Ritz-Carlton Rewards Now A Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner

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Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer partner.

Today, Chase Ultimate Rewards announced today that it has added a new transfer partner, Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Sapphire Preferred and  Ink Bold cardholders will be able to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Ritz-Carlton at a 1:1 ratio and then redeem those points towards free nights. To learn more about Ritz-Carlton’s loyalty program, you can check out a review I did for HotelChatter when the program first launched back in September 2010.

This news isn’t earth-shattering since Ultimate Rewards was already a partner with the Marriott Rewards program–Ritz-Carlton points are basically like Marriott points and free Ritz-Carlton nights start at 30,000 points and go up to 70,000–but this still makes both cards good options for travelers who have Ritz-Carlton accounts or elite status and are looking for more ways to build up their points. My favorite Ultimate Rewards hotel transfer partner is still Hyatt – also at a 1:1 ratio – because a free night redemption at a top Park Hyatt property only requires 22,000 points.

Ritz-Carlton Now an Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

It’s also great to see Chase adding transfer partners rather than losing them. This just makes the program that much more versatile and competitive. In the future, I’d also love to see Ultimate Rewards running partner transfer bonuses as well like the ones Amex runs.

Update: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card sign-up bonus offer is now 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named a 'Best Credit Card' for Travel Rewards by MONEY Magazine
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Sleek metal card design
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • $0 foreign transaction fees, plus chip-enabled for enhanced security and wider acceptance when used at a chip card reader
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points
  • Travel confidently with premium Travel Protection Benefits, including Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Trip Delay Reimbursement and more
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Balance Transfer Credit Rating
N/A 16.24%-23.24% Variable Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95 See Terms Excellent Credit