Giveaway: Two $500 Club Carlson Giftcards + Gold Elite Status

Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel and Thalasso, Cannes

Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel and Thalasso, Cannes

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Club Carlson fan. I banked over 500,000 Gold points during the big 2012 promotions and covered the best ways to redeem those points, which was recently updated. Not only is the program one of the most generous hotel rewards programs in terms of rewarding free nights, but the Club Carlson Visa is one of the best hotel credit cards out there to help you maximize your points further.

Cardholders get their second night free on each 2-night redemption, an annual renewal bonus that varies depending on the card version, elite status for holding the card, and a generous 3-5 points per dollar on everyday spending.

Thus, I’m excited to give away two great prize packages, courtesy of Club Carlson, consisting of Club Carlson Gold Status (valid through February 2014) and $500 Club Carlson Visa gift cards.

The giveaway will run through 11:59 PM (PT) Sunday, November 3, 2013.

How to Enter

To enter for a chance to win, simply respond to the following question in the comment section and/or follow me on Twitter and respond with hashtag #pointchasergiveaway:

At which hotel within Carlson Rezidor’s portfolio (more than 1,000 properties worldwide) would you be most excited to use the new Visa card?

Two winners will be randomly selected using random.org. One winner will be chosen from the comment section, while the other will be chosen from Twitter. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 4, 2013.


  • Each winner must be a Club Carlson member. If you are not a member, you can sign up free.
  • In order to accept the prize, winners must provide their full names, email address, mailing address, phone number and Club Carlson number.
  • In the event that the winners already have Gold status, they will be upgraded to Concierge level.
  • U.S. Bank, Carlson Inc., and their respective affiliates and employees are not sponsors and are not responsible for any part of the giveaway.

Best of luck to all who enter!

Disclosure: In exchange for hosting this giveaway, Club Carlson has provided me with two 1-night certificates valid at Radisson properties. Please note, I do not receive a commission from any credit card links in this post.

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  1. The property pictured above (Cannes) looks rather nice! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Just the Country Inn in Grand Rapids, MN to visit grandchildren…..they are the gems!

  3. For me it would be a tie between the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland and the Radisson Blu St Martin Resort Marina & Spa. I have been obsessed with visiting Iceland for quite a while now, particularly to view the Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights. However, I also must try Iceland’s famous hot dogs as well as relax at the Blue Lagoon and take the Golden Circle tour… and gosh… there are so many things to do! I’ve also read on various websites about the lovely and culturally interesting welcome gift gold members have received at the hotel so with the acquired gold member status I would definitely take advantage of that. The Radisson Blu St. Martin Resort Marina & Spa also interests me both because of its beauty and because I would love to see how two different cultures co-exist on one small island. I also can’t imagine how amazing it is (in an awe-inspiring/fear factor way haha) to be at Maho Beach when the planes are landing. Fingers crossed! 🙂

  4. Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago. We stayed there last year and really like the hotel.

  5. I dreamed Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin. Hope I am lucky, though I never believed in lottery because the statistic possibility is too low.

  6. Would like the opportunity to use some USAir miles to book a trip to Sydney and stay at the Radisson Blu with my family!

  7. My wife thinks Noooo Yawk is the most exciting place and I would like to surprise her.

  8. I have a trip planned to Phuket. I would use the gift card at the Radisson Blu there

  9. Thanks for the chance to win. I’d go with the Radisson Blu 1919 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

  10. The wife and I have Australia on our bucket list so the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sydney would be first choice.

  11. My friend is living in Fiji right now, would love to visit and treat her to a few nights at the Radisson Blu Denarau!

  12. I would choose the Radisson Blu Sobieski in Warsaw. My grandfather and father immigrated from Poland, and I’ve never been.

  13. Either of the two new Radisson Blu Maldives (though I don’t think either are open yet) because it’s the Maldives. Need I say more?

  14. I would love to stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Miami (Kendall), FL. Welcome to Miami!!

  15. Radisson Blu Istanbul! Beautiful view of the bridge and one of the most vibrant cities in Europe

  16. I would love to stay at and will be staying at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

  17. @jjaso: The best use of Club Carlson gift card would be to spend it at Plaza on The River, London ranked #19 by TripAdvisor #pointchasergiveaway

  18. The Radisson Blu in Berlin. A lovely property along the River Spree with great staff!
    Thanks for the contest.

  19. I am planning on travelling to Cologne and Baden-Baden for the Christmas Markets in Germany this year so it would be wonderful to take advantage of the Radisson Blu options there.

  20. I would like to spend my winnings at the Radisson Blu Resort Marina & Spa in St. Martin!

  21. Boring maybe, but probably Chicago’s Radisson Blue since it’s relatively close. My runner up, if I can manage it as a trip, would be the Radisson Blu in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

  22. This would be a dream to win and stay at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen, Denmark before our Northern European cruise next year.

  23. The Radisson Blu in Cannes looks amazing although I would also love a stay in Sydney!

  24. I would love to stay at any of the category 6 properties listed on your Best Club Carlson Hotel Redemptions list! However the resort in St. Martin sounds especially interesting to me.

  25. Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney — going to be in Sydney for my honeymoon. What better way to celebrate than at the Radisson Blu!

  26. Paris always offers so many things to do and see. I would stay at Radisson Blu LE Dokhan.

  27. I live in Phoenix, so when I go on vacation, its to somewhere cold. Because of that, I would lovelovelove to check out The Radisson Blu in Bergen, Norway!

  28. I babe the card and am super excited to use it at the Radisson Blu Champs Élysées over the New Year!

  29. I would be most excited to use my gift card to stare into the blue abyss fish tank located in the Radisson Blu Berlin.

  30. I remember being in old town Tallinn and looking out on the Radisson Blu Tallinn (though I’m not sure if it was a Blu at the time), thinking that would be an awesome hotel to stay at. That’s the choice for me!

  31. I would love to use it in London at one of the Park Plaza hotels, as they are among the few that can accommodate a family of 4 (in business rooms). Thanks!

  32. Already booked for the country Inn and suites on the Panama Canal. Can’t wait!

  33. I would certainly love to stay at Radison Blu in Sydney the next time I visit!

  34. Radisson in Nashua, N.H. That looks like a castle, because my sister lives there and we would love to visit her for Christmas

  35. I would stay at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway, my wife would love a weekend getaway and to catch a show.

  36. Definitely the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel if just for the location alone.

  37. I would love, love, love to visit the Radisson Blu at Ajaccio Bay in Corsica. Nothing like some Mediterranean sun and surf!

  38. No Radisson Blu’s around my area, but they’re defintely worth a trip out to stay at from what i’ve seen.

  39. I’d go for the Radisson Blu in Split; my best friends are getting married there (to each other!) this summer

  40. Visiting abd Staying Raddison Blu Park Athens for our 25th Wedding Anniversary..so Gift Card would make it extra special

  41. It would be the Mayfair hotel in London! Stayed there once before and it is uber classy!

  42. I’d like to check-out the Blu in Chicago. Beautiful building.

    A pretty huge fan of the program too. Have Gold status, soon to qualify, but no Visa as I’m not from the US. As I’m traveling mostly in Europe – the 241 and 442 offers (for Gold elites) is very handy.

    Would love to get Concierge status!

  43. I would return to the lovely May Fair in London, where I am presently typing this message.

  44. The Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago (realistic choice) but so many others I’d love to try – Sydney, Istanbul, Milan, Copenhagen, Stockholm, etc, etc.

  45. I love Club Carlson loyalty program, absolutely best redemption options on their credit card with the second night free. I’d LOVE to use this for Radisson Martinique in Times Square, New York. That’d be so sweet !!!

  46. I would have to say Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel and Thalasso, Cannes that you have at the top of the article since we’ll be there in April

  47. Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto-Harbourfront! We’re planning a trip to Toronto with good friends in 2014, and we’d love to surprise them by taking care of their rooms with these points.

  48. Radisson Blu Cebu Hotel in Philippines. Can get so much out of the value and always wanted to do island hopping

  49. I love New York. My 91 year old mom still lives in Brooklyn. Forty years ago, driving a taxi cab there paid for my College Education. Thus I am a big fan of the Country Inn and Suites in Long Island City. Not luxurious but nice, reasonable priced on New York Standards, near 5 subway lines, 10 minutes from mid town New York, a great staff and a view of the Manhattan skyline. So $500 depending on the season, can get you a weeks lodging in New York, a ton of Club Carlson points, a great continental breakfast with “real” New York bagels and a chance to be a real New Yawker riding on the subway! What more can you ask for?

  50. I would use the gift card at my favorite place to vacation, the Aruba Radisson 🙂

  51. I loved the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen, and would now like to try the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan in Paris.

  52. It has been many years since I have been to St. Martin. Would be most excited to choose the Radisson Blu in St. Martin.

  53. We will probably be visiting the Radisson Blu in Chicago soon, so this would be great!

  54. Would love to take my girlfriend to the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan in Paris for a once in a lifetime trip in Europe

  55. I have always wanted to go to Cannes. I would stay at Radisson Blu in Cannes

  56. It would have been great to stay at the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow – Russia

  57. I’d go for the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan in Paris or in Panama City.

  58. My wife and I will work through the year end so Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel for our vacation early next year

  59. Like many others I would love to stay at the May Fair in London. Perfect location, excellent value and free entertainment by groupies and paparazzi waiting in front of the door.

  60. I guess I’m silly for staying in the States but Chicago would be great I want to take my nieces there!

  61. I would stay at the Radisson in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. I stayed there in the spring and know it is a fantastic hotel!

  62. I would love to stay at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview in Niagara Falls! Thank you!

  63. Country Inn and Suites, Huntersville, N.C.
    To spend the holidays with family.

  64. I am picking the The Radisson Blu Saint Martin!
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  65. I would like to stay at the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague and splurge on the upgrade to compare it to the Prague Hilton where I have stayed several times as a Diamond VIP. The Radisson Blu Alcron appears to be more centrally located for old Town, which would be a nice change. Thank you.

  66. Mayfair Hotel in London

    I am a football fanatic. would love to go to all the stadia in the city

  67. Radisson blu thallaso Cannes. stayed there this past summer and can’t wait to get back!

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