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Okay so there is a confluence of several different promotions at Club Carlson hotels going on right now that can lead to some huge amounts of Club Carlson points.
First: Club Carlson Triple Points
Triple Points gives you (wait for it… wait for it…) triple points on any stays between now and June 28, 2015, but you do have to register for the promotion before your stay.
You’ll also get 1000 extra points for booking through the mobile app.
Second: 30,000 points for your first stay
As part of the fallout from the shenanigans from Club Carlson yanking away the Bonus Award night perk of their credit card, they sent out an email to cardholders, offering 30,000 points on their next stay. I did not personally get that email, but Club Carlson did clarify that the offer was for all cardholders.
@shanerowley1 Club Carlson Visa holders are automatically registered for the 30K bonus. Thanks for your question! ~Kate
— Club Carlson (@clubcarlson) April 6, 2015
Third: All the points you get already
You normally get 20x points on Club Carlson stays, and you get 10x points for paying with the Club Carlson credit card, and Gold elite members (which you are if you’re a Club Carlson cardholder) get a 35% bonus on points.
So, let’s put it all together
Putting it all together for a sample booking of a hotel (somewhat) near my house.
- 20x miles for a regular booking – 1611 points
- 40x from the Triple Points promotion – 3222 points
- 10x miles for paying with the Club Carlson card – 805 points
- 35% elite bonus – 563 points
- 1000 bonus points for booking through the app
- 30,000 points from the Bonus Award fiasco
So, that’s a total of 37,201 points, or 461 points / dollar spent. At that value, it may make sense to book a mattress run.
Remember that bookings made by May 28th are still eligible for the Bonus Award night, so you still have a bit of time to collect points and book them and get double the value.
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How do you find the cheapest Club Carlson around you?
I haven’t found a great way to find them – I just hand-check a couple of cities nearby
Gotcha. The cheapest I found in Columbus is $90 all in.
Isn’t there a way to check the cheapest rate for a particular hotel for a period of time?
I think different chains have different options. I seem to recall a site that you could put in a route and it would check for the cheapest hotels along that route but I can’t seem to find it right now
How do you know which hotels are available for the 30K promotion?
I think that a stay at any hotel counts towards the 30K promotion