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However, Radisson Rewards is one of many airline and hotel programs that paused the expiration of points and miles. Currently, your Radisson points will not expire due to inactivity until December 31, 2021. That's regardless of the Radisson program you belong to (more on that below).
Two Different Radisson Rewards Programs
In June 2021, Radisson Rewards performed a confusing move — splitting its loyalty program into two different programs: Radisson Rewards and Radisson Rewards Americas. Radisson announced that the rationale behind the move was to serve their customers better. But I fail to see how this is the case.
The difference between the programs and who should use them is as follows:
- Radisson Rewards is for earning and burning Radisson points at hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
- Radisson Rewards Americas is for earning and burning Radisson points at hotels in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Unfortunately, you cannot earn or redeem Radisson Rewards points for stays in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Nor can you earn or redeem Radisson Rewards Americas points for stays in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific.
So, what if you travel globally as well as in the Americas? Unfortunately, to use your points on a global scale, you will have to join both programs. Members of both programs can do the following:
- Transfer points between programs at a ratio of 1:1. Here's how to transfer Radisson Rewards Americas points to the Radisson Rewards program and from the global program to the Americas program.
- You can call to receive a free status match from one program to another.
Aside from these differences, both programs seem to have similar terms and conditions. However, these may diverge over time.
Earning Radisson Rewards Points
There are many ways to pick up Radisson Points, although there is some variation between programs:
- Stay at a Radisson Rewards hotel
- Rent a car with a Radisson Rewards car rental partner. Use Budget for Radisson Americas and Sixt globally.
- Purchase flowers through Radisson Rewards partner FTD
- Earn points when you purchase wine through Vinesse (Radisson Rewards Americas only)
- Buy additional Radisson Points (Radisson Rewards Americas only)
- Earn Radisson points for shopping at the Bicester Shopping collection (Radisson Rewards only)
- Transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards (UK cardholders)
- Transfer points to/from another member. The expiration date of both the sending and receiving members will be extended by 24 months once the transfer is completed.
Redeeming Radisson Rewards Points
You can use your points for various redemptions including:
- Reward nights at Radisson Rewards hotels
- Offset your carbon footprint with First Climate
- Redeem your points for airline miles
Some redemption options are only available to Radisson Rewards Americas members:
- Redeem your points for gift cards or prepaid cards
- Redeem your points for in hotel services
- Donate your points to a good cause to the American Red Cross
- Redeem your points towards TSA PreCheck membership
There's just one option available to the Radisson Rewards members not available to Radisson Rewards Americas members:
- Redeem your points towards Priority Pass Membership — 125,000 points for a Priority Pass Standard Plus Membership with 10 free visits
Some of these redemption options — including TSA Precheck and Priority Pass memberships — represent a horrible value. So, please don't cash them in to extend the life of your points. We'd rather you purchase points or make a donation to keep your points alive!
Earning Points With Co-Branded Credit Cards
You can earn Radisson Rewards Points via everyday spending with one of two co-branded credit cards:
Although Radisson has added a level of complexity to its program by splitting it into two, it has not devalued it significantly. The move has created more hoops to jump through. However, you still have plenty of options to earn and redeem points, which will ultimately keep whichever Radisson points you have from expiring.
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