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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.
Headline Terms & Conditions
- The “Up to 50% Bonus on Purchased Points” offer is valid for points purchased by 11:59 pm CST on Sunday 28 July.
- Radisson Rewards members will receive a point bonus of up to 50% for purchases of up to 120,000 points.
- Maximum bonus points awarded is 60,000 points.
- Bonus points will not be applied to the yearly point purchase maximum.
- Members may purchase up to 120,000 points during the promotional Offer only, per Radisson Rewards account.
- Bonus points and purchased points will be posted to the member’s Radisson Rewards account as one transaction within 24-48 hours of purchase.
- This offer does not apply to points purchased as a gift.
- Price includes all applicable fees. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents.
The Sale Offer
- Buy 3,000 – 10,000 points and get a 10% bonus
- Buy 11,000 – 50,000 points and get a 25% bonus
- Buy 51,000 – 120,000 points and get a 50% bonus
Radisson Rewards doesn’t vary the price/point within the individual bands so as long as you buy a minimum of 51,000 points you’ll be buying points at the cheapest rate available in this sale.
Here’s the proof:
Someone buying 51,000 Radisson rewards points in this sale would net a total of 76,500 points at a total cost of $357.00:
That works out to an approximate cost per point of 0.467 cents.
Anyone buying the maximum number of points allowed (120,000) would find themselves spending $840 to net 180,000 points:
180,000 points at a cost of $840 works out to an approximate cost per point of 0.467 cents.
For completeness here are the cost/point numbers for the other 2 bonus levels:
- Buy 3,000 – 10,000 points at ~0.640 cents/point
- Buy 11,000 – 50,000 points at ~0.560 cents/point
Radisson Rewards points sales aren’t rare but they’re not seen as often as the sales from the likes of IHG or Hilton, so it’s always worth checking them out when they go live.
This time around the increased purchase limit (120,000 points from 80,000 points) is a notable positive but I’m not convinced that the sale price will justify a purchase for most people.
Award bookings at most of Radisson’s better properties cost 70,000 points/night so a room at one of these properties (booked using points purchased in this sale) would effectively cost approximately $327…and that’s a lot.
While there are certainly a number of Radisson properties around the world where rooms will go for significantly more than this figure at busier times of the year (like the May Fair in London), they’re the exception rather than the rule.
At most good Radisson properties the cash rate is generally going to be lower than the cost of an award night booked with points purchased in this sale.
However, there will still be times when it makes sense to buy points in this sale.
If you need just a few more points to top up an account this sale could be a good time to do just that, and if your plans are fluid it may be cheaper to make an award booking using points from this sale than to purchase a flexible cash rate (award bookings can be canceled without penalty)….so don’t discount this sale entirely.
As always, the key to not making a mistake in a sale like this is to make sure you have a plan for any points you’re thinking of buying and to do the necessary math – if it’s cheaper to buy points and book and award than to pay the going cash rate then buying points in this sale is perfectly ok, otherwise you should probably wait for a better deal.