Seven years ago Club Carlson replaced Goldpoints Plus as the loyalty program for Carlson hotels. There were once two different parallel goldpoints programs, one for hotel customers and one for people who ate at TGI Fridays. (Seriously.) Club Carlson didn’t do much to tie with the branding of the hotels though.
Radisson Blu Belgrade
The value of the program is really strong for folks whose travels match their 1100 hotel footprint and tastes match their hotel brands. I find I uncover the program relative to the value offered because even though Radissons are far nicer in Europe than in the U.S. they’re rarely the property I want to stay at in most cities at least outside of northern-most Europe.
Fewer Nights Required to Earn Status
Going forward fewer nights will be required to achieve each elite tier. And 2018 status will be recalculated based on these lower thresholds.
Reduced mid-tier elite points-earning
Here’s what earning looks like going forward:
- Club: 20/$ (stays the same)
- Silver: 22/$ (down from 23)
- Gold: 25/$ (down from 27)
- Platinum: 35/$ (stays the same)
It seems to me dirty pool to reduce points-earning for current Silvers and Golds. Announce it to go into effect a year in advance, sure. But guests stayed in 2017 on the expectation of their current benefits. I’d be pretty mad as a mid-tier elite losing out with fewer points per dollar on each stay.
Better-earning credit card
The co-brand credit card from US Bank will add a new benefit of up to 3 free nights each year (on top of points earned), one free night for each $10,000 in spend on the card up to $30,000.
I was concerned this might take the place of points earned each year upon renewal but it does not, this is an addition.
Radisson’s Business Programs are Being Rebranded, Too
They’re going to be called Radisson Rewards for Business but nothing about them will actually change besides that.
I’m told there are no changes to points required for room redemptions or changes to elite benefits at this time.