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Buy Radisson Rewards points for as low as 0.35 cents per point: Is it worth it?

June 02, 2020
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Radisson Rewards is offering a 100% bonus on Radisson Rewards points purchased by June 30, 2020. As reported by One Mile at a Time, this sale cuts the cost of Radisson points to 0.35 cents apiece, making it a good way to subsidize future hotel stays.

Here, we'll take a closer look at this buy-points promo and discuss when it's worthwhile to buy IHG points. But first, let's talk about buying hotel points during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Should I buy Radisson Rewards points now?

Radisson, in addition to other major hotel groups, is running this buy-points sale in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak. It's easy to see why — these companies need to raise capital in a time when hotel occupancy rates are at historic lows, and selling points on the cheap is an easy way for companies to get their loyalty members to prepay for hotel stays.

There's no doubt that many of these buy-points deals are a good deal, but that still begs the question: Is it a good idea to buy hotel points in the middle of a pandemic?

Only you can answer that question, but here are two things to keep in mind when you make your decision. The first is the state of the travel industry as a whole — travel a and airlines are hurting financially, and while we have faith in Radisson making it through this travel downturn, there's no way to guarantee this. If the hotel group did go bankrupt, there's a chance your newly-purchased points could be rendered worthless.

Further, you probably won't be using these points until the coronavirus outbreak is contained. Having points sitting in your Radisson account leaves them open to devaluation, so you should only purchase points if you're already booking stays for a late-2020 or early-2021 trip. Even then, there's no guarantee that it will be safe to travel, so familiarize yourself with the hotel group's change and cancellation policies before you buy points.

A closer look at Radisson's buy-points promotion

As discussed, Radisson Rewards is offering a 100% bonus on purchased Radisson points, dropping the cost-per-point to 0.35 cents apiece. The bonus and cent per point cost are the same no matter how many points you buy, so you're not locked into purchasing the maximum number of points.

Additionally, Radisson has raised purchasing limits from 80,000 points to 120,000 points. This doesn't include the bonus, so you can buy up to 240,000 Radisson Rewards points during this promotion. You'll spend $840 to max out the promotion.

If you're interested in buying points with the promotion, head to Radisson's buy points page and log into your account.

Is this Radisson Rewards promotion a good deal?

If you're confident that Radisson will make it through the coronavirus travel downturn unscathed, this deal gives you a good way to stock up on Radisson Rewards points on the cheap. In fact, at the 0.35 cents per point rate, you're buying points at a cheaper rate than TPG's most recent Radisson Rewards valuation of 0.4 cents apiece.

That said, you should only buy Radisson Rewards points if you're sure you can get more than 0.35 cents per point in value from your redemptions. A good way to gauge this is looking at the points cost of hotels you'd like to book and compare it to the cash cost; if it's cheaper to book with points, it's a good deal.

(Photo courtesy of the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire hotel.)

For example, say you want to stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire in London in late 2020. A prepaid weekend night in November costs $442 after-tax, or you can book with 70,000 Radisson Rewards points. You can buy these points for $245 during the promotion, giving you 0.63 cents per point in value and helping you save almost $200 by purchasing points instead of booking a paid stay.

Radisson Rewards points are hard to earn

Unfortunately, Radisson Rewards points are tough to earn. You can't transfer points from any major U.S. transferable points programs, so you're limited to spending on a Radisson Rewards cobranded credit card to earn points on everyday purchases.

This makes purchasing Radisson Rewards points even more attractive. With limited earning options, purchasing points on the cheap is by far the easiest way for U.S. travelers to earn Radisson Rewards points quickly and easily.

Which credit card should you use?

Radisson Rewards point purchases are processed by Points.com, so your purchase won’t code as travel. Unfortunately, this means you won’t earn a travel category bonus from travel rewards credit cards. Instead, you'll want to pay with a card that earns bonus points on all purchases, including:

Note that the Chase Freedom Unlimited's cashback can become fully-transferable Ultimate Rewards points (up to a 3% return based on TPG’s valuations) if you also have an Ultimate Rewards-earning card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases