Posted by William Charles on April 30, 2019
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Published on April 30th, 2019 | by William Charles

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U.S. Bank Radisson Rewards Visa: 120,000 Point Sign Up Bonus [Highest Ever]

The Offer

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  • U.S. Bank is offering a bonus of 120,000 points on the Radisson Rewards Visa card. Need to spend $3,000 within the first 90 days to receive the 120,000 point bonus

Card Details

  • $75 annual fee, not waived
  • This card has two different versions, the Premier (details listed on this page) and Platinum (Sign up bonus of 50,000 points after first purchase and then additional 10,000 points after $1,500 in spend)
  • 40,000 renewal points each year when you renew your card
  • Earn up to three nights when completing annual spend. One night for each $10,000 in spend (free nights can only be used in the United States)
  • Gold status or 15 qualifying nights towards Platinum status
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 10 points per $1 spent in eligible net purchases at participating Radisson Family of Hotels.
    • 5 points per $1 spent in eligible net purchases everywhere else

Our Verdict

We saw this card offer a bonus of 100,000 points late last year, but this new 120,000 point bonus is the highest we’ve ever seen. This card used to be extremely popular when it was the Club Carlson card and offered the last night free benefit, but unfortunately that’s no longer the case. Standard bonus is 85,000 points. The major problem with this card is that it’s issued by U.S. Bank and getting approved is difficult, most people will want to apply for the U.S. Bank Altitude reserve if they haven’t already but that will depend on your travel goals.

Personally I think Radisson properties in the US are mostly underwhelming where as properties in Europe seem to be much better value. Check out these Things to Know about US Bank Credit Cards before applying. I’m unsure if this will be added to the best credit card bonus page, although I suspect it will be due to the fact it’s so much larger than the standard bonus and a good option for those who have already gotten the other good U.S. bank cards. Update: I will add it there, it can be great value for some readers.



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Tommy
Tommy

yes, please add it to the best bonus page, let the readers decide:)

escot
escot

really? One of the cool things about this site is that DoC has earned a certain level of respect and trust (sic) precisely because they’re not earning commissions for their coverage of various travel cc deals….. As such, a mindless listing of any and all bonuses offered would soon become yet another haystack with the diamonds lost in the dust.

doc
doc

Since it takes 28k to 38k to book a single night, that’s only 3 to 4 nights worth of points. I’d rather just have a $400 to $500 cash bonus, than to have to deal with a single niche brand, with limited choices.

Radisson brings back memories; but, that alone is not enough to bolster their entire brand offering.

Dee
Dee

I appreciate the perspective. I typically get a fairly low value on my points. 44K night property usually costing $175-$200 per night. If I’m staying there anyways that makes these points worth a little over $500. but your argument for flexibility is a strong one. – Really only 1 or two Radissons I stay at.

Burton
Burton

There aren’t many great hotel offers out there right now (IHG & Marriott had very good ones last month but their current offers are mediocre). Considering this is the “highest ever” for Radisson it is certainly interesting to me and I’d consider it to be better than many of the others listed as the best current offers.

Evan
Evan

Do these points have a cash value?

Victor
Victor

I don’t know but my guess that the value of the point is very low, maybe 0.2-0.4c/pt. If the value is actually above 0.4c/pt, then it is actually a great card.

Avi
Avi

Never got more than 0.3 cpp.

Ann
Ann

Which makes this only a $360 bonus.

JDubs
JDubs

Plus $120 in points each year for a $75 annual fee.

CJ
CJ

I believe that during the last 100K points promotion, many people only received 85K points.

NK3
NK3

I signed up for it during the 100K promotion. Initially I did receive only 85K, but when calling they said it was a known bug in their system, which would be fixed the next billing cycle. Sure enough, one month later I got the remaining 15K points, plus an extra 2500 as a courtesy for the delay.

Dick Bupkiss
Dick Bupkiss

Got a link to an offer for a BUSINESS version of the card with a similar bonus?

Jonathan
Jonathan

I had the card 2 years ago, I cant stand the hotels. The quality of the hotels were bad, I stayed at several in us and in asia. They all had a issue with cleanliness. The radisson in anaheim had bugs in the beds.. The beijing hotel had a issue with their ac, had to switch rooms 2 times and it still was 90 at 3am. The bangkok hotel was ok, but again quality is a issue. I stayed at a holiday inn that was a few miles away that was way cleaner. I gave raddison a chance, they failed every time. Pass for me, especially hilton & Marriott has similar offers. I dont like Hilton either, wish Hyatt would have some kind of competitive offer.

Eric
Eric

Wait, so can you use the 120K points in the overseas hotels or just US hotels? Or is it the 10K spending free night cert that can only be used in the US?

Phill
Phill

120k can be used domestic or abroad. 10k spend free night certificate can only be used in the US.

Jay
Jay

Could someone post the link for the offer of the Business version of this card.. with that higher bonus?

escot
escot

Such a “boost” — to create the illusion of making up for the steady deterioration in the Club Carlson/Rad program. (massive devaluations of hotels by categories, miserably difficult to use rewards site, aging hotels, steady withdrawals of the best properties, and ever increasing “resort fees” (aka “parking”) at the few nice, if aging ones remaining…. e.g. the Rad at Melbourne, Fl)

And then there’s the math. Almost funny to see this. (120,000 Bonus Points good for up to 11 Free Award Nights worldwide….. OMG, 11 free nights !!?? Guessing this is a sloppy, shameless cut ‘n paste from the 100,000 point promo — where 100k would get you 11 nights at the Cat. one properties — if you can find one. (Nearly all of them are in India — though they are back up to a pathetic 3 here in the US. (wonders never cease) With this 120k promo,you’ll get a whopping 13 and one third free nights….. wowzer. (here’s the current cat. 1 list)

https://www.radissonrewards.com/fgp/hotelcategory/displayhotels.do?category=1

(rather similar to IHG still claiming to have 5k point breaks offerings)

Oh, by next year, they’ll be a changing category 1 to 2 (15k points), then it will be a standard 120,000 point card to get you 8 free nights!!! Wow, just wow…. (But don’t tell anybody, that Cat 2 15k point list has also been decimated of late…. etc. etc.)

ps, wife and I still have bus. versions of the Rad cards….. even do a ton of spending for the annual free nights…. but increasingly wondering where to use those NA only awards. And so it goes.

but wait, there’s hope… the new County inn & Suites at Kalispell, Montana airport is off the charts wonderful…. (apparently because the owner broke all the Radisson/Shanghai rules for stripping out quality….. we’ll see how long it stays in the fold.)

Tim
Tim

There are some hidden gems with this chain. Especially the Radisson Blu properties; many located in Europe. There are a handful in the U.S. with one of the better ones in Chicago. Has anyone tried to attain this offer even though they still have an existing card with a previous bonus offer?

Gene
Gene

i just met MSR. have had the biz version for 5yrs. hoping to receive this bonus.

@william charles any idea if this clause is actually enforced?
“Neither New Account Bonus is available to applicants who have had this Card, another Radisson Rewards credit card product or a Radisson Rewards credit card within the last 12 months.”

seems silly if im penalized for keeping my other existing radisson biz account open, vs closing it >12mos ago to be eligible for this personal bonus.

traveller
traveller

Radisson Rewards integrating into Jin Jiang loyalty program beginning summer 2019

Zac
Zac

Weird thing is that I can’t find Radisson credit card in usbank.com any more, except googling the link.

AlwaysFlying
AlwaysFlying

All my cards were shutdown in December including Radisson personal and business and I do consider NOT having these two cards a big loss and dent to my strategy. This is a good offer. I’m not sure when I can get back to USBank again yet will try within a year. The shutdown (affected 3 personal and 1 business card) happened several weeks after I purchased $2k worth of VGC on the Radisson business.

James B.

I guess US Bank is coming down harder on VGC purchases! US Bank closed my Altitude card serveral years ago when I purchased VGCs to meet the minimum spend for the bonus, but they did not touch my other US Bank cards.

US Bank said they shut down all your accounts because of the $2k VGC purchase??? WTH???

Jeff L.
Jeff L.

If you check DoC linked article about things to know about US Bank cards, this is a common hurdle to meet min spend. They are known to ban after even a single gift card purchase. US Bank has no chill. This is one of the reasons why I’ve never applied for their cards as of yet: low organic spend and no immediately clear method to hit min spend

James Bond

I was one of the first Altitiude customers to received a card when it first came out. I promptly met the min spend with VGC purchases and 1 week later customers started reporting shutdowns for this. I stayed low for another 3 weeks with no more VGC purchases and no problems, and the 50k bonus posted,

I quickly applied the 50k bonus for a stmt credit and then used the $325 travel credit. And then a few days later I received the dreaded shutdown letter in the mail. I was fortunate that US Bank did not shutdown my other accounts.

Burton
Burton

Does this also apply to bank account funding or just VGCs? Bank account funding and just under $500 VGC from CVS are my go-tos for MSR (then taxes/utilities if needed).

Matt Katakis
Matt Katakis

Fully agree with what some others have stated. The Radisson Blu properties in Europe are actually pretty good. They have a solid footprint in major cities and the locations are almost always awesome. The Gold status is actually worth something too. I was upgraded to a much larger room in London for instance and the best upgrade I got was in Malta where I received an oceanview room with a private outdoor Jacuzzi! 120K points after you meet the spend requirement should be enough for 2 nights at most properties if not more depending on where.

Thomas
Thomas

“If your Account is not open for at least 6 months, Radisson Rewards and U.S. Bank reserve the right to deduct the New Account bonus points from your Radisson Rewards account. “

All Rise
All Rise

Instantly approved online for $7.5K limit. 7/24. They ran Experian. Received congrats email, saying card should arrive via U.S. Postal Service in approximately 5 days.

Mike
Mike

How many cards have you opened in the past 2 years ? Thanks

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