Club Carlson changes & devaluations coming into effect March 15, 2014

Club Carlson has been one of the more liberal programs out there in terms of loyalty for hotels, however, one key feature that they have not introduced yet is to count award nights towards status for the year. That just changed. In a new communication from Club Carlson, new benefits are coming out as of March 15, 2014. However, there is a devaluation in the mix as well.

Here are the details:

  • You can now use Gold Points® to book premium rooms, including suites and more
  • Our hotel categories will be updated and will include a new tier for our most luxurious hotels
  • You can now earn Gold Points on food and beverages purchased during Award Nights
  • Bonus for booking online will be offered on a promotional basis
  • Eligible Stays and Award Nights will now both count toward Elite status
  • Tier bonuses will move down from 50% for Gold Elites to 35% and 15% for Silver Elites instead of 25%.

The list of hotels moving categories in 2014 is not very long, but distinguished. A new category 7 is in play, and these hotels would cost 70,000 Club Carlson points to redeem. And here are the hotels moving into that category, all of them are in Europe:

  • Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai
  • Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero
  • Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes
  • Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris
  • The May Fair
  • Plaza on the River, London
  • art’otel, Amsterdam
  • Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow

In all fairness, there are hotels moving down a notch as well. A lot of the India properties have moved down one notch. Here are more details.

A more detailed analysis coming soon.

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About Ajay Awtaney

Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

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  1. The 3K bonus for Concierge level booking online has earned a lot of points for me. Looks like that will now be greatly limited. That could easily cut points for my stays in half.

    “•Our Gold Points bonus for booking a stay online will now be offered only on a promotional basis, so watch for upcoming opportunities”


  2. Thanks for posting this first!

    All the bloggers will now only be talking about this for days to come along with the Barclays Arrival Card.

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