As I speculated this weekend, it looks like the rumor is confirmed and the Radisson Big Night Giveaway is back!
As the landing page suggests, registration will open in a little over seven days – at midnight Eastern on May 15th. Last time I stayed up until midnight Eastern (Tweeting along with other miles and points junkies the whole time), but registration stayed for what seemed like weeks after that, so the slumber party wasn’t really necessary. Though I still may do it again just to be safe – especially since properties world wide now seem to be eligible.
The landing page has limited info, but according to this Flyertalk thread (the same thread who brought us the initial speculation), here are some possible terms and conditions:
The Big Night Giveaway Promotion (“Promotion”) is available only to Club Carlson members. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion at http://www.radissonbignightgiveaway.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 Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel worldwide (“Participating Hotels”). Guest must check in for the Qualifying Stay on or after May 15, 2012 and check out must be completed no later than July 15, 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 100,000 guests who complete the Promotion Registration will receive 50,000 Bonus Gold Points after the completion of their Qualifying Stay. After the first 100,000 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. Promotion is not valid on existing reservations and is subject to availability.
I can’t swear those are the exact terms, but this thread seems to be correct more often than it is wrong, so I’m betting this is pretty much correct. The highlights that I see in terms are:
- You must check-in and check-out in person
- Limited to first 100,000 to register
- One bonus per Club Carlson account
- Not valid on existing reservations
- Valid on stays May 15 – July 15
- Stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu Worldwide (last time as just the US, Canada, and the Caribbean)
This is a fantastic promotion, and I know I turned my approximately $100 stay into hundreds of dollars worth of redemptions in Europe for an upcoming trip. Since there is no Radisson Hotel where I live, I will have to be strategic about how to best participate in the promo this year and align it with some of my other travel plans. At least we have a couple months time frame to work with here. More details and earning/redeeming info to come soon! As a redemption warm-up, here is their award chart. As you can see, 50,000 points can get you a Club Carlson room anywhere in the world, or it can potentially get you several nights at the lower levels. If you aren’t already a Club Carlson member, you can join here and get 4,500 bonus points (must do so by May 31st).
Great way to start the week. So, are you in this year? Where will you be doing your stay?