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A new Radisson hotel opening in New York

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If you have a pot of Radisson Rewards points from your Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza stays, New York is a poor place to use them.

The main option, one of just two, is the Radisson Martinique on Broadway.  Unfortunately (for Radisson members) it is joining Hilton’s Curio Collection later in 2018 as you can read here.

The good news is that Radisson has signed a contract to open a brand new 320 room hotel on 8th Avenue next Spring.  It will be called, simply, Radisson Hotel New York City.

There are no images at present but, as a new build, it should a good addition to Radisson’s generally weak US portfolio.  What is not clear to me is why it is being branded Radisson and not Radisson Blu, as new properties are generally using the ‘Blu’ brand to differentiate themselves from the rubbish under the main brand.  The same press release announces a new Radisson Blu for Anaheim for example.

New Radisson hotel opening in New York

Earning Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, 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 – 10,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 90,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – 5,000 Membership Rewards points (= 15,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

It is worth noting that 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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Amex point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)