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Planning a trip to Europe? Do This For Great Hotel Options

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Most of my previous international adventures were to Asia, where I had many affordable Hyatt and Starwood properties to choose from. But this year has brought several European trips with limited hotel options in my preferred brands and Carlson Rezidor (Radisson) hotels wound up being my best bet for Vienna, Limerick, and Shannon Airport.
Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna King Room
RadissonBlu’s may not be particularly spectacular, but they’re better than Holiday Inns and more affordable than many Hyatt and Starwood properties in major European cities, if either chain even has a presence. I know Jeanne was able to take her mom to Paris by using points for several nights at the RadissonBlu Le Metropolitan).
They’re also great for small towns where a Country Inn & Suites might be at the top of the hotel range and can be had for a bargain using cash and points.
I remember being impressed with this earlier this year, but it was really hammered home this weekend was I was starting to plan a weekend trip to Italy this fall and my options were very limited since bed and breakfasts weren’t convenient and I wanted to try to save money by using points.
The Club Carlson program becomes even more attractive with a Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa or Club Carlson Rewards Visa Business Card. Card holders get a free award night for every award booking of two or more nights, essentially “redeem one get one free.”
Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa
A 50,000 point a night redemption becomes a great deal when you get an extra free night, bringing the average cost to 25,000 Club Carlson points per night.
They’re fairly generous awarding points for paid stays, 20 points per dollar, and while the Personal Premier and Business Rewards credit cards only earn 5 points per dollar in spend, they both offer a 50,000 point sign up offer and 40,000 points each year you renew.
So if you’re planning a trip to Europe it’s definitely worth the $60 (Business card annual fee) or $75 (Personal Premier annual fee) investment to make your points go alot farther!
Note: We do not receive any affiliate credit for applying through these links, I’m recommending only because I find this credit card to be a great value for European trips.

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  1. Points with a Crew

    September 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I believe that the signup bonus is actually 85,000 points – 50,000 points on first purchase and an additional 35,000 points once you spend $2500 in the first 90 days

    • Keri Anderson

      September 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      You’re completely right, thank you! I should have detailed the offer but had automatically defaulted to the base offer in my head without thinking about it because some of my friends can’t hit the $2500 in spend within 90 days.

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  3. MarkD

    September 17, 2014 at 12:34 am

    This is just a credit card pump. What a waste of a click.

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      September 17, 2014 at 4:38 am

      We don’t have any affiliate links up for this…

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