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.
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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