[Back again] Highest-ever 120K Radisson card offer

The Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature card once again has its highest-ever new cardmember offer: get 120,000 Radisson points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. While this card is much less popular today than it once was, that’s still a potentially solid offer on a card that I personally think is underrated in the hotel card space. Don’t get me wrong — it’s not my favorite card on the market, but the return can be surprisingly good for a hotel credit card and the anniversary points easily justify the annual fee in my opinion.

The Offer

Key Card Details

Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Card

FM Mini Review: With the elimination of Bonus Award Nights, this card is still good, but it is no longer an amazing "must have".


Annual Fee: $75

Card Type: Visa Signature

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Earning rate: ⚬ 10X at CC hotels ⚬ 5X elsewhere.

Big spend bonus: Free night at any US property after each $10K annual spend up to $30K.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Automatic Gold status ⚬ 40K bonus per year.

See also: Club Carlson rocks our world... Again

Quick Thoughts

The standard offer on this card is 85K points (usually after $2.5K spend). In 2019, this card offered a 120K bonus — the highest they’ve ever offered on it — but that offer had expired. It’s always great to see an all-time high offer return.

These days, the Radisson Rewards Visa is much less popular today than it once was because Radisson (formerly called Club Carlson) used to offer the last night free on award stays for cardholders. This meant an effective BOGO on award stays (provided you booked them in 2-night batches) — so while the new 120K offer is the most points ever offered, it isn’t necessarily the most valuable bonus offered on this card since you could have gotten more mileage out of 85K points back when that benefit existed. That was a lot of fun while it lasted. When that benefit died, so did most enthusiasm for this card. That certainly made sense as it was a huge devaluation, but for those looking to rack up points quickly for a good use, this new 120K offer really isn’t bad.

—>Link to Radisson award rates and category filtersSimply select a category from the drop-down to see the hotels in that category organized by region.<—

I’ve written before about the Radisson card and why I like it despite the fact that I do not love Radisson hotels or the Radisson Rewards program. In short, the card offers a very reasonable return at 5x everywhere (10x at Radisson properties) and a free night within the US for each $10K spent during your cardmember year (up to $30K). Further, it offers 40K points at anniversary each year, which offsets the $75 annual fee in my opinion (I’d much rather have points, which do not expire and can be combined with your other points for the redemption you want, than an annual free night certificate limited to a specific category). If you opened it now and spent $10K the first year and kept it open past the anniversary, you’d end up with a free night certificate valid at any property in the US and 210K points (120K from this new cardmember bonus, 50K from spending $10K on the card at 5x, and 40K from the anniversary points). For the cost of two annual fees ($75 this year and $75 at anniversary), you could have up to 4 nights at one of the few top-tier US properties (or use the cert for a night in the US and the points as you see fit). That seems like a reasonable enough offer, especially now that Radisson once again has properties in Manhattan.

I completed $10K spend for a free night certificate last year. While there aren’t many hotels within the United States where I’d be excited about using the free free night certificate, I used use mine last year to stay at the Radisson Blu Mall of America (which is actually attached to the mall – that was awesome for simple access while traveling with a baby). I got upgraded to a Junior Suite sorta thing for having Radisson Gold status (a benefit of the card).

While Radisson properties within the US are mostly limited to road-trip-worthy Country Inn & Suites locations, some of the Radisson Blu properties in Europe are quite nice. I recently discovered what looks like a real gem in the Radisson Blu Milatos on Crete. (Travel with Grant stayed there last year and confirmed that it’s a pretty nice place to kick back for a few days).

The Radisson Blu Beach Resort Milatos Crete looks pretty snazzy.

I’ve further found Park Inn locations in cities I’ve wanted to visit and my stays at them have not failed my expectations for a simple and clean place to sleep. Apart from the handful of European Radisson Blu gems, most properties within the Radisson portfolio are not luxurious but rather functional and earning 5x on everyday purchases puts award stays within relatively easy reach.

A hundred and twenty thousand Radisson points is not quite enough to stay two nights at their top-tier properties, though when put together with the 15K points you’ll earn from meeting the minimum spend, you’d be just 5K short of 2 nights anywhere or many nights at lower-end properties.

All that said, I probably wouldn’t burn a Chase 5/24 slot for this offer unless I had a really good use of points in mind, nor would I choose this hotel card over the World of Hyatt card. It’s not my top pick, but it’s good to see an increased bonus for those folks who can make good use of the points.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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JASON MORGAN
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JASON MORGAN

Nick, could you mention what the low end of the award chart is for perspective? Thanks!

Denis
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Denis

The last time I checked, the Radisson Visa issued by US Bank charged a 3% foreign transaction fee — which negated the points earned when spending at their hotels abroad.

Carl P
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Carl P

Slight off topic I received an email today on the Radisson card I already have. It was offered for 20K points for spending $500 in the next 3 months. Not a bad spending encouragement for an existing card,

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Ron R.
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Ron R.

I have 2 cards (personal and business) and my wife has 1. 3 annual fees, but 120k per year. Radisson really shines in London. The have about 7 properties, all very nice. We often stay at the Edwardian Hampshire House on Leicester Square, or the Mayfair. Used it a week ago for the Radisson Blu Wroclaw in Poland. We were upgraded to a junior suite, excellent hotel. Just 28,000 points.

CaveDweller
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Ron R
Stayed @ 2 in London had large rooms , The one in Nice Fr. too plus a roof top pool and restaurant .
Awesome hotels if u can get them for Free like I did.
CHEERs

Josh
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Josh

Is this card as difficult for churners to get approved for as other (non-cobrand) US bank cards? Thanks!

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Wayne
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Wayne

Is this card immediately churnable? Can you cancel current card and resign with new offer?

Lynn
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Lynn

Anyone know? Terms do say 12 months, but wonder if it’s enforced?

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MSer
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MSer

Ive had 400K Radisson points sitting around for years (200K SO and 200K for me from a few card signups). Their properties are so pathetic I’ve never once found a place to use them. The.Freequent Flyer guy hyped the card saying he got great value in NYC – except the closet had a leak and leaked all over his SO’s clothes? Of all the cards I signed up for, Carlson/Radisson are the only ones I regret.

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Jeff
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I have always found the radisson points to be very worthwhile at Country Inn products in the U.S. and Canada as well as Radisson Blu products abroad. I have used them in Austria and Cebu Philippines as well as other places. The hotel in Cebu is just great. Otherwise, most Radisson products are so so.

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Jim
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Jim

I used the last night free 12x times, mostly in Manhattan. Ah the good old days.

YoniPDX
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YoniPDX

Is the biz card still available? Links?

Jeff
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Jeff

thru the years I have had this card and the business version on and off. in the U.S. and Canada I like them for the Country Inn. overseas I have used them for the Radisson Blu product. there is a wonderful Radisson Blu product in Cebu City, Philippines. Have stayed there a number of times. Also, a decent Radisson Blu product in Salzburg, Austria.

Cactus
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Radisson Blu connected to ZRH was clean and convenient. The waitresses at the wine tower bar had to strap on a harness to be raised to retrieve a wine bottle from the very tall (30 feet?) wine rack. See photo at https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-zurich-airport

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Captain Greg
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Captain Greg

Unless you’re working to get/stay under 5/24, why not get this card? If the RRV is 0.38 and you get 40k every year, that’s more than double the AF. Seems like a no brainer to keep in a drawer collecting points every year until you need them at a convenient time.

Aby
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Aby

If we are not approved instantly – what is the reconsideration line ?

Garth
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Garth

Any issues MSing the 10k free might at Simon?

Grant
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Grant

Hi Nick, I am visiting Ireland in March and have 4 Radisson Blu hotel stays booked around the country. I’ll report back on whether any of them are worth a visit 🙂

Wayne
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Wayne

The Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront in Melbourne FL is pretty nice for 44k per night. All rooms are oceanfront and the suites are nicely appointed. I was upgraded to a corner suite during my last stay which had a large balcony. Cool bar with bands next door to the hotel as well. I’m using my 3 free night e-certificates there this coming May.

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DaninMCI

I’m a very very long term us bank customer and big radisson fan but the US only free night cert on this card keeps me from loving it. For those asking about churning this, it’s US bank so keep that in mind, a bit harder than citi or chase for sure.

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Sandra
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Sandra

I used to have this card and closed it when they stopped offering the one free night per stay for award. I think it was 4 years ago.

If I apply again, will I qualify to get the bonus points ?

Barb
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Barb

Looking to stay at the one in mall of america but I believe it’s 80k for one night. Thus bonus even with the minimum spend won’t even get you 2 nights . Saving my 3/24

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