As a Club Carlson Gold or Concierge elite, you may already know all about the member benefit 'Weekend Extend'. If not, read on to find out more about this great offer.
Club Carlson Gold and Concierge elite members are both entitled to free stay extensions over weekends with the 'Weekend-Extend' offer. This allows members to get 2 nights for the price of 1 or 4 nights for the price of 2 at participating Club Carlson properties in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, subject to availability.
This applies to paid stays, not stays with points, so pay for one night and get one free or pay for 2 nights and get 2 nights free.
With the 2 for 1 offer, stay a Thursday night and you get Friday night for free or stay a Friday night and you get Saturday night free.
We checked the rate for Dubai for 2 adults for April 9th-11th 2015. The search returned one property (of a possible 8) available for these dates at this rate – the Radisson Blu Dubai Media City at 650 AED for the 2 nights (each of the 2 nights averaging 325.00 AED). With estimated taxes of 130 AED, this made the total 780 AED (US $212).
We checked the same hotel for those dates on Club Carlson without the offer and the cheapest total with estimated taxes came to 1248 AED (US $339). This makes the 2 for 1 offer 37.5% cheaper than booking the best online rate in this instance.
With the 4 for 2 offer, stay a Wednesday night and a Thursday night and get the Friday and Saturday nights free or stay a Thursday night and a Friday night and get the Saturday and Sunday nights for free.
We checked the rate for London for 2 adults for May 27th-31st 2015. The search returned one property (of a possible 15) available for these dates at this rate – the Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport at £298 for the 4 nights (each night averaging £74.50). With zero estimated taxes, this made the total £298 (US $444).
We checked the same hotel for those dates on Club Carlson without the offer and the cheapest total with zero estimated taxes came to £469 (US $698). This makes the 4 for 2 offer 36% cheaper than booking the best online rate in this instance.
The info you need
For both promotions, you need to book at least two days in advance for consecutive dates, one of which being a Friday or a Saturday. It's valid for up to two rooms and the Club Carlson elite must stay in one of the rooms – you can't book this on behalf of someone else.
It's up to the hotel if breakfast is included (and local policy if taxes are included), so check when searching for a property as it should be stated as part of the rate.
You can book the 2 for 1 offer here or the 4 for 2 offer here. Alternatively, you can call the Member Service Center and ask for either the 2 for 1 Weekend Extend Offer or the 4 for 2 Weekend Extend Offer.
What else do I need to know?
Radisson Edwardian Hotels don't participate in this offer.
T&C state that the member must present their Gold card upon check-in, but many members on FlyerTalk state that they have never been asked for it. This will also apply to showing a Concierge card – I guess the T&C were written before the higher Concierge level was introduced.
You can see from the above examples that even though the rate isn't half off the best rate as you may expect from a 2 for 1 or 4 for 2 promotion, Weekend Extend offers great value for Club Carlson Gold and Concierge elites and can certainly save you a fair amount of money depending on where you stay.
It's definitely worth checking this rate is available for your Club Carlson stay before you book.