I joined the Ritz Carlton Rewards program when it started up a few years ago. I’ve always kept Marriott Gold status due to the benefits to get upgrades on award stays at Ritz Carlton hotels. The best upgrade I received was an upgrade to an ocean view suite at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua.
We were also offered a partial ocean view room at the Hotel Arts Barcelona.
And then there was the Central Park view at the Ritz Carlton Central Park.
You can also get these upgrade benefits plus others with the Ritz Carlton Rewards Credit Card. As soon as you are approved for the card, you’ll be automatically upgraded to Ritz Carlton Rewards Gold Elite status. With Gold Elite Status, you’ll receive complimentary room upgrades, 25% more points and free wifi.
By applying for the card and meeting the spending threshold, you’ll receive 70,000 bonus points, enough for one night in a top tier Ritz Carlton hotel or two nights in the lowest tier Ritz Carlton Hotel. The card also comes with a $200 credit to airline incidentals and 3 e-certificates good for 7 night upgrades to Club Level rooms.
Automatic Ritz Carlton Gold Status
Once you apply and are approved for this card, you’ll receive Gold Elite Status your first Account Year as a cardmember. All you have to do to keep the gold status past the initial year is to spend $10,000 on the card in a calendar year. Once you will re-qualify for for Gold Elite Status after your first year, you’ll keep the status through December 31 of the following year. Then you’ll be able to enjoy all of the benefits of being Gold Elite Status:
- Complimentary Room Upgrade
- It is our priority that you enjoy the utmost in comfort. So when a more desirable room is available upon your arrival, you may anticipate a complimentary upgrade. Suites and Club Level room are exempt from this benefit.
- Earn 25% more base points at participating properties
- Complimentary High Speed Wifi
- So you may enjoy effortless and efficient access those you need to stay in touch with, The Ritz-Carton Rewards is pleased to offer you complimentary high-speed Internet in your room
Upgrade to The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level
Even though the Gold Status upgrade does not provide Club Level upgrades, the Ritz Carlton Rewards Credit Card does provide complimentary Club Level access. With this card, you’ll receive three E-Certificates to club level on paid stays for up to seven-night maximum on each stay.
Club Level offer valid at participating hotels on up to three paid stays per Account Year using The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card with a seven-night maximum length of stay, subject to availability at time of reservation. (“Account Year” means the year beginning with your account open date through the first statement after the anniversary of your account open date, and each twelve billing cycles thereafter.) E-Certificate is required, is non-transferable, and not combinable with other offers. Not valid on corporate or other promotional rates. Chase Bank USA, N.A. is not responsible for offer fulfillment or the provision of or a failure to provide the stated benefits and services.
The Club Level access provides basically all day food service including drinks at participating properties.
Get 70,000 Signup Bonus
You’ll receive 70,000 Ritz Carlton Rewards after spending $2,000 in your first 3 months of opening the card.
To qualify and receive your bonus, you must make purchases totaling $2,000 or more during the first 3 months from account opening. Purchases do not include using your account for balance transfers or cash advances, or using any checks that access your account. After qualifying, please allow 6 to 8 weeks for bonus points to post to your account. To be eligible for this bonus offer, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment. This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing The Ritz-Carlton or Marriott Rewards® Credit Card cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer. If your account is not open for at least 6 months, The Ritz-Carlton and Chase reserve the right to deduct the bonus points from your The Ritz-Carlton Rewards account.
The 70,000 bonus points is enough for a stay in a top tier hotels like the Ritz Carlton Central Park in New York. Alternatively, you could redeem for a couple of nights in the lowest category hotel.
$200 Annual Reimbursement For Airline Incidentals
This benefit is a great way to take the sting out of the $395 annual fee. Basically this is a free $200 that balances out the $395 annual fee each year you are a card member.
To request a statement credit to apply to qualifying airline incidental net purchase(s) made with your Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, you must contact J.P.Morgan Priority Services at the number on the back of your Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card within 4 billing cycles of the purchase date. This offer applies only to non-ticket purchases made with merchants that classify their merchant location for Visa in the airline category. We do not determine whether merchants correctly identify and bill transactions as being made in a particular category. However, we do reserve the right to determine which purchases qualify for statement credits. Statement credit will post to your account within 5-7 business days and will appear on your monthly credit card billing statement within 1-2 billing cycles. Qualifying purchases made by authorized users on your account are eligible for statement credits; however, only the obligor on the account, not authorized users, may request statement credits. Maximum statement credit accumulation for this offer is $200 per calendar year. The Ritz-Carlton Rewards is not responsible for offer fulfillment or the provision of or a failure to provide the stated benefits and services.
$100 Credit On Stays Over 2 Nights
If you plan to stay at a Ritz Carlton, you have the option to get a $100 hotel credit on stays of 2 or more nights.
Hotel credit available at participating hotels for paid stays using The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, when booking this offer and requires a two-night minimum length of stay, subject to availability. Credit is non-transferable or combinable with other offers, consecutive reservations in the same hotel are not valid, and advanced reservations are required. Credit must be used during original reservation, no cash back, and may not be applied to room rate or hotel goods or services provided by a third party. Not valid on room rate, alcohol, taxes or gratuities. Chase Bank USA, N.A. is not responsible for offer fulfillment or the provision of or failure to provide the stated benefits and services. Does not apply to group bookings.
No Foreign Transaction Fees
I don’t know about you, but when I travel internationally, I don’t like to get hit with a transaction fee every time I use my card. I always make sure I have at least one card in my wallet that offers no foreign transaction fees.
The most intriguing part of this offer to me is the upgrade to Club Level and Gold Elite Status along with the $200 airline incidental reimbursement. The Ritz Carlton card has it’s benefits, especially if you stay at Ritz Carlton hotels often.
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