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Ritz-Carlton Rewards: Double Elite Nights and 100K Points

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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. 

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program is offering two great promotions for 2014
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program is offering two great promotions for 2014.

Both promotions are eligible at participating Ritz-Carlton properties, with the exception of:

Millennia Singapore
Phulay Bay
Dorado Beach
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:

Ritz-Carlton Reward redemption levels
Ritz-Carlton Reward redemption levels.

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.

The usual path to Ritz-Carlton Rewards status is cut in half by the Double Elite Nights promo
The usual path to Ritz-Carlton Rewards status is halved by the Double Elite Nights promo.

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.

Did you know The Ritz- Carlton has many far-flung global locations, including one in Moscow, Russia? (Image courtesy of Shutterstock)
Did you know The Ritz- Carlton has many far-flung global locations, including one in Moscow, Russia? (Image courtesy of Shutterstock)

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