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Radisson Rewards has just launched an interesting looking promotion, offering a 30% rebate if you transfer points to one of the 35 airline programmes it partners with.
The terms are pretty straightforward:
- Promotion is valid until 26th May 2019
- The name on your Radisson Rewards account must be identical to the name on your airline program account.
- The points will be subtracted from your account at the time of request and it may take 4-6 weeks for the miles to post to your airline account.
- Radisson Rewards members may redeem a minimum of 2,000 Radisson Rewards points for airline miles/points.
- The rebate will be credited as Bonus points to the member’s account after the eligible redemption transaction is completed and will be posted to a member’s account usually within 1-3 weeks after redemption transaction has completed
Is this a good deal?
The normal transfer rate is 10 Radisson Rewards Points to 1 airline mile and you can make transfers in the following ‘blocks’:
Given that 70,000 Radisson Rewards Points can get you a free night at a 5* star hotel in an expensive city like London, transferring to airline miles is usually best avoided.
Getting 30% of your points back means that your effective transfer rate would be 7 points to 1 airline mile, which is better but still far from compelling:
- 1,400 RR Points = 200 airline miles
- 35,000 RR Points = 5,000 airline miles
- 70,000 RR Points = 10,000 airline miles
If you have a significant Radisson Rewards balance (eg. 70,000), the question is whether you would rather have a free night at any Radisson hotel (worth £200-£250), or 10,000 airline miles (worth £100-180). For most readers the answer is definitely to stick with redeeming for a hotel stay, but if you happen to collect high-value ‘exotic’ miles with programmes like JAL Mileage Bank or Asiana Club, transferring may be worth having a think about. You can check out the full list of transfer options here.
The offer is perhaps more interesting to people who have a relatively small amount of Radisson Rewards Points and are just looking to get some value from their points; or maybe to top off an airline account that has nearly enough miles to book a flight already. That said, even small amounts of Radisson Points can result in big savings on hotels.
A 30% rebate is obviously better than nothing if you were planning a transfer anyway, but it’s nowhere near enough to tempt me personally.
What do you think?
By participating in the Promotion, you acknowledge and agree to these Terms and Conditions. Promotion is valid on Radisson Rewards points redeemed for airline miles/points from May 20, 2019 through May 26, 2019 (“Promotion Period”). If you elect to redeem points to airline miles/points with participating airline partners, you will be required to verify your airline program membership information. The name on your Radisson Rewards account must be identical to the name on your airline program account. The points will be subtracted from your account at the time of request and it may take 4-6 weeks for the miles to post to your airline account. You must have sufficient points in your account at the time of request. Radisson Rewards members may redeem a minimum of 2,000 Radisson Rewards points for airline miles/points. 2,000 Radisson Rewards points converts to 200 airline miles/points.
When you select airlines miles/points as your earning preference in your profile, your entire balance of points and all future points earned will automatically be redeemed in 10,000 point increments for airline miles with the airline you have selected. All airline miles with this auto redemption option will be redeemed at a 10:1 ratio.
Any requests for changes, reissuance or re-credit of points after submitting the request are not allowed. Airline miles are non-refundable. To redeem points for airline miles click here https://www.radissonrewards.
Members may only redeem up to a maximum of 1,000,000 points per calendar year for airline miles. The redemption for miles is subject to all Radisson Rewards program terms and conditions https://www.radissonrewards.
The Rebate will be credited to the Eligible Member’s account after the redemption transaction has been completed. The Rebate applies to airline miles/points redemption only and does not apply to other reward option redemptions. Members may redeem points with multiple airline partners during the Promotion Period. The Rebate will be credited as Bonus points to the member’s account after the eligible redemption transaction is completed and will be posted to a member’s account usually within 1-3 weeks after redemption transaction has completed. Bonus points will be visible under ‘My Account’ when you are logged in on www.radissonhotels.com/rewards