Club Carlson has announced some nice, new enhancements and the dreaded category creep for their top end properties. (Found in flyingdawg's in-box): Dear flyingdawg, You are a valued Club CarlsonSM Gold Elite member, and we would like to thank you for your continued loyalty. To help you reach Concierge Elite status, we'll add five Qualifying Nights to your account after just one Eligible Stay between February 19 and March 19, 2014. As a valued Club Carlson member, we would also like to tell you about some upcoming changes to the program, including many exciting new benefits. The following changes will go into effect March 15, 2014. Ways to Redeem Points You can now use Gold Points® to book premium rooms, including suites and more An enhanced variety of retail merchant cards will be available, now starting at 7,000 points Our hotel categories will be updated and will include a new tier for our most luxurious hotels Achieve Elite Status Faster Members will be able to achieve Elite status faster - Eligible Stays and Award Nights will now both count toward Elite status Ways to Earn Points You can now earn Gold Points on food and beverages purchased during Award Nights Our bonus for booking online will be offered on a promotional basis, so stay tuned for more member exclusive promotions The point bonus for Gold Elite status will change to 35% on Eligible Stays Thank you for your continued membership. For more information, click here. You can also review our updated Terms and Conditions on clubcarlson.com starting March 15, 2014.