Just last week I searched these exact hotels and they came up as the normal category 6 for 50000 and category 5 for 44000 respectively. That's a 32% and 30% increase!
Even weirder, I did a search in Chicago and all the levels turned up normal. The award chart at clubcarlson.com still shows up normal as well. When we're seen this in the past it's often because an IT "glitch" occurs that eventually becomes permanent and got released too soon.
I grabbed a screen shot to prove I'm not insane, but I am really hoping someone can tell me it's not true...
As we have a number of active threads about premium rooms, I will close this thread.
Some hotels offer an opportunity to redeem points for premium room awards. These awards are generally priced at 150% of the standard reward rate (e.g., 75k for a premium room at a Category 6 property). Premium awards can represent good value or be complete sucker bets. In some cases, you will receive a business class room or even suite, with other benefits like club access or breakfast thrown in. In other cases, you will get a marginally larger room equipped with a bathrobe and slippers. Whether premium awards are a good buy will depend not just on the respective hotelís offer, but also on your valuation of points. Make sure to read the room description before you decide. For discussion about premium rooms, please check this thread.
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