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In the wake of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards‘ significant category changes last year, the luxury hotel chain’s loyalty program seems to be heating up for summer (and beyond) with two new promotions:
1) Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards can earn up to 100,000 points – 50,000 points for a Ritz-Carlton stay of five consecutive nights, plus another 50,000 for another Ritz-Carlton stay of five consecutive nights – between July 1 and October 31, 2014;
2) Members will earn two elite credits for each night’s stay that either took place or will take place between January 1st and December 31st, 2014.
Both promotions are eligible at participating Ritz-Carlton properties, with the exception of:
The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club
The Ritz-Carlton Residences
Up to 100,000 Points for 10 Ritz-Carlton Nights
Ideal for truly loyal Ritz-Carlton customers with a lot of vacation time between July 1 and October 31, 2014, this likely targeted promotion allows Ritz-Carlton Rewards members to earn 50,000 Ritz-Carlton Rewards points after five paid nights at participating Ritz-Carlton hotels, as well as an additional 50,000 points after 10 paid nights – for a maximum bonus of 100,000 Rewards points.
Ritz-Carlton Rewards are generally earned at a rate of 10 points for each dollar spent at participating Ritz-Carlton properties. Redemptions are made at the following levels among Ritz-Carlton’s five category tiers:
This promotion only covers paid stays in one room per hotel, and award-redemption nights aren’t eligible for credit. In order to take advantage of this promotion, you have to either already be a member of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program or register between now and September 30, 2014.
Double Elite Nights Through 2014
This promo provides a faster path to elite status by cutting the usual Ritz-Carlton Rewards thresholds in half:
Ritz-Carlton Rewards Silver: 5 nights (usually 10 nights)
Ritz-Carlton Rewards Gold: 25 nights (usually 50 nights)
Ritz-Carlton Rewards Platinum: 38 nights (usually 75 nights)
In order to qualify for this promotion, you must have been or be a member of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards at the time of your stay. This promotion only covers paid stays, so award-redemption nights aren’t eligible for elite credit.
Many Ritz-Carlton properties cost over $400 per night, so be aware that this promotion could provide a less expensive path to elite status than the Chase co-branded Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card (listed in our roundup of The Best Hotel Credit Cards for Earning Elite Status). In addition to a sign-up bonus of 70,000 points (after a spend of $2,000 in the first 3 months), the card gives you Gold status for the first year; however, you’ll have to spend $10,000 each year thereafter to maintain it, and earning your way to Platinum status requires an additional one-time annual spend of $75,000. Also, the annual fee is a hefty $395.
If your goal is Ritz-Carlton Rewards Gold status, then the credit card is a better bet. If you’re aiming for Platinum, though, you should consider taking advantage of this Double Elite Nights promotion.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||16.24%-23.24% Variable||Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95||0%||Excellent Credit|