Club Carlson is the loyalty programme for the Carlson Rezidor hotel group, consisting of the following brands: Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn, etc. Not the most exciting list, but Club Carlson have been making a big push in the last couple of years to popularise the programme, which you can explore here.
Unfortunately, Club Carlson also decided to devalue its programme earlier this year. This removed some of the perks of mid-level status such as the online booking bonus, and reducing the amount of bonus points for Gold members from 50% to 35%. A real problem for Europeans is that we can’t get our hands on a Club Carlson credit card – Americans on the other hand can take great advantage of it, since a perk of the card is a completely free additional night when booking an award stay. (most people then book 2-night stays and only pay for 1…) So, we Europeans suffer the devaluations whilst missing out on the best perks…
Regardless, reports were circulating that Club Carlson status matches were now valid through 28 February 2016. So, I figured I might as well go for it, even though CC don’t status match to their highest level called Concierge… I emailed a screenshot of my Hyatt status to firstname.lastname@example.org and had my status match to Gold approved within a couple of days.
As I wrote last year, Gold status with Club Carlson isn’t all that impressive. (even less after the devaluation) But considering it didn’t cost me more than 5 minutes effort, I’ll have at least 20 months of:
- a 35% points bonus
- an outside chance of an upgrade
- the chance to book 2 nights for the price of 1, or 4 nights for the price of 2 at hotels in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The only catch is that one of the nights must be a Friday or Saturday (Friday AND Saturday for the 4-for-2), but it’s a nice way to get a cheap weekend away or to extend a business trip into the weekend. You can find details here.
As always with status matches, be careful about taking advantage of them if you are unlikely to requalify, as they tend to be one off opportunities, and who knows if, in the future, you would regret having wasted that opportunity earlier.
But since I’d be getting almost 2 full years of status and I might be travelling a lot more in 2015, I decided to go for it…