Radisson Rewards reveals its 2019 hotel points category changes

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Radisson Rewards, the programme for Radisson Blu / RED / Collection, Park Inn and Park Plaza, has revealed its 2019 category changes.  These apply for redemption bookings from 1st March.

The UK impact is modest with none of the London hotels changing.  Here are the seven moves:

  • Park Inn Birmingham Walsall – rises from Cat 2 to Cat 3 (28,000 points)
  • Park Inn Birmingham West M5 J1 – rises from Cat 2 to Cat 3 (28,000 points)
  • Radisson Blu Durham – drops from Cat 5 to Cat 4 (38,000 points)
  • Park Inn Northampton – rises from Cat 3 to Cat 4 (38,000 points)
  • Park Inn Southend-on-Sea – rises from Cat 3 to Cat 4 (38,000 points)
  • Radisson Blu Belfast – rises from Cat 4 to Cat 5 (44,000 points)
  • Radisson Blu Manchester Airport – rises from Cat 5 to Cat 6 (50,000 points)

I reviewed the Park Inn Southend-on-Sea here and the hotel website is here.  By the standards of UK seaside hotels it is more than decent with a great location overlooking the sea, and my kids loved it.  The picture below shows my son on our room balcony.

The full list of changes is on the Radisson Rewards website here.

Park Inn Southend on Sea

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 – up to 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.)

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