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Club Carlson has had some amazing promotions this year, and their newest is no slouch either. Scott talked about it a few weeks ago; the gist is:

Stay one night at any Radisson in the U.S, Canada or Caribbean and get another night in any Radisson in the U.S, Canada or Caribbean for free!

This meant that buying a room for about $89/night at a random Radisson would net you a certificate to stay at any other Radisson including the Radisson New York Martinique. That hotel normally sells for about $350/night.

At first, I was skeptical about this because I didn’t know how Club Carlson would let me use the certificate.

For example, would it only be usable when there was points availability? Or would it be useable when there was a paid rate available?

I called Club Carlson and the agents didn’t seem to know either. Some said it was based on points availability and some said it was based on rates. I even called the specific hotel directly and they didn’t know either. I was in a bind and didn’t know what to do.

Eventually, I decided to take the dive and book a room at the Radisson Ontario Airport in California for $89 after my AAA Discount.

After checking in, I left to go back home and checked out the next day. The terms and conditions stated that I had to be present at check in and check out.

A few days passed, and I finally got my points and certificate. I received an email from Radisson stating that my certificate was ready to use!

There was one problem though. Radisson made it extremely hard to figure out how to use this certificate. If you log into your account and just go directly to search for availability, it won’t work. For me, I had to log in, go to my account, then at the top hit “redeem” and then find the reservation date. You know you’re doing it right if you select the check in date on the calendar and it wont let you pick more than the next day to check out.

I’m happy to report that if there is any paid standard room available, you can use this certificate. Take a look:

For a random day in November, I was able to find the Radisson Martinique available for 0 points with my certificate. The same day doesn’t have any reward availability.

It’s Showing 0 Points!
No Award Availability On The Same Day!

How about the Radisson Blu Chicago?

Basically, for the $89 that I paid at the Radisson Ontario, I was able to get a $329.00 room ($380 with taxes) for free. With this promotion, you don’t even have to pay the taxes! That means I saved $290!

Is it too late to get in on the promotion?

Heck no! You can register until October 31, and you have until December 31 to complete your stay though you must book the stay by October 31.

The first thing you must do to take advantage of this promotion is to register for a Club Carlson account, if you are not already a member, which can be done here.

Once you enter your email and complete your Club Carlson registration, you will receive your membership number. Now you must go to the Radisson 1 for 1 promotion page to sign up for the deal.

Once registered, complete a qualifying stay before the end of 2012, and you will earn your free night certificate. Qualifying stays are defined as any points-earning stay at Radisson or Radisson Blu in the USA, Canada, or the Caribbean. That means if you go through www.radisson.com or www.clubcarlson.com to make your booking, you’ll be fine.

The terms and conditions state that the only qualifying rates are “Gold Point eligible.” This includes the AAA rate, Advanced Purchase rates and Cash & Points rate. Exclusions include rates booked through sites such as Travelocity, rates booked through travel agents, and hotel employee rates.

Scott’s Take

When I was in Chicago, I spent the last night at the Radisson O’Hare. I booked the Cash & Points rate, and I got my free night certificate the same day Tahsir did. I don’t value hotel rooms very highly, but getting two hotel nights for the $80 and 5k points I spent is an incredible deal. I am looking forward to using my free night certificate at an expensive property where I would never ordinarily stay.

Everyone should get in on this deal! Register Now. Ideally, you’ll have a real night coming up where you need a hotel, and there’s a Radisson nearby. But if not, do what Tahsir did and find a cheap Radisson for your paid night.

Recap

Radisson’s Stay One Night, Get One Night promotion’s registration ends October 31 (Wednesday). Sign up now. Book a cheap Radisson by the end of the month, and you’ll have until December 31, 2013 to stay for free at any Radisson in the US, Canada, or Caribbean.

News that you’ve received a free-night certificate should be emailed to you very soon after your stay, and it appears automatically in your account.

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