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Big changes on the way at Radisson Rewards via its new Chinese owners, Jin Jiang

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Big changes are coming to Radisson Rewards, it seems.

Chinese group Jin Jiang, which you have probably never heard of, is actually the 2nd largest hotel chain in the world.

It recently acquired Radisson / Park Inn from struggling Chinese conglomerate HNA and already owns Golden Tulip and some other minor brands.  The main strength of the group is in China, where it is the largest hotel group.

Jin Jiang has its own loyalty programme, J-Club.  J-Club was a British Airways Executive Club partner for many years as we noted in 2014.

According to this report of a conference speech given by John Kidd, the CEO of Radisson Hospitality, Radisson Rewards is to be merged with J-Club during 2019.  

Given that J-Club is seven times bigger than Radisson Rewards in terms of members, you can take a wild guess as to which programme will come out on top.

I am NOT suggesting that you rush out to spend your Radisson Rewards points today.  I would, however, be cautious about making any undue effort to earn more if you are not planning to spend them in the short term as there is a risk of major changes and potentially devaluation.

Radisson Rewards merging with Jin Jiang JClub

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.)