Get 3000 bonus points per NIGHT with new Radisson Rewards promo

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Radisson Rewards has announced its Summer promotion.

Called ‘Discover More Staying Power’, it is valid for stays worldwide between 27th May and 31st August.  Participating brands are Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson,

You will earn 3,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points per NIGHT, starting with your 2nd stay during the promotional period.

I tend to value a Radisson Rewards point at 0.3p.  This means that you are getting £9 of bonus points per night.  This is a very good return, especially at cheap Park Inn hotels.

You MUST register in advance for this offer by clicking here.  Existing bookings count.  Reward nights and, importantly, ‘points & cash’ bookings do not count.  As usual, stays booked via third parties such as Expedia will not count.

Be careful with the ‘starting with your 2nd stay’ rule.  If you were going to spend 7-10 days in a Radisson Rewards hotel it might be worth seeking out a cheap Park Inn somewhere to sneak in a mattress run night before that.

Click here to register.

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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Comments

  1. Can I book 2 avios flights now. And then in a couple months, ring up BA to apply my 241 voucher and get half the avios returned?

    • Depends why, if you haven’t earned the voucher yet then probably not because it won’t be valid for your dates of travel. I would think, anyway!

      • Why wouldn’t a voucher be valid? Voucher is valid from the moment you earn it for 2 years (or 1 if you’re on the free card). Say you earn the voucher in April 2020 and you want to travel in May 2020. You can use it straight away if there is space. Similarly if you earn it in August 2019, you can use it in May 2020. However that’s besides the point. The question is whether you can use a voucher on an existing Avios booking, but after you’ve earned the voucher. I haven’t heard anyone reporting success on that. But if possible, it might be a work around the issue of the 12 month validity of the voucher on the free card.

  2. The introduction of the Amex Preferred Golf benefit was used to justify the previous fee increase to £450. What Amex gives with one hand, it takes away with the other.

  3. OT:

    Does anyone know if its possible to access your Priority Pass account, via the app prior to receiving your Platnium Card? Have been approved for Platinum, haven’t got it or the Priority Pass yet but flying on Friday so would be good to have lounge access. Any ideas?

    • Yes, just call priority pass and they will sort it out for you. I never bothered with the physical card anyway.

    • Yes, people have done this. Not sure if you need to ring Amex or PPass but one of them can give you your number which will let you access the app.

      • I rang PP recently about only using the app to access lounges, and they warned me that some only grant access when shown a physical card. I believe the online directory is supposed to show if a lounge has this restriction. BTW, my PP physical cards arrived 24 hours after my platinum cards (which was last week)
        My issue was staying at the Edinburgh Waldorf over the weekend. The Hilton Gold status hadn’t materialised, and Hilton showed no interest in expediting it (saying it was Amex that had to do it, which I didn’t believe). When I applied enough pressure they contacted the Waldorf and told them to treat my booking ‘as if I had Gold status’ which worked.

      • Called PP, they didn’t have any info yet. Called Amex, put me on hold for a couple of mins then they were able to give me my membership number and my verification code. Got the app all set up and ready to go now. Finger’s crossed they accept that tomorrow…. in Edinburgh… at 4.30am.

  4. KevMc says:

    OT – If I make my brother a Gold Sup holder on my Plat card, will he, his partner (not yet married) and 2 kids all be covered by Amex Travel insurance?

    Also, does the Car Hire Insurance benefit cover these Gold sup cards, or just the main Plat sup?

  5. PB now live, CP Albert Embankment for 15000 points and I just grabbed two Saturdays. Its availability will probably go before the list refreshes…

    • Vivian says:

      link please? I’m still seeing 404 error.

    • Vivian says:

      without knowing the full PB list, I’ve booked Indigo Manchester-Victoria for 15k points, which was a surprise because Staybridge Suites on Oxford Road is part of PB (at 15k points) as well. Didn’t think they’d offer two properties from the same city.

  6. Keith says:

    OT:

    Platinum Supplementary Cards – I’m confused. Some reports say they cost £170 but the Amex website has: Extend your benefits to those closest to you and earn points for their purchases with up to five complimentary Supplementary Cards (one Platinum and a combination of four Gold or Green Cards).

    So is it £170 when you’ve given away your one free one?

    Keith

  7. Steve O'Hara says:

    OT – re the £140 Preferred rewards gold card annual fee. If I’ve had this card before (it was actually the charge card version) and I decide to sign up for it again to replace my Platinum card, do I get the first year free again or is this a one time only deal? It was more than 2 years ago if that makes any difference.

    • You get the first year free again – and the airport lounge passes.

      • Steve O'Hara says:

        So apply for gold to have alongside platinum and when the time comes, cancel platinum and keep gold and this avoids the fee? I note below from yourself Rob, that if you ask for platinum to be downgraded to gold you do have to pay the fee. I wasn’t even sure this was possible as one is charge and one is credit card. Would there ever be logic or a reason for doing it that way?

        • Steve O'Hara says:

          Sorry also meant to ask what determines whether it’s your “first year” or not? Have seen everything obviously about not entitled to sign up bonuses if held card in past 24 months but nothing about the fee eligibility.

          • If you cancel and reapply, not sure what gap is needed (weeks?), you get another free first year and lounge passes. Seems like there must be a gap between MR cards however.

    • Simon says:

      Gold-related, but CHARGE: if you upgrade the Green to Plat (swallowing a portion of the Green fee en route via an eventual pro-rated refund), pick up 20k and 5k (supp) and manage to do so BEFORE the Plat fee is billed, and then downgrade Plat to GOLD charge (thanks for the tip, Harry) — again, BEFORE the Plat card fee is billed to your account — will you then NOT be billed anything as the Gold is free in year one? Or is this wishful thinking…

      • Gold is not free if you downgrade to it. Nothing to stop you cancelling and opening a new Gold from scratch EXCEPT that you’d have to empty your MR account.

        • lev441 says:

          I was told via Brighton call centre that there is no longer a gold charge card to downgrade to and that if I wanted to downgrade my platinum to a green charge card, i’d have to apply using the website and put in my current platinum card number..

          • Chris says:

            Weird. I downgraded my Plat to Gold in April and was given a Gold charge not credit card…

      • Charlieface says:

        Not so wishful thinking:
        There seems to be some sort of bug in Amex billing that they often don’t charge the Plat fee until the same date you would have been charged the Green/Gold fee. So it’s normally charged the same day of the first statement generated (and every 12 months after, i.e. 1 month after renewal) but if you wait for the Green fee, then upgrade, often they refund that one but don’t charge for the Plat til next year.
        NOTE: This does NOT always work. At your own risk

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