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Radisson Rewards instituted its 2019 category award category changes today. On the whole, the Radisson Rewards changes this year weren’t too bad. We lost a few good properties with the increase, but there are more than 50 hotels that are new cheaper to book using your Radisson Rewards points.

As a reminder, here’s what the Radisson Rewards chart of categories looks like:

You’ll find a bunch of limited-service hotels across the US that are part of Radisson Rewards, such as Park Inn and Country Inn & Suites.  These are the sort of hotels where points might come in handy if you’re visiting family in a smaller town. But, that’s not where the real value in Radisson Rewards lies. As TPG Family Editor Summer Hull notes, Radisson is fantastic for families, especially abroad.

Now that the March 1 changes are in place, there are definitely a few properties you should consider for an upcoming booking. If you’re in the US, the Radisson Blu Minneapolis is now 20,000 points cheaper per night.

Radisson Blu Minneapolis (image courtesy of hotel)
Radisson Blu Minneapolis (image courtesy of hotel)

If the southwest is in your plans, the Country Inn & Suites in Page, Arizona (Lake Powell), is 6,000 points a night. And, Dubai is an area where all of the Radisson properties went down in category. There are roughly half a dozen choices, all costing fewer points today than yesterday.

Exterior at the Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek.
Exterior at the Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek.

The Bottom Line

Category changes are a rite of passage this time of year. Radisson Rewards’ changes in 2019 really aren’t the worst we’ve seen. That mantle probably belongs to Marriott this year, with the majority of its changes involving properties getting pricier (in just 4 days, here’s your reminder).  Hyatt’s changes take place a couple of weeks from now and are more balanced. In some ways, you could look at 2019 as the year of the hotel program devaluation. On some days, and for some properties, it certainly feels that way. But, that glass can also be seen as half full.  Be strategic and your travels won’t suffer.

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