Club Carlson changes to a fixed rate of 10 points for one frequent flyer mile in an unannounced change today for the program’s points to miles transfer exchange rate. Previously Club Carlson had a variable rate with 100,000 points = 18,000 miles for 5.56 points = 1 mile. The new fixed rate is a 44% devaluation in the points-to-miles exchange rate for Club Carlson.

This is Black Monday in hotel loyalty programs for travelers who like to convert hotel points into frequent flyer miles.

New Club Carlson Points-to-Miles Transfer Rates (Fixed 10:1 rate)

  • 2,000 points = 200 miles
  • 50,000 points = 5,000 miles
  • 100,000 points= 10,000 miles

Old Club Carlson Points-to-Miles Transfer Rates (Variable rates)

  • 2,000 points = 250 miles (8 points = 1 mile)
  • 50,000 points = 8,000 miles (6.25 points = 1 mile)
  • 100,000 points = 18,000 miles (5.56 points = 1 mile)

Club Carlson Airline Partners

  1. Aeromexico
  2. Aeroplan/Air Canada
  3. Air Berlin
  4. Air China
  5. American Airlines
  6. Asiana Airlines
  7. British Airways
  8. Cathay Pacific
  9. Czech Airlines
  10. Delta Airlines
  11. Emirates
  12. Etihad
  13. Frontier
  14. Gulf Air
  15. Icelandair
  16. Japan Airlines
  17. Jet Airways
  18. KLM Air France
  19. LAN Chile
  20. Miles & More
  21. SAS
  22. Southwest Airlines
  23. US Airways
  24. United

This sudden change comes just seven months after the release of the Club Carlson credit card.

Ever get the feeling you have been cheated?

Related Loyalty Traveler post:

Marriott Rewards quiet points-to-miles devaluation and loud AA partnership (July 1, 2013). Marriott changed its best point-to-miles exchange rate in May 2013 without member notice when the better exchange rate was dropped for 125,000 points transfers.

 

Marriott makes a stealthy splash with the reacquisition of American Airlines as a partner, yet a 12% price increase from 125,000 points to 140,000 points in the Marriott Rewards points to miles exchange rates table in May 2013 affecting all 37 Marriott Rewards airline partners goes unannounced and unnoticed.

The June 17, 2013 announcement American Airlines returns as an airline partner of Marriott Rewards for earning and redeeming points was welcome news to loyalty travelers. Marriott Rewards members have access once again to mileage earning opportunities with one of the big three airlines in the USA. That is a good thing and I should have written about this two weeks ago.

What surprised me most about the announcement, which I just got around to really looking over and writing about today, is the points-to-miles exchange rate change I noticed in the AA announcement.

Additionally, joint members can convert Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles at the following transfer rate:

• 10,000 points =  2,000 miles

• 20,000 points =  5,000 miles

• 30,000 points =  10,000 miles

• 70,000 points =  25,000 miles

• 140,000 points =  50,000 miles

For more information and to learn more about earning opportunities, please visit aa.com/marriott and/or MarriottRewards.com.

I placed in bold text the points-to-miles exchange rate that is the truly significant announcement to me.

When did Marriott increase its points-to-miles transfer rate from 125,000 points for 50,000 miles to 140,000 points = 50,000 miles?

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