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Get a 100% bonus buying Radisson Rewards hotel points – worth it?

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Radisson Rewards, the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn, is offering a bonus of up to 100% when you buy points.

This is as big a bonus as you ever get on Radisson Rewards points.  We haven’t seen 100% since November 2017 (and that was a one day flash sale!)

The link is here.  It runs until 30th June.

There is no taper.  You receive the 100% bonus on however many points you buy.  This makes the deal worthwhile even if you are just topping off your account.

Radisson Rewards has increased the maximum number of points you can purchase in any given year from 80,000 to 120,000.  This means that the maximum number of points you can buy is 240,000 (with the 100% bonus) for $840 (£655).

I tend to value Radisson Rewards points at 0.33p.  My list of the best American Express Membership Rewards transfer options puts Radisson Rewards near the top.  The transfer rate is 1:3 and I value that at 1p per American Express point.

Via this offer, you are paying just 0.27p per point which is far lower than my valuation.  This means, in theory, there are deals to be had.

Can you get a good deal paying 0.27p per point?

London:

The problem at the moment is that, with hotel rates all over the place and business travel dead, it is difficult to put a finger on value. 

I looked at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, for example, which is usually well over £250 in September and October as it is a popular events venue.  I could book it today for September for £130, fully refundable.  This makes it poor value for 70,000 points, even at this low price.  My review of Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is here.

Radisson’s flagship London hotel is The May FairI reviewed The May Fair Hotel here – I wasn’t a big fan but the location, in the heart of Mayfair, is unbeatable and it is certainly funky.  The May Fair is still asking high prices, so buying 105,000 points is a far better deal than paying £350-£400 per night for a Premium Room in mid September.

At the cheaper end of the scale, Park Inn hotels start at 15,000 points, so £42-worth of points under this deal.  However, they can go a lot higher and the rates are well down at present.  Park Inn York, for example, is £75-£85 or 38,000 points for random Autumn dates – cash wins here.

Radisson Cape Town

Cape Town:

One classic Radisson Rewards redemption is the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town.  It offers a two-bedroom sea-view suite as a ‘family room’ redemption.  It is 110 square metres and usually sells for well over £700. 87,500 points (costing £238 with the 100% bonus) is therefore an outstanding opportunity.

However, with the South African tourist market dead, the room is selling for just £350 in the December / January peak – and this assumes that foreign tourists are allowed back anyway.  In February 2021, when tourists should be allowed given the current plans, it is around £500 for cash – so paying £238 for 87,500 points IS a good deal.

New York:

As we wrote in this article, Radisson Rewards is suddenly an option again for New York stays.

The newest hotel, which opened in January, is Radisson Hotel New York Times Square.  This is on 8th Avenue.  The hotel website is here.

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.

As a redemption, this is 70,000 points (£190-worth of points in this sale).  You normally wouldn’t get a decent New York hotel for this money in peak season, but a quick look at October 2020 shows rooms here for $245 (£191).  For pre-Christmas shopping breaks it is below $200.  For now, cash wins.

Conclusion – should you buy Radisson Rewards points?

It is very, very rare to see Radisson Rewards points on sale with a 100% bonus.  The last similar deal I can find discussed on HFP was a one-day flash sale back in 2017.

In normal times there is real value here.  These are not normal times, however, and with rates very low you won’t necessarily get a slam dunk win even buying at 0.27p per point.

If you are willing to sit on the points for a couple of years, I am certain (assuming no devaluation) that you will come out on top.  Of course, you may also have specific plans – like a Cape Town trip – where you are guaranteed to get a good deal.

If you’ve got a plan, jump in.

If you have a few Radisson points and want to top them up to get to the right level for an award, this is also a good time to do it.

The link to buy Radisson Rewards points is here.

Bonus buying Radisson points

Earning Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, you can also earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 20,000 Membership Rewards points (= 60,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus (this is a special offer until 29th June 2020)

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.

Comments (30)

  • Wally1976 says:

    I presume a points purchase will reset current expiry date of points? Might be a useful benefit for some.

    • HayMow says:

      @Wally1976 Yes, I believe so – at least I’ve done this a few times and it worked, but the scheme was Club Carlson then – hope it’s not changed as may have to do this again myself.
      The Radisson Rewards T&Cs https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/terms-and-conditions aren’t well defined on this point: 2.d.i. says “Expiration of Points: If there is no points activity in your Radisson Rewards account for any 24-month period, we may, at any time and in our sole discretion and without notice or liability to you, void and cancel any or all of your points.” – but I’m pretty sure activity should include points purchase, unlike some other less helpful schemes.

    • HayMow says:

      Incidentally, I made a points redemption booking in H1 2018, to beat the points rate increase coming to the hotel I wanted to stay at, but ended up having to cancel this in the August prior to staying, and this has counted as the activity that seems to have kept my account active for the past two years.

    • Rob says:

      Should do, yes. But then the minimum Amex MR transfer is only 3 points and that does the same job!

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Need some hotels for the US in October and in particular Vegas, does Radisson reward stays remove the $39 “resort fee”?

    $184 cash per night plus resort fee
    $44 cash plus 44k points (which would be 22k in this offer)

  • Steve says:

    Please can anyone explain the comment about tourists being allowed in South Africa “from February 2021”??? When was this decided?

    • Rhys says:

      I imagine this is a large case of under-promising and over-delivering. With a lot of European countries opening in the next few months it seems difficult to imagine that South Africa will remain closed until February – that’s almost 9 months away. Especially given the importance of tourism to the economy there.

      • Marcw says:

        … what we can see is countries are delaying the opening to international tourism. The EU I’d the exception, but many countries in South America, Australia, NZ, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand… Have been all delaying the “open to tourism” date.

        I think travelling to the southern hemisphere won’t be possible until next year… Winter is pretty much there now… Whil then they enter spring and summer…. We will be in fall and winter,…

        • Rhys says:

          A lot can change in 9 months!

        • TGLoyalty says:

          New Zealand have none and Australia have very low daily infection rates so I completely understand their stance on keeping tourists from the EU out.

          South Africa is currently confirming 1500 cases a day which is much more likely to be many multiples of that. It seems strange that they would close to all countries for so long when the prevalence is pretty high. Perhaps there are other considerations than just tourism from outside Africa but at face value it seems strange.

  • Alan says:

    Had a stay in that room type at the Radisson Blu Waterfront last year – superb room and hotel, would definitely recommend!

  • HayMow says:

    Does Radisson have the least generous COVID-19 points extension policy (at 6 months) … or are any others worse? I’m not exactly sure what “Radisson Hotels is suspending its point expiration policy by six months, effective March 1, 2020” means, or if it’s just poor wording. Suspending the policy from 1 March, until 1 September at which point all points will expire that were going to during that period? (Can’t be right.) Presume it just means my expiry date that would have fallen in that 6-month period has 6 months added to it. Or …?

    They seem to’ve been more in line with others on the elite status extension – “We have also extended the elite status of our members through February 2022, for those that would have expired in February 2021” – but I don’t have status.

  • tical says:

    Any aspirational hotels that people can recommend? I find that a Radisson is rarely my top choice for leisure travel anywhere

    • Rob says:

      Can’t argue with that. Radisson Collection is where, in theory, the ‘best’ stuff sits. They are very handy in Scandinavia of course, given the roots of the chain in Europe under SAS ownership.

    • Kai says:

      The Radisson Royal in Moscow appears to the very fancy.

      • J says:

        Radisson Blu resort in Gran Canaria looks nice for that kind of holiday.

      • Colin says:

        It is!! Stayed there a few years back prior to taking the Trans Mongolian Railway to Beijing. Quite a contrast between the luxury of the Radisson and then the 6nts sharing in a `4 person cabin` on the train – top bunk for me above a retired Swiss railway worker with a flatulence problem.

        • J says:

          Cool thing to do though some good stories I’m sure… Radisson GC seems more realistic for this year though 🙂

          • Colin says:

            Yup – fantastic experience. Same farting Swiss guy was on his umpteenth Trans Mongolian trip. He would spend a few days with a `lady friend` in Beijing, head up to Vladivostok to buy a Russian Jeep (after a spell with another `lady friend` there) and drive it all the way back to Zurich calling with yet more `lady friends` on the way – no kidding. Apparently Russian Jeeps were in such demand in Switzerland that the sale would cover all his costs (and some) and then he`d just spend a while back home with the wife before rinse and repeat. Not a bad way to spend retirement. Mind you, he was `apprehended` at the Mongolia/China border by a very officious female border guard (even he couldn`t chat her up) for having a crease of all things, on his visa document. Cost him a 100 euro `gift` for said guard to overlook this infringement. Different world.

          • J says:

            That’s brilliant. Interesting you mention the Russian Jeeps, Lada Nivas are strangely popular in the former East Germany.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      More a functional chain really but definitely useful to have;

      The Edwardian in Manchester is definitely among the top offerings in the city centre.

    • Frenske says:

      We used points for a stay at the Mellieha in Malta which is quite nice if you have kids. Spacious apartments.

  • Yvo says:

    The problem with Radisson is that even when we book for two adults and a child – which usually prices a room higher than just two adults – we still have to battle the €35 a night spare bed charge. Gold status from Amex Plat usually gets them to waive it but telling us an 8yr old should share is ridiculous.
    Having said that – Radisson Blu in Copenhagen has lovely views and is an easy hop from the airport.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      As I’ve said before, the family package redemptions are often fantastic value – sometimes they’re in reality interconnecting superior rooms but price at fewer points than booking a single superior room…

  • Bee says:

    I’ve just booked hotel in London , and booked the wrong date. So I tried to cancel and it won’t let me ! Says not able to cancel this booking .
    No I have to spend the day ringing them up sitting in a queue