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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.
Then Hyatt went into partnership with MGM and the landscape changed. Suddenly a well-known (and highly collected) points currency could be earned and burned at a whole host of well-known Vegas properties.
IHG also got involved in Vegas though its partnership with the Venetian and Palazzo properties, Wyndham partnered with Caesars Entertainment, Marriott added the Cosmopolitan, Hilton took over the Mandarin Oriental (and rebranded it as a Waldorf Astoria) and now, in a recent press release, Radisson has announced that it’s joining the Vegas points party.
From “later this year” Radisson will be adding the Treasure Island property to its portfolio and it will be rebranded as “Treasure Island – TI Hotel & Casino, a Radisson Hotel” (not exactly a name which just rolls off your tongue is it?)
I haven’t set foot in Treasure Island for years so I can’t really give an opinion on its current state but hopefully, it’s had a makeover in the recent past as it definitely needed one the last time I visited!
Radisson’s press release describes the property as having almost 3,000 rooms and a “contemporary style and high-energy atmosphere” so, as that’s definitely not the TI I remember, I’m going to assume it’s had a makeover 🙂
So far there hasn’t been any mention of how many points a night at Treasure Island will cost, but considering Vegas hotel prices are rarely particularly high (for entry-level rooms), this will probably be a property where booking with cash and electing to earn points (rather than burning them) will be the better way to go more often than not.
I’ll update this post as and when Radisson adds TI to its website and the Radisson Rewards program.