Club Carlson Category Changes effective May 1, 2013–Book Fast

Club Carlson posted short notice 2013 changes to hotel reward categories with 97 hotels going up, 151 hotels going down and 2 uncertain changes to take effect May 1, 2013. This leaves about 48 hours to book reward nights at hotels increasing in reward category.

Club Carlson has 6 hotel reward categories starting at 9,000 points and rising up to 50,000 points for a reward night using Club Carlson points.


Club Carlson Reward Category Levels.

The greatest change comes between Category 2 and 3 reward nights where the price for a reward night increases from 15,000 to 28,000 points with an 87% jump in points.

These are hotels where booking reward nights before the May 1 change can have significant savings.

3 hotels see the harshest change rising from category 1 to 3. This is more than a 200% rise from 9,000 points to 28,000 points per night.

  • Radisson Hotel Orlando – International Drive, Florida
  • Radisson Hotel Cleveland Airport West, Ohio
  • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Radisson Hotel Orlando – International Drive is a great loss for Disneyworld fans.

30 hotels rising from category 2 to 3 will have an increase in reward rate from 15,000 points per night to 28,000 points.

Club Carlson Hotel Reward Category Changes for 2013 – effective May 1, 2013.

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Club Carlson Hotel Reward Category changes has 97 hotels rising and 151 hotels dropping on May 1, 2013. 2 hotels are ambiguous in the initial Club Carlson news release. Colored rows are hotels increasing in category.

24 hotels drop from category 3 to category 2 hotel rewards decreasing in cost from 28,000 to 15,000 points. This is almost a 2-for-1 change with the new lower reward level at 46% fewer points. 1 hotel drops category 3 to category 1.

Croatia is the standout among hotels rising in cost with two properties going up. Radisson Blu Sochi, Russia is to be expected with Winter Olympics 2014 approaching.

Hotel reward category rises disproportionately affect the USA hotels with nearly 2 out of 3 hotels going up in reward category among the 113 changing in the US. And 70% of the hotels going up in reward category globally are located in the USA.

Club Carlson 2013 Hotel Category Changes link.

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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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  1. Ric
    Wonderful analysis as usual
    Can we have the ones going down in green and the ones going up in pink or something like that?
    I know the red background makes it hard to read so blue or orange or pink perhaps?
    or even sort it in excel first and change the colors to rainbow with worst colored red.

    This seems quite reasonable and more like a yearly adjustment after review of numbers than a vicious devaluation like the rest. Of course we do not know how many awards were booked at the properties going up (only they do). For all we know, they raised the price of 90% of redemptions and left 10% redemptions go down to look good!

  2. @ffi – if it is not colored then it is going down.

    I only wanted to highlight the hotels going up since those are the ones you need to act upon by April 30 if you want to book a reward stay before they increase rate on May 1.

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