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Radisson Rewards may sound like a new hotel loyalty program, but it’s actually a reimagined version of the old Club Carlson program. The rebranding, which took place in early 2018, brought some positive changes for elite status members and a new selection of co-branded hotel credit cards.

If your goal is earning more free hotel stays this year, you’ll be happy to hear the refreshed Radisson Rewards program offers easy-to-earn points that can be valuable if you redeem them the right way. This guide will help you navigate this new program, maximize the rewards you earn and learn the best ways to redeem for maximum value.

How to earn Radisson Rewards points

Earning Radisson Rewards points isn’t that difficult thanks to a robust earning structure on paid stays and the fact you can earn points with a hotel credit card. When it comes to paid stays at Radisson brand hotels, rewards members earn points based on their elite status in the following tiers:

  • Members earn 20 points per $1
  • Silver members earn 22 points per $1
  • Gold members earn 25 points per $1
  • Platinum members earn 35 points per $1

Point accrual is based on the “eligible rate,” which is the base rate Radisson Rewards recognizes in their reservations system. While paid hotel stays can lead to a flurry of point-earning activity, you can double your efforts with the right rewards credit card. Currently, you can earn Radisson Rewards points with the following credit cards:

Earning rate Signup bonus
Radisson Rewards™ Premier Visa Signature® Card Earn 10 points per $1 spent at Radisson properties and 5 point per $1 elsewhere 50,000 bonus points at first purchase and 35,000 points after spending at least $2,500 within 90 days after account opening
The Radisson Rewards™ Visa Signature® Card Earn 6 points per $1 spent at Radisson properties and 3 point per $1 elsewhere 50,000 points with first purchase and 10,000 points after spending $1,500 on the card within 90 days of account opening
Radisson Rewards™ Visa® Card Earn 3 points per $1 spent at Radisson properties and 1 point per $1 elsewhere 30,000 Radisson Rewards points after spending $1,000 for purchases within 90 days of account opening
Radisson Rewards™ Business Visa® Card Earn 10 points per $1 spent at Radisson properties and 5 point per $1 elsewhere 50,000 bonus points at first purchase and 35,000 points after spending at least $2,500 within 90 days of account opening

 

How to redeem Radisson Rewards points

Radisson Rewards may be primarily a hotel loyalty program, but they offer more than one way to redeem your points. In addition to free hotel nights, you can cash in Radisson Rewards for benefits such as:

  • Priority Pass Select airport lounge membership
  • Gift cards or prepaid cards
  • In-hotel benefits such as laundry service, room upgrades, and movie rentals
  • TSA Precheck membership
  • Donations to charities such as the American Red Cross
  • Transfers to 20 airline partners

Of course, redeeming points for hotels is the most popular option. This is one area where Radisson Rewards truly shines. Radisson Rewards properties start at just 9,000 points per night to book a standard room, which means the signup bonus from the brand’s top tier credit card can easily be worth 9+ free nights.

The chart below shows how much different Radisson Rewards properties charge for standard and premium rooms:

 

Standard Room (points per night) Premium Room (points per night)
Category 1 9,000 13,500
Category 2 15,000 22,500
Category 3 28,000 42,000
Category 4 38,000 57,000
Category 5 44,000 66,000
Category 6 50,000 75,000
Category 7 70,000 105,000

Earning elite status

We mentioned already how you can earn more points when you have elite status with Radisson Rewards. Thanks to new updates to this program during the rebranding, earning elite status has become easier than ever. As of 2019, each level of elite status can be achieved with the following milestones:

  • Silver: Stay 9 nights or six stays
  • Gold: Stay 30 nights or 20 stays
  • Platinum: Stay 60 nights or 30 stays

Elite members of the Radisson Rewards program do receive some additional benefits in addition to extra points on paid stays. For example, each level receives a tiered discount based on status on Radisson food and drink. Plus, Silver members and up can qualify for a complimentary upgrade as well as early check-in or late check-out. Platinum members get free breakfast at eligible hotels, which can make earning elite status even more valuable.

5 ways to maximize your rewards

Radisson Rewards may be a lucrative hotel program already, but there are plenty of ways to boost your point haul and maximize rewards when you go to redeem. Here are the best ways to get more bang for your buck with this program:

Pick up a co-branded credit card.

Yielding more Radisson Rewards points is as simple as signing up for one of the hotel brand’s credit cards. Having one will help you earn points on paid stays and everything else you buy, so why not? Obviously, earning a big signing up bonus right away will also help.

Skip the less lucrative redemption options and save your points for hotels.

While you can redeem points for gift cards, transfers to airlines, and choose among several other redemption options, you should try not to. Since 100,000 Radisson Rewards points only yields 10,000 airline miles, that’s a terrible redemption value at one-tenth of a cent per point. The same is true for their TSA Precheck redemption choice; they want 65,000 points and a TSA Precheck membership only costs $85!

You will be much better off if you save your points for a lucrative hotel redemption at a top tier property. For example, the Radisson Hotel Royal Collection in Copenhagen, Denmark runs over $400 per night during summer months, yet you can book it for 70,000 Radisson Rewards points. That’s more than half a cent per point, which is pretty solid for this program.

Download the Radisson Rewards mobile app.

The Radisson Rewards mobile app lets you earn extra points with partners like Groupon, SeetGeek.com, eBay, and iTunes.

Take advantage of partner relationships.

Outside of the Radisson Rewards app, you can earn extra points for booking with specific partners such as rental car companies. You can earn up to 2,000 bonus points for buying flowers through FTD.com, for example. You can also score bonus points for joining the Radisson Rewards wine club or shopping their Bicester Village Shopping Collection.

The bottom line

Radisson Rewards was once known as Club Carlson, but the program hasn’t changed too much at its core. This hotel loyalty program lets you earn points you can redeem at more than 1,100 hotels worldwide, and you can even book premium rooms with points. Start earning now and you could be booking the trip of a lifetime in a few short months.

For more hotel rewards insights, read our latest guides on points programs.

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