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.
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.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points from UK credit cards (January 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 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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade 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 Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)