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Discussion in 'Mileage Runs/Travel Hacking' started by Sky King, May 5, 2012.
I'm more of an Elmo guy.
And just so this thread doesn't get off topic...Radisson!
My crew and I are trying to plan a Europe vacation next year with these Carlson Gold Points. Ran across some very cool Radisson properties.
http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-spitsbergen (SAS flys here!)
http://www.radissonblu.ie/farnham-estate-hotel (16th century farmhouse 1hr from Dublin)
http://www.radissonblu.com/resort-arc1950 (French chicks smell good)
http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-berlin (That's one big fish tank)
Disney World anyone? 5 night stay for 45k points and a free shuttle. OK.
naw... i'm more of a low-baller. maybe a transfer for a couple-three US grand slam accounts and a potential low-redemption stay or two in the future.
Cheapest Radisson I've been able to find in the PA/DE/MD/DC/VA area is the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (PA) at $90.75 ($98.92 AI) with the 3-day promotion.
However the cancellation policy looks like it might put the kibosh in trying to use this promo:
Cancel today thru May 10 2012 = No penalty
Cancel May 11 2012 thru May 12 2012 = 98.92 USD
Can't wait for these promos to begin. I think I will probably be up anyway so it'll be good to get the registration done ASAP so that once I get my confirmation, I can book my rooms to earn these pts. Glad I got in on the last promo and now will be able to really enjoy myself when redeeming these pts.
In the draft of the T&Cs that were visible earlier this week, the details at first led me to think that existing reservations would count because you can actually register after check-in.
"Guest must be present at the Participating Hotel at both the time of check-in and check-out, enrolled in Club Carlson at or before the time of check-in, and registered in the Promotion no later than the time of check-out (to enroll in Club Carlson, visit www.clubcarlson.com)."
But the following clause later in the list says,
"Promotion is not valid on existing reservations and is subject to availability."
So my best guess is that reservations booked before the promo registration period opens on May 15 will not count. If I'm right, then reservations booked during the current 3-day sale rates won't count.
A more fair rule, IMO, would be to allow any reservation booked after the promo was officially announced this past Sunday. But I wouldn't ask for an official answer until registration has officially opened and the T&Cs have been officially posted.
Is there any valid link for the Park Inn 44K promotion? The link in the first post seems to be broken.
Club Carlson says on Facebook that stays booked before May 15 with check in on or after May 15 will be eligible for the promo:
This is great news!
Ric Garrido of Loyalty Traveler has a thorough update and analysis of this promo:
Some details of interest that are new to me include:
Radisson promo open to first 100,000 registrants for 50,000 points. After 100,000, registrants will earn 15,000 points.
Country Inn promo open to first 35,000 registrants for 44,000 points. After 35,000, registrants will earn 15,000 points
Park Inn promo open to first 20,000 registrants and begins on May 22. After 20,000, registrants will earn 15,000 points
Also, please note that Ric says:
"Here are terms I have confirmed with Club Carlson.
Club Carlson members can register for each brand promotion and earn all three bonuses.
Reservations made prior to the promotion launch for stays during the May-July promotion period are eligible for the bonus points.
Points + Cash stays are eligible for promotion bonuses."
Full write-up is here:
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/loyal...aign=Feed: LoyaltyTraveler (Loyalty Traveler)
This seems to be my lucky promo as I can do 5 out of 6 stays (for me and my wife) with travel we were already planning. Might not get us the absolutely cheapest rates, but should be around $600 for six nights all in. Who would've thought that a planned overnight Fresno might lead to some lucrative Park Inn promo earnings.
Me and my crew are going to try and hit up a few Park Inn's in Berlin this June, although the one in Albuquerque with the water park might be good weekend trip from Phoenix for us. We are going to wait until the beginning of July to get the Radissons and Country Inn's here in Phoenix. Found BRG for $64 which would bring them down to $48.
How long does it typically take for CC to respond to status match requests? I sent them a printout (pdf) of my HHonors Gold account page two days ago. No response so far.
I don't recall exactly, but I think mine took a week or so last winter. They might be busier now with an increased awareness of their brand, but I have found most everyone that works for them to be pretty easy to deal with.
It took them a week on mine.
Where are you booking to get that BRG?
Keep in mind I'm looking in Phoenix where rates are already super cheap. Start with Kayak. They will list all prices of other aggregators. I'm waiting until the 15th to book though because a lot of these rates I'm finding are Advance Purchase rates. I'd hate for that Facebook response to be wrong. Just to be safe.
I've made a couple of flexible rate bookings at Radisson Blu in Leeds and Park Inn in York for the end of May just in case the facebook posts are wrong. If they're right, I haven't lost anything.
If I have a reservation booked now can I cancel on the 15th and then rebook the reservation to count?
It depends on the rules of the rate you booked. They are pretty good about spelling out the rules about when ou can cancel and what penalty if any you pay. Interestingly, it seems one of the rooms I booked the other day is a prepaid rate with a zero dollar penalty if I cancel until the day before.
Via anjam on SD...use NSB2K12 on signup for an extra 2000 bonus Gold Points. Looks like the 4500 point signup is dead.
In case that happens and we need to argue with CC, I have screenshot for future use (tried to upload, but it failed). Though really I don't think it's going to be an issue given that Loyalty Traveler got the same information from CC.
Thanks I do have a fully refundable room until the day prior to the stay, I just didn't know if they would then not allow me to rebook for essentially the same room. I guess if the price increases I'd have to pay the higher rate.