Club Carlson category changes March 1, 2018 have big cat 1 impact

Club Carlson has posted its 2018 hotel category changes for 124 hotels effective March 1, 2018.

Overall the changes look relatively even handed with 55 hotels going up in award category and 69 hotels dropping award category.

EMEA-Europe, Middle East and Africa see the majority of changes where 33 hotels rise in category and 42 hotels drop in category.

These changes in Europe have a significant impact for my travels as they eliminate most of the category 1 hotels 9,000 points per night in western Europe with the loss of category 1 hotels in Great Britain, Belgium, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia.

The remodeled and recently reopened Park Inn Bratislava, Slovakia rises from category 1 at 9,000 points to category 3 at 28,000 points.

Club Carlson adds several new category 1 hotels in Egypt, Russia and Turkey.

These changes definitely impact my summer plans. Several hotels rising in points cost are places I want to travel, while Turkey, Russia and Egypt are not big on my list for category 1 opportunities.

Some of the best Club Carlson deals I booked in 2017 were category 1 hotel stays at Park Inn Kaunas, Lithuania (rising to cat 2) and a category 2 hotel stay at Radisson Blu Klaipeda (rising to Cat 3).

I plan to book hotel reward stays in the Baltics this month for summer travel before they rise in price on March 1, 2018.


Europe, Middle East, Africa 33 hotels up

Club Carlson EMEA 33 hotels up 2018

Europe, Middle East, Africa 42 hotels down

Club Carlson EMEA 2018-42 hotels down

Americas 16 hotels up

Club Carlson AMericas 16 hotels up

Americas 12 hotels down

Club Carlson Americas 12 down

Asia 6 hotels up

Club Carlson 2018 Asia 6 up

Asia 15 hotels down

Club Carlson 2018 Asia 15 down





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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  1. The cheaper ones dropping down a level are mostly in Turkey and Russia. Russia, for one, is not a country that I would want to travel in alone.

  2. Based on my experience, most of their properties in Europe are disappointing. The lower level are simply bad and in some very inconvenient locations. The last chain I would ever use in the future anyway.

  3. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate a very good article?
    but what can I say? I procrastinate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

  4. I booked award nights at 3 hotels in Europe for summer 2018 travel with 144,000 points savings compared to March 1, 2018 new award rates.

    Wish I had 150,000 more points to redeem.

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