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Club Carlson, like Wyndham, is often seen as a lesser-tier hotel loyalty program. Ever since they killed the “last night free” benefit on their U.S. Bank co-branded credit card, I haven’t seen Club Carlson get a lot of love from the travel hacking world. Dan had his own difficulties with them when trying to redeem his free night certificates (SEE: Drama (help me!) trying to redeem an Club Carlson e cert).
However, they do have some sweet spots and the run some awesome promotions every once in a while. Including this one! Club Carlson’s current “Triple Points + 5k” promotion is one of the best I’ve seen from them.
The promotion will give you 3x points on all Club Carlson stays between April 3 and June 30, which means you get a crazy 60 points per dollar on all eligible hotel spending. If you have the co-branded credit card, you can also get the 20 points per dollar if you use it for your stay, plus 35% bonus points. The total yield would be 87 points per dollar!
Additionally, you will earn 5,000 extra points for each Sunday and Monday night during eligible stays. This could be read as ether 5,000 bonus points per night, or 5,000 bonus point per stay that include a Sunday and Monday night. Either way, it’s a decent bonus.
Register here for the promotion.
The total bonus point you can earn are capped at 100,000 per program member, so don’t think you can run away with this one.
What are Club Carlson points worth?
I’d like to note that I don’t value Club Carlson points very highly. I just made my first redemption with them, and I was happy getting 0.57 cents per point. My baseline value for them is about 0.35-0.45 cents per point, which is really low compared to many points currencies.
Club Carlson is a lot like Hilton. Stays can earn a lot of points, but redemptions also require a ton of points. Top tier Club Carlson hotels require a massive 70,000 points per night. Many other high end hotels require 50,000.
Still, you could potentially earn 100,000 points on five Sunday-Monday stays with a nightly price of $86 before taxes. Roughly an 85% return (valuing Carlson points at 0.4 cents each). Just some food for thought.