Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 20 Update: Increased fee and benefits on the Business Platinum Card® from American Express® and Carlson Rezidor Hotels to rebrand to Radisson Hotel Group

First update in what seems like ages! Rewards Canada is back from vacation and it's time to play catch up! Lots of you have emailed or asked us questions via blog comments and we'll get to them as soon as we can!


The Business Platinum Card® from American Express® underwent some slight changes. First off it has become more expensive at $499 per year now but to offset that $100 increase American Express has upgraded the Priority Pass offered on th card to not only have the waiver of the US$99 annual fee on that membership but also provide free entrance to the lounges for the cardholder and one guest. That's up to a US$54 value each time you travel. Find out more about The Business Platinum Card® from American Express®

On March 5, Carlson Rezidor Hotels will change their name to Radisson Hotel Group and also rename (and possibly relaunch) Club Carlson to Radisson Rewards. Right now that is all the details we have but will be watching closely on March 5th (or sooner if details are leaked) and pass along any news. If you have read Rewards Canada for some time now you'll know one of our pet peeves is where hotel chains and their associated programs using a nomenclature that doesn't relate to any of the actual hotel properties. There are no Carlson Hotels, there are no Choice Hotels, no Accor Hotels, no Starwood Hotels nor IHG Hotels. In fact we believe it is the reason some of the programs and their credit cards haven't done well here in Canada. When you try to market to the non-frequent traveller (or points/miles know it all) you can't sell your product. The average Canadian does not know Carlson Hotels they know Radisson and the same goes for the other brands. So this will be a welcome chain and hopefully help this brand out worldwide. (Source Meetings and Convnentions)

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Best Western Rewards
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- Earn up to 2,500 Bonus Miles & More Miles for stays at participating Hilton hotels Worldwide. More... Until Mar 25, 18

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