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Curious how much your Radisson points are actually worth?
The short answer: After a deep-dive analysis, NerdWallet values Radisson points at 0.6 cent each. This is a baseline value, drawn from real-world data, not a maximized value. In other words, you should aim for award redemptions that offer 0.6 cent or more in value from your Radisson points.
How much does it cost to book a Radisson room on points?
How much point value will you sacrifice when booking a Radisson hotel room using points? The Radisson loyalty program keeps things simple by offering an award chart. Within that, hotels are broken down into five categories (1-5), and rooms are further broken down into three tiers (standard room, family room and premium room) for international Radisson hotels. For the Radisson Americas program, there is no family room option, but rather a RewardSaver Room rate.
Rooms start at 15,000 points for a standard room at the lowest tier hotels (think a lower-end brand in a low-cost market, like the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson in Bloomington–Normal West, Illinois), while they run as high as 112,500 points for a premium room in a Category 5 hotel (think something like the Radisson Blu Resort & Residence in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic).
Here’s the complete award charts:
Radisson hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa or Asia
For the Radisson Rewards program, expect to shell out this number of points per award night:
Radisson hotels in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean
For travelers visiting properties via the Radisson Americas program, here's how to think about your points budget:
Based on our valuations of Radisson points, that means that the points needed to book a standard room at a Category 1 hotel are worth roughly $90, a Category 3 hotel would be worth roughly $270, and a Category 5 hotel would be worth roughly $450.
If cash rates to book that same room are lower than those values, then it might behoove you to save your points and pay in cash. But if cash rates are higher (and they very well could be if you’re traveling during peak seasons such as summer and holidays), then — assuming you have Radisson points to your name — book on points as you’re getting a great deal.
Speaking of great Radisson deals, check out our list of Radisson sweet spots, as we found some incredible redemptions for rooms booked on points. And if you want to book using points (but don’t have enough yet), check out our guide to the best ways to earn Radisson points.
Determine the value of your Radisson points
Use the calculator below to figure out how much your trove of miles (real or hypothetical) is worth, based on this value.
Or likewise, use the calculator to evaluate the value of points required to book a room. Then, compare that to the advertised cash price to decide whether it’s better to book your room on cash versus points.
How to maximize your rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2021, including those best for:
Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card