Radisson Rewards has a buy points with 30% bonus promotion from September 5-30, 2018. This reduces the regular purchase price from $7.00 per 1,000 points to $5.38 per 1,000 points. Radisson Rewards members can buy up to 78,000 points through this promotion for $420.
I am a big proponent for buying hotel points when that means the option to book reward nights at a significant discount compared to posted room rates.
My basic question is
“Does Radisson Rewards offer any good value deals for hotel reward night redemption at this points purchase price?”
Aside from category 1 and category 2 hotels, the price point is too high for my travel style and budget. That is the primary reason I burned through my 6-figure balance of Radisson Rewards points over the past 18 months.
Nearly every hotel I stayed at using points in 2017 and 2018 is now one category higher. The good value I received in my points stays for hotels like Radisson Blu Bratislava (was cat 3 and now cat 4), Park Inn Kaunas (was cat 1, now cat 2), Radisson Blu Klaipeda (was cat 2, now cat 3).
Radisson Blu Gdansk (cat 4) and Park Inn Prague (cat 3) are other hotels I redeemed points stays for significant hotel rate discounts during holidays when rates were very high.
You may see a hotel reward category level that shows a better reward rate price through this sale than published rates for a place you want to stay.
I only see a couple of places at category 2 reward nights where I might anticipate travel over the next year and reward nights at $5.38 per 1,000 points can potentially save money. But I don’t see enough of a hotel discount rate for any specific hotel that would motivate me to buy Radisson Rewards speculatively at this price.
I have purchased Radisson Rewards, actually Club Carlson points, for as low as $3.50 per 1,000 points and there have been other previous sales at $4.00 per 1,000 points.
For now, I don’t have any immediate need for Radisson Rewards points for my upcoming travel. I won’t tie up any cash with Radisson Rewards points purchases at this price point.
I find far better value in the current Choice Privileges points sale at $7.86 per 1,000 points and the recent Hilton Honors buy points promotion for $5.00 per 1,000 points.
I found immediate redemption opportunities at those price points for hotels at significant discount rates. Those sales were opportunities to save hundreds of dollars in hotel room rates by booking hotel reward nights for places I plan to be in the next two months.