Friday, June 12, 2015

Earning Stories: 9,000 Club Carlson Points on a 5 day Budget Car Rental

Welcome to the next post in the Earning Stories series right here on Frequent Flyer Bonuses. For years we have provided you with the details on earning points and miles (both regular earning and bonus opportunities) and these stories show the actual offers in action.

This story revolves around a family trip from back in April and looks at the earning story for our car rental by crediting the rental to Carlson Rezidor Hotels Club Carlson program.

Related: Earning Stories: 10,822 Gold Passport Points on a 5 Night Stay at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

The car rental was made through Budget as they had the best pricing on the vehicle type we wanted and of course if you read FFB you'll know that Club Carlson has some huge bonuses for Avis and Budget rentals.  I booked the offer using the Budget promotion for Club Carlson members of 8,250 Bonus Gold Points that I took off of our Club Carlson Bonus Points page:



Although the rental ended on April 10th, I didn't see any points post until May 2nd and this is typical of Budget to post on the 2nd day of the month following your rental. However on the 2nd I only saw 750 points which was the base amount for the rental post to my Club Carlson account:


I called up Budget and asked them why only the base point posted. Budget looked into it and told may their system showed them submitting both the 750 base points and 8,250 bonus points. Budget said to wait until the next sweep to see if the points post to the account and if not to contact Club Carlson. So I did just that as the points did not show up in my account and after a little bit of back and forth with Club Carlson they posted the 8,250 bonus points, albeit as a discretionary bonus rather than a partner bonus:


At the outset of this rental we ended up earning the 750 base Club Carlson Points plus the 8,250 bonus points from the offer. All told 9,000 points posted from the rental which is enough points for a 9,000 point award night redemption!

Overall I think this was yet another great earning action for the rental and for what we paid. Considering we get a potential free night worth upwards of $150 for a ~$350 rental. We like to rent SUVs but I could see people getting an even better return on a promotion like this by renting a smaller vehicle that does not cost as much!

There you go. Once again you can see bonus Points offers in action! Granted there was a little leg work involved in getting all the points to post but all in all it wasn't that bad. We'd love to hear your experiences with this promotion, have you had difficulties in it posting?

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Tips for Car Rentals
- Watch the rates that include bonus miles - For us it is about 50/50 in terms of earning bonuses on rentals, many times rates are out there that are quite a bit cheaper and provide more value versus paying more and earning more miles. For a complete list of car rental bonus offers see this page on the main FFB site.
- Read the fine print - When a bonus offer is available be sure that your rental meets the criteria. Those are primarily minimum number of rental days and vehicle type. There are many promotions that don't get awarded on the smallest/cheapest vehicles.
- Join the Car Rental company's program - Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, National Emerald Club and others all provide great benefits such as dedicated check in counters, bypass check in counters and more

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