List of Club Carlson Properties Changing Categories

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As I shared this morning, Club Carlson is adding a Category 7 top tier that will go for 70,000 points per night (the chart previously topped out at 50,000 points per night).  This impacts nine hotels that will be going from a 6 to a 7 (none of which are in the United States), but many more hotels than that are changing category, so here is a list of those hotels that will become more or less expensive after this round of changes kicks in.

These changes kick in on March 15th for bookings on or after May 1.  As you will see, there are more hotels going up in category than down, especially in the Americas and Europe.  In the Asia Pacific region, most that are moving are going down instead of up (especially in India).  In total there are 114 hotels increasing in category and 67 decreasing.  All that are moving are just going up or down one category, except the Radisson, Petra Concepcion that is going down two categories from a 5 to a 3.

Here is what the new award chart will look like for a standard room:

Category 1: 9,000 points per night

Category 2: 15,000 points per night

Category 3: 28,000 points per night

Category 4: 38,000 points per night

Category 5: 44,000 points per night

Category 6: 50,000 points per night

Category 7: 70,000 points per night

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May Fair in London going from 50k to 70k

Hotels Increasing in Category in the Americas:

Radisson Hotel Hacienda, Cancun (1 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Jacksonville West (1 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, LaGrange (1 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norcross (1 to 2)

Radisson Hotel, Indianapolis Airport (1 to 2)

Park Inn by Radisson, Dallas-Love Field (1 to 2)

Radisson Hotel, Phoenix-Chandler (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Orlando Universal (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Orlando Airport (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Charlotte (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Vero Beach-I-95 (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ocala (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta Airport North (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Conyers (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Calhoun (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Smyrna (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Newnan (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cartersville (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Boise West (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, O’Fallon (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bloomington-Normal West (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Freeport (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cincinnati Airport (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Wilmington Airport at Market Street (Convention Center) (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Concord (Kannapolis) (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lincoln Airport (2 to 3)

Radisson Hotel, Rochester Airport (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbus Airport (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Toledo (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Oklahoma City at Northwest Expressway (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Florence (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Watertown (2 to 3)

Radisson Hotel, Nashville Airport (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lewisville (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tyler South (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Newport News South (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Winchester (2 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, El Dorado (3 to 4)

Radisson Hotel, Phoenix Airport (3 to 4)

Radisson Suites Hotel, Buena Park (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Greeley (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bradenton at I-75 (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Helen (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Council Bluffs (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Des Moines West (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Mason City (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Decatur (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rock Falls (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Covington (3 to 4)

Radisson Hotel, Duluth Harborview (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Chanhassen (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, York (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Fort Worth (3 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Eau Claire (3 to 4)

Radisson Hotel, Milwaukee West (3 to 4)

Radisson Hotel, San Francisco Airport Bay Front (4 to 5)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Traverse City (4 to 5)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ithaca (4 to 5)

Radisson Hotel, Corpus Christi Beach (4 to 5)

Radisson Hotel, Sao Paulo Faria Lima (5 to 6)

Radisson Hotel, Alphaville (5 to 6)

Radisson Hotel & Suites, Fort McMurray (5 to 6)

Radisson Hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf (5 to 6)

Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia (5 to 6)

 

Hotels Decreasing in Category in Americas:

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta Airport South (2 to 1)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Homewood (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Deer Valley (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Savannah Airport (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta at Buckhead (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbus (3 to 2)

Country Inn By Carlson, Grinnell (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Chicago O’Hare Northwest (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Grand Rapids Airport (3 to 2)

Park Plaza, Bloomington (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Charlotte University Place (3 to 2)

Radisson Hotel, Piscataway-Somerset (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dayton South (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Wyomissing (Reading) (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbia at Harbison (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dallas-Love Field (Medical Center) (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Houston Intercontinental Airport East (3 to 2)

Park Suites, Manaus (4 to 3)

Park Inn by Radisson, San Jose (4 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Panama Canal (4 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ventura (4 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Barstow (4 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Merrillville (4 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lubbock (4 to 3)

Radisson Hotel, Menomonee Falls (4 to 3)

Radisson, Petra Concepcion (5 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Calgary-Airport (5 to 4)

Radisson Hotel, Maiorana Belem (5 to 4)

Country Suites By Carlson, Bismarck (5 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Minot (5 to 4)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Galveston Beach (5 to 4)

Radisson Hotel, Reagan National Airport (5 to 4)

Radisson Blu, Mall of America (6 to 5)

 

Hotels Increasing in Category in Europe, Middle East, Africa:

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cottbus (1 to 2)

Park Inn by Radisson, Heppenheim (1 to 2)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Neubrandenburg (1 to 2)

Radisson Blu Furst Leopold Hotel, Dessau (1 to 2)

Park Inn By Radisson, Central Tallinn (1 to 2)

Park Inn By Radisson, Doncaster (1 to 2)

Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest (1 to 2)

Park Inn by Radisson, Mainz (2 to 3)

Park Inn By Radisson, Telford (2 to 3)

Park Inn By Radisson, Sarvar Resort & Spa (2 to 3)

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo (2 to 3)

Park Inn, Sandton (2 to 3)

Park Inn by Radisson, Cape Town Foreshore (2 to 3)

Park Inn by Radisson Uno City, Vienna (3 to 4)

Park Inn By Radisson, Orange (3 to 4)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone (3 to 4)

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga (3 to 4)

Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel, Riga (3 to 4)

Radisson Blu Badischer Hof Hotel, Baden-Baden (4 to 5)

Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester, Airport (4 to 5)

Park Plaza Verudela, Pula (4 to 5)

Radisson Blu St. Helens Hotel, Dublin (4 to 5)

Park Inn by Radisson, Luxembourg City (4 to 5)

Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s (4 to 5)

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands (4 to 5)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow (4 to 5)

Park Inn by Radisson, Poliarnie Zori Murmansk (4 to 5)

Radisson Blu Resort, Bukovel (4 to 5)

Radisson Blu Resort, Arc 1950 (5 to 6)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh (5 to 6)

Radisson Blu Resort, Split (5 to 6)

Al Mahary Radisson Blu Hotel, Tripoli (5 to 6)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo (5 to 6)

Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, Bergen (5 to 6)

Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil (5 to 6)

Radisson Royal Hotel, St. Petersburg (5 to 6)

Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai (6 to 7)

Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero (6 to 7)

Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes (6 to 7)

Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel (6 to 7)

Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris (6 to 7)

The May Fair (6 to 7)

Plaza on the River, London (6 to 7)

art’otel, Amsterdam (6 to 7)

Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow (6 to 7)

 

Hotels Decreasing in Category in Europe, Middle East, Africa:

Park Inn By Radisson, Harlow (2 to 1)

Park Inn By Radisson, Ostrava (3 to 2)

Park Inn London, Watford (3 to 2)

Park Inn by Radisson, Donetsk (3 to 2)

art’otel Park Plaza, Berlin City Center West (4 to 3)

Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava (4 to 3)

Radisson Blu Papirfabrikken Hotel, Silkeborg (5 to 4)

Park Inn, Tete (5 to 4)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest (5 to 4)

Radisson Hotel, Rosa Khutor (5 to 4)

Park Plaza Riverbank, London (6 to 5)

Park Plaza Victoria, Amsterdam (6 to 5)

Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre, Sochi (6 to 5)

 

Hotels Increasing in Category in Asia Pacific:

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ahmedabad (1 to 2)

Park Inn by Radisson, Davao (1 to 2)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu (3 to 4)

Radisson Plaza Resort, Tahiti (4 to 5)

 

Hotels Decreasing in Category in Asia Pacific:

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Goa Panjim (2 to 1)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gurgaon Sector 12 (2 to 1)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Goa Candolim (2 to 1)

Park Plaza, Faridabad (2 to 1)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Navi Mumbai (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Sahibabad Distt Ghaziabad (U.P.) (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Jaipur (3 to 2)

Park Plaza, Delhi CBD Shahdara (3 to 2)

Radisson Hotel, Kandla (3 to 2)

Radisson, Jalandhar (3 to 2)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gurgaon Sector 29 (4 to 3)

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Mysore (4 to 3)

Park Plaza, Chandigarh (4 to 3)

Park Plaza, Kolkata Ballygunge (4 to 3)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Amritsar (4 to 3)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Haridwar (4 to 3)

Radisson Blu Resort, Goa Cavelossim Beach (4 to 3)

Radisson Blu Hotel, New Delhi Paschim Vihar (4 to 3)

Radisson Hotel, Narita (4 to 3)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Chennai City Centre (5 to 4)

Radisson Blu Suites, Gurgaon (5 to 4)

Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil going from 44k to 50k

Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil going from 44k to 50k

 

Assessment and Recommendations:

On the whole of course this isn’t good news for Club Carlson points, but it isn’t that bad considering what it could have looked like.  The hotels that are going to Category 7 probably deserve to be there, the program has provided advanced notice, and you can make reservations on points well into the future at some properties…which is exactly what I am in the process of doing for some hotels I want to visit that are increasing in category.  You can always cancel and get the points back later if your plans change.

While it may seem counter-intuitive to suggest getting a co-branded credit card for a program that is about to make some rooms more expensive, I actually do recommend considering that in this case.  The reason is that the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card gives you the last award night free, and that benefit will kick in as soon as you get the card.  So, if you are sitting on a stash of Club Carlson points you want to use before the March 15th deadline, then they can become much more valuable if you also have this card and can get the last award night free.  I already have the card and will be putting that benefit to good use, but if you don’t have it yet, now might be a good time to hurry up and pull the trigger.

What hotels will you be booking before the new categories kick in?

 

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Comments

  1. The wording in the release is confusing on when these apply, is this your understanding:

    Book before March 15 for any dates: old rates
    Book after March 15 for dates on or before May 1: old rates
    Book after March 15 for dates after May 1: new rates

  2. Well, I’m glad to see the Country Inn Bismarck going down. I was actually getting ready to make a booking there for June, now I will wait until after March 15th.

  3. Deep sigh of relief; last night free on awards remains in place. Cost of ms for pairs of award nights, even at Cat 7, is still very reasonable compared to paying for locations like London and Paris. 😉

  4. It is worth to note that Club Carlson gives the weird pricing (in terms of points) for their high-end properties. For example, most of “future” Category 7 properties in Paris now cost 75000 points. Why is that? Another thing I noticed that single night at Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel cost 50000 points/night (I checked middle of July dates), but when you add a second night (in order to get it free for CC cardholders), it prices as 75000/night. I’m wondering, where does this pricing comes?

  5. The hotel built in “Sochi” for the winter olympics @ Rosa Khutor is going down a category.

    Maybe they don’t anticipate that hotel doing too well 🙂

  6. You should get clarification on the dates for the level changes. I (and some of your fellow bloggers) read it as bookings for any dates (even > May 1) that you make until May 1 are at the old categories.

  7. Thinking of staying at one of the London hotels. Anyone have experience with the May Fair and/or the Plaza on the River? Thanks.

  8. I have 3, 2-night stays booked in Reykjavik. Not on your list, but my 3 stays have a face value of $2175 so I feel I’m getting good value from my points…

    Especially since these are 3 luxurious stays bracketing hiking, tenting, huts and hostels. 🙂

    Now to figure out how to restock my CC points. Perhaps a business card to go along with my personal card .. 🙂

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