News in brief:
Amazon Prime Day – big discounts today only
Amazon Prime Day has returned for the third time.
What started as a one off event for Amazon’s 20th birthday two years ago, is now an established annual event where Amazon makes certain items available at big discounts to anyone who is an Amazon Prime member or who is happy to sign up for a free 30 day trial.
If you do decide to buy anything, and you visit Amazon via this link, HfP gets a small commission and you can consider your annual HfP subscription paid …..
Our Shopper Points article is here if you want to know more.
75% bonus when you buy Club Carlson points
Club Carlson, the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn, is offering a 75% bonus when you buy points, however few or many points you buy.
The link to buy points is here. The offer runs until Friday 14th July.
This deal does potentially offer value if you redeem in the right places on expensive nights, although the fall in the value of the £ makes buying points in $ to use in the UK far less attractive than it was.
The maximum number of points you can purchase is 70,000 (40,000 + 30,000 bonus) for $280. That is £217.
The key London hotels such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – a new London property with a pool and next to the London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium etc – are 70,000 points per night, so £217. Rob reviewed the hotel here.
The May Fair (which Rob reviewed here, and didn’t like much) is also 70,000 points. The new Park Plaza Waterloo, which we covered the other day, is 50,000 points which is $203 (£157).
At the more prosaic end of the scale, there are various Park Inn budget hotels around the UK for 9,000 points per night. Under this promo, 9,000 points would cost you just £22 based on the pro-rata price of 70,000.
Remember that you can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at the 1:3 rate if you need a few extra points for a planned redemption. To be honest, if I had the Amex points I would use those rather than buy points even with a 75% bonus. You are getting almost 1p per Membership Rewards point compared to buying the points directly.
You can buy points via this page of the Club Carlson site.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (August 2022)
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 cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- 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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.)