How to Save 75% on Your Radisson Stays With Citi ThankYou Points

Favorable transfer ratios put Citi points holders in a good position to get a lot of value out of Radisson stays.
Carissa Rawson
By Carissa Rawson 
Edited by Meghan Coyle

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Editor's note: Radisson is now part of the Choice Privileges loyalty program. This content is being updated to reflect this change. In the meantime, read more about this news here.

The Radisson hotel chain has been undergoing some changes lately, with the Americas branch of the brand splitting off and selling to Choice Hotels.

Now that the sale is complete, a new proposition has opened up for those looking to use Radisson points for stays — one that could save you up to 75% on bookings if you hold the right credit cards.

Let’s take a look at how to save on Radisson stays with Citi points.

Citi ThankYou transfer partners

For those who are unfamiliar with Citi ThankYou points, they work like this: If you hold a Citi card that earns ThankYou points, when you use it for purchases, you acquire points.

These points can then be used for a variety of redemptions, including transfers to hotel and airline partners.

Citi is unique in that its partnership with Choice Privileges can be worth up to double that of any other card issuer.

Those with a Citi Premier® Card or Citi Prestige® Card are able to transfer their points at a 1:2 ratio, which means one Citi ThankYou point becomes two Choice points.

Other Citi credit cards transfer at a 1:1.5 ratio, which still beats out the 1:1 ratio offered by American Express and Capital One.

Such a partnership unlocks great value for cardholders, but now that Choice has started integrating Radisson into its portfolio, it gets even more interesting.

Transferring to Radisson Hotels Americas

As it stands, Choice Privileges points can now be converted to Radisson Rewards Americas at a 1:2 ratio.

Once you’ve gone through all the steps, you’ll end up turning one Citi ThankYou point into four Radisson points!

At NerdWallet, we value Citi ThankYou points at 1.5 cents each when transferred to partners, and Radisson Rewards Americas points at 0.8 cent each.

Just by using this method, you’re turning that 1.5 cents' worth of points into 3.2 cents' worth of points — but wait, it gets better.

Booking your Radisson hotel

Now it’s time to use those points! If you’re not familiar with Radisson you may be wondering where you can find locations to use those points.

Radisson Hotels Americas has more than 1,500 locations spread across North America, including some high-end luxury options.

Luxury hotels

Let’s take a look at a two-night stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, which is a member of Radisson’s luxury brand.

A stay from Saturday to Monday in May, which is a good time to visit, will set you back $879.39 per night. That same trip would cost you just 50,000 points per night.

You’ll note that you’re still on the hook for taxes and an "urban fee," but overall you’re paying 100,000 Radisson points for that $1,758.78 stay.

If you’re an eligible cardholder converting your Citi points over to Radisson, you’ll end up paying just 12,500 Citi points per night for your stay and 25,000 points total.

25,000 Citi points are worth $375, which is a far cry from the $1,700 in value that you’re receiving.

This particular hotel room for $375 is, as we suggested in the title, more than 75% off what the cash price would be!

Put another way, you’re redeeming your Citi ThankYou points at a rate of 7.04 cents each — nearly five times their value!

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If you hold elite status with certain other hotel loyalty programs, you can get matching Radisson elite status. This results in benefits such as room upgrades, early check-in, late check-out, welcome amenities and more.

To get perspective on the value of transferring your Citi ThankYou Points for a stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, let's compare it to a stay at the Park Hyatt Chicago, another five-star option that will cost you $662 per night (without taxes and fees).

World of Hyatt is well-known for its generous pricing on reward redemptions, but even at this property, you’re paying 29,000 points per night for your stay.

You’ll need to use Chase Ultimate Rewards, which we value at up to 2.7 cents each.

So if you’re transferring points in, not only are you paying more than double in points per night, you’re redeeming points that are otherwise worth 2.7 cents apiece rather than Citi’s points, valued at 1.5 cents each.

I’m sure you’re starting to see why we’re so jazzed about this new partnership.

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The Radisson Blu Punta Cana, an All-Inclusive Resort is also available for 75,000 Radisson points per night.

Mid-level hotels

Here’s another option: The Park Inn by Radisson Mazatlan. It’s not super fancy, but it is an oceanfront hotel in Mexico. A three-night weekend stay here in April will run you $351.05.

But when using points, there are no taxes or fees associated with this booking, so you’ll pay just 30,000 points for three nights.

Transferring from Citi ThankYou will leave you paying 7,500 points per night, or $112.50 worth of Citi points. Pretty good!

Save money on your Radisson stays with Citi points

While Radisson Hotels Americas may not be the most well-known chain around, it has solid value and a decent portfolio of hotels from which to choose.

In the end, there’s really no other way to put this: Taking advantage of the exchange rate across Citi ThankYou, Choice and Radisson can result in some enormous value for your stays.

(Top photo courtesy of Radisson Hotels Americas)

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