Club Carlson devalues points-to-miles exchange rate 44%

Club Carlson changes to a fixed rate of 10 points for one frequent flyer mile in an unannounced change today for the program’s points to miles transfer exchange rate. Previously Club Carlson had a variable rate with 100,000 points = 18,000 miles for 5.56 points = 1 mile. The new fixed rate is a 44% devaluation in the points-to-miles exchange rate for Club Carlson.

This is Black Monday in hotel loyalty programs for travelers who like to convert hotel points into frequent flyer miles.

New Club Carlson Points-to-Miles Transfer Rates (Fixed 10:1 rate)

  • 2,000 points = 200 miles
  • 50,000 points = 5,000 miles
  • 100,000 points= 10,000 miles

Old Club Carlson Points-to-Miles Transfer Rates (Variable rates)

  • 2,000 points = 250 miles (8 points = 1 mile)
  • 50,000 points = 8,000 miles (6.25 points = 1 mile)
  • 100,000 points = 18,000 miles (5.56 points = 1 mile)

Club Carlson Airline Partners

  1. Aeromexico
  2. Aeroplan/Air Canada
  3. Air Berlin
  4. Air China
  5. American Airlines
  6. Asiana Airlines
  7. British Airways
  8. Cathay Pacific
  9. Czech Airlines
  10. Delta Airlines
  11. Emirates
  12. Etihad
  13. Frontier
  14. Gulf Air
  15. Icelandair
  16. Japan Airlines
  17. Jet Airways
  18. KLM Air France
  19. LAN Chile
  20. Miles & More
  21. SAS
  22. Southwest Airlines
  23. US Airways
  24. United

This sudden change comes just seven months after the release of the Club Carlson credit card.

Ever get the feeling you have been cheated?

Related Loyalty Traveler post:

Marriott Rewards quiet points-to-miles devaluation and loud AA partnership (July 1, 2013). Marriott changed its best point-to-miles exchange rate in May 2013 without member notice when the better exchange rate was dropped for 125,000 points transfers.


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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. I think you have a typo in your numbers.

    100,000 point = 10,000 miles (5.56 points = 1 mile)

    I think you mean 18,000 miles (10k is the new value).

  2. Glad i transfd my 100k out last year . Old rule applies: use, dont save .

    Earn em and use em

  3. I guess my 2,400 Club Carlson points are worth even less today. I think in general, you have to be wary of companies selling points at a discount. Companies like Club Carlson can devalue overnight. That’s why most bloggers recommend not buying points/miles unless you will redeem right away. This is why I plan on transferring my Choice points out ASAP.

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