Club Carlson and TGI Friday’s Team Up: Free Points!

I received an e-mail message about a rather bizarre but intriguing promotion between the Club Carlson Gold Points frequent guest loyalty program and the TGI Friday’s Stripes V.I.P. frequent dining loyalty program where I will receive 4,500 Gold Points and 50 Stripes points simply for signing up to join the Club Carlson Gold Points frequent guest loyalty program.

As I understand it, 4,500 Gold Points is half of the points required for a free standard award night at a room of a participating Category 1 Club Carlson property at the redemption level of 9,000 points. That is not too bad, as there are 48 Club Carlson properties worldwide which are at the Category 1 award level.

Also, I can redeem the 50 Stripes credits for a complimentary dessert at a TGI Friday’s restaurant. 80 Stripes will get me a free sandwich or hamburger; 100 Stripes credits gives me the option of a complimentary seafood or chicken entrée or an $8.00 discount off a purchase of any food item; and I can snag a free steak or ribs entrée for 150 Stripes credits. 50 Stripes credits puts me well on my way to any of those award redemptions.

I received the e-mail message because I became a TGI Friday’s Stripes V.I.P. frequent dining loyalty program member back in 2008, but I am not a Club Carlson Gold Points frequent guest loyalty program member — yet, anyway.

However, the offer works from a different angle as well: if you are already a Club Carlson Gold Points frequent guest loyalty program member, join the TGI Friday’s Stripes V.I.P. frequent dining loyalty program by December 18, 2011, and earn 1,000 bonus Gold Points and 100 bonus Stripes credits.

Regardless of this promotion, when you join the TGI Friday’s Stripes V.I.P. frequent dining loyalty program at any time, you receive two coupons good for a limited time: one to “cut to the head of the line” and the other for a complimentary appetizer.

These offers are supposedly targeted, and terms and conditions apply, but do these offers sound appetizing enough to you to attempt to take advantage of this promotion in the event that you did not receive an e-mail invitation?

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