Carlson Hotels Sold, How This Impacts Your Points

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Carlson Hotels Sold, How This Impacts Your Points

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The Carlson Hotel Group is being sold to HNA Tourism Group according to StarTribune.  Carlson has ~1,400 hotels around the world including the well-known Radisson brand.

I’ll let you know what might happen to your Club Carlson points, their loyalty program, and what could be in store for the Club Carlson credit cards.

Carlson Hotels Sold How This Impacts Your Points
HNA Tourism Is Buying Carlson Hotels, Which Includes the Radisson Blu Scandinavia in Copenhagen Pictured Here. So What’s the Future of Your Club Carlson Points?

The Chinese Company That Runs Hainan Airlines Is Buying Carlson

According to CNBC,

HNA Tourism Group, a division of aviation and shipping conglomerate HNA Group, will buy 100 percent of Carlson Hotels for an undisclosed sum.

Skift notes,

HNA…is the largest shareholder in Spanish hotelier NH Hotel Group SA as well as Spokane, Washington-based Red Lion Hotels, it owns Swissport International, and has a stake in the Azul airline, among others. It also runs Hainan Airlines, one of China’s largest regional carriers.

What Does HNA Plan for Carlson Hotels?

CNBC revealed that Bai Haibo, HNA Tourism’s CEO, is looking to build the Radisson brand both in the US and abroad.  So that could mean Club Carlson points will be more useful because there will be more hotels in popular locations.

Club Carlson hotels include Country Inns and SuitesRadissonRadisson BluPark Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza, and Quorvus Collection.

Analysts expect the purchase to be completed in the 2nd half of 2016.

How Might This Impact Club Carlson Points and the Loyalty Program?

There’s no way to know for certain, but the 2 companies created an official website to explain the acquisition.  And HNA is saying, no changes.

Actually, they say, “no immediate changes.”  As you know, things can change quickly in our hobby!  It looks like they left themselves wiggle room.  But I would NOT expect HNA to change the Club Carlson program or the credit cards in the near future.

Your points may become more valuable if HNA keeps its promise to grow Carlson in major cities and expand the number of Radisson hotels.

Carlson Hotels Sold How This Impacts Your Points
Emily and I Used Club Carlson Points to Stay at the Radisson Blu, Agra, on Our Way to the Taj Mahal

I’m curious to see if HNA brings Hainan Airlines and Club Carlson together in some way.  That could lead to interesting miles & points possibilities.

Bottom Line

HNA Tourism Group, the Chinese company that runs Hainan Airlines, is buying The Carlson Hotel Group.  The companies say they plan to keep the Club Carlson loyalty program as-is.

HNA wants to grow the hotel chain, so we’d be able to use our points in more destinations.

How do you feel about this latest hotel company deal?

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Club Carlson has devalued of the BOGO deal with the Club Carlson Credit Card. Their hotels are alright but I don’t believe any other negative changes that could be impacted this merger given the BOGO deal was gone and it left several customers unhappy that lead to free night certificate issuance to compensate that.

Interesting. Wonder if I should be booking ahead with what points I have left. Planned to use them for a stay in Sydney next spring.