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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.

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (September 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes. 30,000 points is a special offer which runs to 9th November 2021.

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 and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (187)

  • GaryC says:

    “And, let’s be honest, if you want a proper Las Vegas experience you need to be on the ‘strip’.”

    The old town and Fremont Street area is worth considering too. It’s got a more edgy vibe with lots going on. I visit Vegas twice a year for long weekends and tend to alternate my stays between the Strip and Fremont Street.

    • Alex W says:

      If it was a “once in a lifetime” trip though it would have to be the strip, surely. He says, having been 3 times and never stayed off strip…

      • Spurs Debs says:

        I loved the Mandarin Oriental in Vegas it had no casino and was non smoking. The corner suites were lovely you had great view of Strip. Think we want to try the Wyn hotel, only hotel with a golf course $ 500 a round !

        • Lady London says:

          Thanks for the nonsmoking tip, @Spurs Debs. I guess you joined Fans of M.O.? Some very nice little perks that are worthwhile.

          Now if I could just afford to stay in a Mandarin Oriental… anywhere. Dim sum there in Hong Kong is as far as I’ve got.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      I’d agree wholeheartedly that Downtown’s grittier vibe and more realistic scale is different and in many ways superior. You can get superior quality to the strip in many areas (e.g. steakhouses) for half the price. However for anyone focused on the typical HfP measurements of points redemptions, room size and a 5* resort, it won’t be for them.

      If you gamble at all and know the first thing about odds, you’ll also appreciate the vastly superior gambling conditions Downtown. Death to 6/5 Blackjack!

    • Doug M says:

      Agree. First visit do the strip, but subsequently try others. Given the scale of the place even saying ‘The Strip’ covers a huge area in terms of trying to visit each one and have a browse around. I miss the old Stardust as I really liked the huge Sportsbook for racing and football bets.

  • Anna says:

    So yesterday I mentioned preparing for the worst. MAN-LHR cancelled due to “technical issues”, no other options from MAN, everyone en route to LHR in taxis 🤦‍♀️

    • Whizz68 says:

      Sorry to hear that Anna, I hope the rest of your trip goes well and you get those First class seats.

    • Lyn says:

      Oh no Anna! Finger’s crossed that you’ll make it and have a special flight with all three of you in the First class section.

    • TripRep says:

      Anna – dont forget EU261/2004, whilst annoying it could end up being a bargain trip

      • ChrisC says:

        Only if she’s delayed at her final destination by the requisite amount.

        • Shoestring says:

          yep otherwise no compo but should be able to get BA to refund/ pay for the taxis, if they haven’t already given taxi vouchers

          • Anna says:

            The taxi was pre-paid (£292!) They must know northerners would faint at the suggestion of paying 3 figures for a taxi up front!

    • Lady London says:

      Grrrr that’s what you want for the return not the outgoing! Cos i know come h*** or high water you’re going to be in those First Class seats Anna!

      Dont take this badly, but i wish you the same for the return 😉

  • Whizz68 says:

    Sorry to hear that Anna, I hope the rest of your trip goes well and you get those First class seats.

    • Anna says:

      Thanks – as it’s the weekend there’s a reasonable chance we’ll make it 🤞. Also OH now moved to F cabin by the desk agent so 🤞🤞🤞

      • Anna says:

        Just got to the gate as they’re about to start boarding. Unbelievable palaver, BA has cancelled OH’s onward flight so had to be re-ticketed, then our bags were ticketed somewhere else nd then the baggage belt broke as we got to the front of the bag stop queue. The things you have to go through for an F Seat 🙄

        • Anna says:

          In our seats at last! OH has broken IFE system but I’ve told him he’ll get loads of avios for that and we can take it in turns to watch films!

          • Alex Sm says:

            I got a table broken on my recent flight to Moscow and IFE/headphones issues on the way back, complained on Twitter and officially. Got a little slice of nuffing from Brexit Airways, so don’t put too much hopes on free Avios for faulty IFE, it’s a new normal

        • Lady London says:

          Oh dear. So you missed the lounge experience at LHR due to your connecting flight ‘going tech’ ? I think I might ask for 3 lounge vouchers as well, or something similar. After all, it’s your holiday and you’ve been looking forward to it all year.

        • Polly says:

          Get that glass of champers down fast, go girl. What an effort. Honestly, the things we do for style! Have a great break…and as LL says hope for a delay on the return. And ask for lots of avios compo!

      • Alex Sm says:

        Woo-hoo! 💺

  • Alex W says:

    So long as people waste their points on terrible redemptions, there should always be better value redemptions for the rest of us.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Sort of Schadenfreude but it’s true.

      Not that all my redemptions of points have been amazing value but there comes a point you have so many you need to start using.

  • NigelthePensioner says:

    Im not sure that anyone flying in a premium cabin would stay at Treasure Island…. You can usually get good advance cancellable room rates from the hotels themselves and then check back regularly and cancel and rebook if a better rate comes up nearer the time. For us its always Caesars and Ballys for Sunday Brunch with FP Perrier Jouet Brut!

    • Sussex bantam says:

      Treasure Island is about as “cheap and cheerful” as they come in the strip. It’s also along way for the centre which makes walking around a chore

      • Frankie says:

        Treasure Island’s in a great location. Where are you calling the centre?

        • Sussex bantam says:

          You’re absolutely right – in my mind I was confusing TI with Circus Circus. Its clearly been far too long since I was there !

    • Doug M says:

      Treasure Island was too young and too noisy for my taste, but it’s pretty central. Still a fan of Caesars, but visit much less now and have not tried any of the the last 5 years or so ones.

    • Lady London says:

      Hi NigelthePensioner

      I love your posts which are a lot of fun.
      Did I read that correctly?…

      Was that…
      “I doubt someone flying Premium Class would stay at Treasure Island (sniff!).

      …? 🙂

  • Shoestring says:

    re: BA pilots’ strike – the pilots have been specifically requested by the union to avoid posting stuff on social media, & we have a cryptic but encouraging comment yesterday from a BA pilot over on FT: ‘In this case, no news is good news.’

    at the least, it means/ confirms they are back at the table

    • Craig says:

      The BALPA forums are also offline, for ‘maintenance’!

    • Rob says:

      They just send it to me instead 🙂

    • Lady London says:

      I hope the deal does something for newer pilots whose packages probably aren’t so good (in same way as BA has apparently managed to scr*w Mixed Fleet cabin crew on the guaranteed (base, recurring) parts of their compensation, I suspect there are worse conditions for newer pilots.

      Given that training to be a pilot seems to cost something like med school I think it would be fair for BA to toss something to pilots on the lower end of the scale.

      • ChrisC says:

        What I read elsewhere – probably flyer talk – is that whilst some of the older, experienced pilots are generally happy with the offer (even with all the ‘greedy pilots’ comments on some blogs / media) they are still voted for and are supporting a possible strike because they are aware of the situation of the younger pilots and want long term improvements for them,

  • Anne says:

    OT – 40% bonus on Clubcard transfer posted this morning on my test transfer of £2.50. I didn’t get the email sent out to Shell Drivers Club members a few weeks back but had converted in the last 36 months so was hopeful but still a pleasant surprise today!

    • Leafwarbler says:


      • Sussex bantam says:

        Yep – me too. 40% bonus is likely to be as good as it gets. Seriously considering transferring my whole clubcard balance.

        Is there any limit to bonus points ? (I didn’t get the email so can’t check T&C)

        • Shoestring says:

          unlimited and you’ve got the rest of this year to do it

          my wife & I didn’t get it on speculative £2.50 transfers, so looks like they are indeed applying the Shell Drivers’ Club rule (which we never used)

          • Louise says:

            Haven’t received my bonus yet, I transferred on 13th July. Posted 14th on ba account.
            I received the email with offer as I used to collect shell via my old avios account

    • Wally1976 says:

      Clubcard transfer to where, Anne?

    • Simon says:

      Mine too. Very pleased. Now to do a much larger transfer.

    • Grimz says:

      Me too, now to transfer my other £300 ( :

    • TripRep says:

      Anne – how long did it take?

      • Anne says:

        Transfer was 14th July and bonus posted this morning, so slightly quicker than indicated but not by much.

        • Liz says:

          Also got the bonus today. We didn’t get the email and I transferred £45 of hubby’s CC pts which were due to expire this month and he got 4320 bonus Avios this morning. We have over £800 of CC pts. Decisions decisions……

          • Anne says:

            And I thought my £112 was a decent stash! All now sent over to BA today, transfer bonuses are rare these days and I don’t really have another use for them. And of course it depends on your Avios balance, mine isn’t great with Dubai, Vegas and New Orleans already booked for the next 10 months so the bonus can go towards wherever we decide to go late next year!

  • Rich says:

    I’m slightly confused by some IHG hotels which offer both a Bonus Point Package (which comes up after choosing a room, when choosing a rate, but isn’t always offered), and the ‘purchase bonus points’ option which comes at the next stage (usually an extra £4 per 1000) and seems to be offered at most/all properties, but only when booking a flex rate.

    HI Bordeaux is an example.

    Is there any difference between the two? And do both types qualify for ‘book a bonus point package’ Accelerate target?

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