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Today was payday in my house – the Radisson Big Night Giveaway Payday! If you are not familiar with the Night Night Giveaway, check out this post as it really is my favorite hotel promo of the summer. Over the weekend at the Star MegaDo 4 launch party in Washington DC, I booked one night at the Radisson Reagan National Airport. The AAA rate was around $80 for the weekend night, and since there is no Radisson in Houston, it made sense to go ahead and pick up 50,000 points for a relatively inexpensive stay.
The hotel is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the airport, and is located in a area that is full of pretty much every chain of hotel you could find. When we arrived the line to check-in moved very slowly, and it made me wish that they had a check-in kiosk like Hyatt often has available.
I was given the king bedroom that I reserved and it was adequate. It was not an overly memorable hotel one way or another. I don’t say that in a mean way, as it was a fine place to stay, but it certainly didn’t have any “wow” factor. Not that I expected any “wow” for $80 per night! It did have a bathtub, which is always something I look for as I find it much easier to give little ones a bath than a shower.
I did appreciate that the hotel had a complimentary bottle of water in the room – especially since I have recently hit several hotels in a row that didn’t even have water for purchase available in the room. I booked the room through the TopCashBack.com website and my 10% rebate of $8.01 for booking via their site is already showing as pending in my account. That is my referral link, but feel free to post your own in the comments section. That brought my actual cost for the 50,000 points to about $72. That is a fantastic deal considering I can now use those points to stay at a room that would cost $300 – $500 per night, or I can use them for up to five nights at a Category 1 property that costs 9,000 point per night.
I will add that I did not actually check-out in person the next morning, and my points posted just fine about 72 hours later. I’m not advocating anything one way or another by saying that, but just wanted to share my experience with the check-out process since it has been a question from time to time.
Is this promo still going well for you? Have you had success with TopCashBack and Club Carlson? What has your check-in and check-out experience been with this promo?