Top 4 Club Carlson Hotel Redemptions - Points Miles and Martinis


Club Carlson is getting a lot of buzz lately because of their lucrative credit card signup bonus offers so we thought we’d share our top 4 Club Carlson award redemptions. Our list is based on scientific personal judgment, experience or desire to visit these hotels. So without further adieu, here is our top 4 Club Carlson hotel award redemptions.

Number 4 – Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago

This is arguably the best Club Carlson property in the continental United States. This category 6 hotel requires 50,000 Club Carlson points per night.

Number 3 – Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo

Among the tallest hotels in Northern Europe, the Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel is an impressive sight. Alex stayed at this hotel and his review of the hotel was very favorable. This category 6 hotel requires 50,000 Club Carlson points per night.

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Number 2 – Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen

This is arguably the most unique hotel in the Club Carlson property portfolio located in the northern most city in the entire world! Who doesn’t like a property at the top of the world where a six pack of Corona will run you 40 dollars?

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Alex stayed here and his review was, ah, interesting to say the least. This category 6 hotel requires 50,000 Club Carlson points per night.

Number 1 – It’s A Tie In The Maldives

Club Carlson has two properties opening up this year in the Maldives. Who doesn’t like free hotel nights in paradise?

The Radisson Plaza Resort Maldives Naagoshi is scheduled to open in December 2013 on it’s remote island. The Radisson Blu Hotel Maldives Hulhumale is scheduled to open in November 2013.

Bottom Line

Club Carlson has some surprisingly good hotels in their portfolio. We’ve outlined our top 4 award redemption locations consisting of 5 properties.

If you are looking for a way to stay for free at a Club Carlson, you are in luck. But as famous travel blogger recently said “That’s great. But do we really need more CC points?” Not really, but it’s hard to pass up offers for a total of 230,000 Club Carlson points, so here they are.

The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card is offering a 85,000 signup bonus; 50,000 Gold Points after your first purchase plus 35,000 points once you spend $2,500 on your card within the first 90 days.

What’s on your Club Carlson award redemption wish list?

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  • Raffles said,

    I think the Moscow property is well regarded and of course, given rates there, a good deal to redeem.

    The May Fair in London is a funky five star. Oddly, Carlson probably has more London properties than any chain except Priority Club so you would always find something.

    Also unsurpassed coverage in Scandinavia, obviously.

  • CCORD said,

    Just got the Premier Rewards Visa this AM. Plan to use them in Australia.

  • Frank C said,

    I agree the May Fair is a nice, funky, hip place that is in a great location in London. I’d definitely place that in a top 10. The service there was also very classy.

  • TravelBloggerBuzz said,

    Thank for this post. Loved to read about the Norway properties and the new ones in Maldives. Been to Chicago so many times. I just can’t bring myself to burn 50k on the property there, would rather burn them in a place I have never visited before! See you tomorrow;-)

  • The Deal.Mommy said,

    I have a review on my blog of the Paris Blu Bologne. I actually don’t recommend it for points because I picked it up for 95 euro a night in a eiffel tower view rom inc breakfast. They do have closer in Paris properties that could be great point value.

  • Jethro said,

    Currently staying at the Radisson Blu Aruba (50k per night) ……nothing wrong with this redemption option.

  • MilesAbound said,

    ROFL I see someone took TBB’s bait from yesterday :-)

    *And* the detective in me here knows you took the info for the Maldives resorts from my post on FlyerTalk here or you came up with the exact same co-ordinates to 7 decimal places as I did :-) (which I found by manually zooming in on the island and then clicking a random spot) http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/club-carlson/1367127-new-properties-maldives.html.

    FWIW I have reached out to various folks at CC in Asia to get more info on the Maldives property but wall of silence. The second one the Hulhumale one is not going to be anything interesting it’s in Male. At best it will be an over-nighter en route to the more exotic properties. So I definitely would not have this on a top 5 list.

  • cruisr said,

    Dont overlook the Mayfair London. I stayed there for 4 nights using 200K from promos, etc and loved it. It was my third time at the property and under the new GM its really great. Had tea with him and a personal site tour and they have really cool features.

  • GUWonder said,

    The Radisson Blu Plaza hotel in Oslo is not the tallest building in Northern Europe. In the Scandinavian countries, the honor of the tallest building goes to the Turning Torso in Malmo, Sweden, which is a mixed use building used for residential and commercial purposes but has no hotel.

    The Radisson Blu Plaza hotel is the tallest building in Norway. It may be the tallest hotel in Northern Europe, but that I have not validated.

  • The Weekly Flyer said,

    Hi GuWonder – My mistake, I meant to say hotel and correct, it is among the tallest hotels in Northern Europe.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Northern_Europe

  • GUWonder said,

    Stockholm’s Scandic Victoria hotel, which opened in 2011, is now the tallest hotel in the Scandinavian region. Having been at both buildings, I’m sort of surprised that the Scandic Victoria in Stockholm is taller than the Radisson Oslo Plaza building.

  • ADELANTANDO said,

    I just used points to stay at the Radisson Blu Berlin. Across the street from the Berliner Dom and Museum Island. Oh and did I mention, it has a fishtank that is over five stories at the center of the hotel!

    http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-berlin

  • jordo06 said,

    I second the mayfair. Great hotel… Also I would say, if you have the credit card, the Country Inn and Suites Savannah, for a weekend has a good rate of 38,000 points for 2 nights!

  • Pointsandtravel said,

    Stayed at the Istanbul property on the Bosphorus, and it was quite good! (Aquaba, Jordan, and Quito, Ecuador: not so much) Heard about the Mayfair.

  • James M said,

    When they ran the past one night, get 50,000 free points, I used them to redeem for the Radisson Tahiti. Kind of out of the way location, but it was great for free!

  • Acker said,

    Why no love for Dublin Blu? Stayed there over New Years when rates were north of 330 euro. Excellent location, bfast spread, staff.

  • Kenya said,

    Guys what about New York? Some good option for redemption you can recommend? I plan to spend my 500k this year :D

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    It’s “Without further ado”.

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