Hotel group Radisson has launched a competition with a twist. The winner will receive five nights in any Radisson hotel ….. every year, for life.
It is an odd one. Whilst the competition is open to countries worldwide (North Korea and Iran are notable exceptions ….) the weekly prizes are pretty useless to most people. Each week of the competition, one entrant will win a free night in a North American Radisson. This is not hugely useful to most of us.
On the other hand, there are big benefits to winning the grand prize if you are British. Because competition prizes are taxable in the US, Radisson will pay you $214 per year, for life, to cover your annual tax charge. As you will not face a tax charge in the UK, that is free money.
The prize comes in the form of a special Radisson card. Amusingly, the rules clearly state that if you lose this card, Radisson will not replace it. What do you think your chances are of not losing it over the course of 58 years?!
(The prize is capped at 58 years. Although, after 58 years, you might have had enough of Radisson hotels anyway.)
Given that all you have to do is fill in an online form, you’ve nothing to lose by entering – even though you will be facing a lifetime of paperwork if you win. The link to enter is here.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (December 2021)
Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These include:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 15,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.
Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card. It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)