Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014


I've finally found time to finish creating my comparison tables of hotel elite status in 2014. These things always get ripped to shreds in the first draft, so I won't do much analysis in this post; I'll wait until later this week. But do feel free to comment. I will try to get a corrected … [Read more...]

How Much Does It Cost to Earn a Free Night?

Hyatt SPG Weighted Average

I'm in the process of updating my hotel elite status comparison chart, and as part of that process I need to collect information on the different award tiers and the points earned with each stay. That allows me to do what I consider a very useful analysis of the relative cost of earning an … [Read more...]

Club Carlson Finally Devalues Its Program

I've been critical of Club Carlson for a long time. No program can be so generous -- huge bonus point promotions, easy elite status, redeem-one-get-one-free, 50-75% bonus points on every stay on top of 20 points per dollar -- and expect to remain profitable. My assumption has been that … [Read more...]

38K Club Carlson Points after Three Nights

Club Carlson 38K Promo

Club Carlson shared its winter promotion today. You can get 38,000 bonus Gold Points after spending three nights at any Club Carlson properties. You don't need to complete all three stays at the same hotel, but they must be paid stays to be eligible (not cash + points) and you must … [Read more...]

Review: Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago


Earlier this month, I stayed at the Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago. I actually had 2 stays on the same weekend, with a Friday night stay via a free night certificate I earned last year to be used at any Club Carlson property in North America, as well as a Sunday/Monday night stay using … [Read more...]

If It’s Too Good to Be True…

Club Carlson Geography

...Then it probably won't last long. It's no secret that I have never liked Club Carlson. People give me heat for liking United Airlines, but at least they fly where I want to go and earn me miles that I can (and frequently) use for valuable awards. My choices in hotel loyalty programs … [Read more...]