Two truths about the world of travel loyalty programs:
First, earning points is earning points and redeeming points is redeeming points and never the twain shall meet.
Second, never say &quot;never.&quot;
Through January 31, 2012, Club Carlson members can earn 9,000 Gold Points for each of up to five award stays at participating Radisson, Country Inns &amp; Suites, Park Inn, and Park Plaza hotels, for a maximum total of 45,000 bonus points. The bonus doesn’t apply to Points + Cash awards.
That’s right—earn bonus points for free stays.
And since free nights start at 9,000 points, that 9,000-point bonus could in theory completely cover the cost of a one-night award, resulting in a zero-cost award stay.
Advance registration is required.
Deal or No Deal
Whether you look at this as an award discount or an award bonus, and whether you use the bonus points for a free night at a Category 1 hotel or save them for a night at a more upscale property, there’s no denying the value added by those 9,000 points to an award stay.
If you’re a Club Carlson member with points to burn, this offer is a strong argument in favor of burning them sooner rather than later.
Reader Reality Check
Is this incentive enough to get you to book a Carlson award stay?
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