Like almost all of the travel blogging community would have told you, Club Carlson’s 2012 promos were bigger and better than the 2011 promo which focussed on the Radisson properties in the USA only. I was one of them too. And they went all guns blazing to dole out points. Potentially, this summer everyone has the opportunity to register and earn up to 188,000 Club Carlson GoldPoints in their own name by participating in the promo for their four brands, and they could stay at any property around the world.
I registered my entire family for the first three promotions: Radisson, Country Inn and Park Inn. However, we were clearly not going to be staying 12 nights (4 family members x 3 one night stays each) to be taking the maximum benefit of the promotions. So, when we decided to head to Thailand for our annual family vacation, I slipped in my little agenda of scoring as many of these points as possible. We were going to be staying at Hilton properties most of the time, but it did not hurt to stay in a Radisson either for a couple of nights.
After staying in Bangkok and Pattaya, we were going to be back in Bangkok for a short while to take our flights back. I was going to only stay overnight while my parents wanted another night as well just to be a little well rested. So, it was going to be 3 room nights in Bangkok at the Radisson Suites, but all I asked of my parents was that they be ready to potentially check-out from their room of the first night and check-in into a different room just in case the Radisson pre-assigned the first one to someone else.
Anyways, after some confusion and language barriers with the Radisson staff (yes, what would life be without them), who unilaterally decided to merge the reservations of the parents to ensure their ‘comfort’, we were able to sort everything out and get 150,000 bonus Gold Points for stays we would have anyways made. I was in two minds about checking in into the other Carlson properties next door as well, but decided against it to spend time with the family.
As you can see different amounts were earned in all three cases. While I managed to sign-up my dad with the e-rewards sign up bonus (4500 GP points), it shut by the time my mom’s turn came. And I was already a member who had matched up to Gold last year itself. I decided to use some GP points for a points+cash redemption on my own room since I had the required minimum 5K points for it. Each of the rooms costed 2700 THB (90$ approx) while the cash+points costed 5K GoldPoints+1800 THB (60$ approx) inclusive of 17.7% taxes. So, not bad to receive 150K GoldPoints in bonuses after spending 240$.
So now, the current family balance is 222,034 GP points, enough for at least 4 nights reward stay, and like you know, European Radisson properties are much better than the ones in Asia or Americas. So good to stash away for there. ;
Now to think if I should participate in the current ongoing promotion or not at the Park Plaza brand…
How did you guys fare in the Carlson giveaways…
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