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How to book US Bank Club Carlson e-cert free nights (it may be harder than you think)

Club Carlson e-cert

The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa and its business card twin used to be among my favorite cards.  In fact, I have one of each, and my wife has the personal card.  Until May of this year, the cards offered a wonderfully generous benefit called Bonus Award Nights: book two or more nights with points and get the last night free.  This meant that two night stays cost the same as one night stays (since…

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Radisson Blu Lucerne, on points

My family and I recently spent 4 nights at the Radisson Blu in Lucerne, Switzerland.  Radisson Blu is a somewhat upscale brand from the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.  The chain’s rewards program, Club Carlson, is arguably the single most rewarding major hotel program for several reasons: Point earnings on paid stays are extremely high (point earnings start at 20 points per dollar and increase with elite status and other factors). The Club Carlson Premier Rewards…

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How to maximize your Freedom 5X purchases

Every 3 months, the Chase Freedom card offers 5X on spend within different categories of merchants.  This quarter (October through December), the 5X categories are hotels, airlines, Best Buy and Kohl’s.  Here are some terrific ways to spend within those 5X categories: Buy miles for .8 cents (Wyndham) Loyalty Traveler summarizes the current bonus opportunities from Wyndham.  The gist is that its possible to book cheap hotel rooms (without showing up to check-in) and earn…

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Trip Results Washington DC

This past weekend I flew to Washington DC for the Star MegaDO Launch Party.  You can read about the party here and here.  I’m not going to write about the MegaDO or the launch party – at least, not today.  Today’s post is a different kind of trip report:  Frequent Miler Laboratory style… Experiment 1: Buy flight to one airport, fly to another The launch party was held at the Crystal City Hyatt, a stone’s…

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Club Carlson for Business: not as great as it sounds

Last week I suggested signing up for a Club Carlson business account in order to get an addition 10 points per dollar for your stays (see “When 138000 points is not enough”).  After some research today, though, I’ve found that business accounts are not as great as they sound.  If there are no special rates available (AAA, 30% off promotions, etc.), then the business ID will give you 5% off the standard rate and an…

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Breaking News: TopCashBack to double Radisson rebate

Late tonight, two of the three big Club Carlson promotions go live.  With Radisson’s Big Night Giveaway, you will earn 50,000 bonus points for one night’s stay.  With Country Inn & Suites you will earn 44,000 bonus points for one night’s stay.  And, a week from now you can register for the Park Inn promotion in which you will also earn 44,000 bonus points for one night’s stay.  To participate in these promotions, you need…

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