Club Carlson is currently running a pretty good promotion called “Free Fridays” in which you can earn your choice of 10,000 bonus Gold Points or a free stay on a Friday night after two stays. The promotion started in July and ends on September 30, 2017. You can earn up to three rewards, so it’s capped at either 30,000 bonus points or three free Friday nights.
My family had the opportunity to take advantage of this promotion while road tripping across the US in July. We stayed at two different Country Inn and Suites which were conveniently located to where we planned to stop for the night. I chose to earn the Free Friday certificate as my family has found good uses for similar Club Carlson certificates in the past.
Well, the good news is that the the Free Friday e-cert has posted to my account. The bad news is that it apparently requires a trick to be able to use it.
The Radisson Blu Longyearbyen would be a good use for a free night
Using the Club Carlson “Free Friday” e-cert
When I log on to my Club Carlson account, the “Free Friday” e-cert shows up in the My E-certs section of My Account.
I figured I’d test it to see how it worked. I haven’t stayed at the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago but it looks cool, so I tried to make a reservation. I put my E-cert code in the field as you’d expect and chose a Friday night in November.
But then I got a message that my E-cert wasn’t valid. That seemed odd since the hotel was available. And the dates were within the validity window.
I checked FlyerTalk to see if anyone else had experienced this problem. Sure enough nickdel had posted that Club Carlson is aware of the issue.
And fortunately, there is a work around. It turns out that in addition to entering your E-cert code, you also need to put freefri in the Promotion field.
But of course.
And sure enough, that did the trick.
From there, I was able to continue to the reservation page and complete the booking.
I’m glad to see that the Club Carlson Free Friday E-certs are posting in a timely manner. It’s just too bad that they don’t come with better instructions for using them.
Perhaps it’s just a glitch that will be fixed soon, but hopefully this will help you to be able to use your Free Friday certificate in the meantime.
Did you earn any Club Carlson Free Friday e-certs? Where do you plan to use them?