Good morning everyone. In a few weeks, Laura and I will be doing a roadtrip around Ireland (more Ireland posts to come soon) and I was making a few last minute hotel reservations for our trip. Before researching hotels in Ireland, I did not know that Ireland and Northern Ireland (part of the UK) had so many Radisson Blu hotels (9 as of today). Since I was sitting on a large stash of Radisson Rewards points (and we had a great time at the beautiful Radisson Blu Beach Resort in Milatos, Crete), I decided to use them to book 5 different Radisson Blu hotels around Ireland & Northern Ireland. The only problem… I was 1,500 Radisson Rewards points short of my redemption goal.
I reached out to a friend and asked if I could borrow 1,500 points so I would have enough Radisson Rewards points to book the last Radisson Blu hotel reservation. I would then send the 1,500 points back to their account as soon as my next Radisson Rewards credit card statement closed and the points posted to my account. A few times a year, I transfer points between my 3 Radisson Rewards accounts (I have 3 Radisson Rewards credit cards and 3 unique Radisson Rewards accounts). It has been a few years since I last did a points transfer to another account that did not belong to me, but I was fairly confident that my friend could send me 1,500 points and that I would be able to transfer the points back to their account in a few weeks.
To complete the transfer, my friend called the Radisson Rewards department (888-288-8889), verified their account, explained that they wanted to transfer 1,500 points to my account, and then provided my Radisson Rewards number (that I sent my friend). The whole process only took a few minutes and the 1,500 points were immediately available in my account. Strangely, the wording on the transfer makes it seem like I gave points to my friend, instead of my friend giving points to me.
While on the call, my friend learned that Radisson Rewards elite members can transfer points to any account. If you have a US Bank Radisson Rewards credit card, you should have silver or gold elite status, therefore, you are a Radisson Rewards elite member, and therefore, you can transfer points to any account. If you do not have elite status, you are only allowed to transfer points to members who live at the same address as your account. Here are the complete terms and conditions (look under 3. Points, d. Miscellaneous, ii. Transfers):
ii. Transfers: Except as expressly allowed in these Program Terms or with Radisson’s written consent, Radisson Rewards membership, points, Award Nights, Express Awards, Elite Status and other Program benefits may not be sold, exchanged, bartered, brokered, transferred, purchased, auctioned or given away, including without limitation as part of a domestic relations matter, divorce, inheritance, or otherwise by operation of law.
1. Transfers by Members with Elite Status: Radisson Rewards members with Elite Status may transfer points from that member’s account to another Radisson Rewards account upon request.
2. Transfers within a Household: Radisson Rewards members may transfer points to another Radisson Rewards member who resides in the same household, provided both individuals have been Radisson Rewards members for at least one year and the addresses for both accounts involved in the transfer have not been updated within thirty (30) days prior to the transfer request. Radisson reserves the right to require proof of eligibility or residency and, in its sole discretion, deny any request to transfer points.
3. Transfers upon Death: Points belonging to a Radisson Rewards member who is deceased may be transferred to the Radisson Rewards account of the deceased member’s beneficiary(ies) in our sole discretion. The deceased member’s membership in Radisson Rewards must have been in good standing at the time of death. The transfer request must include documentation showing proof of death, such as a death certificate, and proof of authority to make the request, such as court documents or the decedent’s will. Requests must be made within one (1) year of the date of death or the deceased member’s account will be closed and all points forfeited.
Shortly after the 1,500 Radisson Rewards points posted to my account, I made a reservation for my 5th Radisson Blu hotel.
If you have any questions about transferring Radisson Rewards Points to another account or combining Radisson Rewards Points into your primary account, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!