I will freely admit that as a result of some huge recent promotions, Club Carlson points have become very important in my own miles and points collection. They saved me a ton on my recent trip to the Olympics when I used them to stay at The May Fair in London. I will be reviewing that trip soon, but it was a very nice hotel that was well worth the points we used to stay there. That said, my Club Carlson balance is quickly shrinking, so this promo is an interesting way to pump Club Carlson point balances back up. However, there are some aspects of this promo that I am less than excited about.
From now until October 14th, you can earn 25,000 bonus points by completing a two-night stay at a Country Inn and Suites Hotel. This promotion is to celebrate Country Inn and Suites’ 25th anniversary. You must register for the promotion, and stay on the 25 for 25 promotion rate from August 15th – October 14th. 44,000 bonus points are enough to stay in a standard room at any Country Inn and Suites in the world. 50,000 points are enough to stay at any Radisson in the world. The May Fair that we stayed at was 50,000 points per night, so if a couple each did this promotion then you would have enough points for a free night at the Mayfair once the points were combined.
However, this isn’t really a promo that I think is worthy of booking a hotel stay solely for the the bonus points. First, you can only get the bonus once per person. Second, the stay has to be for two nights, so that makes it a bit expensive to do solely as a “mattress run”. Third, you have to be staying on the 25 for 25 rate, and that rate can be more expensive than other available rates. No “best rate guarantees” this time! It seems that Club Carlson may have tightened up some from the previous huge promos this summer, and is making these type of promos a bit more restrictive when it comes to eligible rates. Fingers crossed that this is a one time thing for this particular promo, but it does make it harder to squeeze out a bunch of value if you don’t actually need the hotel nights.
If you happen to actually need a two night stay somewhere that a Country Inn and Suites is a viable option, then consider this promo. It may cost a couple more dollars to stay on the 25 for 25 rate, but I would be willing to pay a small premium for 25,000 points. Just make sure the math makes sense for you before you go for this rate.
Thanks to Flyingdawg on Milepoint for sharing the news about this promotion.
If you want to read the nitty gritty, here are the terms and conditions:
The 25 for 25 Event (“Promotion”) is available only to Club CarlsonSM members for new reservations. To be eligible for the Promotion, members must register online for the Promotion at http://www.countryinns25.com (“Promotion Registration”), provide their Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or check-in of a Qualifying Stay, and then complete one Qualifying Stay at any Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel worldwide (“Participating Hotels”). A “Qualifying Stay” is defined as a stay of two or more consecutive nights in the same room at a Participating Hotel regardless of the number of check-ins or check-outs during the Promotion Period, for which the guest specifically booked the 25 for 25 Promotion rate The Qualifying Stay must begin on or after August 15, 2012 and check out must be completed no later than October 14, 2012 (“Promotion Period”). 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). Members who complete the Promotion Registration will receive a 25,000 Bonus Gold Point award after the completion of their Qualifying Stay. This Bonus Gold Point award is in addition to the standard Gold Points awarded for a regular stay. An individual can earn a maximum of one Bonus Gold Point award for this promotion regardless of the number of Qualifying Stays completed during the Promotion Period. Only one Club Carlson account per Qualifying Stay will be credited with the Bonus Gold Point award. Allow 6-8 weeks for Gold Points to appear on account. The Promotion and Gold Points are subject to all Club Carlson program Terms and Conditions, including rules and restrictions regarding redemption for prepaid cards and retail gift cards which may not be available to all members and which vary based on member’s country of residence1. Only standard rooms are eligible for the Promotion and rates for each night of a Qualifying Stay may vary. Promotion is not valid on existing reservations and is subject to availability. Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is not responsible for : interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, computer hardware or software or technical failures, Internet Service Provider/network/website accessibility or availability, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic; including without limitation the incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate capture of Promotion Registration information. Promotion void where prohibited by law. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion at any time with or without notice. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions.