Starting March 15, Club Carlson is changing their program rules. It’s not really a surprise since most of the other major chains have done so in the last year, but it is still disappointing when a program devalues.

The good

Award stays will now count towards elite status.

Food & Beverage charged to the room on Award stays will earn points.

There will be an easier way to book suites when redeeming points, rather than paying a 50% premium. No word on the exact amounts needed yet though.

Club Carlson will be offering more gift card merchants with redemption rates starting at 7,000 points

The neutral

Hotel Category changes. Many hotels go up a category, although some go down.

The bad

Elite point bonuses decrease. Silver goes from 25% to 15%, Gold from 50% to 35%. Concierge stays the same at 75%.

Online booking bonus (currently 2000 points) may be disappearing in the future, as it is mentioned as being on a “promotional basis”.

24/7 Global Concierge for Concierge members ends.

A new Category 7 is being introduced, for the following properties –
– Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dubai
– Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Paris
– Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso Cannes
– Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Paris
– Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees Paris
– The May Fair London
– Plaza on the River London
– art’otel Amsterdam
– Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow

To sum up, I would check the redemption chart to see if any properties I want to stay at will be increasing in value and if so, book now. Especially with those at the new Category 7 level, which will require 70,000 points per night for redemption.