Radisson Rewards Visa Card 120K Bonus (Best-Ever)

Filed Under: Club Carlson, Credit Cards

For the first time ever, the Radisson Rewards Premier Signature Visa Card has a welcome bonus of up to 120,000 Radisson Rewards points. You can earn those points by spending $3,000 within the first 90 days.

While the application link was sent out to some members by email, there’s nothing in the terms suggesting that this is targeted.

This is the best offer we’ve ever seen on the card. Last December the card offered a welcome bonus of up to 100,000 points, which was otherwise the best offer we’ve seen on the card.

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 ~0.3 cents each, so in and of itself I don’t think the welcome bonus is that extraordinary, as I basically value it at ~$360. 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 ~$120, 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.

I also find it strange that this card has foreign transaction fees, given that Radisson is a hotel group that’s primarily found internationally.

This card is issued by US Bank, which isn’t otherwise an issuer that has too many popular travel rewards cards.

(Tip of the hat to Angelina Travels)

Comments

  1. I wonder if its more then a coincidence, with Radisson as a brand changing hands from HNA Group to another Chinese firm.

  2. Until reward nights can be used outside the USA, not interested. Most of their best properties are in Northern Europe. Stayed at some Radissons in Norway and Denmark which were nice, where there is also less competition from other major hotel chains.

  3. Are Radisson hotels easy to book with points? I usually travel with family. I just test ran booking a 3 person room (2 queen beds) with points at a few different areas and was told none available. But I see that they are available with cash or cash + points.

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