For the first time ever, the Radisson Rewards Premier Signature Visa Card has a welcome bonus of up to 100,000 Radisson Rewards points. Through January 4, 2018, the card is offering:
- 50,000 points after your first purchase
- 50,000 points after spending $2,500 within the first 90 days
As a point of comparison, previously the offer was for 85,000 points, and that came in the form of 50,000 points after the first purchase and a further 35,000 points after spending $2,500 within 90 days, so this bonus is 15,000 points better.
This is actually a card I have simply for the perks it offers. The perks include:
- 40,000 bonus points upon your account renewal every year
- Gold status for as long as you have the card
- Up to three free night awards every year — one e-cert for each $10,000 in spend (up to $30,000)
Personally I value Radisson Rewards points at ~0.4 cents each, so in and of itself I don’t think the welcome bonus is that extraordinary, as I basically value it at $400. In terms of return on spend, the card offers 10x points per dollar spent at Radisson hotels, and 5x points per dollar spent on everything else.
For context, here’s the Radisson Rewards award chart:
The reason I have this card is because it offers 40,000 points upon your account anniversary every year. I value those 40,000 points at ~$160, so I’d gladly pay the card’s $75 annual fee for that. The Gold status is the icing on the cake.
Some people may find it worthwhile to spend up to $30,000 on the card per year to earn the additional free night e-certs, though they do come with quite some restrictions, including that they can only be redeemed at properties in the US.
So if it’s the welcome bonus you’re after I think there are much better hotel credit cards out there, but this is a card that’s worth keeping long term for the 40,000 points offered annually, in my opinion.
While I do think the card is still generally worthwhile, it’s worth noting that this card used to be really awesome back in the day. The card used to offer a second night free benefit on all award stays, so you could literally stay in two night increments and get 50% off award stays. Unfortunately that perk was eliminated in 2015.
This card is issued by US Bank, which isn’t otherwise an issuer that has too many popular travel rewards cards.