Friday, 13 July 2012

Travel Hacking - Tip #25 – Club Carlson - Country Inn - Success!

UPDATE:  Following up from here - Very happy to report that a phanthom 'no show' booking just posted (took 3 days and I was sweating) for Country Inns for 44K points +4K bonus for being a silver member = 48K Carlson for $90 in Florida location - YMMV - am sure there are cheaper options.


This little hack = ~1 night in Top Tier Europe  / Asia Carlson Hotel for up to $500+ per night aka BARGAIN!


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15 comments:

Anonymous,  July 13, 2012 7:51 am  

I really think you should delete this post. Many of us are aware of this hack, and I'm worried that they are going to catch on and cancel/reverse the points. Would you consider removing these? They're worth too many points to lose.

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) July 13, 2012 11:05 pm  

@ Anony:

I appreciate your concern but I am just a wee blog with a small audience and in my opinion Carlson are more than happy to oblige with awarding points for no shows - as the small number who do this + the even smaller number who end up using the points is built into their business model

Anonymous,  July 16, 2012 4:58 pm  

aznprzn-

Thanks brotha, just signed up for a park inn in MI and a park plaza in MN. Im hoping the no shows will still count. I have also subscribed to your blog.

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) July 18, 2012 7:51 am  

@ aznprzn - let us know if it worked pls

Anonymous,  July 19, 2012 1:40 am  

Hey... when you login to your Club Carlson account and look at your reservation history, do you see a cancellation number on your phantom no show booking for the one that worked? I tried this and am seeing a cancellation number (but also a pending charge on my credit card). Let me know, and thanks so much! :)

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) July 19, 2012 7:19 am  

@ Anony: No - I don't see it as cancelled - it shows like a regular stay

Anonymous,  July 19, 2012 2:55 pm  

Damn... doesn't look like it worked for me, then. It tried it and am seeing that they cancelled my stay since I didn't show up (there's a cancellation number in my Club Carlson account) AND a charge on my credit card. :(

Jordan,  July 19, 2012 9:06 pm  

After reading this post I booked a stay in a radisson 7/13 and a stay in a country inn on 7/14 ($78 and $57 respectively). No showed both of them since they were across the country. No cancellation number but no points yet.

fingers crossed!

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) July 19, 2012 9:37 pm  

@ Anony: bummer which city / property / brand did you book?

@ Jordan: - 1.) when you check your carlson a/c did the stays show up yet on your statement 2.) you registered for the promo right?

Jordan,  July 20, 2012 11:09 am  

They show up in 'my recent stays' but not under 'my statement'.

Anonymous,  July 21, 2012 3:38 am  

My first attempt failed (I see a cancellation number AND I was charged on my credit card). Since Jordan isn't having much luck, I was wondering, Paddy, if you called the evening of your reservation to confirm your booking so that they wouldn't "cancel" it, or, did you just leave it be as a reservation and hope for the best? The one that I was cancelled for was Park Plaza.

I'm tempted to risk this a second time, but not sure, yet.

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) July 22, 2012 11:51 pm  

@ Jordan: sometimes takes a few days for points to show up but not liking the cancelled status on your res :-(

@ Anony: I just left it to the 'gods' - seems to vary by location from what you and Jordan are reporting

aznprzn,  July 27, 2012 11:14 am  

No luck Paddy. I wonder if i can just call in and have them push it thru for the Park Plaza I have scheduled.

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) July 27, 2012 7:44 pm  

@ aznprzn: I'm on the fence going for Park Plaza hearing your story - I don't quite understand why a no show would not be honored for bonus points - it's a win win for the hotel and a large % of folks will never get around to redeeming the bonus - keep me posted pls

aznprzn,  July 28, 2012 1:01 pm  

@paddy

Yeah Im not sure if I want to gamble again. Although I do not see them charging me for it on my cc. Maybe someone at Carlson knows if you charge them it will trigger the points.

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