Club Carlson Category Adjustments Effective 5/1 – Act Fast For Orlando

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Every major hotel loyalty program goes through annual category adjustments where some properties move up in category and some move down.  Of course it seems in recent history we see more properties moving up than down, but in theory it is where they tweak category levels based on things like the average price of the hotel over the past year.  While I was gone (and mostly offline) for the Frequent Traveler University it was Club Carlson’s turn to do their annual tweaks.  The new categories apply to bookings made on or after May 1, 2013.  Naturally this means you want to act very quickly to lock in a property that is going up in category.  Here is a summary of what they did.

  • The points required for each category did not change.  This is huge and is something to not take for granted since 2013 has been the Year of the Devaluation as far as hotel points are concerned.  The Category 1 hotels are still 9,000 points per night and the Category 6 hotels are 50,000 points per night.
  • Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration jumps from a 2 to a 4.  Up until at least late 2012 this was an amazing value as a Category 1 property.  It then did a mid-year adjustment to a 2 and now is jumping to a four.  That means that the number of points has gone from just 9,000 per night to 38,000 per night in roughly six months time which stinks.  Though to keep this in perspective, it was a 3 roughly a year ago, so it has experienced fluctuation.
  • Radisson Hotel International Drive in Orlando jumps from a 1 to a 3.  This was the other amazing value in Orlando as the hotel was available for just 9,000 points per night.  As of May 1st you will need 28,000 points per night to book this room.  Some of the Country Inn and Suites properties in Orlando are still just 15,000 points per night.
  • Many properties in Europe did go down a category, a few examples include Park Inn By Radisson Zurich Airport went from 5 to 4, Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel went from 6 to 5, Park Inn Hotel & Conference Centre London Heathrow went from 4 to 3, Radisson Blu es. Hotel, Rome went from a 6 to a 5, and the Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor went from a 4 to a 3 (this is the property near the downhill events for the Sochi 2014 Olympics).

You can view a full listing of the category adjustments here.  They did not allow very much time before the new amounts go into effect, so act very quickly on this – especially if you want to lock in rooms at the much lower points rates in the Orlando area.  You have today and tomorrow only to make your bookings at the current rates since the 1st is Wednesday!

Comments

  1. Do you know if Club Carlson is going to have the Buy one get 45000 pts free this year? Registration was about this time last year. Im dying to know! Love my Carlson points!

    • Kitty, your guess is as good as mine. Not sure they need it since so many of us are now familiar with their brand thanks to those promos, but I hope I am wrong!

  2. My friend has started staying with them because I got her in the promo. She ran out of points and tried another hotel. She was horrified at the treatment from the other place. I laughed and laughed told her Club Carlson had spoiled her. They do give really good service.

  3. Summer, sorry I missed you at FTU. Your sessions conflicted with ones I went to. Anyway with regards to Club Carlson’s changes, they are good for me in the sense that the top category which is where most of my stays with them would be is unchanged. Having said that it’s pretty puzzling to see places in category 4 or 5 when the room rates from some quick searches are close to $100 a night! So 38,000 points gets you a night at a property where rates are typically around $105 when 50,000 points gets you a night where rates can be close to $350+ (ie most places in London, Paris, and other large cities). I think the 50K point level is appropriate but its weird how they have so few categories beneath it and how point requirements vary so much especially compared to rates.

  4. Also as far as Orlando properties. Both those look pretty poor. I stayed at the Lake Buena Vista Radisson in February where room rates were about $110 a night. It was a good property, nothing special but clean and pretty new. Rates for those two you mentioned seem as cheap or cheaper. So it seems one should never use points at a good number of Carlson properties.

  5. Nice. I’m planning 2 days over Memorial Day using the Club Carlson Visa Card 2-night special at one of the hotels which fell from 4 to 3. I think that 28,000 points for 2 nights sounds awesome!

  6. Radisson Hotel International Drive in Orlando may be jumping from 1 to 3, but in reality the hotel itself and level of service it isn’t even close to a 1.

  7. I was just looking at the new point rates. I found a Radison that raised the number of points for a free night, however it was not on their list. Anybody else find this. Maybe somebody could out together a list

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