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Radisson Rewards adding a Las Vegas redemption option

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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 OrientalThe Cosmopolitan is part of Marriott’s Autograph collection.

Radisson Rewards is now joining the party.  The Treasure Island casino hotel is rebranding as Treasure Island – TI Hotel & Casino, a Radisson Hotel. 

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.

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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  3. OT: Tomorrow I am going to cancel 2 First Class Reward Flight Tickets to Sydney for 2nd April 2020 which I purchased speculatively several months ago when I spotted First Class Availability. I believe there is a slight chance they might go back into the Reward Flight Availability and as First Class Tickets to Sydney are rare thought I would let people on here know. I am happy to coordinate the timing if anyone is interested, just post a comment below. Obviously they might not go back into the Reward Flight pool!

    • Hi Hugh very considerate post! I would be interested if I didn’t already have F flights booked for late Feb. I’m sure other people will take you up on your offer.

    • I’d be interested if not too late? 🙂 Thanks!

  4. guesswho2000 says:

    O/T data point re the Amex ICC (US$) – decided to take the plunge and apply, as my UK Platinum fee is due in days, and I never use it because I live outside the UK, but value the insurances. ICC works out slightly cheaper, I might as well take the 30K MR bonus, and the ability to benefit from transfers to SQ holds some value to me too.

    I’d prepared myself for some hurdles, given what’s been reported previously, but it was a much smoother process than I’d expected; applied 27/7, contacted by Amex 2/8 to provide a copy of my passport and confirm my job title, email 11/8 card on the way.

    Shame there’s forex fees on the card, but I have some USD spend, and it’s no worse for me than holding the UK platinum overseas anyway. Hoping I can pay it from Citibank Plus or HSBC Everyday Global accounts, that’s the next hurdle.

  5. Do the Venetian and Palazzo charge resort fees when using points?

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