I recently flew to the Los Angeles area to visit a friend. I found a cheap fare from Newark to Ontario for $159 all in (that’s round trip and including all taxes). I would arrive close to midnight and Los Angeles was about an hour’s drive away so I booked a night at the Radisson. I chose the Radisson Ontario hotel because it was close to the airport and because of Radisson’s 1 for 1 promotion; where I would get a free hotel room for staying 1 night between October 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.
Country Inn Orlando Maingate Hotel Exterior
For Radisson’s Big Night Giveaway Promotion I stayed one night at the Radisson Hotel in Orlando – International Drive. The next night I changed hotels to stay at the Country Inn & Suites at Orlando Maingate (but it’s pretty much in Kissimmee). I was able to find a rate of $62/night but with the taxes and the $8 resort fee it ended up being around $78. Overall it was not a bad deal because I ended up netting over 47,000 points with my bonus points from the promotion.
Radisson Orlando International Drive Hotel Exterior
I recently stayed at the Radisson Hotel in Orlando – International Drive for Radisson’s Big Night Giveaway Promotion. I found a rate of $89/night but with the taxes and $10 resort fee, it came out to about $110 total. The resort fee “covers parking, & access to the YMCA located on property”. This isn’t the cheapest rate I’ve seen there (I’ve seen the $79/night rate come up before) but it worked for my mattress run purposes. I ended up netting over 54,000 points from this one stay with the promotion bonus.
Club Carlson Account Statement
Recently, I wrote about Radisson’s Big Night Giveaway Promotion. I took part in this promotion last year and felt it was a great value.
Last week, I was in Orlando and I was able to stay at the Radisson Hotel on International Drive and the Country Inn & Suites at Orlando Maingate. I checked my account this weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see that my points has already posted. Last year for this promotion, the points posted pretty quick but I don’t know if it was this quick. I am impressed with how quick Club Carlson posted the points.
At 12:01 AM CDT on May 15, 2012 Radisson will be opening up registration for its Big Night Giveaway Promotion. With this promotion, you are able to get 50,000 Club Carlson points for a one night qualifying stay at any Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel worldwide from May 15, 2012 to July 15, 2012. Only the first 100,000 people to register will received 50,000 points. If you’re not one of the first 100,000 people to sign up, you only get 15,000 Club Carlson points. I was able to get in on this promotion last winter. I stayed one night at the Radisson Lexington Hotel in New York for about $115 and used the 50,000 points towards a couple nights stay at the Park Plaza Soi 18 Hotel in Bangkok. I wrote up a hotel review about my stays there.
I came across this thread on MilePoint.com for 4,500 Free Club Carlson points by MilesMomma. You get 4,500 free Club Carlson points just for signing up with the Club Carlson program. She said she received the offer in a targeted email so it may or may not work for you, but there’s nothing to lose by trying the sign up offer: Offer Link
Club Carlson is not my primary hotel choice but I’m a fan of their program. They had some interesting promotions in Q4 of 2011 like 50,000 Club Carlson points for a one night stay and 9,000 Club Carlson points for an award stay.
Park Plaza Soi 18 Hotel Exterior.
Update: This hotel is now a category 3 hotel and cost 28,000 points a night. All 3 Club Carlson properties in Bangkok are now category 3 hotels.
I stayed at the Park Plaza Hotel Soi 18 several times during my last trip to Bangkok. I chose to stay at this hotel because Club Carlson was running a promotion where if you booked one award night, you would get 9,000 Gold Points. This hotel is a category 2 so each stay would cost me 15,000 Gold Points. Since I was getting a 9,000 point rebate with each stay, each night was effectively costing me only 6,000 Gold Points.