Club Carlson posted short notice 2013 changes to hotel reward categories with 97 hotels going up, 151 hotels going down and 2 uncertain changes to take effect May 1, 2013. This leaves about 48 hours to book reward nights at hotels increasing in reward category.
Club Carlson has 6 hotel reward categories starting at 9,000 points and rising up to 50,000 points for a reward night using Club Carlson points.
Club Carlson Reward Category Levels.
The greatest change comes between Category 2 and 3 reward nights where the price for a reward night increases from 15,000 to 28,000 points with an 87% jump in points.
These are hotels where booking reward nights before the May 1 change can have significant savings.
3 hotels see the harshest change rising from category 1 to 3. This is more than a 200% rise from 9,000 points to 28,000 points per night.
- Radisson Hotel Orlando – International Drive, Florida
- Radisson Hotel Cleveland Airport West, Ohio
- Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Radisson Hotel Orlando – International Drive is a great loss for Disneyworld fans.
30 hotels rising from category 2 to 3 will have an increase in reward rate from 15,000 points per night to 28,000 points.
Club Carlson Hotel Reward Category Changes for 2013 – effective May 1, 2013.
Club Carlson members can earn double points on two night stays, 40 points per $1 for bookings by May 3 and completed stays between April 2 and May 10, 2013 at particpating hotels in Europe and Africa.
Club Carlson promotion registration is required.
There are only 28 hotels participating Carlson Rezidor hotels in Europe and Tunisia (2), mostly Belgium (8) and France (13). Other countries with one participating hotel include Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands and Spain.
Park Inn by Radisson Antwerpen
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerpen
Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi
Radisson Blu EU Hotel, Brussels
Radisson Blu Palace Hotel, Spa
Radisson Blu Hotel, Hasselt
Park Inn by Radisson Liège Airport Hotel
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven
Radisson Blu 1835 Resort & Thalasso, Cannes
Park Inn by Radisson Lille Grand Stade
Park Inn by Radisson Lyon Ouest
Radisson Blu Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Nice
Radisson Blu Hotel, Boulogne
Radisson Blu Hotel at Disneyland Resort, Paris
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan, Paris Eiffel
Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris
Radisson Blu Dokhan Hotel, Paris Trocadéro
Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz
Radisson Blu Ambassador Hotel, Paris
Park Inn by Radisson Charles De Gaulle
Radisson Blu es. Hotel, Rome
Park Inn by Radisson Luxembourg City
Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s
Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Schiphol
Radisson Blu Prado Hotel, Madrid
Park Inn by Radisson Ulysse Resort Djerba
Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Djerba
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Links to hotel articles from the 2011 trip are at the end of this post.
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View of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament from hotel room.
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The new Country Inns & Suites brand logo was introduced to the public.
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No car travel.
Miles and miles of walking.
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