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At the beginning of July, Radisson Rewards has launched a promotion through which it has been offering guests a bonus of 5,000 points on every stay. This bonus continues to be offered through the end of the year with all of Radisson’s worldwide properties participating, but the promotion has just been boosted by news that Radisson Rewards Visa card holders can earn additional bonus points too.
5k For Every Stay Promotion
- Registration is required (here)
- Promotion is open to all Radisson Rewards members
- Stays must be completed by 31 December 2020
- Award Nights and Points + Cash stays are eligible.
- A maximum of 150,000 bonus points is on offer/member
- An “Eligible Night” means a night at a Participating Property that is booked at an Eligible Rate, identified in the Participating Property’s reservation system as eligible to earn Radisson Rewards Points. An “Eligible Stay” means one or more consecutive Eligible Nights at the same Participating Property, regardless of the number of check-ins or checkouts that occur during that stay.
- The offer is available at all Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson hotels worldwide.
Full terms and conditions can be found on the promotion page.
5k Bonus Points For Co-Branded Cardholders
Frequent Miler has reported that Radisson Rewards has updated its promotion to include a bonus offer for holders of its co-branded Visa card.
The promotion is offering Radisson Rewards Visa Cardholders a 5,000 point bonus when they pay for their first stay (taken between 1 September and 31 December 2020) with their card.
Note: I hold the no annual fee version of the Radisson Rewards Visa card but I have not been emailed this promotion nor can I see it in my account so it’s very possible that this is only open to holders of the Premier Visa Signature card (the card in the image above) which charges a $75 annual fee.
I value Radisson Rewards points at 0.3 cents each so, effectively, the main promotion is offering guests a rebate of $15 per stay (on up to 30 stays) and there’s a further $15 rebate on offer to holders of the Radisson Rewards Visa card on their first stay taken after 1 September. If you’re booking a multi-night stay that’s probably not going to sound particularly worthwhile but for anyone making a high number of short (1-night) stays, this is a promotion that has its merits.
If we take a look at how this promotion ties in with what regular Radisson Rewards members can already earn on their stays, you’ll see how a few short stays can quickly add up to a free night at a very nice property anywhere in the world:
All Radisson Rewards members earn a minimum of 20 points/dollar on all Radisson stays…
- Red member – 20 points/dollar
- Silver member – 22 points/dollar
- Gold member – 25 points/dollar
- Platinum member 35 points/dollar
…and holders of the Radisson Rewards Premier Visa card (which offers Radisson Rewards Gold status as one of its benefits) earn a further 10 points per dollar spent at Radisson properties worldwide.
If we assume that an average 1-night booking at a Radisson property costs $150 (that doesn’t seem excessive and may even be overly conservative), a Radisson Rewards Gold member paying with their Radisson Rewards Premier Visa card would earn at least 10,250 points from a 1-night stay:
- 5,000 points from the current promotion
- 3,750 points courtesy of their Radisson Rewards Gold status
- 1,500 points courtesy of their Radisson Rewards Premier Visa card
(I have assumed that the only charges the guest incurs are for the room)
On their first booking, this goes up to 15,250 points courtesy of the new 5,000 point bonus for Visa card holders.
Based on the above, five one-night stays would earn a guest enough points for a free night at a Category 6 property (50,000 points/night) while seven one-night stays would earn a guest enough points for a free night at a top-tier Category 7 property (70,000 points/night) with 7,000 points still remaining.
Also, don’t forget that this promotion will work with award bookings so any award night stays you make between now and 31 December will earn you a 5,000 point rebate per stay. For one night bookings at properties in Category 6 or under that’s a rebate of between 10% and 56%.
In isolation, the 5,000 point bonus for every stay may not look like a great deal, but if you consider how it can boost a guest’s points earnings on a 1-night stay (in the example I used above it almost doubled the guest’s points earnings), this starts to look like a promotion that’s worthy of some attention.