Radisson Rewards is adding a Las Vegas redemption option.
Las Vegas used to be, surprisingly, a very difficult place to use your hotel loyalty points with most of the ‘strip’ hotels not carrying international brands. And, let’s be honest, if you want a proper Las Vegas experience you need to be on the ‘strip’.
In recent years all this has changed. Hyatt has partnered with MGM, which lets you earn and burn at hotels including Bellagio. IHG Rewards Club has partnered with the Venetian and Palazzo which are part of the ‘InterContinental Alliance’ sub-brand. Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria recently took over the Mandarin Oriental. The Cosmopolitan is part of Marriott’s Autograph collection.
The hotel will be bookable for cash via the Radisson website later this year and will join Radisson Rewards early in 2020.
Of course, you need to remember one thing about Las Vegas redemptions. Cash rates vary wildly, with weekend rates usually being substantially higher than weekdays, assuming there are no major conventions on. If you are visiting midweek – which is what I recommend – cash may be a better deal.
PS. Slightly shockingly, because of what I said above, an IHG press release this week said that The Venetian in Las Vegas is the most popular IHG Rewards Club redemption. Taking Tuesday 8th October as a random example, however, it is $220 including taxes or 70,000 points. This is a terrible deal given my standard 0.4p per point IHG valuation.
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.
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