I am starting to think of my next vacation and it looks like somewhere in Europe will be the winner. Believe it or not, I actually have not been to too many countries within Europe and am eager to see more places. I am open to going anywhere and will probably decide based on airline award availability and hotel redemption options. Since Europe overall can be an expensive destination, it is one of my favorite places to use hotel points for free nights.
Over the past few years I’ve accrued a boatload of Club Carlson points due to the “Stay 1 night, get 50,000 point” promotions. I was able to take advantage with a few different accounts and ultimately combine the accounts into one. I also recently purchased points during one of their flash sales. Overall, I’ve probably spent about $500 to earn these points and have a total of 600,000 points.
Radisson Blu properties are part of the Club Carlson chain and while Radisson hotels overall aren’t great in the US, they are supposedly nice hotels throughout Europe. Of course I will have to research the hotels, but my goal is to stay at some Radisson Blu properties throughout Europe. A top hotel is 50,000 points when a standard room is available. With my 600,000 points total that means I can get 12 “free nights” – so with the $500 that I paid, it really means that each night I stay I’ve paid about $41 per night (which is cheap!). While points can go quickly with a bunch of 50,000 point hotel redemptions, with the Club Carlson credit card which I got back in January, I will get a free night for every stay using points. So a 2 night stay will only cost me 1 nights worth of points. That means 2 nights at a €300 EUR hotel will only cost 50,000 points max – assuming availability. So if I only have 2 night stays this means my 12 free nights will really get me 24 free nights for a cost of about $20 per night!!
While I will not be redeeming all my points on my next vacation, it will definitely be a great usage! Now here is my ask to you all – what Radisson Blu properties have you been to in Europe that you’d suggest? Or any that you’d advise to avoid like the plague?!
You can check out more details on the Club Carlson credit card here and how you can earn a free night with every points stay!
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