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Carlson’s New Bonus Is Among the Best for Winter Stays

Carlson’s New Bonus Is Among the Best for Winter Stays

I called last year’s triple-points promotion from Carlson the best of the 2012 winter hotel offers.

The offer is being reprised for 2013. And once again, it’s among the most compelling of the first-quarter hotel promotions.

Offer Details

Between January 8 and March 15, members of Carlson’s Club Carlson program can earn triple points for stays at all Radisson, Radisson Blu, Country Inn & Suites, Park Plaza, and Park Inn hotels.

Registration is required.

Deal or No Deal

With the possible exception of Marriott’s upcoming MegaBonus offer (a free night after the second paid stay between February 1 and April 30), Carlson’s bonus is the most generous of the first-quarter hotel promotions.

The promotion has two negatives, both minor.

The first is its short duration — just over two months, versus a full three months or more for most competing offers.

The second is the relatively modest size of its network. At just over 1,000 hotels, Carlson’s is much smaller than those of Hilton, InterContinental, and Marriott. On the other hand, it’s roughly the same size as Starwood’s, and twice the size of Hyatt’s.

If you’re already a Carlson partisan, you can continue booking Carlson-affiliated hotels secure in the knowledge that you’re maxing out on loyalty-program benefits.

And if your loyalty lies elsewhere, this offer might be a good reason to consider Carlson for hotel stays this winter.

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