Last night, Club Carlson, the award program for the Carlson Rezidor group, which includes the Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza brands, announced their annual category changes. To everyone’s surprise (or maybe not!), most of the Europe and Middle-East based properties went up, sometimes jumping 2-3 categories in a crazy manner. All the new charts go in effect for redemptions booked on June 1, 2015 and onwards.
Have a look at this:
- Radisson Blu Kuwait: Category 4 to 7, costing 70,000 points.
There are tonnes of such changes, and the list is so large that any sort of analysis may not show up any trends behind their intentions. But if you can salvage any values, please book up right now.
Club Carlson sweetens redemptions in India
One of the major markets for the Carlson Rezidor group is India, and they have over 70 hotels in India when I last checked. Most of them are around the lower categories, and again Club Carlson has followed others into reducing the number of points required for Indian redemptions. No premium properties in India really!
Yawn! I can’t even find one property on this list which is on my wishlist of places to stay. I don’t make a detour for Carlson properties at all, with Hyatt, Starwood and IHG properties filling up most of my stays at this moment.
Does this impact your plans for a redemption anywhere?