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Ever since the “last night free” night perk of the Club Carlson cards was killed (I know….super old news), I feel that the chain has fallen off of many people’s travel hacking radar. But don’t overlook Club Carlson. Their program still offers some outstanding value!

Club Carlson is offering a new promotion this summer where you can score either free nights or bonus points. Between July 1 and September 30, you can earn either a free Friday night OR 10,000 bonus points for every 2 stays. The choice is yours, but you only get to pick one option.

You can repeat this promotion up to 3 times, for a total of 30,000 bonus points or 3 free Friday nights.

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The case for picking points

My issue with the Friday night option (if I even remotely thought I would complete it), is that…you only end up with Friday nights! It would be a lot nicer if, say, you could be rewarded with a certificate good for either a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night? At least you could get a free 3-night stay out of the deal. With only Friday nights, you’d have to break up redeeming the certificates.

On the other hand, a free night could be worth way more than 10,000 points.

Some people have also had difficulty redeeming free night certificates. Dan thought it would honestly be better if he simply destroyed them (SEE: Guess I should just light these Club Carlson e-certs on fire?).

I went ahead and registered for the 10,000 points per every two stays, although I am 99% sure that I will not earn anything.

Will you register for Club Carlson’s summer promotion?

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