Nov252019

Radisson Rewards CyberSale 100% buy points bonus is a good deal

Radisson Rewards has a CyberSale for bookings today through December 3, 2019 for good value 25% to 30% off discount rates on 2020 weekends and Easter Week stays for most regions of the world, except Asia-Pacific region. I see some winter travel deals available at several hotels I checked.

The more intriguing part of Radisson’s CyberSale deals for me is the Radisson Rewards Buy Points bonus offer for 100% bonus points on purchases through December 3. This offer drops the points purchase rate to $3.50 per 1,000 points. That is as low as I have ever seen Radisson sell points. The previous times when Radisson sold points this low were also November/December CyberMonday linked deals over the past five years. Even better this year is the option to buy as many as 160,000 points for $3.50 per 1,000 points. At that rate there are many good value hotel deals to be found around the globe.

Price for Radisson Rewards free night using points at $3.50 per 1,000 points

Category 1 = 9,000 points = $31.50 reward night

Category 2 = 15,000 points = $52.50 reward night

Category 3 = 28,000 points = $98.00 reward night

Category 4 = 38,000 points = $133.00 reward night

Category 5 = 44,000 points = $154.00 reward night

Category 6 = 50,000 points = $175.00 reward night

Category 7 = 70,000 points = $245.00 reward night

Radisson Rewards offered many great hotel stay deals over the past 9 years for my travels. Over the past three years I redeemed nearly all my points and took advantage of many category 1-3 hotel stays. Unfortunately, nearly all category 1 and category 2 hotels in Europe went up to category 3 and 4 hotels since 2017. My hotel stays with Radisson brands have dropped significantly with only five nights in 2019.

For me, the sweet spot now with Radisson Rewards are category 3 and category 4 hotels where room rates will often price higher than $98 or $133 per night in places where comparable lodging can be hard to find at those rates. These are hotels where I see good value investing in Radisson Rewards points.

$35 buys 10,000 points or $560 buys 160,000 points for Radisson Rewards members who go all-in. I think about $280 to pick up 80,000 points is a good buy for me. There are several category 3 hotels I have my eye on around Europe for potential stays.

Radisson Blu Ljubljana. Slovenia

July 7-10, 2020 for 3 nights

157.46 EUR /$173.29 per night = $519.87

28,000 points x 3 nights = 84,000 points = $294.00 to buy points.

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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Comments

  1. This isn’t a bad deal if you use Radisson hotels much. The issue I’m having with Radisson lately is that you’ll find a Category level hotel that should equal the chart but no room is available at the regular award rate but there are higher-level rooms available. For example, I booked a 2-night award stay at the Park Plaza Victoria in Amsterdam recently for 70k a night for a regular room but when I tried to book it again for another time period only rooms for 105k per night are found. Don’t get me wrong if you are going to buy hotel points this isn’t a bad deal overall but just not at good as it may seem on the surface.

  2. Looks like a targeted promotion – “Sign in to reveal your gift of up to 100% bonus points.” After signing in I see that my bonus is only 50%.

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