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Club Carlson has a formal status match program and it’s super easy to get them to match your status.
Here’s how to get them to match your status:
Here’s what we’ll need from you to process this request*:
Send us your full name
Club Carlson membership number
Name of other frequent guest program
Membership number and tier level of the other frequent guest program
Copy of your membership card from the other frequent guest program (PDF or JPG files only)
Submit by email to email@example.com (please include “Status Match” in the subject line)
A response is promised within a week.
Note that they aren’t asking for an online statement to even demonstrate stay activity in the program with which you have status. So presumably free hotel status, such as Starwood Gold or Hilton Gold that comes with the American Express Platinum card or Hilton Gold via the Citi Hilton Reserve Card would suffice provided you have a membership card to send them (although even without a card I’d still suggest submitting a screen shot showing your status, and mentioning the program didn’t send you your membership card — which could be a frustrating reason you’d want to switch).
Club Carlson is offering to upgrade status to their first two elite tiers, but not to their top tier Concierge level. Gold status of course also comes with their co-brand credit card for US members.
One thing I really like about Club Carlson elite status is the ability to transfer points for free to any member without need for them to be a family member or living at the same address.
I’m not a huge fan of Club Carlson properties generally, especially in the U.S. But there are places where they’re the best option, and the program itself offers really strong value if the hotels can work for you. They also have a strong double dip program.
The chain is in the process of being sold to the parent of Hainan Airlines but they’re expected to remain independent.
(HT: Live from a Lounge)