There were a handful of comments from readers of my recent hotel breakdown post that thought I needed to consider the Club Carlson hotel promotion. I figured I would spend a few minutes analyzing it today to see what types of travelers would find value from it.
The promotion rewards members one of two ways. 2-night stays earn a 15,000 point bonus and stays of 3 nights or more earn a 30,000 point bonus. The promotion period runs until March 29, 2015.
For members who already planned to stay at a Club Carlson property during this time period (and planned to stay more than one night), this is a pretty solid value.
But, is it worth moving business to Club Carlson during the first quarter? There are a couple different ways to look at it:
1. I value Club Carlson points at about half a cent each. Others might consider them worth a bit more or a bit less, but I think that’s a pretty good estimation. So, 15,000 points are worth about $75 to me, 30,000 points worth $150. That’s not generally enough value for me to consider moving a stay elsewhere.
2. If you did have a 3+ night stay, you’d earn enough points for a Category 3 redemption (28,000) points. Here’s a link to the full list of Category 3 hotels. There are some Radisson Blu properties in Europe, though mostly in secondary markets like Cork and Sligo (you’ll find Lisbon and Warsaw on there, which may represent good values). I see Beijing as well. Short of that, there are a lot of Country Inn & Suites properties, and in some places not very high on my list of places I want to visit.
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