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Back in August 2022, Choice Hotels purchased Radisson Hotels Americas. This followed the split of Radisson Hotels into one company for the Americas and a separate company for the rest of the world. As is normal with these types of mergers, it usually takes awhile to fully integrate the different parts of each hotel’s reservations, loyalty and other programs. Recently Choice Hotels just announced that point transfers are now live.
What you need to know
Here is the information that Choice Hotels sent me:
- Starting today, Choice Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas members can now exchange points between the two loyalty programs at a rate of two Radisson Rewards America points per one Choice Privileges point.
- Members of both loyalty programs can redeem points at more than 7,500 properties across a diverse set of 22 brands in 46 countries and territories.
- To exchange points, guests will need to be members of both Choice Privileges and Radisson Rewards Americas.
Transfer Radisson Rewards points to Choice Privileges (and vice versa)
I have a few Radisson Rewards Americas points but no Choice Privileges points (having spent the last of mine last year on a hotel stay in California). My suspicion is that it’s going to be more useful in most cases to transfer Radisson points to Choice, but at least for now you have the ability to go in both directions. I would assume that at some point as the two companies get further along in the merger process that everything will just be Choice, but that’s probably a ways down the road.
To transfer Radisson Rewards points to Choice Privileges, first go to the Choice Hotels transfer page and login to your account. That will take you to this screen after you log in
Click Exchange Points, which will take you to this page.
Choice is using Points.com to process their points transfers. I already had an account with Points.com, so after I clicked “make exchange”, it just sent me an email verifying that account information. If you’ve never used them, you may have to set up an account with Points.com to make the transfer. Once you do that, you’ll be presented with a list of eligible programs to transfer.
In addition to Radisson Rewards, there are a variety of different airline programs. None of them transfers at a good ratio, so ignore those. One important note is that by default, Choice Privileges is selected on the left. So if you want to transfer from Radisson to Choice (like I did), you’ll need to select the start over circular arrow icon. Then you can select Radisson on the left and Choice on the right
You’ll need to register your program information in both cases. I think I already had my Choice Privileges account information registered with Points.com from when I bought points a few years ago, so I just had to do Radisson. You may need to register both programs. Again, the exact process may differ for you depending on how your accounts are set up, but for me, I just clicked the Register Program link and it automatically pulled up my Radisson Rewards Americas account (from somewhere?)
Even though I don’t have an urgent need to do so, once both accounts were registered, I transferred 1,000 points to see how it worked, as a service to you, my dear readers. Don’t ever say I didn’t do nuthin for you 🙂
It says points may take up to 24 hours to transfer but I got an email that the transfer was complete in about 10 minutes. It wasn’t instantaneous but it was pretty quick.
The Bottom Line
You can now transfer Choice Privileges to Radisson Rewards Americas points and vice versa. The going rate is 2 Radisson Rewards points to 1 Choice Privileges point. Points transfers are managed by Points.com, so it takes a bit of finagling, but overall this is a great option.
Are you planning to transfer Choice Privileges points to Radisson Rewards, or vice versa? Leave your thoughts in the comments
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Does anyone have experience on what the redemption value typically is on the Radisson points ? I have around 20k points with them but have never redeemed. I am wondering if 2 for 1 into Choice is a good deal for the customer or not !!
I have a ton of Choice points and know that after a revaluation about 6 months ago, they typically bring value of only .6 to .7 cents per point. I.e. 1,000 points worth $6 to $7 dollars in cash equivalent for Choice hotel stays.
Any insights would be appreciated from you Radisson experts !!
If you look at the Radisson award chart, Category 1 is 15K Radisson points / night and Category 2 is 30K Radisson points. From what I have seen / remember, finding decent Category 1 Radissons is pretty rare. So that means that you are looking at 30K at least.
I think it would be much more likely that you’d find a decent Choice hotel for 15K than you would a Radisson at 30K. But a lot is going to depend on where you’re looking.
There’s no real hurry to transfer any points and you can (at least for now) transfer in both directions. I wouldn’t worry too much about it
Thanks for the explanation….greatly appreciated !!
I am 81 years old and concerned about a third party transferring company. I am in no hurry, but concerned that if I wait, I may lose my Radisson points.
I don’t think there’s much of a risk of you losing your Radisson points (I imagine at some point they will just automatically convert). But I also would not be worried about the security of points.com – they are a very well known points transferring company.
Thanks, Dan. I just like to keep my head on a swivel if you know what I mean.