Monday, March 5, 2018

March 5 Update: Episode 40 of our Podcast now available for download, Club Carlson officially becomes Radisson Rewards and more!

Episode 40 of the Rewards Canada Round Up Podcast is here! You can listen to or download it on Apple iTunes, Google Play, our website and Soundcloud.  In this milestone episode we discuss the hot topic of No Foreign Transation fee credit cards, new IHG hotels in Canada, Hyatt's new stay promotion and the very valuable new RBC Avion Visa Infinite sign up bonus!

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Carlson Hotels and their Frequent Guest Program Club Carlson were going to be re-branded under the Radisson moniker. That change officially happened today with the company now being called Radisson Hotel Group and the FGP being renamed to Radisson Rewards. Most of the program remains the same save for two parts: Elite status qualifying and points earning on stays.

The Elite qualifying requirements have been relaxed, especially for reaching the first level, Silver:
  • Silver Qualification: 9 nights or 6 stays (used to be 15 nights or 10 stays)
  • Gold Qualification: 30 nights or 20 stays (used to be 35 nights or 20 stays) 
  • Platinum Qualification: 60 nights or 30 stays (used to be 75 nights or 30 stays)  
This is good news if you are a Club Carlson Radisson Rewards regular as you can now qualify sooner. Remember as well if you have the Platinum Card from American Express you get Radisson Rewards Gold status automatically.
For points earning, the adjustment to easier elite qualifying doesn't come without any detraction as Silver and Gold members will now earn a little bit less on stays:
  • Base earn rate: 20 points per US$ (no change)
  • Silver earn rate: 22 points per US$1 (used to be 23)
  • Gold earn rate: 25 points per US$1 (used to be 27)
  • Platinum earn rate: 35 points per US$1 (no change)
Learn all about the new Radisson Rewards program here

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