Earn Points Faster For Free Night's Stay with New goldpoints plus(SM) Visa Card

MINNEAPOLIS, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of goldpoints plus(SM), Carlson Hotels Worldwide's guest loyalty program, can now earn points with everyday purchases with the launch of the new goldpoints plus Visa card, offered by Bank of America. Cardholders who make their first purchase with the card before July 31, 2006, will earn 20,000 Gold Points(R), while cardholders making their first purchase anytime after August 1, 2006, will earn 10,000 Gold Points.

Cardholders will earn three Gold Points for every $1 U.S. spent on purchases. Cardholders will also earn 2,000 bonus points with each qualifying hotel stay at the more than 900 participating Carlson hotels under the Radisson Hotels & Resorts(R), Park Plaza(R) Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM) and Park Inn(R) brands. Those members who book online at http://www.goldpointsplus.com or any of the Carlson hotel brand Web sites ( http://www.radisson.com , http://www.parkplaza.com , http://www.countryinns.com or http://www.parkinn.com ) can earn 1,000 points. Free night stays begin at 15,000 points. For more information on the loyalty program or to apply for a goldpoints plus Visa card, visit http://www.goldpointsplus.com and select the Earn tab.

"goldpoints plus provides members with greater freedom and flexibility to earn rewards quicker than any other hotel loyalty program," said Fredrik Korallus, executive vice president of revenue generation for Carlson Hotels Worldwide. "The goldpoints plus Visa card becomes even more valuable to our members by allowing them to earn points with every purchase they make using the card."

Guests need only earn a minimum of 5,000 Gold Points a year to earn Silver Elite status, and 10,000 points a year to earn Gold Elite status.

Upon reaching the Elite tier levels, guests have an even greater earning potential with 25 percent and 50 percent bonuses respectively on the points earned on hotel stays. goldpoints plus members have earned twice as many bonus Gold Points per member since the launch of the program's new tier structure in 2005.

Members can also earn and redeem points through Gold Points Reward Network with a vast array of award options such as free hotel stays, dining, gift certificates, plus merchandise options from leading brands. Carlson restaurant and cruise operations, including T.G.I. Friday's(R) restaurants and the luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises, are also part of the network.

Guests can enroll in goldpoints plus at any Carlson hotel in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America or at goldpointsplus.com or a participating Carlson hotel brand Web site.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide is part of Carlson Companies, a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries. Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes five hotel brands, representing more than 930 properties in 70 countries in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE:BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. http://www.bankofamerica.com

Source: Carlson Hotels Worldwide

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