If you and your family
- Only travel once or twice a year;
- Don’t mind staying at Country Inns, Park Inns, or Radissons (for free) for your vacation or road trips;
- Would like to minimize the number of credit cards your use on a daily basis;
- Have no time or desire to manufacture credit card spending;
Then, there might be an easy solution. All you have to do is to put ALL your non-bonus category spending on a single hotel credit card.
Many of you have taken advantage of the Club Carlson Free Nights Giveaway promotion, and received over 140,000 Club Carlson points. Here is your chance to get yet another 50,000 points by staying one night at any Park Plaza Hotel between June 28 and August 28, 2012.
For those of you who signed up for the Club Carlson Free Nights Promotion (Radisson, Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn), I have a quick update for you.
I tweeted on Saturday about the possibly of the return of last November’s “Radisson Big Night Giveaway” promotion (thanks to this flyertalk thread).
The rumor seems to have been confirmed. You can follow the steps in the map below to participate.
Click on the map above to join Club Carlson for the 4,500 bonus points, or follow this link (hat tip to Frugal Travel Guy & The Points Guy).
[Update: 7:50pm PST, 05/07/2012: keep reading to learn how to earn up to 142,500 in this promotion, almost 16 free nights!]
Daily Getaways 2012 deals for Week 5 (May 7 – 11, 2012) have been posted. (You can see my thoughts on Week 1 & 2 deals here, Week 3 here, Week 4 Choice Hotels & Hertz points here.) There are no screaming bargains like the Wyndham or Choice points offers, but you might still find something that works for your upcoming hotel stays (I checked all offers for airline transfer redemption possibilities, but nothing attractive came up – cheapest transfer comes at a cost of ~2 cents/mile).
My personal favorite of the week 5 deals is the Hyatt points offer. You can buy Hyatt points for about $0.01 each (about 58% off the regular purchase price of 2.4 cents). A top Hyatt category-6 hotel requires 22,000 points, so you can stay at the Park Hyatt Paris, Park Hyatt Milan, or Park Hyatt Maldives, for about $220 all-in. Hyatt points do NOT expire; however, the official terms & conditions state that accounts inactive for more than 12 months are subject to closure (but in reality, accounts don’t get closed easily, and Hyatt offers outstanding customer service and will usually help you out).