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
Europe, Middle East, Africa 42 hotels down
Americas 16 hotels up
Americas 12 hotels down
Asia 6 hotels up
Asia 15 hotels down