are hotels in the city with this rate plan loaded, they will show up on a search.

Here’s a search that I did for Prague

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None of the two Club Carlson properties had this rate plan available for the dates in September I was searching for.

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You can then easily open the availability calendar that shows the dates when the rates is available for two months at a time.

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Then I chose November 9th to November 11th at the Radisson Blu property.

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It shows the 125 euro rate for each of the nights.

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But it does say under the terms and conditions that the second night is complimentary.

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The lowest regular rate for the night in question is 100 euros per night, but this rate plan is discounted from the 125 BAR (Best Available Rate). Note that you need to clear the promotion code field to see ALL different rates for the days in question.

It is interesting that the 2 for 1 offer price is lower than the cash portion of the Points + Cash award.

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Note that the 4 for 2 promotion correctly prices out the four nights; two first nights at the full price and the following two at zero.

Conclusion

Both the 2 for 1 and 4 for 2 rate promotions offer great value for Club Carlson Gold and Concierge members in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region. You should always check to see if any of these two rate plans are available for your weekend stay.

Radisson & Radisson Blu 3rd Night Free + 2000 Bonus Club Carlson Points

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Club Carlson has an interesting offer for the Europe, Middle East & Africa. When you book for 3 nights using promotion code NIGHT3FR and pay using American Express card, you will get a 3rd night free and 2000 bonus Club Carlson points. This promotion is only valid at Radisson & Radisson Blu hotels from July 15th to September 30th, 2012.

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This promotion code seems to work just fine. I was searching for a hotel in Helsinki using the NIGHT3FR. Unfortunately none of the hotels in Helsinki proper are apparently participating. The only Radisson Blu hotel, where this rate is valid, is actually located in Espoo. It did, however, lower the rate from 150 euros per night to an average rate for 100 euros per night by giving the third night free.

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Conclusion

You should always check the other rates such as advance purchase, friends & family, and Gold/Concierge offer of 4 for 2 offers as well, before making the final decision. 2000 Club Carlson bonus points is a nice little extra, but not worth a lot.

Club Carlson Double Points in Europe, Middle East & Africa at Participating Hotels

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Club Carlson just sent an email to their members in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. I have already written about the award sale at 50% discount, but there was another valuable offer for double points as well.

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Club Carlson is offering double points at number of their hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa from August 1st to September 30th, 2012 for stays of two nights or longer. You need to use promotional code CCDOUBLEPOINTS when making the reservation online or over the phone.

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Note that this offer is valid only at participating hotels. You can access the list here or just scroll down.

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I was trying to test the CCDOUBLEPOINTS code, but the website wouldn’t recognize it at all. According to the terms and conditions, this should be valid at ALL points’ eligible rates.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotions:

This Double Points offer (“Offer”) is available to Club Carlson Elite members only at participatingRadisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Plaza, Country Inns & Suites and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. An Elite member who completes and pays for a minimum 2-night stay (“Eligible Stay”) will earn 20 Gold Points® per U.S. Dollar spent (“Bonus Points”) in addition to the standard 20 Gold Points per U.S. Dollar spent for reservations made between 15 July and 29 September 2012 for stays beginning 1 August 2012 and completed no later than 30 September 2012 (“Promotional Period”).  The Offer must be booked using your Club Carlson member number online atclubcarlson.com or via the hotel brand website, or with Member Services available at +44 207 949 0378. Be sure to use promotional code CCDOUBLEPOINTS when you make your reservation. Bonus and standard Points are awarded based on the amount spent during an Eligible Stay on the room rate(s) and eligible food and beverage charged to your room, exclusives of any taxes, levies, charges and fees. Only one Club Carlson account may be credited with Bonus Points for each Eligible Stay. Bonus Points will be credited to the Member’s account when the standard points are credited for the Eligible Stay. Regular eligibility rate rules apply. Offer Bonus Points are not eligible for elite member bonus point earning. This Offer, and your membership in Club Carlson, is subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. The Offer is not valid for existing reservations. We reserve the right to add, modify, or discontinue this Offer with or without notice. Offer is void where prohibited by law. By booking the Offer, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

Here’s the list of participating properties for this offer:

AUSTRIA 

Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna

AZERBAIJAN 

Park Inn by Radisson Azerbaijan, Baku

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Baku

BELGIUM

Park Inn by Radisson Antwerpen

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Park Inn by Radisson Liege Airport

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

Radisson Blu Balmoral Hotel, Spa

Radisson Blu Palace Hotel, Spa

Radisson Blu Park Lane Hotel

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels

BULGARIA

Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia

CROATIA 

Park Plaza Verudela Pula

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens

CZECH REP. 

Park Inn by Radisson Ostrava

Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague

DENMARK 

Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel & Conference Center, Copenhagen

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

EGYPT

Park In by Radisson Sharm El Sheikh Resort

Radisson Blu Hotel, Alexandria

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis

Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharm el Sheikh

Radisson Blu Resort,Taba

ESTONIA 

Park Inn By Radisson Central Tallinn

Radisson Blu Hotel, Tallinn

ETHIOPIA

Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa

FRANCE 

Park Inn by Radisson Arcachon

Park Inn by Radisson Lyon Ouest

Park Inn by Radisson Nancy

Park Inn by Radisson Nice Airport

Park Inn By Radisson Orange

Park Inn by Radisson Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes

Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris

Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port

Radisson Blu Hotel, Toulouse Airport

Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero

Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel

Radisson Blu Resort, Arc 1950

GEORGIA

Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi

GERMANY 

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Country Inn & Suites Timmendorfer Strand

Park Inn By Radisson Chemnitz-Hartmannsdorf

Park Inn by Radisson Dortmund

Park Inn By Radisson Dresden

Park Inn by Radisson Frankfurt Airport

Park Inn by Radisson Hamburg Nord

Park Inn by Radisson Kamen Unna

Park Inn by Radisson Mannheim

Park Inn By Radisson Munich

Park Inn By Radisson Munich-East

Park Inn by Radisson Nurnberg

Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart

Park Plaza Prenzlauer Berg Berlin

Park Plaza Trier

Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin

Radisson Blu Badischer Hof, Baden Baden

Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel, Dresden

Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cottbus

Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg

Radisson Blu Hotel, Hannover

Radisson Blu Hotel, Karlsruhe

Radisson Blu Hotel, Neubrandenburg

Radisson Blu Hotel, Rostock

Radisson Blu Media Harbour Hotel, Dusseldorf

Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Dusseldorf

HUNGARY 

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Park Inn by Radisson Sarvar

ICELAND 

Park Inn by Radisson Island Reykjavik

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik

IRELAND 

Park Inn by Radisson Cork Airport

Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport

Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick

Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

ITALY

Radisson Blu Hotel, Milan

KAZAKHSTAN 

Radisson Hotel, Astana

LEBANON 

Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut

LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA 

Al Mahary Radisson Blu Hotel, Tripoli

LITHUANIA 

Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas

Park Inn by Radisson Klaipeda

Radisson Blu Astorija Hotel, Vilnius

Radisson Blu Hotel, Klaipeda

MALTA

Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s

NETHERLANDS

Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport

Park Plaza Eindhoven

Park Plaza Utrecht

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam

Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam

NORWAY 

Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, Bergen

Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen, Oslo

Radisson Blu Hotel, Alesund

Radisson Blu Hotel, Bodo

Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Oslo

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel, Trondheim

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen

POLAND

Park Inn by Radisson Krakow

Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow

Radisson Blu Hotel, Szczecin

Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw

RUSSIAN FEDERATION 

Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk

Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor

Park Inn by Radisson, Nevsky St Petersburg

Park Inn by Radisson, Pulkovskaya St Petersburg

Park Inn by Radisson, Veliky Novgorod

Radisson Blu Belorusskaya Hotel, Moscow

Radisson Hotel, Kaliningrad

Radisson Royal Hotel, St. Petersburg

SAUDI ARABIA 

Al Muna Kareem Radisson Blu Hotel, Al Madinah

Radisson Blu Hotel, Jeddah

Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel, Jeddah

SLOVAKIA 

Park Inn Danube, Bratislava

Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava

SOUTH AFRICA 

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

SWEDEN 

Park Inn by Radisson Malmo

Park Inn By Radisson Solna

Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm-Arlanda

Park Inn By Radisson Uppsala

Radisson Blu Hotel Uppsala

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Goteborg

SWITZERLAND

Park Inn by Radisson Lully

Park Inn by Radisson Zurich Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel

Radisson Blu Hotel, St. Gallen

TUNISIA

Park Inn by Radisson Ulysse Resort & Thalasso Djerba

Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Djerba

TURKEY

Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul

Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara

UKRAINE 

Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah

Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai

The Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina

UNITED KINGDOM 

Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen

Park Inn by Radisson Bedford

Park Inn By Radisson Birmingham Walsall M6 J9

Park Inn By Radisson Birmingham West

Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre

Park Inn By Radisson Cardiff North

Park Inn By Radisson Doncaster

Park Inn By Radisson Harlow

Park Inn By Radisson Leigh

Park Inn By Radisson Manchester Victoria

Park Inn By Radisson Northampton

Park Inn By Radisson Rotherham

Park Inn By Radisson Sheffield

Park Inn By Radisson Thurrock

Park Inn By Radisson York

Park Inn Heathrow

Park Inn Watford

Park Plaza Cardiff

Park Plaza County Hall London

Park Plaza Leeds

Park Plaza Nottingham

Park Plaza Riverbank London

Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London

Park Plaza Victoria London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Plaza on the River

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Leicester Square

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street

Radisson Blu Edwardian, New Prividence Wharf

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Sussex

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport

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Club Carlson 50% Redemption Discount At Select Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa

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Club Carlson is offering a 50% discount on number of points required for a free night at select properties in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. You need to use promotional code 50REDEEM when searching for the hotels for the discounted number of points to show up. Club Carlson had a similar redemption sale last year for EMEA.

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The discount if for stays between August 1st to September 30th, 2012. The booking window is open already, however. The list of participating hotels is not as great as last time. There might be some hotels that are participating for this sale, but that are not on the list that Club Carlson put up on their website. Using the 50REDEEM promotional code, when searching for the hotel, will bring up all the participating hotels for the city, if any.

Decided to check the availability of this offer at three hotels; Radisson Blu Baku, Radisson Blu Addis Ababa, and Radisson Blu Budapest.

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I have always wanted to visit Azerbaijan and the 50% discount offer came up without a hitch. The paid rates tend to be on the high side for all the hotels that I have ever looked at for the Baku.

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Addis Ababa is an interesting city. I have transited through couple of times and have entertained an idea of a short stopover of a day or two to check the city out. The discount rate showed up here too.

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Budapest is a wonderful city to visit and I have been there couple of times. The hotels in the city tend to be rather competitive prices and I have never used points here. The 14K Club Carlson points per night is not a bad offer, but the paid rates start at just 64 euros per night as well.

Conclusion

This is a good offer, if you happen to be on the city like Baku or Addis Ababa, where hotels are expensive. August is the traditional summer vacation month in Europe and the paid rates in business hotels tend to be on the low side. It always makes sense to check all the rates.

Here’s the list of participating properties for this promotion:

AUSTRIA 

Park Inn by Radisson Linz

AZERBAIJAN 

Park Inn by Radisson Azerbaijan, Baku

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Baku

BELGIUM 

Park Inn by Radisson Antwerp

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

Radisson Blu Park Lane Hotel

ETHIOPIA

Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa

FRANCE 

Park Inn by Radisson Lyon Ouest

GERMANY 

Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart

Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel, Dresden

Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul

HUNGARY 

Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest

IRELAND 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

LITHUANIA 

Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas

NETHERLANDS 

Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport

Park Plaza Eindhoven

Park Plaza Utrecht

NORWAY 

Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, Bergen

Radisson Blu Hotel, Alesund

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen

POLAND 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk

Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Park Inn by Radisson Astrakhan

Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk

Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor

Park Inn by Radisson, Kazan

Park Inn by Radisson, Pulkovskaya St Petersburg

SAUDI ARABIA 

Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel, Jeddah

SPAIN 

Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria

SWEDEN 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmo

Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel, Stockholm

SWITZERLAND 

Park Inn by Radisson Lully

Radisson Blu Hotel, St. Gallen

UKRAINE 

Radisson Blu Resort Bukovel

Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island

UNITED KINGDOM 

Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen

Park Inn by Radisson Bedford

Park Inn by Radisson Doncaster

Park Inn by Radisson Manchester Victoria

Park Inn By Radisson Northampton

Park Inn by Radisson Rotherham

Park Inn by Radisson Telford

Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

This 50% off Award Night offer (“Offer”) is available to Club Carlson members only at participating Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Award Night bookings made between now and 29 September 2012 for stays beginning 1 August 2012 and completed no later than 30 September 2012. The Offer must be booked using your Club Carlson member number and promotional code 50REDEEM at clubcarlson.com or by phone with Member Services available at +44 207 949 0378. This Offer reduces the number of Gold Points® normally required to be redeem for a standard Award Night by 50%, as determined by the applicable hotel redemption category. The Offer is valid for standard room Award Nights only and is subject to availability. Points + Cash bookings are not eligible for this Offer. This Offer, and your membership in Club Carlson, is subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions; if you are not a member, enroll at clubcarlson.com. The Offer is not valid for existing reservations. We reserve the right to add, modify, or discontinue this Offer with or without notice. Offer is void where prohibited by law. By booking the Offer, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

Club Carlson Asia Pacific Promotion “Two Nights. 10,000 Points” – 10K Bonus Points For Stays Of Two Nights Or Longer

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Club Carlson is just starting to roll out their new promotions. You can earn 10K bonus Club Carlson points for stays of two nights or longer at any of their properties in Asia Pacific. This promotion is valid for stays between July 17th and September 30th, 2012. You can earn the bonus points unlimited times.

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You need to register for this promotion prior to your stay or before the points for the stay have posted.

Here are the full terms and conditions of this offer:

The “Two Nights. 10,000 Points.” Promotion (“Promotion”) is only available for Club CarlsonSM members for Eligible Stays at Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza® hotels in Asia Pacific (“Participating Hotels ”). To enroll as a Club Carlson member, please visitwww.clubcarlson.com.The Promotion is subject to all Club Carlson program rules and conditions (“Program Rules”).

Members who register online for the Promotion at clubcarlson.com/10000points (“Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in, and pay for their stay will earn 10,000 bonus Gold Points® (“Bonus Points”) per Eligible Stay. An “Eligible Stay” is a stay of two or more consecutive nights on a Gold Points eligible rate at a Participating Hotel, regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs during the stay, beginning on or after July 17, 2012 and completed September 30, 2012 (“Promotional Period”). Both the check-in and check-out dates of the Eligible Stay must take place within the Promotional Period.

Bonus Points are in addition to the standard 20 points per U.S. Dollar spent earned for the Eligible Stay. Bonus Points are awarded on a per stay basis for each Eligible Stay regardless of the total number of nights stayed. There is no limit on the number of Eligible Stays each Club Carlson member can complete during the Promotional Period. Bonus Points and standard points are only awarded on Gold Point eligible stays and regular eligibility rate rules apply. Only one Club Carlson account may be credited with Bonus Points for each Eligible Stay and the same Club Carlson account must be used for corresponding standard points (if applicable). Allow 6-8 weeks for bonus Gold Points to post to your account. Elite member bonus points and other bonus point earnings do not apply to, or qualify for, Bonus Points awarded under this Promotion.

Members only need to complete Registration in advance of check-in, or prior to check-out for their first Eligible stay and do not need to register for subsequent Eligible Stays.  In connection with the Registration, Club Carlson is not responsible for interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections miscommunications, failed telephone or computer hardware or software or telephone transmissions or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website inaccessibility or unavailability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect, or inaccurate capture of Registration information.

Room rates do not include state/local taxes and may vary for each night of the Eligible Stay. 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. A limited number of rooms may be available for this Promotion and the Promotion is subject to room availability. To the fullest extent permissible by law, Carlson Hotels, Inc. reserves the right to amend, add, modify, or discontinue Promotion at any time without notice. Void where prohibited by law. By participating in this Promotion, you agree, accept and consent to these terms and conditions.

Hotel Changing Flags or Is Reflagged – What Happens to Paid/Award Reservations?

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When hotel changes flags or is reflagged, it is rebranded as other chain hotel, or the hotel is becoming independent non-affiliated hotel. This happens numerous times per year at all chains. Both the individual hotel in question and the chain are often contractually not allowed to inform about possible change before it actually happens or at most couple of weeks prior.

Here’s what you need to consider if you are holding a paid or award reservation at a hotel that is changing flags/reflagged.

Status benefits

The status benefits that you might have had with the original brand no longer apply. If the hotel is reflagged under other global brand with which you have status with, there is no necessarily change i.e. Starwood affiliated hotel moves to Hilton chain and you have Hilton Gold/Diamond status.

Reservation

If you no longer wish to stay at the hotel, you should work with the hotel and request them to cancel the reservation without any cancellation fees. You can always argue that the reason why you chose them in the first place was the affiliation with the previous global brand, and that the change thus is significant.

Prepaid Reservation

This could be bit trickier as the hotel already has your money, but they tend to be flexible if you decide to cancel. You need to work this out with the property. If the reservation department is inflexible, I would escalate the issue all the way to the General Manager of the hotel.

Award Reservation

This is somewhat trickier and there are really two different ways how these are normally handled:

1. Your award reservation is honored, but you won’t receive any possible status related benefits.

2. Your award reservation is canceled, but the chain is trying to accommodate you at their other nearby property. If the number of required points is higher, this is usually waived.

Conclusion

Normally the first sign, that something is going on, is when your reservation disappears from your upcoming reservations display. You might also get a call from the customer service regarding the award reservation you have.

Personally, I do care about the miles and points and the benefits that I receive from the programs that I participate to i.e. suite upgrades, club access, early & late checkouts. I really have hard time staying at hotels, where I don’t get any of these benefits.

You have to consider all the options on hand and proactively suggest options that suit you best. Hotels and chains are normally very eager to work with you to find an acceptable solution for both parties in a situation like this.

July Hotel Promotions Update: Accor Hotels, Best Western, Carlson Hotels, Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Starwood & Wyndham

There are number of very good hotel promotions going on at the moment. Club Carlson has better than free night promotions in each of their four different brands. Marriott Rewards has their summer Mega Bonus for extra points or free night certificates. Best Western is offering a free night certificate after three stays.

Le Club Accorhotels

There are no current promotion for Accor. Sign up for our email alerts to be notified when they launch a new global promo.

Best Western Rewards

Best Western Rewards is offering a free night certificate after three stays. This promotion started on June 17th and ends on August 19th. You can only earn ONE free night certificate.

Best Western Rewards Summer Bonus Offer SUM12 – Free Night Voucher After Three Stays

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The alternate promo is 2000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles per stay for up to three stays. The bonus is 1750 miles per stay.

Best Western Rewards Aeroplan Bonus Offer – 2000 Miles Per Stay for up to 3 Stays

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

Carlson has come up with the most exciting summer promotion this year. You can register for four different promotions and earn enough points for a free night and then some from each one of them. You only need to register and try out each of their different brands once.

You can get 50000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Big Night Giveaway and have a stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu property worldwide

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Radisson Big Night Giveaway Promotion Is Now Live

Then there is the Country Inns & Suites version of this promotion. You can get 44000 bonus Club Carlson points by registering for their Stay 1 Get 1-promotion and staying a night at any of their Country Inns & Suites.

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Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Stay 1 Get 1 Promotion – 44000 Club Carlson Bonus Points

And Club Carlson’s third promotion is for the Park Inn-brand. You will get 44000 bonus points after registering for their Stay One Get One-promotion and staying at any of the Park Inn locations by July 22nd.

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Club Carlson Park Inn by Radisson Promotion Get 44K Bonus Points for a Stay

The newest of the four is the promotion for the Park Plaza-brand. You can get 50000 bonus points after a paid stay. You need to register and watch the video first.

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Club Carlson Park Plaza Ultimate Night Giveaway – Earn 50K Bonus Points

If you are new to the Club Carlson, you can read about the various status levels with the program and the status match opportunities:

Club Carlson Red, Silver, Gold, & Concierge Status Levels Explained

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson Status Match

Choice Hotels – Choice Privileges

Choice is offering 8000 Choice Privileges points for every two stays that you can redeem for $50 gift cards with number of retailers. Note that the definition of a stay is TWO nights at select Choice properties.

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Choice Hotels Summer Promotion – Stay Two Separate Times & Earn $50 Gift Card

Hilton HHonors

Hilton’s 3rd quarter promotion is for double points for weekday stays and triple points for weekend ones. Please note that the number of properties that have opted out of this promo is rather long.

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Hilton HHonors 3rd Quarter “Triple Your Trip” 2012 Double or Triple Points Promotion

You can also get 2000 bonus Hilton HHonors points for your first Home2 Suites stay.

You can read about getting a status match with Hilton HHonors:

Hilton HHonors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Challenge & Fast Track Offer

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt has teamed up with number of airlines; Air China, Air France-KLM, ANA, American Airlines, British Airways, China Eastern, Delta Air Lines, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar, Southwest, and United to offer up to five times the miles or points.

Hyatt Gold Passport Summer 2012 Promotion for up to Five Times the Miles

Hyatt also offers status matches/trials. You can read more about them here:

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Status Match – Hyatt Diamond Trial Challenge As Of 2012

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

As always, Priority Club has number of promotions that you should sign for.

Last week, I wrote about eight Priority Club bonuses that one should sign up for. These were offers that were emailed to a number of Priority Club members and are supposedly “targeted”. With Priority Club these targeted offers are open for anybody, however.

Quarter 3 Stay bonuses

These started on July 1st and end on September 30th, 2012. You should sign up for an offer that you know that you can achieve

Priority Club Summer Promotion 1000 Bonus Points Per Night

You can get 1000 bonus Priority Club points per night (capped at 20K) for stays until September 3rd.

15K Bonus Points + Gold Status for 6 InterContinental Nights

This is a nice bonus points promotion for InterContinental stays in the Americas.  You need to get the stays in by the end of July, 2012.

5000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for a Stay

This is a nice bonus for a stay in Canada. You need to have the stays by December 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the bonus miles.

Summer Bonus of up to 20K Priority Club Bonus Points

You will get 1000 bonus Priority Club bonus points per nights + 250 points per stay for booking online. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer

You can get a $75 prepaid MasterCard after a rebate for a two night weekend stay. This offer is valid until September 3rd, 2012.

5K/10K/15K Bonus Points for 3/5/6 InterContinental Nights

This promotion cannot be combined with the 15K Bonus + Gold after 6 stays. This offer is valid until the end of July, 2012.

$50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stay

This is similar to the weekend offer, but is valid for weekday stays. This offer is valid until August 2nd, 2012.

2000 Bonus Points for Priority Club Surveys

You can get couple of thousand bonus points for completing bunch of short quizzes.

Marriott Rewards

Marriott summer promotion started on June 1st and is valid until August 31st. You needed to register by June 30th. There are number of variations of the offer.

Marriott Summer Promotion of Free Night Certificates or Bonus Marriott Rewards Points

Marriott also has a MegaMiles promotion from July 1st to October 31st, 2012 for triple airline miles with selected airlines. Note that you need to change your earning from points to miles before you can sign up for this.

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion – Earn Triple Airline Miles

Marriott also offers status matches or taste of Platinum/Gold. You can read more about the procedures of getting one here:

Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Status Match – Taste of Platinum & Gold Challenge

If you haven’t been targeted to any of the promotions or you would like to change to another one, you can follow the instructions to get the promotion fixed for you.

Changing Targeted Marriott Promotions

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton has exciting Extraordinary Returns promotion starting on July 15th and ends on October 15th, 2012. You can get 30000 bonus points for a stay of 4 days or longer.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns – 30000 Bonus Points for a Four Night Stay

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood launched their much anticipated SPG Nice Choice promotion on May 1st that hasn’t gone down too well. You can read about the initial leakmy ability to confirm that the leaked information was real, and the strategy that you should take. Essentially, this is a double or triple Starpoints promotion that is very weak compared to free night promotions that SPG was running during 2010 and 2011. Note that you needed to choose what you would like to earn and when by June 30th, 2012.

You can get 1000 Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for booking a special (expensive) rate plan.

1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles or US Airways Dividend Miles for Sheraton Club Bookings

Starwood doesn’t offer straight status matches, but they can offer you a challenge:

Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum Status Match – Platinum Challenge

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham has two promotions. One is for North America (US, Canada, and Mexico) and the other one is for rest of the world. In my opinion the rest of the world is better. Both of these promotions are ending on July 8th, 2012.

Wyndham Rewards Spring 2012 Promotion – Stay 2 Get 2 – Double Points or Miles + Up To 4 Movie Tickets

Wyndham Rewards Spring 2012 Promotion (non-North America) 10000 Bonus Points Every Two Stays – Max 30000 Bonus Points

Club Carlson Park Plaza Ultimate Night Giveaway – Earn 50K Bonus Points

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Now Club Carlson has included their fourth brand Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts to their summer promo line up. You can earn 50K bonus Club Carlson bonus points for a stay by August 28th, 2012.

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HERE IS HOW IT WORKS:

  • Register for the Promotion by clicking on the “Register and book your stay today!” button below, you’ll need to be a Club CarlsonSM member to register. Not a member? No problem, it is free to join. Just follow the “Join Club Carlson” link after the video.
  • Watch a short video showcasing Club Carlson and complete the short online form.
  • Complete a qualifying stay at any Park Plaza hotel around the world between 28 June 2012 and 28 August 2012.
  • The 50,000 bonus Gold Points will be deposited into your Club Carlson account within 6 – 8 weeks of completing your qualifying stay. That’s enough points for a night at any Park Plaza hotel around the world.

You need to register for the promotion at www.parkplazaultimatenightgiveaway.com after watching a short promotional. You will receive an email confirmation after the registration.

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There are quite a few Park Plaza hotels in Europe and Asia. There is only one location in each of North America (Minneapolis), South America (Sao Paulo), and Middle East (Tel Aviv). There are none in Africa or Australia/Oceania. I am going to check out the two locations next week in Bangkok. You can search for closest Park Plaza location for you at www.parkplaza.com/destinations/.

There are three other Club Carlson promotions going on at the moment; Radisson Hotels & Resorts Bight Night Giveaway for 50K bonus points, Country Inns & Suites Stay One – Get One for 44K bonus points, and Park Inn by Radisson Stay One – Get One for 44K bonus points. These are absolutely the best hotel promotions for the summer of 2012.

Club Carlson redemptions start at 9K points per night, although the properties you actually want to stay at are more expensive.  You also have option of using Points & Cash option to pay for stays that is considered a qualifying stay for promotional purposes also.

I wrote a piece about different status levels that Club Carlson has and also how the status match program works. You can also read about my experience and points earnings from a Radisson stay for the Radisson version of this promo.  Radisson Blu is the highest brand of the group and I stayed at their property Radisson Blu Denarau Fidi back in February this year.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

The Park Plaza® Ultimate Night Giveaway Promotion (“Promotion”) is available only to Club CarlsonSM members. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion at www.parkplazaultimatenightgiveaway.com (“Promotion Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in of the Qualifying Stay, and then complete one Qualifying Stay at any Park Plaza hotel worldwide (“Participating Hotels”). Guest must check in for the Qualifying Stay on or after June 28, 2012 and check out must be completed no later than August 28, 2012 (“Promotion Period”). A “Qualifying Stay” is defined as a stay of one or more consecutive nights in the same room at a Participating Hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs on a rate for which Gold Points are awarded in accordance with the Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Guest must be present at the Participating Hotel at both the time of check-in and check-out, enrolled in Club Carlson at or before the time of check-in, and registered in the Promotion no later than the time of check-out (to enroll in Club Carlson, visit www.clubcarlson.com). The first 20,000 guests who complete the Promotion Registration will receive 50,000 Bonus Gold Points after the completion of their Qualifying Stay. After the first 20,000 Promotion Registrations, every guest who completes the Promotion Registration will receive 15,000 Bonus Gold Points after the completion of his/her Qualifying Stay. These Bonus Gold Points are in addition to the standard Gold Points awarded for a stay. Only one Club Carlson account per Qualifying Stay will be credited with the Bonus Gold Points. Maximum of one Bonus Gold Point award will be credited to a member with a Qualifying Stay under the Promotion regardless of the number of Qualifying Stays completed by the member during the Promotion Period. Allow 6-8 weeks for the Bonus Gold Points to post to the member’s account. The Promotion and Gold Points are subject to all Club Carlson Program Terms and Conditions. Rates for each night of a Qualifying Stay may vary and Promotion is subject to availability. Promotion void where prohibited by law. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Park Plaza reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion at any time with or without notice. Park Plaza is not responsible for: interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, computer hardware or software or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website accessibility or availability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate capture of Promotion Registration information and any late, lost inaccurate or misdirected Promotion Registration information.. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

Club Carlson 3 Day Sale: Radisson, Country Inns & Suites & Park Inns

This should be of interest to those that are taking part of any or all of the current Club Carlson promotions for the free nights: Radisson/Radisson Blu, Country Inns & Suites by Radisson, and Park Inn by Radisson. I already fulfilled the Radisson part last week in Bangkok and got quite a few points.

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There are actually right now two different rate promotions. There is this 3 Day sale that is valid in North American and in Canada. The promotion code for this offer is LMD25OFF. This is for selected dates between June 13th and June 30th, 2012.

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The other rate promotion is an advance purchase rate that needs to be booked at least 14 days in advance prior to your stay. The promotion code for this offer is ADVPURCH.

You can book using the direct links above, but then you would lose the 10% cashback that you could get through TopCashBack. You can just go through the TopCashBack or any other cashback mall and pull up the promotional rates using the promotional codes that I have listed above.

Here are the terms and conditions of the 3 day sale offer:

  • The 3-Day Sale Offer (“Promotion”) is available for new reservations made between June 13, 2012 and 11:59 PM (CT) June 15, 2012 for Eligible Stays at select Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the United States (“Participating Properties”).
  • An Eligible Stay is defined as a booking at a Participating Property arriving beginning June 13, 2012 and completed by June 30, 2012 and for which the consumer specifically requested the 3-Day Sale Offer at the time of the reservation.
  • Guest who books and completes an Eligible Stay will receive 25% off the standard room rate for each night of the Eligible Stay. Excludes taxes and other incidental charges (such as resort fees, room service and room entertainment).
  • Rates for each night may vary.
  • Only standard rooms (single or double occupancy) are eligible for the Promotion. Extra person charges may apply if exceeding double occupancy.
  • Promotion is not valid for existing reservations and may not be used in conjunction with any other package, promotion, group or convention rate, or any other discounted rate.
  • Participating Properties are subject to change without notice.
  • Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson reserve the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion with or without notice.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.
  • Promotion is subject to availability and the number of rooms available may be limited and will vary by Participating Property. Blackout dates may apply.

Club Carlson members earn 1,000 bonus Gold Points®
Silver and Gold Elite members earn 2,000 bonus Gold Points®
Concierge Elite members earn 3,000 bonus Gold Points®

Here are the terms and conditions of the advance purchase rate:

ADVANCE PURCHASE/NON-REFUNDABLE RATE:
Advance Purchase offer valid at participating hotels only and requires an advance purchase period of 14 days. Non-refundable credit card prepayment for entire stay is required at the time of booking. Reservations cannot be cancelled, amended or adjusted after booking. If you do not arrive on the reservation date, your reservation will be cancelled without refund or credit. Offer discount of 15%, 20% or 25% off the standard rate varies by hotel and is subject to change. Rates for each night may vary. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. This offer is available for individual bookings made with the advance purchase rate only. Name on the reservation must be the same as the credit cardholder’s name and same individual must check-in for the stay. Club CarlsonSM members can earn Gold Points® with this offer. Offer is subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. Participating hotels are subject to change at any time without notice and the number of rooms available for this offer may be limited and may vary by hotel. This offer may be changed or discontinued at any time. Subject to applicable law and void or not applicable where prohibited by law.

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