UPDATE as of 6/26/2019 – Unfortunately, the “unofficial” link to apply for a US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Visa card that we discussed in this article is now dead. Congratulations to those who heeded our advice and picked up this useful card while the link was still working!
About 2 weeks ago, we experimented with an application for a US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Visa card. The card had been removed from the public-facing US Bank credit card web pages, and there were reports that it may be discontinued for new applicants. However, we discovered a still-live “hidden” link (thanks again to those who helped us find the link!), so we submitted an application, which was accepted by the US Bank system. We wrote all about the still-live link and our application process, and it turned out to be one of our most popular articles on Middle Age Miles:
- Middle Age Miles: Taking a Flyer – Using a Still-Live Link to Apply for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Visa Card (5/28/2019)
When we applied, our application went pending. US Bank told us that we’d receive a decision by US Mail in 7-10 business days.
Well, we’ve now received the verdict – approved!
Here’s the letter we received from US Bank confirming our approval:
The card also shows up in our US Bank online account:
We haven’t received our actual card yet, but we expect to see it soon.
What About the Sign-Up Bonus?
In our earlier article, we discussed that we believe that this card has a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Radisson points after our first purchase, plus an additional 35,000 Radisson points after $2,500 in purchases in the first 90 days the account is open. This was based on the card’s historical bonus plus data points we reviewed from other sources.
Our application through the still-live “hidden” link didn’t contain any explicit mention of a sign-up bonus, so we were taking a bit of a leap of faith here.
Now, you’ll notice that our approval letter doesn’t mention the sign-up bonus.
At this point, we’ll make a purchase once we receive the card and then watch our Radisson Rewards account closely to see if the “first purchase” part of the expected sign-up bonus posts. This may not occur until after our first statement closes. If the “first purchase” part of the bonus posts, then we’ll knock out the rest of the $2,500 spend for the second part of the bonus.
We’ll update this article (and/or post a new article) when we learn more about the sign-up bonus.
UPDATE as of 6/10/2019, 2:30 pm Central time – Card Received; Sign-Up Bonus Confirmed!
We received our card today. The card came with a letter confirming the sign-up bonus. It’s exactly as we expected – 50,000 Radisson points after our first purchase, plus 35,000 more points after we spend $2,500 on our card in the first 90 days.
The letter we received with our card is very detailed and also confirms other key benefits such as the 40,000 point bonus each year after we renew, Radisson Rewards Gold status, and up to 3 free night e-certificates (one for each $10k spend up to $30k, issued upon card renewal by paying the annual fee).
Here’s a copy of the letter:
We successfully activated our card with no issues. We also needed to talk to an agent about a minor issue and took the opportunity to ask her about how the card is connected with a Radisson Rewards account if the cardholder didn’t have one before. She said that in this case, a Radisson Rewards account would be automatically created in the cardholder’s name. The account number would appear on the 2nd page of the first card statement, and the card account and Radisson Rewards account would be automatically connected.
What About the “Hidden” Link? Does It Still Work?
Yes, it appears that the “hidden” application link is still live. We checked it again today, and it still connected to an online application for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Visa card. [UPDATE as of 6/26/2019 – Link is now dead.]
The application link worked slightly differently today than it did when we applied 2 weeks ago. Then, the link went to a US Bank web page that listed 3 Radisson Rewards personal cards in addition to the Business card, and you had to click “Apply Now” for the Business card to reach the application. Today, though, the “hidden” link took us directly to the application page for the Radisson Rewards Business card. (Reader RoamingRedPanda had the same experience, according to their Comment to the original article.)
So, if you’d like to apply, we believe that the link still works (and we have our fingers crossed that the sign-up bonus is intact!). Here’s the link again (not a referral link):
- “Unofficial” link to apply for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Visa: https://applications.usbank.com/oad/begin?locationCode=21603&offerId=XH6XX28HRM&source_Code=33352
Best of luck if you give the application a shot!
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