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Putting Non-Bonus Category Spend on the Club Carlson Visa – A Secret Weapon to Earning Free Hotel Nights with Minimal Effort for Infrequent Travelers and Families

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.

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As mentioned in the “How to Get Started” page, the following index will be regularly updated as new content is added.


  1. 04/11/2012: Buy Choice Points to Stay at Paris Hotels for $30/night (including breakfast)
  2. 04/13/2012: 9 Nights of Hotels in Italy for $300
  3. 04/14/2012: Planning for a Trip for Two to London
  4. 04/19/2012: Staying 4 Nights at the Park Hyatt Paris for Free (a $6,000 value)
  5. 04/23/2012: Buy Hyatt Points for 1 Penny to Stay at Luxury Park Hyatt Hotels
  6. 04/25/2012: Pay for the Luxury Park Hyatt Washington DC and Get All Your Money Back
  7. 05/07/2012: Stay One Night and Get Up to 6 Free Nights at Club Carlson Hotels
  8. 06/10/2012: Park Hyatt Paris Vendome for Free – Reader Trip Reports
  9. 06/19/2012: Updated on Club Carlson Free Nights Promotion
  10. 06/20/2012: How to Use Your Starwood Points for Your Trip to Machu Picchu (Stay at the 5-Star Tambo del Inka for a Fraction of Retail Cost)
  11. 06/27/2012: Get Another 50,000 Club Carlson Points by Staying One Night at Any Park Plaza Hotel
  12. 08/14/2012: Wyndham Promotion (August 6 to October 6, 2012) – Stay One Night Get a Free Night (16,000 Bonus Points, Convertible to 6,400 Miles) – Or Buy Miles for a Penny per Mile
  13. 09/05/2012: First-hand Update on the Wyndham 16,000 Bonus Points Free Night Promotion
  14. 09/24/2012: Taking Advantage of an Airport Hotel for a City Tour
  15. 10/01/2012: Leverating 5 Marriott Deals to Get a Rebate of 50-100% + Possible Fast-track Gold/Platinum Elite Status
  16. 10/17/2012: Get 3 Free Nights in Expensive Midtown Manhattan for as low as $50 each
  17. 12/03/2012: Book a Hotel Room for $35 a Night (Including Taxes and Fees)
  18. 12/28/2012: 4-Diamond Renaissance Las Vegas for $79 and Get Almost All Your Money Back in Perks
  19. 01/23/2013: Booking Award Hotel Nights to Avoid Extra-person Charges
  20. 02/18/2013: Getting Fast Free Hotel Award Nights with Minimal Effort
  21. 02/26/2013: Don’t Blow Your Free Hyatt Nights or All Your Points on the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome

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