In August 2022, Alternative Motels acquired Radisson Motels Americas from Radisson Resort Group. Since this acquisition, the Alternative Motels web site has displayed the next message:
Keep tuned for information on if you’ll have the ability to use Alternative Privileges factors to e book rooms at Radisson properties and earn factors to your stays. Alternative Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas loyalty applications will stay separate in the interim.
On Tuesday, Alternative Motels is sharing some excellent news: Now you can alternate factors between Alternative Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas. The alternate ratio is 2 Radisson Rewards Americas factors per 1 Alternative Privileges level.
The flexibility to alternate rewards between Alternative Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas joins the prevailing potential to standing match between the applications. This is what it’s essential learn about exchanging factors and a sneak peek at what we learn about how the applications will mix later this yr.
Exchanging factors between Alternative and Radisson Americas
Now you may switch factors between Alternative Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas. To take action, you may must have a Alternative Privileges account and a Radisson Rewards Americas account. If you do not have one or the opposite, you may create a free account on the respective loyalty program’s web site.
When you’re able to alternate factors, you may log in to your Alternative Privileges account or your Radisson Rewards Americas account. You will discover prompts for exchanging factors if you happen to log in to both website.
For simplicity, I will give attention to how the alternate works out of your Alternative Privileges account. When you log in, you may discover Radisson Rewards Americas listed alongside airline companions within the Rewards Trade. You will must enter your Radisson Rewards Americas credentials to hyperlink your accounts.
As soon as you have linked your accounts, you may alternate between 500 and 250,000 Alternative factors or between 1,000 and 500,000 Radisson factors per transaction. In accordance with Alternative, the alternate will often transfer factors from one account to the opposite in a couple of minutes, however might sometimes take as much as 24 hours. Word that you would be able to solely do 12 exchanges (in both route) every calendar yr.
The flexibility to alternate factors between Alternative Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas provides many extra redemption choices for members with Radisson factors, together with entry to Alternative’s extended-stay properties. For instance, now Radisson Rewards Americas members can alternate 120,000 Radisson factors for 60,000 Alternative factors after which redeem them for 2 nights in New York Metropolis on the Cambria Resort New York — Chelsea.
In the meantime, Alternative Privileges members achieve entry to extra full-service inns and extra West Coast properties. For instance, Alternative members might alternate 45,000 Alternative factors for 90,000 Radisson factors and redeem them for 2 nights on the Radisson Aquatica Resort in Barbados.
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TPG’s valuations peg the worth of Alternative factors at 0.6 cents every and Radisson factors at 0.4 cents every. So on paper, Radisson Rewards Americas members might lose some worth when exchanging Radisson factors for Alternative factors. However total, I imagine the alternate ratio of two Radisson factors to 1 Alternative level is cheap given it opens up a slew of recent redemption alternatives for members of each loyalty applications.
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Use transferable currencies to e book Radisson stays
The brand new potential to switch Alternative Privileges factors to Radisson Rewards Americas means now you can not directly use the next transferable currencies to e book Radisson Rewards Americas stays:
As a reminder, Radisson Rewards Americas is the loyalty program utilized by residents and inns in america, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. In the meantime, Radisson Rewards is for residents and inns in different elements of the world.
So, if you happen to stay within the U.S. and wish to e book a Radisson Rewards property in Europe, you need to switch Radisson Rewards Americas factors to Radisson Rewards after which e book your keep. It is a lot much less fascinating to e book with Radisson Rewards after this system’s huge devaluation in October 2022 — however now you would theoretically not directly switch Amex Membership Rewards factors, Capital One miles and Citi ThankYou factors to Radisson Rewards through Alternative Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas. Nonetheless, run the numbers to your desired redemption earlier than doing so.
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Alternative Privileges will quickly combine Radisson Rewards Americas
I spoke with Matt Rubin, senior director of loyalty at Alternative Motels, and Matt Vaccarella, senior director of loyalty technique at Radisson Resort Group Americas, in regards to the new potential to alternate factors and the upcoming integration of the 2 loyalty applications.
The Radisson Rewards Americas loyalty program will fold into the Alternative Privileges program within the coming months. Nonetheless, the loyalty administrators rapidly famous that time balances and elite standing ranges could be protected. I confirmed that when the applications come collectively, Radisson Rewards Americas level balances will convert to Alternative Privileges factors on the identical 2:1 ratio members can get pleasure from at the moment.
Alternative and Radisson Americas are nonetheless fine-tuning how the applications will mix. One complexity is that the Alternative Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas elite tiers have some variations. For instance, the highest Radisson Rewards Americas elite members at the moment get complimentary breakfast throughout eligible stays, whereas breakfast is not an elite profit for any Alternative Privileges members. And the highest Radisson Rewards Americas elite standing requires 60 nights or 30 stays per calendar yr to acquire whereas the highest Alternative Privileges elite standing requires 40 nights per calendar yr.
The loyalty administrators stated members ought to enroll in each applications now in the event that they have not already. Alternative will contemplate members’ standing and nights in every program when the applications mix. The loyalty administrators confirmed that you would doubtlessly get a better standing within the mixed program than you held in both program since nights from each applications will depend.
Alternative and Radisson Americas confirmed that no adjustments are taking place to award charts in both program proper now. Even higher, the loyalty administrators instructed me that Alternative will nonetheless use award charts as soon as it integrates Radisson Rewards Americas. One loyalty director famous that he does not imagine in totally dynamic award pricing for any loyalty program.
It is but to be seen whether or not Alternative’s present award bounds for many properties will stay as soon as it integrates Radisson Rewards Americas. That stated, I hope you may quickly have the ability to e book Alternative Privileges award stays greater than 100 days earlier than your keep, in contrast to with the present program.
Alternative continues to be evaluating how award charts will operate within the mixed program. Nonetheless, we will count on Alternative Motels’ Candy Spot Rewards to stay round, since these redemptions launched just lately and are just like Radisson Rewards Americas’ last-minute RewardSaver charges.
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It is nice information that you would be able to now alternate factors between Alternative Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas. This new switch potential unlocks extra redemption alternatives for members of each applications. And I imagine the alternate ratio of two Radisson factors to 1 Alternative level is truthful, particularly contemplating each applications’ incomes and redemption charges.
It was additionally encouraging to listen to in regards to the upcoming integration of Radisson Rewards Americas into Alternative Privileges. As a Alternative Privileges member who will get stable worth from Alternative factors however does not see worth in incomes elite standing with the present program, I am hopeful that the upcoming integration will deliver constructive change throughout the board.