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The Benefits of Radisson Rewards Elite Status [Club, Premium, VIP]

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The Radisson Rewards program might not have the popularity, or global footprint, as the Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, or IHG One Rewards programs, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. It offers plenty of benefits to those willing to work their way up the program’s elite tiers.

Radisson Rewards has over 700 properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific — plenty big enough to offer multiple hotels in just about any destination you might travel to. Plus, it is a great program for those who love to “earn and burn” points, as its awards are reasonable, and its points are relatively easy to earn.

In this post, we outline the benefits and perks offered at each elite status tier of the Radisson Rewards program to help you decide if the program is right for you and what level of elite status you should shoot for.

Radisson Rewards Elite Status Levels

Radisson Rewards offers 3 membership levels:

  • Club: Upon enrollment
  • Premium: 5 elite nights or 3 stays
  • VIP: 30 elite nights or 20 stays

Here is a quick overview of the benefits offered at each level of elite status:

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Elite Benefits

Club Members (0 nights/0 stays)

Premium Status (5 nights/3 stays)

VIP Status (30 nights/20 stays)

Points Earned on Stays

8x per $1

27x per $1

36x per $1

Discounts on Food and Beverages

10%

10%

15%

Complimentary Room Upgrades (When Available)

 

X (to the next category)

X (to the best category; suites only available in select properties)

Priority Line

X

X

X

Early Check-In and Late Checkout (When Available)

 

X

X

In-Room Welcome Gift

 

 

X

Guaranteed Room Availability

 

 

72 hours

Complimentary Breakfast

 

 

X

Premium and VIP Contact Center lines ­

 

X

X

Exclusive VIP Access

 

 

X

My Hotel Benefits

 

X

X

Now, let’s take a closer look at the benefits offered with each elite status tier and examine how useful those benefits might be to you.

Radisson Rewards Club Status

Radisson Rewards Club status is attained after signing up for the program. You’ll earn 8x points per $1 on Radisson stays, and the tier comes with the following benefits:

10% Discount on Food and Beverages

When you dine at a Radisson Hotels restaurant during your stay, you’ll receive a 10% discount on the price of your meal. However, the discount is not applied to tax or tip, alcoholic beverages, room service or in-room dining, catering or banquets, or groups or parties of 6 or more.

Priority Line at Check-In and Checkout

Access the member-only priority line for faster check-in and checkout at select hotels.

Radisson Rewards Premium Status

Radisson Collection Hotel Gran Via Bilbao
Radisson Collection Hotel, Gran Via Bilbao. Image Credit: Radisson

Premium status in the Radisson Rewards program can be attained by staying 5 nights or 3 stays in a calendar year and comes with all of the benefits of Club status, plus the following benefits:

Complimentary Room Upgrade

You might receive a room upgrade at no additional cost if available during check-in. Remember that upgrades are taken on a case-by-case basis based on hotel availability and may include a room in a preferred location, a room with a preferred view, or a recently renovated room.

Early Check-in and Late Checkout

Based on the hotel’s availability, Premium members are eligible to check in and checkout 2 hours before or 2 hours later than the hotel’s published check-in and checkout time.

My Favorite Hotel Benefits

Receive benefits exclusive benefits under the My Favorite Hotel program, which include:

  • Priority List — Priority on bookings in your favorite hotel once rooms are available if the hotel is fully booked (upon request)
  • My Favorite Room — Have your favorite room at your favorite hotel assigned to you (subject to availability)
  • My Luggage Storage — Leave up to 2 suitcases in storage at your favorite hotel

Premium and VIP Contact Center Lines ­

Get assistance from our exclusive 24-hour Premium and VIP Contact Center lines for any questions regarding your account or travel needs.

Bottom Line:

For the most part, Premium status in the Radisson Rewards program offers incremental benefits over Club status, but it’s still pretty easy to earn, especially if you’re a Radisson loyalist.

Radisson Rewards VIP Status

Radisson Blu Champs Elysées Hotel, Paris
Radisson Blu Champs Elysées Hotel, Paris. Image Credit: Radisson

The top tier of the Radisson Rewards program, VIP status, can be reached after 30 nights or 20 stays in a calendar year, and earning rates increase to a whopping 36x points per $1 spent.

This status comes with all of the benefits of Premium status, plus the following:

15% Discount on Food and Beverages

Once you reach VIP status, your discount on food and beverages at Radisson Hotels restaurants improves to 15% off. This could be considerable savings if you dine at Radisson Hotels restaurants often.

Free Room Upgrade

VIP members receive a room upgrade to the best category. However, suites are only available in select properties.

Complimentary Breakfast

VIP members are also the only elite members that receive a free breakfast for 2 each morning, though the benefit can vary a bit based on where in the world the Radisson Hotels you’re visiting is located.

VIP Access

Access exclusive VIP areas in selected hotels.

Bottom Line:

VIP status is the most valuable elite tier, especially if you care about benefits like free breakfast and complimentary suite upgrades.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, the Radisson Rewards loyalty program is one of the few programs that is actually decently rewarding at each elite status level. So, while the Radisson Rewards program might not be a program you’re very familiar with, it is definitely not one you want to overlook, as the program offers plenty of great properties worldwide, decent award rates, and great perks and benefits to its loyalty members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join Radisson Rewards? Is it worth it?

The Radisson Rewards program is free to join, so there is no reason for you not to become a member. Even if you only stay at Radisson Hotels properties every once in a while, you’re going to earn Radisson Rewards points during your stay just for being a member of the program, which you can then redeem at a later date for free stays. Given that, the Radisson Rewards program is definitely worth joining.

Do Radisson Rewards points expire?

Yes, your Radisson Rewards points will expire if you have no account activity for 24 months. To extend your points, all you need to do is have some sort of account activity within that timeframe, like staying at a Radisson Hotels property or redeeming your points.

What are the elite status levels of Radisson Rewards?

The Radisson Rewards program has 3 tiers of membership: Club, Premium, and VIP.

What are Radisson Rewards points worth?

Valuing the points or miles of any travel loyalty program is mostly subjective, but in our view, Radisson Rewards points are worth about 0.25 cents per point. This figure is merely meant to be a baseline value of what you should shoot for when redeeming your points. You might even be able to get significantly more value depending on the redemption!

How many points do I need for a free night at Radisson?

That depends on the Radisson property that you stay at, and how many points are needed for an award stay. Award nights may start as low as 15,000 points.

Do award nights count towards Radisson elite status?

Yes, when you redeem your Radisson Rewards points for a free night, that night will count towards elite status qualification.

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Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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