10,000 Bonus Points for Radisson Stays in Canada
Rather than a network-wide promotion, or a hodgepodge of individual-hotel offers, this summer Carlson has opted for a series of separate regional promotions, featuring different offers for hotel stays in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
The latest: a bonus for stays at Radisson hotels in Canada.
Through August 31, Club Carlson members can earn 10,000 bonus points for two-night weekend stays (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights) at 15 participating Radisson hotels in Canada.
To earn the bonus, stays must be booked using the promotion code GPPWKND.
Deal or No Deal
Club Carlson members normally earn 20 points per $1. So two nights totaling $200 would earn 4,000 points. Adding the 10,000-point bonus to that amounts to earning triple points, and then some. Nice!
But all is not as it seems.
That promotion code? It would more accurately be called a rate code. And the rates associated with it are -- surprise! -- higher than those that don't come bundled with bonus points.
For example, advance-purchase rates for a weekend stay at the Toronto Airport Radisson average $90.47 per night, and the lowest-available non-advance-purchase rate is $113.08.
But when the required GPPWKND promotion code is specified, the average nightly rate increases to $122.63.
In other words, you'll be paying extra to earn the miles. That would be fine if it were explicitly stated that that was the case. But it isn't.
As a result, this offer borders on the misleading. Promotion codes normally allow booking at the lowest-available rate. This one doesn't, and there's no indication that consumers would be paying a premium to earn the bonus.
What this amounts to, really, is a buy-miles promotion. But because the premium for the points seems to vary by hotel, the promotion doesn't even offer a consistent price-per-point.
Reader Reality Check
When you're directed to use a promotion code when booking, do you assume you'll be charged extra for the bonus?
This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.