If you have kids, hotel reward redemptions can be a bit messy. Most programmes only make standard rooms available for redemption and, especially in big cities, these are small with a maximum occupancy of two people.
The only option is to book two connecting rooms. I promise you, however, that getting hotels to honour requests for connecting rooms is a complete nightmare. I have stayed at super-luxe hotels where I have personally contacted the Director of Rooms in advance and had a guarantee in writing that my connecting rooms would be available – only to find out, on arrival, they were not.
The other downside of booking two connecting rooms is that, in terms of value for your points, it is often a bad deal compared with paying cash for one superior / deluxe room or junior suite.
Radisson Rewards – the Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn programme – has ‘Family Room Redemptions’. These are an interesting option worth looking at if you have kids.
The only Radisson Rewards property where I redeem on a regular basis is Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London (below), where my brother and his family occasionally stay when they visit. I reviewed the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge here.
The hotel offers three levels of redemption:
Standard Room at 70,000 points
Standard Atrium Room at 105,000 points
Studio Room (‘Family Room Award’) at 87,500 points
The Atrium room is a waste of the extra 35,000 points. These rooms only sell for a modest premium and are the same size.
The studio rooms are a lot bigger and well worth 87,500 points for a family. The rooms sleep three adults or two adults and two children.
Plaza on the River London is also interesting. They are offering 1-bedroom suites at 60 square metres for 105,000 points, 50% more than the standard redemption. This would sleep four people.
As well as offering ‘Family Room Awards’, Radisson Rewards also has ‘Premium Room Awards’. If you can’t see a family room offered, click through to the details of the premium award. This rooms are usually bigger and may be able to sleep a whole family anyway.
PS. One other option for family-sized rooms is via Marriott Bonvoy. A lot of Marriott hotels offer, via the usual booking site, larger rooms for a co-pay on top of the standard reward price. On two visits to the JW Marriott Venice (review here) in recent years we have booked a Junior Suite, sleeping four, for the standard 50,000 points per night plus €250, which is roughly the difference in the cash rate between a basic room and a Junior Suite. These are very large square rooms and even with two rollaway beds still feel spacious.
PPS. If you’re travelling on British Airways with your family, I recommend you have a look at this HFP article which explains how British Airways Household Accounts work, including how to earn Avios for children.
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.
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