Back in December, we told you that Radisson Blu was opening a luxury resort in Santorini this year.
The good news is that the property – Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort – has just opened. It looks, frankly, totally unlike any other Radisson I have ever seen – in a very good way.
You can book here.
The PR spiel says:
“With its characterized architecture and luxurious style, the Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort, Santorini will feature 102 spacious rooms, suites or exclusive villas. Guests will be thrilled to explore the hotel´s all-day dining restaurant, pool bar and a glorious outdoor swimming pool. The property will also offer a wellness center with a fully equipped gym to revitalize the body, mind and soul. A 134sqm meeting room will be perfect for any social gathering or business function.
Located in Kamari village, the property is only 150 meters away from the beach and seafront promenade. The seaside village is also an ideal starting point for exploring the Mésa Vounó mountain and it´s archaeological site of Ancient Thera, a landmark of Santorini with historical temples and public institutions.”
This could be a good Radisson Rewards redemption option in peak season. For now, however, rates are very soft (under €200) and it isn’t worth using 75,000 points.
Radisson Rewards is, in my opinion, one of the most valuable American Express Membership Rewards transfer partners. The rate is 1:3 and I value a Radisson Rewards point at 0.33p, so it is equivalent to 1p per Amex point. Unfortunately, transfers are currently suspended due to IT issues caused by the split of Radisson Rewards and Radisson Rewards Americas a few weeks ago.
Remember that you can get Gold status in Radisson Rewards by taking out The Platinum Card from American Express. Amex Platinum currently comes with a huge 60,000 Amex points bonus which would convert into 180,000 Radisson Rewards points.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (May 2022)
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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 180,000 Radisson Rewards points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
These cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points (SPECIAL OFFER) converts into 180,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 15,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
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.
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