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Club Carlson has announced a flash sale offering a 100% bonus on points purchases. However, if you need to top up your Gold Points you will have to hurry since the promo is only valid through November 28; 2017.
- Promo valid through 23:59 EST November 28, 2017
- Buy a minimum of 1,000 Gold Points to receive a 100% bonus
- Maximum points that can be purchased in a year is 40,000 Gold Points
- Purchased points and bonus points should post to your account within 24 hours
- Price includes all taxes and charges
Is It Worth It?
Purchasing the maximum amount of points, 40,000, will give you a total of 80,000 points for $280.
If you check out the Club Carlson award chart, award nights in standard rooms range from 9,000 points (category 1 property) to 70,000 points (category 7 property).
If you are a road warrior and stay at inexpensive airport hotels, 80,000 points could give you 8 nights in a category 1 property for $280; which works out at $35 per night. For example, The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson at Cincinnati Airport would set you back 9,000 points a night. A cash booking at the same hotel would set you back $71. Paying 9,000 points a night represents a discount of just over 50%. Sure, it isn't luxurious, but $35 for a hotel room is nothing to throw your nose at.
When it comes to high-end redemptions, you'll want to look international. Club Carlson only has 5 category 7 hotels in North America. Europe, on the other hand, is a whole different ballgame.
For example, a night in The Mayfair, London would set you back 70,000 points or $484 in cash. Paying with your purchased points would represent a saving of over $200 or a discount of 42.2%!
Maximizing The Offer
Club Carlson uses Points.com to process their purchases, so there is no category bonus to be had with any cards. Your best option here is to use one of the cards which maximize returns on everyday spending. Options available to you include:
- Citi® Double Cash Card – Great options for cash back giving you 2% across the board
Club Carlson has a relatively small footprint in the US of high-end properties, but there are some deals to be had if you don't need five-star accommodations. With a rake of 80,000 points for $280, you'll need to run the numbers — but we think there are definitely some options where purchasing points here makes sense.
Source: Club Carlson
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