On Friday we wrote about the insanely generous (if it fits your stay patterns) promotion that Radisson Rewards is running this Spring. Our article is here. You can register here.
By coincidence, I got an email on Friday announcing the opening of the brand new Radisson Hotel New York Times Square.
Historically, if you had a pot of Radisson Rewards points from your Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza stays, New York was a poor place to use them.
The main option was the Radisson Martinique on Broadway. Unfortunately (for Radisson members) it joined Hilton’s Curio Collection. Sinead stayed at what is now the Martinique New York on Broadway, Curio Collection by Hilton a couple of weeks ago and we will be reviewing it soon.
If I’d written this article a year ago, your only Radisson option in New York would have been the hotel at JFK Airport!
Radisson has now three options in New York
The newest hotel, which officially opened last week, is Radisson Hotel New York Times Square. This is on 8th Avenue.
It is a new build, not a conversion, which is generally a good sign in terms of build quality. It is two blocks from both Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, in what is known as Midtown West. It has 320 rooms, of which 70 have Empire State Building views. There is also a seasonal rooftop cocktail bar which takes in the Empire State Building, the Hudson Yards development including The Edge observation deck and the Hudson River.
Radisson has opened two other New York hotels in the last 12 months:
Both of these were previously operating under the ‘Club Quarters’ brand.
What does it cost to redeem at these hotels?
All three of these hotels cost 70,000 Radisson Rewards points per night. This is the maximum that Radisson Rewards will charge for a standard room.
The Radisson Rewards website is here if you want to learn more about how the scheme works.
As you can convert American Express Membership Rewards points at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards, you are looking at 23,333 Amex points per night. This is not a bad deal at peak times, with the new Times Square property selling for over $400 in June. That said, at off peak times you are better paying cash.
Remember that Radisson Rewards has one great feature – ‘premium room redemptions’. Hotels are encouraged to make larger rooms available for a slightly higher reward price.
(The most extreme example of this is the Radisson Blu Waterfront Cape Town hotel, which – for 87,500 points per night – will give you a two bedroom suite!)
Your options for ‘premium room redemptions’ in NYC are:
Times Square offers a ‘Business Class room’ for 105,000 points per night, but it is simply a standard room with additional benefits included
Wall Street offers a ‘Studio Suite’ for 105,000 points per night
Midtown offers a ‘Studio Suite’ for 105,000 points per night – which looks huge looking at the website picture!
Radisson Rewards has never been a key programme for me, to be honest, even though I get Radisson Rewards Gold status via my American Express Platinum card. These new hotels do offer good options for anyone with a lot of American Express points, or indeed planning 15 stays for the current Radisson promotion to bag 150,000 bonus points!
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 – 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.)