Radisson launches at Zurich Airport – and get free breakfast and bonus points at Radisson this Summer

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The second Radisson hotel in Europe has opened near Zurich Airport.

‘Wait’, I hear you say. ‘Surely there are many Radisson hotels in Europe?’.  Not really.  The European hotels are branded as Radisson Blu, Radisson RED or Radisson Collection.  The stand-alone Radisson brand is not used.

One reason is that the quality of Radisson hotels in the US is very poor.  Recently opened properties use the Radisson Blu branding to distinguish them.  This leaves the question of why they believe that any international travellers would want to stay in one ….

Previously a Park Inn, the Zurich Airport property has been completely refurbished and features conference rooms, a gym and an Italian restaurant.  It complements the existing Radisson Blu at the airport – which is probably why the hotel was forced to use the ‘Radisson’ brand – and is a 7 minute shuttle-bus ride away.  Full details are on the Radisson website here.

Zurich Radisson italian restaurant

Radisson Blu has also launched a new summer promotion.  New bookings from now until 2nd June will enjoy complimentary breakfast, 10% off and 2,500 bonus Radisson Rewards points.  Stays must be between 1st July and 31st August, fitting in nicely with the school holidays.  You must book via this link.

Given our notional value of 0.33p per Radisson Rewards point, 2,500 bonus points are worth approximately £8.  This is not a bad deal on short, cheap stays.

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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