Last night, as a tiny part of the preparation for my upcoming epic trip, I applied for the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card. I first heard of this product upon its launch in 2012. The initial bonus of 85,000 miles is enough for several hotel nights.

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes the following brands:

    • Radisson Hotels
    • Radisson Blu (upscale)
    • Radisson Red
    • Country Inn & Suites
    • Park Inns
    • Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
    • Hotel Missoni
    • Quorvus Collection.

The spectacular kicker is the Club Carlson Card’s Bonus Award Night feature, which effectively amounts to a 2-for-1 deal:

When you redeem Gold Points for Award Nights of two or more consecutive nights at the same participating Carlson Rezidor hotel property, you will receive the last of the Award Nights of that stay free without deduction of any Gold Points from your Club Carlson account.

None of this company’s properties are in danger of making a list of the world’s best hotels, but an inventory of free nights helps the intrepid flyer be prepared.