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Club Carlson has announced changes to its award categories that come into effect March 1, 2018. Unlike recent similar changes in other hotel chains, this change is relatively balanced and does not present a significant devaluation, with about the same numbers of properties going up and down in category.
Changes To The Americas
In Canada, the changes are positive with five category 5 hotels dropping to a category 4, which will now set you back 38,000 points per night.
In the US 19 properties are changing category, with 15 hotels moving up, and 4 dropping. Unlike Canada, the changes affect hotels ranging from category 1 to category 7.
The rest of The Americas have 4 hotels changing category, with properties in Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia dropping a category, while one property in Costa Rica sees an increase.
The Rest Of The World
The biggest changes are in Europe and the Middle East, with 75 hotels changing categories. 42 hotels are dropping in category, while 33 are increasing. Several category 7 properties are dropping to a category 6.
In Asia, 21 hotels are changing categories, with 15 hotels dropping in category, and 6 increasing. Most of the changes affect lower-tier properties ranging from category 1 to 3. The highest hotel to change is the Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort and Spa, which drops from a category 5 to a category 3 hotel and will now set you back 28,000 points per night.
In the world of hotel category changes this move by Club Carlson can be viewed as slightly positive or neutral—which is a breath of fresh air since it is not the usual devaluation that tends to come with these changes. Ultimately how you view the changes will depend on where you stay in Club Carlson properties. If you mainly stay in properties in the US then this change is a slight hit. On the other hand, if you mainly stay in international hotels, then there is an argument that the change is positive especially if you use properties in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
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