Radisson Rewards Offering 20% Off Award Nights

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Both Marriott Bonvoy and World of Hyatt are currently incentivizing award redemptions, and now Radisson Rewards is joining in as well. This is similar to a promotion that Radisson Rewards offered last fall.

20% off free night award redemptions

Radisson Rewards has just launched a promotion offering 20% of your points back when you redeem for free nights:

  • Registration is required prior to check-out of your first eligible stay
  • Reservations must be made between January 11 and 20, 2021
  • Valid for stays between January 11 and April 18, 2021
  • This doesn’t apply to Points + Cash room night redemptions
  • Members must have the full number of points required for a redemption in their account, as the 20% will be credited back as a rebate within 10 business days of completing a stay

For context, here’s Radisson Rewards’ award chart:

As you can see, with this promotion you’d end up paying anywhere from 7,200 points per night for a Category 1 hotel, to 56,000 points per night for a Category 7 hotel.

Personally I value Radisson Rewards points at ~0.3 cents each, so with 20% savings you’re looking at some great values at many hotels. Perhaps particularly exciting is the new Radisson Blu Maldives, which usually retails for 70,000 points per night.

Redeem Radisson Rewards points at the Radisson Blu Maldives

15% off gift card and pre-paid card redemptions

Radisson Rewards is also offering 15% of your points back on gift card and prepaid card redemptions:

  • Registration is required prior to your first eligible redemption
  • This is valid for redemptions between January 11 and 20, 2021
  • Members need to have the full amount of points needed for a redemption in their account, and will be credited within 10 business days

Even with a discount, this isn’t how I would redeem my Radisson Rewards points:

  • You can redeem 7,000 Radisson Rewards points for a $10 gift card with a retail partner, so with 15% back you’d be redeeming 5,950 points; that’s like getting ~0.16 cents per Radisson Rewards point, which is just over half of my (conservative) valuation
  • At best you can redeem 67,000 Radisson Rewards points for a $100 pre-paid card, so with 15% back back you’d be redeeming 56,950 points; that’s like getting ~0.17 cents per Radisson Rewards point, which is just over half of my valuation

Bottom line

It’s great to see Radisson Rewards incentivizing redemptions. The 20% off free night redemptions could represent a great value if you have plans to travel in the next few months. Meanwhile I’d steer clear of the 15% off gift cards and pre-paid cards, since that really isn’t a way to maximize your Radisson Rewards redemptions.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this Radisson Rewards points redemption opportunity?

  1. With cash rates being down (significantly), redemptions are pretty bad value despite the promotion. I will keep paying cash for now and will use points at some other time 🙂

  2. So excited to have a second points promotion in just a few months! I used the first promotion to try out the new Radisson Blu Punta Cana and had an outstanding stay! I also booked a trip to Ireland that I’d been promising my daughter, but cancelled when travel restrictions weren’t lifted!

    With this promotion I booked the same trip to Ireland and just gotta hope things clear up by then!

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