Now it’s possible to earn Southwest Rapid Reward points for staying at Carlson Rezidor Hotels, their newly announced partner. This seems to be almost perfect timing due to the two amazing recent card offers for both the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card that many of you may have applied for.

I applied for both offers and was approved for two Southwest cards (one personal and one business) and one Club Carlson card in December, and will be bringing in a total of 100,000 Rapid Reward points and 85,000 Club Carlson points. Now that Southwest and Club Carlson are partners, this deal just got better.

Rapid Reward members can earn 600 points for every eligible stay at participating Carlson Rezidor Hotels worldwide. The best part is that this includes all of the hotel names in their collection; Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. To receive Rapid Rewards Points for your stay, just present your Rapid Rewards account number at check-in.

Also, if you book a reservation and stay at a participating Radisson, Radisson Blu, and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels in the United States you can earn double Rapid Reward Points. To get these points the check-in has to be on a Sunday through Thursday during the promotional period of January 18, 2013 to  March 31, 2013.


Although the double points promotion is a great way to earn points if you plan to stay at participating hotels in the United States, for me the best value is to use Club Carlson points to stay at some amazing Radisson Blu hotel properties across Europe.

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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo

Don’t forget that one of the major benefits of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card deal is the Bonus Award Nights – your last night is free when you redeem Gold Points for 2 or more consecutive award nights. The Club Carlson card automatically upgrades your membership to Gold Elite Status, which will get you Complimentary Room Upgrade as well.

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Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.