Club Carlson is running a new promotion, dubbed Take Off With More Miles. Members who register by October 15 and complete two eligible stays at participating Radisson hotels by December 15, 2014 will get 7,500 American Airlines AAdvantage miles. This is in addition to the Club Carlson Gold Points earned for the stay. These bonus miles will post 4-6 weeks after the promotion end date of December 15. The 7500 mile bonus is restricted to one per AAdvantage account.
Keep in mind that “eligible rates” only include those rates that earn miles. Thus, point stays as well as Points + Cash awards are not eligible to earn the bonus.
If you’re contemplating a mattress run, be sure to read up on my tips on how to do it cheaply. Based on a quick search, I’ve found some of the lowest rates in Newport News, Virginia. During October 14-15, for example, I’ve found rates as low as $51 per night before taxes. Some other markets worth checking include Dallas and Orlando. It’s also worth checking weekend nights at airport hotels as well as those located in the financial districts of major cities. Sunday tends to be a slow day at such hotels.
American AAdvantage miles are generally valued at 1.8 cents each, though personally I don’t put much stock into point valuations. If these are a factor for you, it’s worth pointing out that 7500 AAdvantage miles would be valued at $135. So if you can manage a mattress run at $100 you’re still coming out ahead, especially since that $100 in spend would also generate 2,000 Club Carlson points for basic Red members.
Another way to take further advantage of this promotion is to book your Club Carlson stay through a shopping portal. According to Cashback Monitor, the highest current payout is offered by BeFrugal and TopCashBack at 5% cash back. In the interest of full disclosure, these are my referral links for BeFrugal and TCB.
I personally won’t mattress run for 7500 AAdvantage miles, but hopefully those who do have an upcoming Club Carlson stay are able to maximize it using some of the tips outlined above.