I’m already super excited about the Frequent Flyer University happening in Los Angeles at the end of November. It will be my first Points and Miles event, and I can hardly wait!! Josh is always telling me that I need to make some friends who share the same level of…ahem…enthusiasm for this hobby, and this will be my chance (look out, fellow FTU participants, here I come!).
Anyway, I wondered if there was a way to make this event even better. I already have a room booked for the conference as part of the FFU package, but I wanted to know: could I figure out how to get in on one of the enticing Fall hotel promos? It turns out that the answer is, happily, yes.
I had my eye on the Radisson “Buy One, Get One” ever since it hit the scene a few weeks ago, so I decided to try to figure out how to work it. First I determined that there was a Radisson very close to the conference. In fact, it’s within walking distance (yeah, Nobody Walks in L.A., but whatever). Then I signed up for Radisson’s “Stay More Nights, Earn More Points” promo, which will net me an extra 2,000 points.
Next, I went through TopCashBack to earn an 8% rebate on my Radisson booking. The price for a night at the hotel was very reasonable (less than $100), but I knew I could do better than that. I went ahead and booked the hotel on the Radisson site (earning myself an extra 2,000 points), and then I browsed around for a few minutes online until I came up with a better rate on Expedia. I then went back to the Radisson site and submitted a claim through their Best Rate Guarantee program (if you find a lower rate, Radisson will not only match the rate, they will discount it by 25%!). If you’re thinking about getting in on this action, and you aren’t a Club Carlson member yet, sign up here and get an extra 2,000 points after your first stay.
I had to wait a couple of days for Radisson to approve my claim, but they did…so I now have the room for $66! TOTALLY worth it, because with the “Buy One, Get One,” promo, I’ll get a certificate good for a free night at any Radisson hotel in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean. Since I’m planning a couple of fun weekend trips in 2013, I know this certificate will come in handy. I think I’ll use it in New York City, where rooms at the Radisson go for upwards of $350.
So there you have it, my first mattress run AND my first Points and Miles gathering will be happening on the same weekend. Insane!
(“Yes. Insane,” says Josh).