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.

Club Carlson EMEA Offer 15K Bonus Gold Points Per Stay (Targeted?)

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Just received an email from Club Carlson offering me 15K bonus Club Carlson points per stay in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa between June 12th and July 12th, 2012. The email says that this offer is targeted, but the terms and conditions do not. There is no registration link, however.

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This is a great offer if you are participating to the other three “free” night promotion that the Club Carlson is having. There is one for Radisson/Radisson Blu brand for 50K bonus Club Carlson points, another one for Country Inns & Suites by Radisson for 44K bonus points, and finally also a Park Inn by Radisson variant for another 44K bonus points.

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If you do all of the three and manage to get this 15K bonus as well, you would be looking at around 200K Club Carlson points from these promotions + base points. Not too shabby at all.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

  • This offer (“Offer”) is available only to Club CarlsonSM members. To enrol in Club CarlsonSM, visit clubcarlson.com
  • This offer is subject to all Club CarlsonSM Program Terms and Conditions. To view these Terms and Conditions, pleaseclick here
  • Bookings based on this Offer must be made via clubcarlson.com or by calling the customer service centre at
    +44 207 949 0378.
  • Rooms may be booked based on this Offer from until for stays from until .
  • This Offer is subject to availability and only available at Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Edwardian Hotels, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites and Park Inn by Radisson Hotels in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.
  • Rate must be eligible to earn Gold Points®. For ineligible Room Rates and other exclusions see the Club CarlsonSMProgram Terms and Conditions Please contact the individual hotel directly or go the individual website for detailed cancellation and guarantee policy.
  • Please present your Club CarlsonSM card upon check-in to earn extra Gold Points®. Extra Gold Points® are subject to all Club CarlsonSM Program Terms and Conditions Only one Club CarlsonSM account per booking will be credited with the Gold Points®. Extra Gold Points® are automatically credited onto your account after your stay. Allow 6-8 weeks for the triple Gold Points® to appear on your account.
  • This Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other package, promotion, group or convention rate, or any other discounted rate.
  • This Offer is not valid for existing reservations.
  • Club CarlsonSM reserves the right to add, modify, or discontinue this Offer before booking with or without notice. The Offer is void where prohibited by law. By booking this Offer, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.

My Experience with Club Carlson’s Big Night Giveaway

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Last year, I didn’t have a time to take advantage of the Radisson’s similar offer. But when they announced to have a promo this summer with their three different brand’s; Radisson/Radisson Blu Big Night Giveaway, Country Inn & Suites By Radisson Stay 1 Get 1, and Park Inn By Radisson Stay 1 Get 1, I decided to participate.

After I had done a status match to Gold level with Radisson and familiarized myself with the status benefits, I made a reservation for the Radisson’s only property here in Bangkok. I was offered number of different eStandby upgrade options (NOR1) that I declined. I will post a review of the hotel later, but overall it was about the same level as the Starwood’s Four Points hotel here in Bangkok.

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The points for the stay with the appropriate bonus points posted within two business days. Also, the stay is tracking for the cash back bonus on TopCashback.com. I think that it is good to have Club Carlson on the loyalty program portfolio that I participate to as they are quite well covered on the lower quality level of hotels, but it probably wouldn’t be my first choice.

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Club Carlson eStandby Upgrade Option (NOR1) At Radisson Hotels

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When you make a booking at www.clubcarlson.com or any of the brand specific websites, you may be presented an option for eStandby upgrade for cash. There are typically several offers available at variable price points and one of them is complimentary based on the status you have with Club Carlson.

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The company behind this eStandby is called Nor1. They have licensed the technology for hotels to better manage their upgrade inventory and get cash for it. The upgrades are NOT guaranteed in advance, but rather at the time of check in. I have seen these previously at Hyatt and Hilton hotels and have written several pieces about them that you can access them here, here, here, here & here.

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So, I was presented several upgrade options at the time when I made the booking for Radisson Suites hotel in Bangkok. One of them was “complimentary” for Club Carlson members. It didn’t specify if this was due to the Gold status, however.

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When you choose the all three, you are then presented with a list of requests that you just made. I canceled the whole thing at this point.

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At check in they had one of these photo frames advertising upgrades to the Premier Suite for 400 THB. The eStandby price for this upgrade would have been 1500 THB.

The upgrade that I received was the one bedroom suite. Overall, I have found these eStandby upgrades to be a total waste IF you have a status with the chain.  If you don’t have any status, you MIGHT be able to get an upgrade for less money than what it had cost to book the upgraded room/suite in the first place. Even then, you may be able to negotiate a lower charge for the upgrade when checking in.

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

There are currently promotions going on with number of chains. My personal choice for the June are the three Club Carlson promotions, Marriott’s promotion of a free night for every two stays capped at three free nights, and the InterContinental Hotels Group due to number of stackable promotions. The very confusing SPG promotions is going on depending what is the earning period that you will choose (no need to choose until the end of this month). Hyatt’s airline related bonuses are very good as well.

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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.

There was a promo for triple points for stays until June 10th that include a weekend night. You had to book these by May 10th, however.

Le Club Accorhotels 500 Points for Free & Triple Points For Stays Including Weekend Night

The offer for complimentary Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status is still up:

Accor A|Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts

Best Western Rewards

Best Western Rewards is offering a free night certificate after three stays. This promotion starts 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

Carlson Hotels – Club Carlson

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

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

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 second quarter promotion of Double Points or Miles is coming to an end on June 30th.

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Hilton HHnors 2nd Quarter 2012 Double Your Honors Promotion – Double Points or Miles

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

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

You should sign up for the two promos below. Even if you are Diamond with Hilton, you can still get 40K HH for four Hilton stays.

Register Your Visa and Get 1000 Hilton HHonors Points + 4000 Bonus for Spending $100

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders + 40K HHonors Points After Four Stays (For All?

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

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

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

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club

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

This time Priority Club has two parallel promotions. One is based on nights and the other is based on stays. You can earn 5000, 10000, or 15000 depending how many nights/stays you have during the promotional period until June 30th, and to which promotion you sign up for.

Priority Club 2nd Quarter Stay/Night Bonuses

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

Priority Club Summer Promotion 1000 Bonus Points Per Night

You can get a $75 Vacation Pay MasterCard after a rebate for every weekend stay of 2 nights or longer.

Priority Club Vacation Pay Offer – Stay Two Weekend Nights Get $75 Pre-Paid MasterCard

Then there is a $50 rebate for two nights or longer weeknight stays.

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club Offering $50 Travel MasterCard for Two Night Weekday Stays

There is an offer for a free digital camera for 6 stays in the Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express hotels in the UK.

Priority Club Olympics Offer – Stay 6 Nights at Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express Hotels in the UK Get a Panasonics Limited Edition Digital Camera + Enter to Win Olympics Tickets + 1000 Priority Club Bonus Points Per Stay

Priority Club is offering 5K/10K/15K bonus points for 3/5/6 nights at InterContinental hotels in the Americas and the Caribbean by the June 30th, 2012.

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

Marriott Rewards

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

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

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

There are no current promotional offers from Ritz-Carlton.

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 need to choose what you would like to earn and when by June 30th, 2012.

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SPG Nice Choice Promotion Finally Launched

Starwood seems to be promoting their Sheraton brand hard these days. There are three different promotions for Sheraton stays going on.

There is a promotion of 1000 extra Starpoints for booking a Club accommodation at Sheraton hotels and paying using an American Express card.

1000 Bonus Starpoints for Sheraton Club Floor Bookings

Some renovated Sheraton hotels are also offering 1000 bonus Starpoints.

1000 Bonus Starpoints for Staying at a Newly Renovated Sheraton Hotels

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.

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 30% off Sale at Selected Country Inns & Suites, Radisson, Park Inn & Park Plaza Hotels

Now you can save 30 % off of Best Available Rates (BAR) at select Country Inns & Suites, Radisson, Park Inn & Park Plaza hotel in the Americas if you book your stay by June 12th, 2012, and stay between June 22nd and September 1, 2012. This offer is not valid on all dates at every hotel, but rather the dates when the offer is available varies a lot. You can use the hotel specific links below, or just use the 30PCTOFF promotional code.

There are number of hotels where this 30% of discount is only available for one night during the period.

When you use these links or input the 30PCTOFF promotional code, you will not see other rates offered by the property. It pays to check the rates without this discount code as well. There are other discount rates such as advance purchase rate and AAA rate that can be close to this 30% off rate.

Club Carlson is running very lucrative promotions for their Radisson / Radisson Blu, Country Inns & Suites, and Park Inn properties. You can get 50000 point for a stay at Radisson, 44000 points for Country Inns & Suites, and 44000 for Park Inn. You can participate to all these three promotion and get more than 150K Club Carlson points including regular points based on the revenue and the online booking bonuses.

You can read more about the various status levels at the Club Carlson program and the status match opportunities they offer.

Country Inns & Suites

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The 30% off discount came off nicely from their Panama property.

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Radisson

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The Mexico City property offered advance purchase rates that were close to the 30% off discount.

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Park Inn

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The discount worked perfectly for the one Park Inn property that Club Carlson has in Mexico. The rate was discounted by 30% as the offer promises.

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Park Plaza

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This was really a complete failure. The discount is available only on one day during the promotional period per the terms, but the rate is not available even on that single date. Why bother even participating?

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Here are participating Country Inns & Suites locations:

My Hotel Award Dilemma for Doha Qatar

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I have been to Doha few times in the past when flying on Qatar Airways. The city is an easy stop for a longish transfer of less than 24 hours or for a short stopover. Normally there are only a handful of people at the luggage claim as most of the passengers are on transit. The immigration has always been a breeze. Airport is close to the city center and the taxi fares are cheap

It is not the most exciting city in the Middle East, but there is enough to do for a couple of days.

I have checked out the W, InterContinental (old one), and the Sheraton hotels on my previous trips. There are new hotels popping up almost every few weeks and decided to try something else this time around. The headline prices for hotels in Doha seem to start at $200++.

When there isn’t a stellar promotion around, I tend to check both the paid options and award options for quite a few chains. Preferably, I would have liked to have a stay at any of the three Club Carlson brands that are giving away points enough for a free night (see the promotions here, here, and here). Unfortunately there are no Club Carlson properties in Doha.

So, I decided to check Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham options for Doha and eventually settled for Points & Money option with the Hilton.

Hilton HHonors

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There was four options for Hilton; pay 820 QAR, use 40K HH points, Points & Money option of 20K HH and 254 QAR, or use the last free night certificate from the Hilton’s promo last year.

Hyatt Gold Passport

The Grand Hyatt in Doha is located close to the sports world complex and now burned Villagio mall. The location is horrible if you are planning to do sightseeing in Doha.

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With Hyatt there are basically two options, pay the 1000 QAR or use 15K Hyatt Gold Passport points. There is a nice promotion going on with the Hyatt for the airline points, but not worth paying the premium for this hotel, however.

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club

There are two InterContinental hotels in Doha. The old one, where I have stayed at previously, and the new one that is located in the city center, and is very close to the nice City Center mall.

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Both were in the 900 QAR range and would require 40K PC for the old and 30K PC for the new one. Hotels had points and money option available as well.

Marriott Rewards

To my surprise Marriott had the greatest number of properties in Doha and they would have been the best deal using points.

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The Renaissance and Courtyard hotels are both collocated at the City Center mall that I was referring earlier. You have direct access, at least from the Courtyard, to the mall itself. The number of points require for the Renaissance is 15K and for the Courtyard 10K. I think that both of these present exceptional point redemption value. Then there is the older Marriott that is located close to the airport. It also requires rather modest number of points (15K) considering the going rates of 950 QAR at this hotel.

There are also two Ritz-Carlton properties that are Tier 1 point wise in the Ritz-Carlton Rewards. I probably wouldn’t use points at these two properties, but could considering using a free night certificate that the Ritz-Carlton was giving on their last promotion.

Starwood Preferred Guest

There are three Starwood properties in Doha, and I have previously stayed at the W hotel right after it opened few years ago and at the Sheraton Doha Resort late last fall. I like the location of both of these hotels. There is a brand new St Regis in Doha as well, but the location of that hotel is disadvantageous.

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The Sheraton Doha Resort (category 6) is absolutely horrible value point wise. It would require 20K SPG and didn’t have any cash & points available.

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The W is category 5 hotel and would have had a price tag of 999 QAR for last night. The number of SPG points required for a free night would have been somewhat reasonable 12K, but the Cash & Points at 4800 points + 90 USD for the night is a great deal for Doha.

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The St Regis had the highest price at 1400 QAR and category 6 award level. Neither 20K SPG or 8K SPG + 150 USD would had represented any value for me.

Wyndham Rewards

I haven’t stayed too much at the Wyndham family for hotels. Last time when I stayed at the Ramada in Colombo, I later found out that I would not earn any points. This was not clearly presented on the website, but was rather hidden in the terms and conditions of the rewards program. You won’t earn any points for stays in Sri Lanka and number of other countries.

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Wyndham family would have had three options in Doha; two Ramada properties and one Wyndham. All these are located in the old city center of the Doha and are quite close to the airport.

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The cheaper Ramada property would have required 15K points and the more expensive 30K points.

Conclusion

It pays to be part of number of frequent guest programs as not all the chains has coverage in all cities or offer reasonable point based pricing.

On this trip I decided to check out the new Hilton in Doha and use Hilton’s Points & Money awards. I am going to be back next week for a night as well and have decided to stay at one of the Marriott Rewards properties as they are offering exceptionally good redemption value for Doha.

Sometimes SPG’s categories seem to be somewhat unreasonable as is the case in Doha. Both the old Sheraton and the brand new St Regis are very expensive to use points. The best Starwood option is the W that is still category 5 hotel.

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

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Many of us, myself included, have started to stay at the Club Carlson properties due to number of very lucrative promotions that they have run recently. You can still take advantage of the following three promotions (as of writing this May 2012) that will earn you, base points and online booking bonuses included, over 150K Club Carlson bonus points by staying at three different Carlson hotel brands; Radisson Big Night Giveaway, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Stay One Get One, and Park Inn & Suites Stay One Get One.

Here’s a chart that shows the benefits by status level in a nutshell

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Club Carlson Red

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When you sign up for the Club Carlson, you will start at the Red level. It just basically means that you have enrolled to the program and will earn points for booking Radisson family of hotels online and based on the room revenue.

You will have complimentary internet access at all Radisson hotels worldwide and at ALL Carlson Rezidor hotels in North America.

You will get 1000 bonus Club Carlson points for every reservation that you book on Carlson family of hotels websites.

Club Carlson Silver 15 nights/10 stays

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You can get the Club Carlson Silver status after 15 nights or 10 stays within a calendar year. There are occasional promotions for getting this status by just sign up up for the program using a correct link. You can also do a status match to Club Carlson program if you have a status with a competing chain. You can read more about the Club Carlson status match process here.

Being a Silver you are eligible for 25% bonus points based on your folio revenue, 2000 bonus points for booking online at any Radisson family of hotels website, early check in & late checkout, room upgrades, rollover nights, and elite

Club Carlson Gold 35 nights/20 stays

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At the Gold level you are starting to get more benefits. To my surprise one of the benefits, the ability to book discounted stays is not listed at all on the main Gold benefit page of the program. I have covered the discounted rates on my recent post.

At the Gold level you will get 50% bonus points on eligible folio revenue, 2000 bonus points for bookings made on Radisson family of hotels, early check ins and late check outs, room upgrades, roll over nights, 72 hour room availability guarantee at participating hotels, and elite phone line.

Club Carlson will match to Gold status if you have similar level status with a competing chain. I recently wrote a piece about the Carlson’s status match process and you can access it here.

Club Carlson Concierge 75 nights /30 stays

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This is the highest status that you can have with the Club Carlson. You will need 75 nights or 30 stays to achieve it.

At this level you will receive a complimentary continental breakfast, 75% bonus points on the folio revenue, 3000 bonus points for reservations made at Radisson family of hotels websites, early check in & late check-out, room upgrades, rollover nights, 48 hour room availability guarantee at participating hotels, and a Global Concierge service.

Conclusion

The Club Carlson elite level benefits sound rather good, but if we look at the actual terms and conditions they are rarely confirmed, but rather based on availability or by request etc.

Some other chains like Starwood and Hyatt both promise guaranteed 4PM check out with very few exceptions. Also, InterContinental Royal Ambassador status gives a guaranteed 8AM check in. Some other chains like Hilton also extend the breakfast benefit for mid-tier elites i.e. Gold.

 Here are the Terms and conditions of the elite benefits:

  • All member benefits may vary by participating hotel, are subject to availability,  may not be available at all locations, and are subject to change at any time. For elite member benefits, you must qualify for elite status each calendar year in order to receive elite benefits.
  • All members earn an online booking bonus when booking reservations online at clubcarlson.com or any Carlson Hotels brand website (the number of bonus Gold Points varies based on membership tier status) and free high speed internet at Radisson hotels worldwide and at Carlson hotels in North America (standard internet service only). For online booking bonus, regular eligibility rate rules apply and will not be awarded for reservations made through a third-party reservation site or for redemption stays.  Bonus points are credited after the stay is completed.

All other benefits are for elite members as specified below:

  • Club Carlson Concierge members are eligible to receive one complimentary continental breakfast per night of member’s stay. Continental breakfast offerings will vary by hotel but may include an assortment of cereals, breads, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, tea and milk and may be provided via buffet or menu (at hotel’s discretion) in the hotel restaurant as determined by the participating Radisson®, Park Inn®, or Park Plaza® hotel. Complimentary continental breakfast is not available through room service.
  • Complimentary room upgrade is determined by the participating hotel depending on availability at time of check-in. Upgraded room types will vary, but may include rooms with a higher or lower floor, rooms with preferred view, or recently renovated rooms. All upgrades subject to availability.
  • Elite Point bonus is in addition to the standard Gold Points received for eligible stays while member has elite status. Point bonus does not apply to other point earning opportunities.
  • Early check-in and late checkout are subject to availability upon request at the hotel and may be requested for up to 2 hours prior to or later than the hotel’s published check-in and check-out time provided the elite member has a credit card number on file for the reservation.
  • Roll Over Nights are any elite qualifying nights remaining in member’s account at the end of each calendar year in excess of those used to qualify the member for elite status. Roll Over Nights will be added to the member’s elite qualifying night count for the next year but will not carry over more than one year.
  • Room availability guarantee must be requested via the Elite Member Service line and is only available for an Elite member’s personal guestroom. The 48-hour or 72-hour guarantee is calculated based on noon local hotel time on the intended arrival day. Guaranteed room availability is for a standard room only at standard rates, and is subject to the participating hotel’s standard guarantee and cancellation policy. Free Award Nights or Points + Cash Award Stays are not eligible for the room availability guarantee.  Room availability guarantee is not available at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, and does not apply in cases where a nationally or internationally recognized event is occurring within fifty miles of a participating hotel (as determined by Club Carlson).
  • All other Club Carlson terms and conditions apply.

Air Canada Aeroplan Conversion Bonus Offer of 20% to 26.7%

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Aeroplan is offering bonus for transfers in from number of loyalty programs excluding US based Amex cards. There doesn’t seem to be a requirement to register for this promotion in advance.

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The bonus is 20% for transfers at 5K, 20K, and 50K levels, 25% at 100K, and 26.7% bonus at 150K.

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My favorite program to transfer out is Starwood Preferred Guest. For transferring 80K SPG would eventually become 125K Aeroplan miles. SPG gives a 5K bonus for every 20K transferred so 80K transfer would actually be 100K when it hits the Aeroplan account. This then gets the additional 25% promotional Aeroplan bump.

Aeroplan used to be one of the favorites Star Alliance programs to redeem international business and first class flights. Award chart adjustment and starting to charge YQ’s (fuel surcharges) for number of redemption partners have made the program less attractive as of late. But if you have some miles sitting on your Aeroplan account and would need to top it, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Here is the list of eligible transfer partners:

CIBC Aventura®World MasterCard™ Card, CIBC Aventura® Gold Visa™, CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite™, CIBC Aventura® MasterCard™ Card, American Express Membership Rewards – Canada, BankAmericard® Power Rewards® credit card, Diners Club® Club Rewards®, Starwood Preferred Guest®, Hilton HHonors™, Marriott Rewards, Wyndham Rewards®, Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges®, Coast Rewards, Club CarlsonSM, Le Club Accorhotels (Accor hotels), Golden Circle Award, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, Points.com

Please note that while Membership Rewards® points from U.S. American Express Cardmember accounts may be converted into Aeroplan Miles, their conversion is not eligible for the bonus promotion.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Maximum 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles can be earned per Aeroplan Member. Bonus offer valid only on conversions made between May 21 and June 18, 2012 (11:59 EST). Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be issued by Aeroplan as follows: 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partners programs during the promotion period is between 5,000 and 9,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partners programs during the promotion period is between 10,000 and 19,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 4,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partners programs during the promotion period is between 20,000 and 49,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 10,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partners programs during the promotion period is between 50,000 and 99,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partners programs during the promotion period is between 100,000 and 149,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partners programs during the promotion period is 150,000 or more Aeroplan Miles. Conversion of Membership Rewards® points from U.S. American Express Cardmember accounts into Aeroplan Miles are not eligible for this promotion. POINTS.com: Aeroplan Miles procured via a Trade transaction with another member on Points.com are not eligible towards the conversion bonus threshold. BONUS MILE CREDITING: Bonus miles are credited 7-10 days following successful receipt by Aeroplan of a conversion transaction from the partner. Note that some partners may take up to 2 weeks to submit point-to-mile conversions to Aeroplan. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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