On May 15, Radisson launched their Big Night Giveaway (see this post), they also launched the So Go Country promotion for their Country Inns & Suites brand of hotels. You can register for the So Go Country promotion here. With a little creativity I managed to turn one night into 55,134 points. Here’s how:
The Country Inns So Go Country promotion awards 44,000 bonus points to the first 35,000 people who register and complete a qualifying stay during the promotion period of May 15, 2012 – July 15, 2012. The cavet: if you’re the 35,001 person to register or complete your stay, instead of 44,000 bonus points you only get 15,000 bonus points.
Since this could be a slippery slope, I choose to complete my stay sooner vs later. Plus, there’s only one Country Inn & Suites in San Diego. With limited supply and peak travel season approaching, the best rates are now vs later.
I had planned a stay-cation, booking two rooms (I had registered myself and Jeff for the promo). But Jeff reminded me that he was riding up Mt. Baldy on Saturday for stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California, the terms and conditions of the So Go Country promo dictate that you have to be physically present at check-in and check-out, so we only booked one room.
But it wasn’t a loss since my boys
were dragged got to experience their first mattress run.
The point breakdown:
I booked into a double Gold Points rate for only $20 more. This breaks down to $0.07 cents a point (which is the standard rate Club Carlson sells Gold Points), not saving any money but not losing either.
As a Silver member in the Club Carlson program, I earn a 25% bonus.
Booking online as a Silver member gave me another 2,000 bonus.
By using the promo code mentioned in this post, I got another 2,000 points.
There’s a Staples a block from the Country Inn & Suites San Diego North along with a Shell station. I needed to fill up on gas so I purchased Shell gas cards at Staples using my Ink Bold. (nod to Frequent Miler; I haven’t paid at the pump since February).
I used my card_name for dining to take advantage of the 3x Ultimate Rewards points on dining. The same card was used to pay for the hotel, earning 2x& points.
We had happy hour appetizers at Chili’s across the parking lot from the hotel. Then stopped by Extreme Pita (part of the airline dining program) since it was only 3 miles away to get a few extra miles and points. Since my card_name is also linked to my idine account, I earned 5 miles per dollar spent with American Airlines (my airline of choice).
|County Inn & Suites – San Diego North||2,750||Club Carlson|
|Silver – 25% Room Points Bonus||688||Club Carlson|
|County Inns So Go Country 44,000 Bonus||44,000||Club Carlson|
|Business Rate Double Points Bonus||2,750||Club Carlson|
|Online Booking Silver Member Bonus||2,000||Club Carlson|
|Welcome Next Stay 2000 Bonus Points||2,000||Club Carlson|
|Staples Shell $75 Gas Card purchase||75||Ultimate Rewards|
|Ink Bold 5x bonus||375||Ultimate Rewards|
|Sapphire Preferred 2x dining||23||Ultimate Rewards|
|AA Rewards Network||100||AA|
|Sapphire Preferred 2x dining||20||Ultimate Rewards|
|Hotel stay||154.78||Ultimate Rewards|
|Sapphire Preferred 2x travel||154.78||Ultimate Rewards|
Remember to register for the Country Inns & Suites So Go Country promotion here.
Watch for a full review of the Country Inn & Suites San Diego North to be posted soon.
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