International travelers may be familiar with Radisson Rewards and its wide range of brands with over 1,100 hotels. Radisson Blu, for example, is a familiar name in parts of Europe and Africa.
Americans might know the Radisson name, but they may not realize that Radisson Rewards includes seven brands at every price point — which offers something for every kind of traveler. Road trippers find affordable rooms in convenient locations under brand names like Country Inn & Suites, while honeymooners can redeem points at exciting aspirational properties like Radisson Blu Resort Maldives, Radisson Blu Aruba and The May Fair, Radisson Collection in London.
Here's what you need to know to start earning Radisson Rewards.
About the Radisson Rewards program
Radisson Rewards has an easy-to-understand award chart that features Category 1 through 7 hotels, plus the number of points needed per stay.
A standard room at a Category 1 hotel goes for 9,000 points. At the other end of the price spectrum, a premium Category 7 hotel room can cost 105,000 points.
So how do you start raking in these rewards? To begin, join the Radisson Rewards loyalty program. It’s free. Then, you can start earning points.
You can accumulate points through:
Credit card spending.
Buying or transferring points.
» Learn more: Radisson Rewards: The complete guide
How to earn Radisson Rewards
Stay at a Radisson family hotel
The points flow easily when you stay at a Radisson family hotel, with earning opportunities per dollar spent on room, food and beverage charges. Points typically post within two weeks of your stay.
Club members (the base level in Radisson Rewards) earn 20 points per dollar spent. Silver members earn 22 points per dollar spent and Gold members earn 25 points per dollar spent.
Nerd tip: These are generous earnings when you consider that a standard room at a Category 1 hotel costs 9,000 points per night.
A Radisson Rewards Club member could earn one redemption night after spending $450 with Radisson brands. Similarly, a Silver member could have enough points for a free night after spending about $410 and a Gold member would be able to redeem enough points after spending $360.
The top status level is Platinum, which you attain by accumulating 60 nights or 30 stays within a calendar year. Platinum members earn 35 points per dollar spent at Radisson properties. So a Platinum member would need to spend $258 with the brand before being able to redeem for a Category 1 hotel night. And that’s on top of Platinum perks like free breakfast.
Check out Radisson Rewards Offers
Before making a reservation, always check the company website for any Radisson Rewards Offers, which could include bonus point promotions. Recent offers have featured 5,000 bonus points per stay and a 10% off member rate.
Another offer awarded a one-time 3,000-point bonus for booking through the Radisson Rewards mobile app.
For some of these bonus point deals and discounts, you have to register first at the Radisson Rewards Offers page, so always swing by that page before you book.
» Learn more: Your guide to hotel bonus point promotions
Sign-up for Radisson Rewards for Business
If you own a small or medium-sized business or manage the travel arrangements for one, there are more rewards to consider. Radisson Rewards for Business allows the traveler to earn points for their stay, plus the person who organizes the travel can earn points for making the reservation. If you’re both the traveler and the travel decision-maker, unfortunately, you earn points as the traveler only.
Hotel nights earn 10 points per dollar spent. Events booked at Radisson properties earn 5 points per dollar spent for the Radisson Rewards for Business members. Travelers enrolled in this program can also earn Silver status after three stays (that’s a fast track to status compared with the usual earning requirement of six stays for Silver status).
Apply for a Radisson Rewards credit card
If you add a Radisson credit card to your collection, you could get a head start on accumulating Radisson points. Sign-up for the $0-annual-fee Radisson Rewards™ Visa® Card and you could earn this welcome bonus: Earn a bonus of 30,000 points when you spend at least $1,000 in net purchases on your card within 90 days of account opening. That’s more than enough points for a three night stay at a Category 1 property.
The Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature® Card has a higher annual fee, $75, but it comes with a chance to earn an even bigger welcome bonus: Up to 85,000 bonus points - receive 50,000 points after your first purchase plus 35,000 points once you spend $2,500 on your card within the first 90 days. You also get instant Gold status in Radisson Rewards, which means you'll earn more points per dollar every time you stay. You’ll also get 40,000 points every year when you renew the card and pay the annual fee.
Regardless of which card you choose, you can earn a certificate for a free night at any U.S. property by hitting $10,000 in spending in a year plus renewing your card membership. You can do this up to three times per year.
Use your Radisson credit card for stays or everyday spending
You can further increase the number of points you earn on Radisson stays when you pay with a Radisson credit card.
The Radisson Rewards™ Visa® Card pays you an extra 3 points per dollar on qualifying Radisson charges and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases.
The Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature® Card pays an additional 10 points per dollar on Radisson charges and 5 points per dollar on non-Radisson spending.
Those bonus points are on top of the points earned by all members when they stay. For example, a Club-level member with the Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature® Card would earn 10 bonus points per dollar on top of their normal 20 points for a total of 30 points per dollar. In this instance, charging $300 for a qualifying hotel stay will get you enough points for a night in a Category 1 hotel.
» Learn more: Which Radisson credit card do I choose?
Radisson Rewards has partners that award bonus points for doing business with them. These include 5,000 points for buying wine through Vinesse and 1,500 points for purchasing flowers at FTD.
Rental cars are another opportunity to rack up points, with the amount earned depending upon the rental agency you choose.
Buy or transfer points
Buying points from a loyalty program isn't usually a great deal, but if you're short on points and need some for an award, Radisson Rewards sells them in increments of 1,000 points. You can buy as many as 80,000 within the calendar year at a cost of $7 per 1,000 points.
Nerd tip: With lower category hotels, buying points might be worthwhile. For example, the 9,000 points you would need for a night at a Category 1 hotel would cost $63. If that’s substantially lower than the cash rate at the hotel, and there is award availability, then go for it.
Keep in mind that purchased points can take 24 hours to appear in your account.
You can also buy as many as 80,000 points for another member. In addition, you can transfer points between accounts for members that have been in the program for at least one year and have shared the same membership address for 30 days. Elite members can also exchange points with other accounts with fewer restrictions.
The bottom line
Radisson Rewards makes it easy to earn a lot of points fast by staying at participating properties, signing up for a credit card, shopping, renting a car or taking advantage of special bonus offers.
With its emphasis on overseas hotels, Radisson may not be the best program for travelers who don’t often leave the U.S. but with so many ways to earn lots of points, you'll want to take a look at the properties and destinations to see whether Radisson Rewards can work well for your travel plans.
How to Maximize Your Rewards
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