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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 wishing to buy points on or before 31 January 2021. This sale isn’t offering the lowest cost per point that we’ve seen Radisson publish, but if you can combine it with the 20% rebate that Radisson is currently offering on award bookings, you may be able to get a very good deal.
- Buy 1,000 – 3,000 points and get a 25% bonus
- Buy 4,000 – 8,000 points and get a 35% bonus
- Buy 9,000 – 80,000 points and get a 50% bonus
Note: Radisson has allowed members to buy up to 120,000 points (excluding bonus) at times in the past.
Headline Terms & Conditions
- The “Stretch your points 50% further Purchase Points” offer is valid for Radisson Rewards Points purchased by January 31, 2021 only.
- Radisson Rewards members will receive a point bonus of 25% for purchases of 1,000 – 3,000 points; a point bonus of 35% for purchases of 4000 – 8000 points; and a points bonus of 50% for point purchases of 9,000 – 80,000 points.
- Maximum bonus points awarded is 40,000 points.
- Members may purchase up to 80,000 points per calendar year, per Radisson Rewards account.
- Bonus points will not be applied to the yearly point purchase maximum.
- Bonus points and purchased Points will be posted to the member’s Radisson Rewards account as one transaction within 24-48 hours of purchase.
- Offer does not apply to Points purchased as a gift.
Radisson Rewards doesn’t vary the price/point within the individual bands so as long as you buy a minimum of 9,000 points you’ll be buying points at the cheapest rate available in this sale.
Here’s the proof:
Someone buying 9,000 Radisson rewards points in this sale would net a total of 13,500 points at a total cost of $63.00:
That works out to an approximate cost per point of 0.467 cents.
Anyone buying the maximum number of points allowed (80,000) would find themselves spending $560 to net 120,000 points:
120,000 points at a cost of $560 makes the approximate cost per point 0.467 cents.
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, it’s very nice to see that a purchase as small as 9,000 points (costing only $63) is enough to get the buyer the best cost/points on offer as that should make this sale very useful to anyone who doesn’t need a large number of points to get their account balance to a level where they have enough points for a nice award.
In addition to this, there’s more good news – Radisson is currently running a promotion in which it’s offering 20% back on award bookings made by 20 January for travel through 18 April, and that could make this points sale considerably more interesting.
Ordinarily, award bookings at most of Radisson’s better properties cost 70,000 points/night so a room at a top property (booked solely using points purchased in this sale) would effectively cost ~$327. That’s not a great deal.
However, once you factor in a 20% rebate, a top-tier redemption would cost just 56,000 points per night and that would cost $262.20 using booked solely using points purchased in this sale. That can represent a very good deal, especially as it includes all taxes and fees.
If you can’t make the most of the 20% rebate promotion it’s highly likely that, unless you’re just topping up an account, this is a sale you should pass on. While there are certainly a few Radisson properties around the world where rooms will go for significantly more than $327 at busier times of the year (like the May Fair in London), they’re the exception rather than the rule and while there’s a pandemic raging around the world, it will be hard to justify paying $327 per night at a Radisson when you see what a lot of other great properties are charging.
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.