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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card
Ritz-Calrton usually flies under the radar a bit, since you are limited to only having a Ritz-Carlton or Marriott account, but they currently a lucrative bonus offer that is going on through the end of October. If you’ve already met status requirements for the year with other chains like Hyatt or Starwood and want to expand your elite horizons, you might want to take a look at Ritz-Carlton.
Though the summer travel season is wrapping up, I wanted to remind you that there’s still time to take advantage of two current Ritz Carlton promotions:
1) Register by September 30, 2014 to 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 now and October 31, 2014;
2) Earn two elite credits for each night’s stay that either took place or will take place through December 31, 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
Still have vacation time before October 31, 2014? Ritz-Carlton Rewards members can register here by Tuesday, September 30, 2014 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 per dollar spent at Ritz-Carlton properties. Redemptions are made at the following levels among Ritz-Carlton’s five category tiers:
The points earned from this promotion can go pretty far. For example, 50,000 Rewards points can score you a free night’s stay at Tier 3 properties like Southern California’s Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, or The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, which inhabits a compound of four former palaces. Meanwhile, 100,000 Rewards points can get you two free nights at the spectacular The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, perched on a Nusa Dua clifftop high above the Indian Ocean.
Double Elite Nights Through 2014
If elite status is your goal, then this is the promotion for you, as it cuts 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 Ritz-Carlton Rewards at the time of your stay. This promotion only covers paid stays, so award-redemption nights are ineligible for elite credit.
Since most Ritz-Carlton properties cost over $400 a night, it’s worth mentioning that this promotion could provide a less expensive path to elite status than the Chase co-branded Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card. 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 complimentary Gold status for the first year. However, you’ll have to spend $10,000 each year thereafter to maintain it, and attaining Platinum status will require spending $75,000 per account year. The card also has an annual fee of $395, though there are targeted offers out there that waive the fee for the first year. There’s also a targeted offer with a sign-up bonus of 140,000 points, so check to see if you’ve received an invitation to apply.
If your goal is Ritz-Carlton Rewards Gold status, the credit card is a better bet. If you’re aiming for Platinum, though, consider taking advantage of this Double Elite Nights promotion. Enjoy 1 complimentary night stay at a category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date. You can earn unlimited Marriott Rewards points. Earn 5 points per $1 at participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels, 2 points per $1 on airline tickets purchased directly with airlines, and 1 point per $1 on other purchases.
Enjoy 1 complimentary night stay at a category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date. You can earn unlimited Marriott Rewards points. Earn 5 points per $1 at participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels, 2 points per $1 on airline tickets purchased directly with airlines, and 1 point per $1 on other purchases.