New 70,000 Point Sign-up Bonus for Ritz-Carlton Visa + 30,000 Point Stay Promotion

by on July 12, 2012 · 24 comments

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Since launching the Ritz-Carlton card in 2011, Chase has kept the sign-up bonus steady at 50,000 points, with a couple recent reports of targeted 70,000 point offers. However, I just got notice that for a limited time my official link for the card is now for 70,000 points after $2,000 spent within 3 months, which is a nice 40% increase over the public offer of 50,000 points after first purchase. Since spending $2,000 within 3 months is pretty easy to hit, I think the 70,000 point offer is a much better deal. (Note: there’s a targeted deal of 70k points and first year annual fee waived for Ritz-Carlton Residence owners, but it may be possible for others to apply and get it, though I can’t vouch for sure. Application link).
What do 70,000 Ritz-Carlton points get you? Free nights start at 30,000 points for Tier One properties like Atlanta and Beijing and 40,000 points a Tier Two (Los Angeles and Dubai). Or you could use them all on one night at a Tier 5 property, like New York Central Park or Hong Kong (which is an amazing property).

You can also redeem for free nights at Marriott hotels, which start at 7,500 points and go up to 40,000 for top tier hotels, like the Renaissance Paris Vendome.

These free nights could easily amount to $800 or more, though the card does come with a $395 fee. However, the card also comes with a host of perks including a $200 airline credit, $100 in dining/spa certificates, Gold elite status (free internet and upgrades) as well as three Club Room upgrades a year, no foreign transaction fees and 5 points per dollar spent at Ritz-Carlton, so if you take advantage of these key benefits the annual fee may be well worth it.
Ritz-Carlton is also offering a 30,000 point bonus when you stay four consecutive nights at a Ritz-Carlton between July 15 and October 15, 2012. You must register here by September 15, 2012. I personally think the hotel promotions this year so far have been pretty lackluster, but this one is pretty decent – basically a free night at a low-level property after four nights. I just wish this promotion didn’t require consecutive nights, since most of my stays coming up are one or two nights.

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  • Grant Thomas

    Anyway to transfer ritz carlton points to airline miles?

  • tringuyen82

    Good question… unfortunately either way im tapped out on Chase apps!

  • Yun

    There is one without 2k spend requirement. Only first purchase.

  • Mark The Shark

    Yes, but you only get 25k airline miles for a 70k Marriott transfer (and if you have less than 70 k, it’s about 1 mile for 5 Marriott points). As Marriott points are not worth nearly as much as airline miles, I think it’s the best arrangement you’re going to get.

  • thepointsguy

    That’s for Ritz Residence owners only and I’ve been told Chase verifies that, though I suppose it could be possible to still apply and get it.

  • thepointsguy

    Agree with Mark- I think they are much more valuable when used for hotel nights

  • Mark The Shark

    @TPG: Sorry for not being clear. I meant that in many cases, it’s worth taking the 70k Marriott points and moving them to an airline (25k). I value Marriott as about 0.5 cents each, and United at 1.8 cents each, so I’m happy to move them to United where I can get more value. Marriott is difficult with redemptions, and they charge about double Hyatt for their top rooms (22k Hyatt points), and they don’t compare with SPG’s cash and points option.

    I did take out the card, and I think it’s a valuable card for its benefits such as Gold status, upgrades, and $200 ancillary airline credit (without specifying an airline unlike AMEX Platinum).

    YMMV, and if you have a hotel stay coming up, and can use your Marriott points for a premium stay, that’s great!

  • Wgrubbs

    Hi I applied this week. I am a ritz residence owner. They did not know that and they never inquired.

    Any way, after speaking to the credit dept, card that YUN refers to was approved AND ALSO at the same time the Chase BA card for 100K on the alternate route by applying thru the BA web site and acting like I was going to buy a ticket. $75 annual fee x2 and no minimum spend to deal with.

    The credit analyst just simply issued both the ritz card that YUN refers to and the BA card, I closed my CHase sapphire and split the credit line between both cards.

    By the way, i just gave up my former BA card 3 months ago to exchange for the United 50K bonus just 3 months ago.

  • Wgrubbs

    Hi again,

    my wife now has both cards RC and BA

  • thrashsoundly

    Can you combine Ritz and Marriott points for an award stay, or are they transferable between programs?

  • BostonFlyer

    while it a definite YMMV i was able to get ritz card and am not a residence owner. The card has arrived and now in wait and see mode to see if they deliver the 70k points.

  • BostonFlyer

    They are the same program in terms of points. They will use you existing MR account if you have one.

  • thepointsguy

    Interesting- I’ll add to the post.. getting the $395 fee waived is awesome

  • jason

    the fine print says “one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing Ritz-Carlton or Marriott Rewards® Credit Card cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer.” Does thisexclude Chase Marriott Card holders?

  • Rbarack

    An issue with this card is that you have to stay 2 nights to get a $100 resort credit to be applied toward food, etc.
    With an AMEX you get $100 resort credit per night.

    This is a major flaw with this card.

  • TD

    I just applied for the card using the Residence link. Will update.

  • SCS

    Has anyone who has a current (or past) Marriott Rewards credit card had any luck getting the bonus points?

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  • Mymontreal

    I too just got approved via the “residence owner” link and am not a residence owner – keeping my fingers crossed that I get the 70,000 points and the first-year no fee…

  • Cubbies

    I applied a little over a week ago through the residence owners link, and recieved my new RC Visa Card yesterday! It arrived in an overnight air package that looked more like a birthday gift rather than a credit card. What an amazing deal!

  • BostonFlyer

    Update, there was no first year fee and the 70,000 points posted. Also of note I am a Marriott card holder as well. The card is very sleek looking. The lounge club card arrived week after getting the card. Will update on using $200 on airlines incidental in a month or so.

  • Mymontreal

    I am not a RC Residence owner, received the new card a week ago and the letter specified no annual fee for first year – I will call them today just to reconfirm…

  • question

    anyone know how long it take for the points to appear after spend is met?

  • JarheadTribe

    Recently signed up for this card and tried to use the club-level upgrade for next month. Even though club level rooms are clearly available at the RC where I want to stay, they did not give me the upgrade. They simply said they’ve used up the allotted number of club-level rooms available for upgrade. Thus, even though they have rooms available, I can’t be upgraded. They said I should check back closer to my visit date to see if they’ve opened up any more rooms for upgrade. Yeah…right.

    I’ve cancelled my Ritz card, and will be signing up for the Amex Platinum instead.

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