Country Inn & Suites is currently offering a great promotion to earn a slew of Southwest Rapid Reward points with every stay. Through April 30, 2014, you will earn triple Southwest points with every single stay. Typically you earn a flat 600 points per stay, but during this promotion you will earn 1,800 points. Remember though, this is instead of earning Club Carlson points during your stay.
I personally think this is a great promotion for inexpensive one night stays. 1,800 Southwest Rapid Reward points is currently worth a fixed $30 towards a Southwest “Wanna Getaway Fare”, however, starting March 31, 2014 once the Southwest devaluation takes place, it will be worth $25.70.
To change your Club Carlson earning preference from Points to Miles, sign into your account and select the “My Profile” option. Scroll down the page and you will see the “Earning Preference” section. Select the “Miles” radio button, select Southwest Airlines from the “Airline/Other Program” drop down and enter your Southwest Rapid Rewards number. This will ensure your points get credited properly.
Note: When you change your earning preference to miles your entire current Club Carlson point balance will be converted to miles with the selected airline at a 10:1 ratio. I personally think this is a ridiculous policy, but I am assuming it has to do with some behind the scenes technology in place. This conversion is not a good value, so if you have a large point balance you probably will not want to change your earning preference. However, if you still want to take advantage of this promotion you can create a new account number and stay under that account.
Also, the terms do state that this is for new reservations only, so if you are looking to take advantage of this promo, you might want to cancel and rebook (assuming the rate has not changed).
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