Up until recently, IHG Rewards has been the only big hotel loyalty program to make any global changes to elite status or status earnings in light of the current crisis but now Radisson has also joined in with a very positive change of its own.
Radisson Rewards is the latest hotel loyalty program to announce a first quarter promotion for 2020 and it's offering members the chance to earn up to 150,000 points for stays made through March 31st...but who should be considering this?
While only three of the major airlines are offering mileage sales worth considering this Black Friday, the hotel chains appear to be making more of an effort. With the exception of Hilton, all the major hotel loyalty programs are running points sales right now and most are well worth a closer look.
Radisson is the latest of the major hotel chains to announce its end of year promotion and this time around the hotelier is offering double points and double elite night credits on all qualifying stays through 29 December 2019...but there's a catch.
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the Las Vegas strip was pretty much devoid of any properties at which the mainstream points currencies could be “earned and burned”. There was a Westin just off the strip (opposite Harrah’s) and then Marriott built its “Grand Chateau” timeshare property on Harman but, other than that, there weren’t really any other options.
Radisson Rewards is back with a new points sale in which it’s offering a bonus of up to 50% to anyone willing to buy its currency on or before 28 July 2019. The hotelier has also increased the maximum number of points Radisson Rewards members can buy in a year and, for some this may make this sale more interesting than it would otherwise be.
Radisson's latest points promotion is now live and, as points promotions go, this one shows potential. Between now and 31 August 2019 Radisson Rewards members can earn 3,000 points per night at all Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites properties worldwide.
Radisson has recently announced that it will be changing the number of points that 140 of its hotels charge for an award night from 1 March 2019. This means that there's a little over 3 weeks left in which to lock the lower rates at the 84 properties which will be going up in price and a little over 3 weeks before 56 properties will become a better deal.
We've recently seen what IHG has to offer for 1Q 2019, Hilton has had its 1Q promotion running for a couple of weeks and now we have a new promotion from Radisson Rewards...so it's just Marriott and Hyatt that are sitting on the sidelines.
Radisson Rewards has launched a promotion offering members double elite qualifying nights and double redeemable points though the end of the year. The offer is available on "premium" rooms only so guess will not be able to book the very cheapest rates if they want to accelerate their progress to elite status.