Can Carlson Corporate Rates really save you money on your hotel booking?
What are Carlson Corporate Rates?
Corporate travelers can often benefit from cheaper stays with select hotel brands and this includes the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Corporate discounts work by negotiating a discount - if a company has a large footprint in the area of the hotel the discount is likely bigger. The reverse is also true.
If you travel for business, it's possible to get a lower rate by booking your Carlson stay in advance online using a particular code. Depending on hotel availability, your negotiated rate may not be available on the requested dates and not all corporate codes work with all properties.
Corporate rates are usually stated as strictly only for corporate use by employees, so they are to be used at your own risk, especially as you may need relevant ID when checking in.
How do I use Carlson Corporate Rates?
You can easily add the code (the 'PCR' or 'Preferred Corporate Rate') to your online reservation from the homepage; click on the box that says 'Select a Rate Type', select 'Corporate Account ID' and then 'Enter Code or ID' in the box below:
For our tests, we chose the Radisson Hotel Dallas North-Addison on May 15th, 2017. It comes out at $169 plus taxes for the (flexible) Best Available Rate and $152.10 for the Club Carlson member rate:
Some of the codes we tried gave us the same price as the BAR ($169), so higher than the member rate, but stated that the corporate rate included free breakfast and free high-speed internet access:
Most of the codes we tried also worked to give us the same price as the BAR ($169), but stated that the corporate rate included free high-speed internet access:
- WP1229 3M
- 41766 American Airlines
- WP6800 AT&T
- WP1081 Bank of America
- 47069 Best Buy
- 80712 Burger King
- 16398 Capital One
- WP1149 Coca-Cola
- 46652 Dell
- 43648 Delta Air Lines
- 41315 ExxonMobil
- WC8174 Ford
- WC1287 General Motors
- 85030 Google
- 43191 Home Depot
- 15773 HSBC
- 41943 Intel Corporation
- WP1473 JPMorgan Chase
- 66143 LG
- WC2396 McDonald's
- WP1043 PricewaterhouseCoopers
- WP1440 Siemens
- 40914 UPS
The promotional rate was not offered for any of these codes with our test booking:
There were no rates available that matched the search criteria of our test booking for these codes:
What else do I need to know about Carlson Corporate Rates?
It's always useful to compare the corporate rate you're using with other rates on the Carlson website, so you can see exactly how much of a discount you're getting. In this instance, we didn't find a discount off the member rate at all; it was the same price for all codes we tried ($169, so $16.90 - or 10% - more than the member rate). The only difference was that some codes gave us free breakfast and internet while most codes just gave us free internet. Free internet is usually provided for members at Club Carlson hotels, so it may not actually be worth using your company's corporate code for your hotel booking.
However, 'free breakfast' for two for $16.90 more than the member rate may be worth using a corporate code, so useful for Accenture, General Electric, Microsoft and Shell employees in this case. Plus you may well get a much better saving when searching other dates or properties or by using your company's specific code, but always compare rates.
Thanks to FlyerTalker the_is, you can find a long list of Carlson corporate codes here. If your business isn't listed there, you can try a Google search, ask HR if there is a corporate code that you can use or contact Carlson.
Keep in mind that many hotel brands are extremely vigilant about codes being abused and if you try to check in without proof that you are entitled to use a corporate code, you could lose your place to stay or end up having to pay the rack rate instead!
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