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Radisson Hotel Group, oversees the Radisson rewards program and has over 1,100 properties worldwide under brands that include Radisson Blu, Radisson RED and the Radisson Collection, as well as Park Inn, Park Plaza, Country Inns & Suites and Art’otel.
Destinations include the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The company rebranded from Carlson to Radisson in 2018, and its Club Carlson loyalty program was renamed Radisson Rewards.
It is one of the more undervalued hotel loyalty programs, and has some of the most generous earning rates for its reward club members who can earn up to 35 points or more per dollar spent on eligible stays. Members also get a 10% discount on the best available rate.
Many travelers are members of multiple reward programs. We have guides on most of them detailed benefits, elite tiers, how to redeem, and much more. See all of the in our Hotel Point Guides.
Radisson Elite Tiers and Benefits
You join the rewards program at the Radisson Club level, and earn elite status though hotel stays or by signing up for one of its credit cards. To achieve Silver status you need 9 nights or 6 stays. You reach Gold after 30 nights or 20 stays, and Platinum elite status is attained after 60 nights or 30 stays.
|Requirements||0 nights/0 stays||9 nights/6 stays||30 nights/20 stays||60 nights/30 stays|
|Points earned per dollarspent at Radisson hotels||20||22||25||35|
|Discount on food and beverage||5%||10%||15%||20%|
|Credit card with automatic status||N/A||Radisson Rewards Platinum Visa Signature||Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature||N/A|
|Room Guarantee||N/A||N/A||72 hours in advance||48 hours in advance|
All bookings count towards elite status including award nights and Points + Cash reservations, and points rollover to the next year to help you maintain your status or get to a higher level the next year.
Elites get a complimentary room upgrade at check-in if available. The upgrade may be a preferred location, a better view or a recently renovated room. Platinum members can get upgraded to the next level or a standard suite if available. The elite member needs to be the registered guest to get a room upgrade.
Early check-in and late check-out two hours ahead of or after the published times are also available to elites. Top-tier members can also get a guaranteed room if booking 72 hours in advance for Gold members and 48 hours for Platinum. There is also a dedicated customer service line for Platinum elites.
Radisson Club membership gives you access to a 10% discount or more on direct bookings through Radisson’s website or mobile app. You earn points for every dollar spent on the room rate and any food and beverage charged to your room during your stay.
Club members also get discounts on food and beverage by tier. Club members get 5% off, Silvers gets a 10% discount, Gold members get 15% off and Platinums get a 20% discount. Platinum members also get free breakfast. Every member gets two free bottles of water with every stay. There is also an in-room welcome gift at participating locations for elites.
Ways to Earn Points
Holding elite status will help you earn points in the Radisson program faster. Club members get 20 points per dollar, Silver elites get 22, Gold members get 25 and Platinums get 35 points per dollar.
If you book meetings and events, you can earn five points per dollar with the Radisson Rewards for Business program. Also, if you book hotel rooms for your colleagues in a small- or medium-sized company you can get 10 points per dollar.
Radisson also has a number of partners that you can earn points with including car rental companies. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, National and Sixt all offer the opportunity to earn, and some also offers discounts to Radisson members. You can earn 300, 750 or even 1,800 points depending on the partner and discounts up to 25% off.
You can also buy wine through Vinesse Wine Clubs and get 5,000 points when you order six bottles for $41.95. Flowers or gifts through FTD flowers earn 1,500 Radisson points.
Radisson rewards program partners with U.S. Bank to issue three co-branded credit cards, and signing up for one of these cards is a great way to obtain automatic status, boost your earning power, and get a nice stash of points that can be used for free rooms.
The Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature card comes with a 125,000-point sign-up bonus if you spend $3,000 in the first 90 days. If you apply for the top-of-the-line Premier card and don’t qualify, then you will be offered the Platinum version which has a 50,000-point bonus after you make your first purchase, and another 10,000 when you spend $1,500 in the first 90 days.
The Premier carries a $75 annual fee, while the Platinum version costs $50 a year to hold. The annual fee is not waived the first year for these cards.
The Premier credit card gives you automatic Gold elite status, and the Platinum card comes with Silver status. If you already have Gold status, the Premier will give you 15 qualifying nights towards Platinum status in the Radisson Rewards program. If you already have Silver status, the Platinum credit card offers 10 qualifying nights towards Gold elite status.
Holding these cards also boosts your earning power on Radisson purchases. The Premier card will earn you an extra 10 points per dollar spent at Radisson hotels on top of the points earned for your elite status. The Platinum version offers 6x points on top of your regular earnings. These are some of the best ways to take advantage of the Radisson rewards program.
You’ll also earn bonus points on all other purchases with either of these cards. You get 5x points per dollar with the Premier card and 3x points with the Platinum. And if you renew your card after the year is up, the Premier will give you 40,000 bonus points and the Platinum will earn you 25,000 points.
There is also a no-fee Radisson Rewards Visa card, but that comes with a smaller sign-up bonus and less earning power. The bonus for successful applicants is 30,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 on the card in the first 90 days. This card earns 3x bonus points at Radisson hotels and one point on all other purchases.
You can also earn a free night with any of the three cards for every $10,000 you spend on the card annually up to $30,000 for a total of three free night certificates.
Award bookings for the Radisson rewards program start at 9,000 points per night for a standard room, and there are no blackout dates. You can use as little as 5,000 points when you use points and cash to book a room.
Radisson has seven hotel categories for award redemptions. Here is what it will cost for a free night by category.
Radisson Rewards Award Night Redemption Chart by Hotel Category
|Points needed for
a Standard Room
|Points needed for
a Premium Room
|Points + Cash
for an award night
|5,000 + cash||5,000 + cash||5,000 + cash||10,000 + cash||10,000 + cash||15,000 + cash||20,000 + cash|
You have an option of redeeming your points for airline miles, but the rate is not good so only use this option if you need to top off an account for an airline award ticket redemption. If you choose to transfer your Radisson points to miles, the exchange rate is 2,000 hotel points for 200 airline miles and 100,000 points for 10,000 airline miles.
You can also redeem your miles for gift cards, prepaid cards, TSA PreCheck, Priority Pass lounge access or in-hotel awards like movies, dinner or laundry service. Points can also be donated to charity.
Keep in mind that award nights vary by brand and participating hotels, and are subject to availability. Also, they can change at any time so be sure to check on specific benefits when booking and/or checking in.
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