For those of us with the Club Carlson credit card, booking award nights can bring us double the value. When booking a stay of two or more nights, the second night is free although that’s about to change in just a few days.
The stay two, get one free benefit is one of the most awesome hotel program benefits but it will be going away at the end of this month. The last day for Club Carlson credit card holders to book stays with this benefit is May 31, 2015. I called to confirm this although I’ve read that some think the benefit ends on May 28…
So with such an awesome benefit going away, what’s was I to do????
Book as many award nights as I felt were manageable!
I needed to make use of the benefit as best possible for future trips. The problem was that I currently only have two trips/ flights scheduled and one of the destinations has no Club Carlson properties!
Luckily the destination for our other, longer trip has lots of Club Carlson properties to choose from!
During our trip to Abu Dhabi in August we’ll be visiting a bunch of places around the Gulf. We booked most of our hotel nights at Club Carlson properties. I also needed to use the $500 Expedia voucher that I won in a Twitter chat. (More on that in the future.)
We booked 4 two-night stays for our Gulf Trip which came to 166,000 Gold Points.
This didn’t put a big dent in our Club Carlson account balances so we needed to book some potential future stays at properties not too far from home. We booked three such stays and will hopefully book a few more if we get around to it. Hopefully something doesn’t come up which forces us to cancel any of these bookings….
We booked 3 two-night stays close to home which came to 138,000 Gold Points.
We booked a random weekend stay at the Radisson Blu Warwick in Philadelphia for October 2015. I’ve been wanting to check out this property for a couple of years now and might even book another stay for an even later, future date.
Points spent: 50,000
Points spent: 50,000
Kim and I were hoping to book a stay in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for a specific event but the dates weren’t available. Instead we chose a random date in May 2016 to spend two nights at the Country Inn & Suites Lancanster, PA (Amish Country).
Since Lucas had such a great time at Diggerland, we figured a visit to Dutch Wonderland would be a lot of fun for him. I think he’ll also love seeing the horse & buggies along the roads as well as all of the farmland…
Points spend: 38,000
Overall, we’ve spent 304,000 Club Carlson Gold Points so far.
This still leaves Kim and I with a lot of Gold Points. I’m debating whether or not I should try to book a few more random stays. The problem is where, when and why! Oh right, it’s a great deal that’s why! (And the best part is that the rooms can be cancelled if one of the random dates doesn’t fit our schedule when it comes up.)
Are you trying to spend a lot of your Club Carlson Gold Points before the second night free benefit ends? If so, let us know how many points you’ve redeemed so far.