Earlier in April it was announced that Radisson Rewards would be splitting into two programs (Radisson Rewards & Radisson Rewards America). Apparently this was done because of requirements by the U.S. government over data concerns as Radisson is a a Chinese owned chain. This doesn’t make a lot of sense as Americans can still join the regular Radisson Rewards program and can transfer points between the programs at a 1:1 rate.
As part of this change Radisson Rewards is also making a number of negative changes:
- New award chart with 5 tiers instead of the previous 7 tiers.
- 62% of properties will increase in price (40% will go up 1,000 – 2,000 points and remaining 22% will go up by more than 2,000 points)
- 30% of properties will decrease in price
- 8% of properties will be priced the same
- Introduction of RewardSaver awards, these will cost 30% less than a standard award night and availability is based on hotel occupancy (valid starting June 2021 for Americas program and 2022 for worldwide program)
- It will become more difficult to earn elite status as stays in the Americas will only credit towards the Americas program and stays worldwide will credit to the worldwide program, there will be no reduction in the requirements for earning elite status
You can tell that most of the properties decreasing in price won’t be decreasing by much as they didn’t provide the same % breakdown that they did with the properties increasing in price. I’m still not convinced why these programs needed to split in the first place as the explanation given doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Hat tip to VFTW