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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Now A Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner

by on March 26, 2012 · 14 comments

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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.

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  • Meow

    I was wondering if Ritz had the same rule as Marriott regarding holding reservations while waiting for Chase to transfer the points. I did this for a Marriott reservation and it took about 4 days for Chase to transfer the points.

  • ytrewq

    Ritz-Carlton at a 1:1 ratio sounds like poor use of Ultimate rewards points. If possible, why not go for Hyatt at 1:1 ratio

  • Megerton

    TPG,

    I’m interested in racking up 270,000 Marriott points to take advantage of the soon-to-expire USAir hotel transfer bonus the next time it comes around. The idea is to leverage Marriott’s Hotel+Air packages for 180,000 USAir miles plus 7 nights at a Cat 5 Marriott. My wife currently has 70,000 points, and I have zero. If I apply for the Marriott card (50k) and we both apply for the Ritz card (50k each), will the Ritz and Marriott points combine – if so, she’d have 120k and I’d have 100k. If I racked another 50k via hotel stays and card spend (10k gets me Ritz/Marriott Gold), it appears that Marriott will let us combine our points for a single 270k package redemption.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts, and one last question on the Ritz card: the T &Cs state the $200 credit for airline incidentals is per calendar year, a la the AMEX Platinum. Any intel on whether people have in fact been able to get it twice in a 12 month period?

  • Ajitgeorge74

    What’s your take on the ratio? Is the 1:1 for Ritz-Carlton a good transfer option?

  • thepointsguy

    Agree.. It’s not an earth shattering partner.. But stil an option. Nonetheless

  • The Points Guy

    It’s just so-so. You can stay at any Hyatt in the world for 22,000 points, for instance, but a Tier 1 (out of 5) Ritz-Carlton property requires 30,000 nights, and you’d have to use all 50,000 points for a free night at a Tier 3 Ritz-Carlton property.

  • PJ

    wish the Ritz-Carlton points could be funnelled into Sapphire Preferred and then be converted into United Mileage miles which in my mind is the second most valuable points a 1 % rebate on everyday credit card purchase can buy . In real life, a NYC to west coast r/t ticket can cost around $600 with cash price and can come at 25K UR points through Sapphire Preferred.

  • PJ

    UR to Hyatt or to Southwest is superb . The best use is still converting UR to United mileage account which has Platinum+ status to enjoy no fees on quick ticket unlimited itinerary changes etc etc. Even for a non elite Mileage plus member, it is a still great to enjoy coast ot coast non stop r/t with a mere 25K

  • Sparky

    I love the Chase Ultimate Rewards program. My wife and I already have the Chase Preferred. We don’t have a business so we can’t sign up for the business card. Has anyone successfully signed up for the regular Chase Sapphire (no annual fee) while they already had the Chase Sapphire preferred? I would love the additional 25,000 Ultimate Reward points.

  • thepointsguy

    Its not great.. Hyatt is better in my opinion

  • thepointsguy

    I don’t believe you will be able to combine the Ritz and Marriott points in this scenario.. I’d call and ask before applying

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