Apr082011

Club Carlson Hotel Rewards Analysis – Category 2 Hotels

There are 168 hotels in Club Carlson Category-2 hotel rewards list. Category-2 hotels were the largest segment of Carlson Hotels in Goldpoints Plus with 433 hotels or about 40% of 1,070 properties globally. One of the greatest shifts in Club Carlson hotel reward category assignment was the movement of hotels out of category 2 to higher categories. Club Carlson category 2 Hotels.

Of 377 hotels in the USA in category 2 prior to Club Carlson’s March 31 launch, there are 127 hotels remaining in category 2. Only 3 hotels dropped from category-2 to category-1 in Club Carlson. The other 247 hotels that were category-2 in goldpoints plus now cost more points for a reward night in Club Carlson. There are 2 hotels in Canada with Club Carlson category 2, down from 16 hotels in goldpoints plus.

The hotels currently in category 2 provide some of the best values in Club Carlson. Hotels formerly in category 2 that remain in Club Carlson category 2 have dropped in cost from 25,000 points to 15,000 points, a 40% reduction in reward night cost.

USA Category-2 Hotels

  • 127 hotels in Club Carlson category-2 compared to 377 hotels in USA before Club Carlson changes.
  • 28 states have category-2 hotels.
  • 111 Country Inns and Suites
  • 13 Radisson Hotels
  • 1 Park Plaza (Bloomington, Minnesota)
  • 2 Park Inns (Harrisburg West, Pennsylvania; Toledo, Ohio.)
  • No hotels dropped to category-2 from a higher category. (See Europe changes.)
  • 53 hotels were formerly category-1 at 15,000 points in goldpoints plus. Hotel reward cost remains the same at 15,000 points for category-2 hotel reward in Club Carlson.
  • 74 hotels were formerly category-2 at 25,000 points in goldpoints plus. These hotels now require 40% fewer points as Club Carlson category-2 rewards at 15,000 points per night.

Canada Category-2 Hotels

  • 2 hotels in Club Carlson category-2 compared to 16 hotels in Canada before changes.
  • 2 Park Inns
  • Both hotels were category-1 before and there is no change in reward cost.

Mexico, Central & South America Category-2 Hotels

  • 8 hotels in Club Carlson category 2 compared to 8 hotels before changes, but only 4 hotels are same. 
  • 6 different countries. 
  • 3 hotels were formerly category 1 and see no change in reward points.
  • Radisson Colon 2000 Resort & Casino Panama City was formerly category-3 at 30,000 points and dropped 50% to Club Carlson category-2 at 15,000 points.

Europe, Middle East and Africa Category-2 Hotels

  • 21 hotels in Club Carlson category-2 and there were 22 hotels formerly.
  • 19 of the 21 hotels were higher category hotels in goldpoints plus.
  • 10 different countries in Europe plus Egypt.
  • 12 hotels dropped from goldpoints category-3 (30,000 points) to Club Carlson category-2 (15,000 points) for a 50% reduction in reward cost.
  • 6 hotels dropped from goldpoints category-4 (40,000 points) to Club Carlson category-2 (15,000 points) for a 63% reduction in reward cost.
  • 1 hotel, Park Inn Island Reykjavik, dropped from goldpoints category-5 (50,000 points) to Club Carlson category-2 (15,000 points) for a 70% reduction in reward cost.

Asia-Pacific Category-2 Hotels

  • 10 hotels in China, India, Nepal and Thailand
  • 3 hotels were formerly category-1 and no change in reward cost at 15,000 points.
  • 5 hotels were formerly category-2 (25,000 points) and reward cost dropped 40%.
  • 2 hotels were formerly category-3 (30,000 points) and reward cost dropped 50%.

Related Loyalty traveler posts:

Competitive Advantages of Club Carlson Hotel Rewards (April 10)

Club Carlson Hotel Rewards Category Reassignment Analysis – Overview and Category-1 (April 7)

Club Carlson Category 2 Hotel Rewards Analysis (April 8 )

Club Carlson Category 3 Hotel Rewards Analysis (April 8 )

Club Carlson Category 4 Hotel Rewards Analysis (April 8 )

Club Carlson Category 5 Hotel Rewards Analysis (April 9)

Club Carlson Category 6 Hotel Rewards Analysis (April 9)

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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