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New Radisson Rewards 2021 Changes: Part 2 — Digging for Values in Europe and Around the World

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Radisson Blu Resort, Terme di Galzignano, a thermal spring resort in Italy: 38,000 –> 30,000

This is a mammoth post, the longest I’ve ever written. I was working on it for a few days and enjoyed every minute of it (and I don’t have a single Radisson point at the moment). If you think that’s a bit nutty, you ain’t wrong. 🙂

Here is my previous post on the best Radisson Rewards redemptions due to the upcoming 2021 changes in the Americas.

New Radisson Rewards 2021 Changes: Part 1 — Digging for Values in the Americas

Let me just say this first. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, even in a corporate communique.

This is not a straight-up devaluation!

Look, I know how we just love it when loyalty programs share their excitement about enhancing and simplifying things for our enjoyment (of course!), which almost always is the opposite of what they actually do. Because what’s not to love about that wonderful corporate doubletalk, right?

However, the more I crunch the numbers (i.e. compare the new Radisson Rewards chart to the old one), the less it looks like a devaluation. Don’t get me wrong, Radisson devalues plenty and not surprisingly in prime locations where most people want to stay. And if you only stay at the most luxurious hotels I’m sure you’ll be disappointed (although if you’re a dedicated devotee of luxury, you probably shouldn’t look at Radisson Rewards in the first place). 🙂

So yes, you’ll see the highest new Category 5 all in red, but, in fairness, those increases are by just 5,000 points, from 70,000 to 75,000. That’s hardly overwhelming. And yes, the second highest, Category 4 is having some 10,000-point increases from 60,000 to 70,000 points, but that category has more reductions than increases, and we’re seeing hotels in prime travel markets too (UK, Norway, etc.). 

Looking at it arithmetically is not the best way of accessing the true value of the new program. I think if you dig in, you’ll find that most “devaluations” are only in the range of 1,000 or 2,000 points, which is what — $6 at most? (I’ll explain below).

So while I understand that not everyone will agree, I believe the 2021 Radisson Rewards changes are generally positive.

But you be the judges of that. 🙂

Before we go on, here are a few brief reminders.

The current Radisson Rewards chart

This is the upcoming Radisson Rewards chart

Notes and datapoints 

  • This article is looking into the best Radisson Rewards redemptions in EMEA, Asia and the Pacific.
  • Yes, it’s subjective. Some places I think of as worthy of a visit are not always the same as the most popular travel destinations.
  • I value Radisson points at $0.25-$0.30, but a valuation is in the eye of the beholder. Also remember this:
    • Cash rates fluctuate all the time. What you see at the time of this writing may change dramatically by the time you book your trip.
    • Always count taxes and additional fees to determine the true value of your redemption (there are no taxes or fees, including resort fees, on award stays).
  • I’ve had a consistent upgrade experience at Radisson (Gold), better than at Hilton (Diamond).
  • The Radisson Rewards 2021 changes are here. I also used this list compiled by flyertalker FLYGVA (thank you!). Notably missing from both lists is the most luxurious of them all: Radisson Blu Resort Maldives (currently 70,000 points).
  • The Radisson elite benefits are here.
  • Some hotels are currently closed due to Covid, and unfortunately they don’t always indicate that on the front page.
  • Many, if not most, have suspended some services and closed some facilities. I would email and ask them rather than count solely on the accuracy of their website descriptions.

Unchanged doesn’t always mean “unchanged”

As I mentioned before, some hotels are only increasing their prices by 1,000 points or 2,000 points (from 44,000 to 45,000 and from 28,000 to 30,000). To me it’s an adjustment, not devaluation. So for the sake of avoiding unnecessary nose-picking, I’m listing these hotels as unchanged, but for the sake of thoroughness, here is a brief explanation.

  • New Category 2 hotels (30,000 points) that will transition from the former Category 3 hotels (28,000 points) are increasing by 2,000 points.
  • New Category 3 hotels (45,000 points) that will transition from the former Category 5 hotels (44,000 points) are increasing by 1,000 points.

So when you see unchanged in these two categories, it means the increases are so insignificant that I don’t care. Sorry if you disagree. 🙁

US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Card

Anyone striving for the best Radisson Rewards redemptions strategy should look into this card IMHO (not an affiliate link), due to the impressive Radisson global footprint. There are plenty of properties in good places that can make opening and even holding this card worthwhile.

This is why I’ve decided to structure this post a bit differently than my previous one — looking at the best Radisson Rewards redemptions from utilizing the Radisson card’s welcome bonus.

Once again: if you have a spartner, apply in a 2-card mode. That doesn’t change. The current offer is 100,000 points after spending $3,000 in three months, and you get 40,000 every anniversary for as long as you hold the card (just spend $1,000 a year and you’ll have enough for a free night at a (new) Category 3 hotel, which is absolutely worth the $75 annual fee.

If you’re in no rush, you might want to wait for a better welcome bonus; the best one I remember was 125,000 points.

And now, without further ado…

Best Radisson Rewards redemptions for new Category 1 hotels: 15,000 points per night

Use the points when a nightly cash rate is $38-46 or more including taxes (per my valuations of 0.025-0.03 cents).

The Radisson credit card bonus haul:

  • 8 nights in a one-card mode with 115,000 points (100,000 bonus and $3,000 required spend at 5x minimum). Spend another $1,000 to get the 8th night.
  • 15 nights in spartner mode: 230,000 points (or spend $2,000 more to get the 16th night).
  • Can you wait? Are you planning to keep the card? You’ll get 40,000 points upon the card anniversary, which translates into 10 nights in a one card mode or 20 nights in the spartner mode. Spend another $1,000 to get the 21st night.

The changes in this category are overwhelmingly positive and since there aren’t many hotels that cost less than $40-$45 a night, you’ll find the best value right here. Of course, let’s keep in mind that this category won’t usually get you many prime tourist destinations or top Radisson brands.

Having said that, there are some gems. Here are the highlights: Riga, Tallinn, Kaunas, Dresden, Budapest, Saint Petersburg.

Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

  • Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn, Estonia: 28,000 –> 15,000

Even in Old Europe, Tallinn’s Old Town stands out by having painstakingly preserved its historic heritage. The Old Town dates to the 13th century and shouldn’t be missed.

  • Park Inn by Radisson Riga Valdemara, Latvia: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga, Latvia: 28,000 –> 15,000

Image courtesy of: Radisson Blu Daugava — great views, next to the Old Town

Riga is another old European city rich in culture and history and worthy of your time. And this is a Radisson Blu for just 15,000 points.

  • Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas, Lithuania: 28,000 –> 15,000

Kaunas is not a capital city, unlike Riga and Tallinn, but I liked it much more than the capital Vilnius, which I didn’t think was very historic and interesting. Keep in mind, though, that my latest memories of the Baltics go back to the 80s, the Soviet times. If you do decide to visit Kaunas, don’t miss the Devils Museum (one of the quirkiest museums I’ve ever been to) and Čiurlionis Museums.  Čiurlionis was a genius artist, writer and composer, and arguably one of the most underrated creative giants in in the early 20th century Europe.

If you enjoy walking down old cobblestone streets taking in the sights of old Europe (not even mentioning some incredible sites of natural beauty), you must consider visiting all three countries, IMHO.

Germany

If you only have time for one place from this list, visit Wismar for its authentic Old Town and Gothic architecture. Otherwise, Dresden is a very pleasant city to spend a couple of days, and Dessau is a home to the world-famous Bauhaus School of Designe and several other World Heritage sites.

  • Park Inn by Radisson Dresden: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson Wismar: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Radisson Blu Furst Leopold Hotel, Dessau: 28,000 –> 15,000

Hungary

  • Park Inn by Radisson Budapest: unchanged

Poland

  • Park Inn by Radisson Poznan: 28,000 –> 15,000

Russia

If you travel to Russia, you must at a minimum visit both Moscow and St. Petersburg. Otherwise, it’s a waste of a long flight.

If you have a little more time on your hands, add a few small historic cities from the famous Golden Ring: Suzdal, Vladimir, Yaroslavl, Sergiev Posad.

If you have a humongous amount of time on your hands, add Sochi (in summer), Kazan (amazing city!), Novgorod, and Yekaterinburg. These are the most interesting cities in Russia, IMHO.

  • Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya Hotel & Conference Centre St Petersburg: 28,000 –> 15,000

This hotel has a huge spa, so it’s not the worst place to spend your downtime in Saint Petersburg. About 7 miles to the city center, but close to a Metro station.

  • Park Inn by Radisson, Pribaltiyskaya St Petersburg: 28,000 –> 15,000

Image courtesy of: Park Inn by Radisson, Pribaltiyskaya St Petersburg

Located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, about 5 miles from downtown, and 3 miles from the Hermitage and Peter and Paul Fortress.

  • Park Inn by Radisson, Kazan: unchanged
  • Park Inn by Radisson Yaroslavl: unchanged
  • Park Inn by Radisson Sochi City Centre: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson, Ekaterinburg: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson, Veliky Novgorod: 28,000 –> 15,000

Turkey

28,000 –> 15,000

The thing about Istanbul is that accommodations there are reasonably cheap in general. Still, if you’re happy with the location, why spend more points or money than you have to?

  • Park Inn by Radisson Istanbul Atasehir: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Asia: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Istanbul Tuzla: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Ordu: 28,000 –> 15,000

Image courtesy of: Radisson Blu Ordu — 15,000 points or… $900+?

The Radisson Blu Hotel Ordu looks particularly amazing to me. It appears to be a very posh 5-star property overlooking the Black Sea and the city below from the top of the mountain. It connects to the beach and city via a cable car. The prices I see consistently run into $900-1,000+ per night! If that’s not a glitch, this might be a true destination hotel for 15,000 points, which represents a 6X or better point value.

The United Kingdom

When you think of Scotland, you’re probably thinking Edinburg or Glasgow, not Aberdeen. But Aberdeen can serve as a great base to explore Scottish coastal towns and villages. And only 15 miles away lies the picturesque harbor town of Stonehaven with the famous Dunnotar Castle nearby.

Dunnotar Castle, one of the most iconic Scottish castles – Photo by Leonard von Bibra on Unsplash

 

  • Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen

Egypt

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Alexandria: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis: 9,000 –> 15,000
  • Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir: unchanged

UAE

It may sound kitschy, but I’m intrigued by this car-theme hotel overlooking the racetrack. Especially for 15,000 Radisson points.

Image courtesy of: Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City

  • Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City: 28,000 –> 15,000 
  • Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Al Ain: 28,000 –> 15,000

South Africa

  • Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Park Inn Sandton (Johannesburg): NA –>15,000

Nepal

  • Radisson Hotel Kathmandu: 28,000 –> 15,000

Thailand

Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit – good hotel in a good location

I stayed at the Radisson Suites Bangkok when it cost 28,000 points, but every second night was free back then. For 15,000 points it almost brings us back to the good old days. At least in Bangkok, LOL.

  • Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18: 28,000 –> 15,000
  • Park Plaza Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok: 28,000 –> 15,000

Best Radisson Rewards redemptions for Category 2 hotels: 30,000 points per night

Use the points when a nightly cash rate is $75-90 or more including taxes (per my evaluation of 0.25-0.3 cents).

The Radisson credit card bonus haul:

  • 4 nights in the one-card mode with 115,000 points (100,000 bonus and $3,000 required spend at 5x minimum). Spend another $1,000 to get the 4th night.
  • 7 nights in the spartner mode: 230,000 points (or spend $2,000 more to get the 8th night).
  • Are you planning to keep the card and willing to wait? You’ll get 40,000 points upon the card anniversary, which translates into 5 nights in the one card mode or 10 nights in the spartner mode. Spend another $1,000 to get the 11th night.

Here are the highlights for the Category 2: Better and more central hotels in Riga and Tallinn; a Park Inn in Lille, several properties in Berlin (I love the location of Park Inn Alexanderplatz), Radisson Blu hotels in Athens, Lisbon and Liverpool; better hotels in Budapest, the thermal springs Radisson Blu resorts in Hungary and Italy; well-located Park Inns in York, Manchester and Glasgow; multiple Radissons in the best touristy cities of Poland (including posh seaside resorts), two Park Inns in Oman, the Radisson Blu seaside resort in Jeirba, Tunisia; and another Radisson Blu seaside resort in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

Austria

  • Park Inn by Radisson Linz: 38,000 –> 30,000

The Baltics: Latvia, Estonia

  • Park Inn by Radisson Residence Riga Barona: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Hotel Old Town Riga: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Riga: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel, Riga (closed at the time of writing): 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Olumpia, Tallinn: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn: 38,000 –> 30,000

Belgium

  • Park Inn by Radisson Antwerp Berchem: unchanged
  • Park Inn by Radisson Hasselt: unchanged

France

  • Park Inn by Radisson Lille Grand Stade (closed at the time of writing): 38,000 –> 30,000

Germany

Image courtesy of Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz. Located in a major transportation hub right next to the TV Tower, it’s a great base to explore Berlin.

  • art’otel berlin kudamm: unchanged
  • Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Plaza Berlin Kudamm: unchanged
  • Park Plaza Trier: 38,000 –> 30,000

Greece

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens

For 30,000 points this one feels like a sure winner. Thoughts?

  • Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens: 38,000 –> 30,000

HungarY

  • art’otel budapest: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest: unchanged
  • Park Inn by Radisson Hotel and Spa Zalakaros: 38,000 –> 30,000

Italy

  • Radisson Blu Resort, Terme di Galzignano: 38,000 –> 30,000 (but some really bad reviews, read more)

The Netherlands

A very short ride to the city center is the reason I’m listing these airport hotels.

  • Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport: 38,000 –> 30,000

Norway

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Haugesund: 38,000 –> 30,000

Poland

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Resort, Swinoujscie — this posh seaside resort on the Baltic Sea, can command a $200+ cash rate in summer

  • Park Inn by Radisson Krakow: unchanged
  • Park Inn by Radisson Lubeck: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Sopot: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Resort, Swinoujscie: unchanged

Portugal

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Lisbon: 38,000 –> 30,000

Romania

  • Park Inn by Radisson Bucharest Hotel & Residence: unchanged

Russia

  • Park Inn by Radisson, Sadu Moscow: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson, Nevsky St Petersburg: 38,000 –> 30,000

Serbia

  • Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade: 44,000 –> 30,000!!!

Slovakia

  • Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava: unchanged

Sweden

  • Park Inn by Radisson Malmo: 38,000 –> 30,000

Turkey

  • Radisson Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Ottomare: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Residence, Istanbul Batisehir: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera: 38,000 –> 30,000

The United Kingdom

Image courtesy of Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend-on-Sea

  • Park Inn by Radisson Glasgow City Centre: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson Northampton Town Centre: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff (closed at the time of writing): 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny: unchanged
  • Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend-on-Sea: 38,000 –> 30,000

Oman

  • Park Inn by Radisson, Muscat: 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson Hotel and Residence Duqm: 38,000 –> 30,000

UAE

  • Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi, Yas Island: 38,000 –> 30,000

Tunisia

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Thalasso, Djerba

  • Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Thalasso, Djerba: 38,000 –> 30,000

South Africa

  • Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel, Cape Town (closed until September 30, 2021): 38,000 –> 30,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth: 38,000 –> 30,000

Bangladesh

  • Radisson Blu Chattogram Bay View: 38,000 –> 30,000

Vietnam

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc Vietnam

  • Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc Vietnam: 38,000 –> 30,000

Best Radisson Rewards redemptions for Category 3 hotels: 45,000 points per night

Use the points when a nightly cash rate is $112-150 or more including taxes (per my evaluation of 0.025-0.03 cents).

The Radisson credit card bonus haul:

  • 2 nights in one-card mode with 115,000 points (100,000 bonus and $3,000 required spend at 5x minimum).
  • 5 nights in spartner mode: 230,000 points.
  • Can you wait? Are you planning to keep the card? You’ll get 40,000 points upon the card anniversary, which translates into 3 nights total in a one card mode or 6 nights in the spartner mode. Spend another $1,000 to get the 7th night.

Starting at this price-point I’d skip hotels not located in primary tourist markets, except, perhaps, Hamburg, which is a wonderful city even though it’s not very touristy.

Highlights: Radisson Blu hotels in Vienna, Bruges, Prague, Copenhagen, Lyon, Bordeaux, Hamburg, Reykjavik, Malmo, St. Petersburg, Dublin, Mauritius, Glasgow (2), Malta (2), Muscat (2) Rome (2), Moscow (3), Helsinki (4!).

Austria

  • Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel, Vienna: unchanged

Belgium

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Bruges: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp: unchanged
  • Park Inn By Radisson Antwerpen: 38,000 –> 45,000
  • Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi, Brussels: 38,000 –> 45,000
  • Radisson RED, Brussels: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Palace Hotel, Spa (closed until May 31): unchanged

Czechia

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Prague: 50,000 –> 45,000

Denmark

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

  • Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen: unchanged 

Finland

  • Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki: 38,000 –> 45,000
  • Radisson Blu Aleksanteri Hotel, Helsinki: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Helsinki: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki (closed at the time of writing): 50,000 –> 45,000

France

  • Radisson Blu Hotel Paris, Marne-la-Vallee (closed at the time of writing): unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Lyon: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Bordeaux: 50,000 –> 45,000

Germany

A view from my room at Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg

I stayed at Radisson Blu Hamburg. It was a good hotel in a great location with wonderful views.

  • Radisson Blu Badischer Hof Hotel, Baden-Baden: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Hannover: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel Wisbaden: unchanged

Iceland

My posh Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik suite: the living room

  • Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik (closed at the time of writing): unchanged

This Radisson Blu might not be in the best location, but a 10-minute walk to/from the city center didn’t bother me too much. I split my stay between this one and Radisson 1919, and while the 1919 is certainly better situated, it’s not worth paying almost 70% more (the new price is 75,000 points). I’d be perfectly content to stay there again (of course, Saga upgraded me, a lowly Gold, to a fantastic suite without asking, which might still color my judgement 🙂 ). Good times!

Ireland

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Dublin

  • Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Dublin: 50,000 –> 45,000

Italy

  • Radisson Blu GHR Hotel, Rome: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu es. Hotel, Rome: 50,000 –> 45,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Milan: unchanged

Luxembourg

  • Park Inn by Radisson Luxembourg City: unchanged

Malta

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands

  • Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julians: unchanged

The Netherlands

  • Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam City West: 38,000 –> 45,000

Norway

  • Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen, Oslo: unchanged
  • Park Inn by Radisson Oslo: 50,000 –> 45,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso: unchanged

Russia

  • Radisson Blu Belorusskaya Hotel, Moscow: unchanged
  • Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel and Business Centre, Moscow: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Olympiyskiy Hotel, Moscow: unchanged
  • Radisson Sonya Hotel, St. Petersburg: unchanged

Spain

  • Hotel Paseo del Arte, a member of Radisson Individuals Madrid: unchanged

Sweden

  • Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm Hammarby Sjostad: unchanged
  • Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm Solna: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmo: unchanged

The United Kingdom

  • Park Plaza London Park Royal: unchanged
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow: unchanged
  • Radisson RED Hotel, Glasgow: unchanged
  • Henrietta House, a member of Radisson Individuals Bath: unchanged

Oman

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat: unchanged
  • Hormuz Grand, Muscat, A Radisson Collection Hotel: unchanged

Mauritius

  • Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa, Mauritius: unchanged

South Africa

  • Radisson RED Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town: unchanged

Brunei

  • Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam: unchanged

Vietnam

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh

  • Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh: 50,000 –> 45,000

Australia

  • Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne: unchanged

Best Radisson Rewards redemptions for Category 4 hotels: 60,000 points per night

Use the points when a nightly cash rate is $150-190 or more including taxes (per my evaluation of 0.025-0.03 cents).

The Radisson credit card bonus haul:

  • 2 nights in one-card mode with 115,000 points (100,000 bonus and $3,000 required spend at 5x minimum). Spend another $1,000 to get the 2nd night.
  • 4 nights in spartner mode: 230,000 points (spend $2,000 more to get the 4th night).
  • Can you wait? Are you planning to keep the card? If you need exactly 5 nights, then it can work, but only in the spartner mode.

Unfortunately, some desirable hotels in this category are going to cost 10,000 points more, for example, Radisson Blu Berlin or Biarritz (where I stayed 3 years ago for 50,000 points during the annual fireworks). The hotel was only so-so, but Biarritz is one of the most expensive cities in France, and we were there on Assumption Day (magnificent fireworks, by the way).

So with the cash rate in the mid-$400s it was a good use of 50,000 points. And perhaps it would be a good deal even at 60,000 points if you happen to find yourself in Biarritz on August 15 (and the fireworks aren’t canceled).

However, my highlights in this category are properties that go down from 70,000 points, like Radisson hotels in: Marseille, Rome, Edinburgh (2), Stockholm (2), London (4), Norway (5) and the beach resort on Crete.

Belgium

  • Radisson Collection Grand Place, Brussels: 50,000 –> 60,000

Croatia

  • Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Split: 50,000 –> 60,000

France

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port — a view from the hotel

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz: 50,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris-Boulogne: 50,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port: 70,000 –> 60,000

Germany

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin: 50,000 –> 60,000

Greece

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Beach Resort, Milatos Crete

  • Radisson Blu Beach Resort, Milatos Crete: 70,000 –> 60,000

Italy

  • Palazzo Montemartini Rome, A Radisson Collection (closed at the time of writing): 70,000 –> 60,000

The Netherlands

  • Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam: 50,000 –> 60,000

Norway

  • Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Oslo: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Mountain Resort & Residences, Trysil: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen: 70,000 –> 60,000

RUSSIA

  • Radisson Collection Hotel, Moscow: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Royal Hotel, St. Petersburg: 70,000 –> 60,000

SPAIN

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado: 70,000 –> 60,000

SWEDEN

  • Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm: 70,000 –> 60,000

SWITZERLAND

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, St. Gallen: 50,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne: 70,000 –> 60,000

The United Kingdom

Image courtesy of Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre

  • Park Plaza London Riverbank: 50,000 –> 60,000
  • Park Plaza London Waterloo: 50,000 –> 60,000 
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel London: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel (London): 50,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel London: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel London: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel: 70,000 –> 60,000
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre: 70,000 –> 60,000

Mauritius

  • Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa, Mauritius: 70,000 –> 60,000

Best Radisson Rewards redemptions for Category 5 hotels: 75,000 points per night

I’m listing some of the most desirable hotels in this category for information purposes only. Obviously when the cash rate goes through the roof even 75,000 points might not be too much to pay. But Radisson points are not like HHonors; they’re not easy to get and I would prefer stretching their power rather than blow them all on a very short stay.

Still, here is the deal for all you math lovers: you’ll get ahead if the cash rate for your upcoming stay is $187-230 or more including taxes (per my evaluation of 0.025-0.03 cents).

All Category 5 hotels will cost 5,000 points more (from 70,000 to 75,000 points), except for Radisson Sydney, which will jump 25,000 points (from 50,000 to 75,000)! Needless to say, if you can book your 2022 stay in Sydney before the new chart goes into effect, go for it. Although that’s not an easy task since you can only redeem Radisson points 270 days in advance.

Here is the Radisson credit card bonus haul for Category 5 hotels:

  • One-card mode? Fuhgeddaboudit, not even worth it.
  • 3 nights in the spartner mode gets you 230,000 points.
  • Can you wait? Are you planning to keep the card? You’ll get 2 nights in a single card mode or 4 nights in the spartner mode.

Austria

  • Radisson Blu Style Hotel, Vienna
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt, Salzburg

Denmark

  • Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

France

  • Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees, Paris
  • Cour des Loges Lyon, A Radisson Collection Hotel
  • Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes
  • Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Ajaccio Bay (Corsica)

Iceland

  • Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik

Ireland

  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

Italy

  • Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo, A Radisson Collection Hotel
  • Radisson Residences Savoia Palace Cortina d’Ampezzo

The Netherlands

  • Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center

Sweden

  • Radisson Collection Strand Hotel, Stockholm

Switzerland

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel

The United Kingdom 

  • Holmes Hotel London
  • Park Plaza Victoria London
  • Park Plaza County Hall London
  • Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
  • The May Fair London, A Radisson Collection Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex Hotel

Australia

  • Radisson Hotel and Suites Sydney
  • Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney: 50,000 –> 75,000!!!

Fiji

  • Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island

To recap

The 2021 Radisson Rewards upcoming chart revamp is not a devaluation. Of course, there are plenty of individually devalued hotels but the cost increases are very moderate. It’s unfortunate that Radisson hasn’t communicated the upcoming changes better, having instead resorted to the same tired, “safe” corporate language that always makes people feel anything but safe.

Here is another way of looking at it (the current and new categories are in parenthesis).

Price increases:

  • 1,000 points — from 44,000 to 45,000 (Cat. 5 –> Cat. 3)
  • 2,000 points — from 28,000 to 30,000 (Cat. 3 –> Cat. 2)
  • 5,000 points — from 70,000 to 75,000 (Cat. 7 –> Cat. 5)
  • 6,000 points — from 9,000 to 15,000 (Cat. 1 –> Cat. 1)

Price decreases:

  • 5,000 points — from 50,000 to 45,000 (Cat. 6 –> Cat. 3)
  • 8,000 points — from 38,000 to 30,000 (Cat. 4 –> Cat. 2)
  • 10,000 points — from 70,000 to 60,000 (Cat. 5 –> Cat. 3)
  • 13,000 points — from 28,000 to 15,000 (Cat. 3 –> Cat. 1)

The truth is, these category changes are more good than bad unless you exclusively redeem Radisson points at the top properties in the most expensive travel destinations.

Once again: this conclusion is based only on evaluating Radisson category changes for international hotels.

Please share your thoughts, praises and disagreements, as well as your Radisson plans and experiences here in the comments.  

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