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Carlson Hotels (Radisson) Family & Friends Rate - 2009 - 2017 Thread

Carlson Hotels (Radisson) Family & Friends Rate - 2009 - 2017 Thread

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The Friends and Family rate is intended to be offered to travellers who are "friend and family members" of a Carlson employee. That could be a hotel employee, a travel agent (Carlson Wagonlit) or restaurant employee (TGIF) (TGIF sold to Sentinel Capital Partners as of July 2014).

When you book the rate, you are supposed to have the basic data on your friend available at check-in for the hotel to verify that you are indeed authorized to use that rate. Generally, if they ask, they ask for:
1) Employee Name
2) Work location

Please consider that, as per T&C, only employee name and location can be requested only at the check in time.

The new code is RHGRFNF
NOTE:
Booking a rate that you're not entitled to book may result in rate adjustments and Club Carlson account freezing.

In general, the rate is 80 per night in Europe.

*These stays post as "Ineligible" - non-qualifying, non-stay, non-points earning ... so, in sum, don't associate a F&F reservation with your Gold Points account, unless elite perks you hope to enjoy are worth the risk.
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Old Jul 23, 10, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by Jimgotkp View Post
I agree with this. Every property I looked up in Europe had no F&F rate, specifically the Radisson Blu ones... very unfortunate indeed
This had originally been my experience when I first looked. Went back a few days later and got the Radisson Blu Prague for 77 EUR.
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Old Jul 23, 10, 10:51 am
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I had booked the Radisson Zurich on F&F. The credit card was not charged till the day I checked in.
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Old Jul 25, 10, 8:07 pm
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I just used this code to book 7 nights in Washington DC in April, 2011. The T&C says through Dec, 2010, but the code worked. The hotel is a little outside of the city, but it is right by a Metro station. $70 + a metro ride, or $349 in the city - you decide which is the better deal!

Thanks OP!
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Old Jul 26, 10, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
This had originally been my experience when I first looked. Went back a few days later and got the Radisson Blu Prague for 77 EUR.
I booked the Radisson Blu in Edinburgh and didn't have to pay a deposit (although the discount wasn't that great).
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Old Jul 26, 10, 11:35 am
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used this in Austin this weekend, no questions asked!
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Old Jul 27, 10, 12:55 am
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booked the radisson blue altstadt hotel salzburg / Austria in september and got it for 80 instead of 130 regular rates :-) not to forget incuding breakfast
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Old Jul 27, 10, 1:49 am
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Originally Posted by sweetbread View Post
booked the radisson blue altstadt hotel salzburg / Austria in september and got it for 80 instead of 130 regular rates :-) not to forget incuding breakfast
The cancellation rooms + breakfast inclusive tips in the favor of the Radisson F&F hugely. The reviews of the hotel are very good also.

There is a new Radisson in Salzburg... Radisson Blu Hotel and Conference Centre (earlier a Renaissance). Stayed here and liked the rooms. Near the station, a little far from the centre. But ^
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Old Jul 27, 10, 5:05 am
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Anyone managed to get points/qualifying stays out of this rate?
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Old Jul 27, 10, 5:49 am
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Originally Posted by skrosvik View Post
Used this rate earlier this week at the Radisson BLU Longyearbyen, Svalbard (the world's northernmost full-service hotel), and it gave me a saving of almost 500 NOK compared to BAR - that's 75 USD in savings PER night!
I just booked rooms for next year at this hotel and the FF rate saved me more than 1200 NOK/night.
Rate was 627 NOK compared to 1870 NOK BAR.
I hope they will honor the rate.
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Old Jul 27, 10, 5:08 pm
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Officially the carlson family and friend code "carlsonf" is bookable until the end of 2010.
However the code works for bookings until the end of 2011.
The rate is fixed now depending on brand at $70-$80 +tax, resp. 70-80, which means savings of up to 80%.
Do I run into any problems when using the code for 2011 bookings?

I have read in another forum that somebody was charged BAR as he could not tell the frontdesk staff the friend's name and hotel he works for.
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Old Jul 27, 10, 5:40 pm
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Question

Originally Posted by gatormel View Post
used this in Austin this weekend, no questions asked!
Which Radisson did you use in Austin? We are going in October and could use a recommendation. Thanks
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Old Jul 27, 10, 5:50 pm
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Originally Posted by hawaii-bound View Post
Which Radisson did you use in Austin? We are going in October and could use a recommendation. Thanks
Stayed at the Country Inn & Suites off I35. It was the only Carlson hotel to give a FF rate when I searched. It was a nice suite, no complaints there. Came with free breakfast, some hot foods. Only downside is they don't have room service (they do however outsource to a 3rd party, which I didn't want to bother with). It isn't near the hustle and bustle of Austin, instead is an easy 5 minute drive away. Good luck!
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Old Jul 30, 10, 7:27 am
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Just booked 3 nights pre-cruise in Copenhagen at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia for 80 (Kr. 589) per night for next September. Reviews on TA are not especially good, but for that price in Copenhagen, we can live with it!

Thanks OP. Guess we'd better go by another Radisson before next September and write down an employee's name, in case what Aldemar posted is true!
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Old Jul 30, 10, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Tenerife View Post
Just booked 3 nights pre-cruise in Copenhagen at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia for 80 (Kr. 589) per night for next September. Reviews on TA are not especially good, but for that price in Copenhagen, we can live with it!

Thanks OP. Guess we'd better go by another Radisson before next September and write down an employee's name, in case what Aldemar posted is true!
I just booked the Radisson Blu Scandinavia, too, for a 2-night stay in August.
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Old Jul 30, 10, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by lightbulb000 View Post
OMG - help!!
I have been eyeing the Radisson in Aruba for the past 2 days - under the F&F rate it was $80/night. Today, I finally got my vacation approved at work and when I went in to book it, they're telling me the promotional code is not valid. The lowest rate is $178!!!

Any advice out there??? Should I keep my fingers cross and wait since my trip is not till November??


Not valid? Oh boy, that's crazy. The rate is very valid
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