If you have some Radisson Rewards points, you may be wondering if it is worth transferring them to Avios or Flying Blue miles, which are the only two major programmes now supported.
The answer, in this case, is ‘No’.
Some hotel loyalty programmes, led by Marriott Bonvoy, are keen to promote the idea that you can turn your hotel points into airline miles. With Bonvoy, it’s actually not a terrible idea – you don’t lose much value.
I value a Marriott Bonvoy point at 0.5p. With a conversion rate of 60,000 Bonvoy points to 25,000 Avios or other miles, you are swapping £300 of hotel room for £250 of airline miles (assuming 1p value per mile). That is not a bad trade.
Radisson Rewards, on the other hand, desperately tries to stop you redeeming for anything except hotel rooms. After all, third party redemptions like miles cost it real money.
There are now just three airline partners:
- Avios (BA – not Iberia etc)
- Flying Blue (Air France / KLM)
- EuroBonus (SAS)
This is the page to convert your Radisson Rewards points to Avios or other airline miles.
Look at the conversion rates for Avios and Flying Blue:
- 2,000 points = 200 miles
- 50,000 points = 5,000 miles
- 100,000 points = 10,000 miles
Don’t ask why they even bother with the higher levels given that it is still 10:1.
SAS EuroBonus has a different rate of 7:1.
Note that transfers to Emirates ceased on 31st May.
Is this a good deal?
I value a Radisson Rewards point at 0.33p. This makes sense, given that a 5-star hotel tends to cost 75,000 points and would be £250+ for cash.
On this 10:1 conversion rate, you are giving up 3.3p of hotel room to get 1p of airline mile. You are losing two thirds of the value of your points.
It MIGHT be worthwhile if you have a small number of Radisson Rewards points – say 10,000 – which are not enough to get you a free room. Perhaps it is better to have 1,000 miles than hope you might earn some more one day to get a hotel stay.
For everyone else, give airline miles a miss and use your Radisson Rewards points for free nights.
You can learn more about Radisson Rewards on the Radisson site here.