Buy Club Carlson Points for 0.4 Cents, $18 Hotel Rooms

Club Carlson has a Flash Sale that lasts until 8:59 AM ET tomorrow (June 24, 2014) during which you can buy up to 70,000 Club Carlson Gold Points for 0.4 cents per point.

The sale is billed as a 75% bonus on Gold Points, so you can only buy points in increments of 1,750.

Today's Flash Sale is about 11% cheaper than the Daily Getaways deal last week that sold out instantly.

I plan to buy the maximum number of 70,000 Gold Points for $280 today because I didn't get around to it during the last

Club Carlson Points for Sale for 0.45 cents means $20 Hotel Rooms

Today is the second day of the last week of five weeks of discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will usually sell out in a few minutes.

How Much Is a Hotel Reimbursed on a Free Stay? The Radisson Martinique on Broadway was Reimbursed $118 Per Night

I'm interested in the businesses behind loyalty programs, so I always wonder:

What did that credit card company pay that airline for its miles?
How much does American Airlines pay Qantas when an AAdvantage award includes a Qantas leg?
How much did that hotel loyalty program reimburse that specific hotel for the free stay I just took?

Well last month I stayed at the Radisson Martinique of Broadway (review here), and I know exactly how much Club Carlson rei

Around the World in Cathay, Singapore, and Lufthansa First: Radisson Martinique on Broadway

Having just landed at Newark after a First Class flight from Honolulu, I took the AirTrain to New York Penn Station, and walked the few blocks to the Radisson Martinique on Broadway.

I had two free one-night certificates at any Radisson in the United States, and I knew that a New York City hotel would probably be the most expensive place to use them.

Although we arrived at 1 PM, several hours before check in, my friend and I were quickly checked in and given the keys to a room with double beds.

How was the room?

Club Carlson’s 38k Bonus Points for Three Nights Is Mattress Run Worthy If…

Per this thread on Flyertalk, Club Carlson is running a very interesting first quarter promotion. The full terms and conditions, as well as registration, can be found here. If you stay three nights at Club Carlson hotels between January 6th and April 13th, you will earn 38,000 bonus points.

What will 38,000 Club Carlson points get you?

38,000 points is enough for four free nights at a category 1 or one night at a category 4. The full award chart is below.

Predictions for Major Changes to Loyalty Programs in 2014

2013 was a year of several major devaluation announcements including:

United (kicks in February 1, 2014)
Southwest (kicks in March 31, 2014)
Delta (already kicked in on current award bookings for travel that starts February 1, 2014 or later)
Hyatt (kicks in January 7, 2014)
Ultimate Rewards (with three major transfer partners devaluing--United, Southwest, and Hyatt--the program took a major hit through no fault of its own)

But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Free Giveaway Friday: Winners of the Prepaid Visas from Club Carlson and Club Carlson Gold Status Are…

Disclosure: I am getting two one-night stay certificates at U.S. Radissons for hosting this giveaway. I’ll look into giving them away too.

This week I ran two posts as part of a giveaway to give each of two winners:

One $500 Visa Gift Card
Club Carlson Gold Elite Status through February 2014 (If you already have Club Carlson Gold Status, you will receive Concierge Status through February 2014.)

The prizes were generously donated by Club Carlson.

Are Under-Categorized Hotels the Best Use of Hotel Points : Review of the DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur

I am a lodging cheapskate. My ideal trip length is four weeks, so hotel bills would add up quickly. Right now I haven't been in the US since February, so I've had to come up with creative ways to sleep cheaply.

But just because I'm a cheapskate doesn't mean I don't want to stay at fancy hotels sometimes too. I'm jealous that Rookie Alli has two nights at any Hilton worldwide.