Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well. Earlier today, Radisson Hotels Americas sent out emails to all their members informing them that they are officially joining the Choice Hotels family. The email also said that combining the programs would take some time, so in the short term, the programs would continue separately and we would be informed when the combing process becomes closer.
At this point, you may be wondering what to do with your Radisson Hotels Americas points. A few months ago, I wrote What Should I Do with my Stash of 200K Radisson Hotels Americas Points? In that post, I highlighted all the possible options. In this post, I will share what I did with my points.
First things first, here is my starting point:
- 3,000 Radisson Hotels points
- 40,000 Radisson Hotels Americas points – account 1
- 133,854 Radisson Hotels Americas points – account 2
I have had a good run with Radisson Hotels (before the split into Radisson Hotels and Radisson Hotels Americas), so I’ve decided that I will embrace the merger with Choice Hotels and have a nice stash of Choice Hotels points someday. So the plan is to combine all my points into a single Radisson Hotels Americas account and patiently wait for the Choice Hotels merger.
Another major consideration is the fact that none of my transferable points programs transfer to Radisson Hotels, so if I have orphaned points or need more points, I will either have leftover points or need to purchase more points. Choice Hotels is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, so I could always top off my account if I need more points.
I signed into my Radisson Hotels account and went to the Global Points Transfer page to transfer my 3,000 points to my main Radisson Hotels Americas account. According to the terms, the names and email addresses for both accounts must match.
Goodbye 3,000 Radisson Hotels points, I hardly knew you.
However, if you decided to move all your Radisson Hotels Americas points to your Radisson Hotels account, you can sign into your Radisson Hotels Americas account and go to the Global Transfer Page. According to the terms, the names and email addresses for both accounts must match.
Since I have 2 Radisson Hotels Americas accounts, I wanted to transfer my points to my primary Radisson Hotels Americas account (the account with the same name and email address that matches my Choice Hotels account). I called the Radisson Hotels Americas customer service department (1-888-288-8889) and explained to the rep that I wanted to move points from 1 account to another. He suggested that I merge my accounts (instead of doing a points transfer), so we went through the process of merging the accounts. After a few minutes on hold, the process was completed and I am now sitting on 216,854 Radisson Hotels Americas points.
Depending on how many points you have in different accounts and what your long term plan is, you may want to copy my approach or wait for more info to come out about the merger. If you have any questions about moving points between programs or accounts, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!