An Introduction to the Radisson Rewards Hotel Programme

Aug 19, 2019

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Radisson is a great hotel option, especially if you are a frequent traveller to Northern Europe, where accommodation options can be very expensive. Radisson Rewards is the loyalty programme of the Radisson hotel group, which has more than 1,000 properties worldwide. The programme’s brands cover the following:

  • Radisson
  • Radisson Blu
  • Radisson Collection
  • Radisson Red
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
  • Park Plaza
  • Park Inn by Radisson
Radisson Blu Anaheim (photo courtesy of Radisson)
Radisson Blu Anaheim (Photo courtesy of Radisson)

Elite Status

There are four different status tiers in the loyalty programme:

  • Club — The base level, which provides points for room stays, 5% discount on food and beverages and the ability to redeem points towards free hotel nights.
  • Silver — Requires nine nights/six stays in a year. This also provides more points per dollar, 10% discount on food and beverage as well as early check-in, late checkout and a complimentary room upgrade where available.
  • Gold — Requires 30 nights/20 stays. This provides all of the Silver benefits, plus additional points per night, 15% discount on food and beverages, and a ‘welcome gift’. Note this status is complimentary with The Platinum Card from American Express UK.
  • Platinum — Requires 60 nights/30 stays. This has all of the Gold benefits plus additional points per night and a huge 20% discount on food and beverage, as well as free breakfast and a dedicated 24/7 member services line.

Earning Points

You will earn points for hotel stays within the group, as with other hotel loyalty programmes. Unfortunately, there is no Radisson cobranded credit card in the UK right now, so you can’t automatically earn points with everyday purchases.

That being said, Radisson is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards in the UK at a rate of 1:3, so you could triple your points balance by transferring from Membership Rewards to Radisson Rewards if you thought you would get more value/use from them for hotel stays rather than, say flight redemptions. This is a really great feature of the programme.

You can also purchase points directly from the programme, up to 40,000 each year.

Radisson Red Cape Town. Photo by The Points Guy

Redeeming Points

Radisson Group doesn’t have the aspirational properties that other chains like Marriott Bonvoy have, although there are some excellent luxury properties within the programme like The May Fair hotel in London.

Each property in the programme is given a category number for redemptions from Category 1 up to Category 7, based on the quality of the accommodation provided. Category 1 redemptions are 9,000 points per night for a standard room, although these are likely to be very basic properties in potentially undesirably locations. The highest Category, Category 7 requires 70,000 points per night for a standard room with 105,000 points per night for a premium room.

You can also choose to transfer your Radisson Rewards points to 35 airline partners, but the rate is 10:1, meaning that 100,000 points would only become 10,000 Avios. This is not a great use of points.

Featured image by Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

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