July 12th, 2012

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card

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.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR
N/A
Regular APR
16.24%-23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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