I like the Club Carlson program. I've been pleasantly surprised by this program (primarily because I didn't previously have much experience with it), and I find it to be a sleeper amongst the hotel loyalty schemes. Though I don't have their co-branded credit card, I understand that the "second free night" benefit on award stays, as well as the annual retention bonuses are pretty sweet deals. But I have two nagging irritations with the program, one major, and one minor. The major issue I have is that the hotel's footprint is seemingly large, yet so inconveniently non-existent in places that I tend to go. For example, no properties in HKG? The minor issue I have is that on award night stays, I won't earn points on ancillary spend, such as dining charged to the room, even though I would normally earn points on such spend if it were a paid night. Other major hotel chains reward and incentivize this ancillary spend behavior, but not Club Carlson. Anyone else have similar (or different) pros and cons with the program?