May312018

Radisson Rewards not so dreamy rate deals earn 5,000 points per stay

Radisson Rewards launched their Dream Deals summer promotion for room rates up to 30% off and 5,000 bonus points per stay for prepaid special rate bookings made using this offer from May 30 and July 1 for stays June 25 to Sep 2. Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden stays are eligible from June 12.

There is a USA/Canada component to this offer, but only for stays June 1-30.

I have been watching hotel rates in a few European cities for the past month and I am not impressed with the discount rate on prepaid Dream Deals offer compared to advance purchase rates previously available. Most hotels I have had my eye on only dropped a couple dollars compared to previous rates. The rate drop may be more a currency exchange rate factor than a Dream Deals room rate discount. The U.S. Dollar this week is at its highest value of 2018 for many European currencies.

One Ireland hotel and one Austrian hotel I checked showed a Dream Deals rate higher than other available prepaid rates.

Park Inn Linz, Austria has a Weekend special rate at $125USD per night with flexible cancellation compared to $138 per night for nonrefundable Dream Deals. All the value of 5,000 bonus points per stay is lost in higher rate. Plus, Dream Deals is $7 per night more than a regular advance purchase rate.

Seven days ago this hotel was available for $126USD advance purchase rate.

I can’t evaluate the USA rate discounts with Dream Deals since I was not checking rates at any USA hotels recently.

Basically, it looks like this offer is a simple trade-off for 5,000 bonus points, if you book a nonrefundable Dream Deals advance purchase rate.

5,000 Radisson Rewards points have about $20 redemption value for most hotels. I tend to shy away from advance purchase rates unless I am 99% sure my plans won’t change.

One of the strengths of the old Club Carlson promotions were offers that did not require prepaid rates. In winter 2017, I earned 50,000 bonus points for 8 nights stayed and summer 2017 I earned 2 Free Friday nights after 4 hotel stays, valid at any Radisson brand hotel worldwide.

Advance purchase, nonrefundable rates is a Dream Deals breaker for me.

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. I also felt they were offering the sleeves off of their vest for the U.S. rates I checked for June — asking me to pay for points or give up cancellation options. And even though Radisson Blu in Chicago was pictured in the promo I received, I couldn’t find the Dream Deal rate for any date I checked in June.

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