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The Luxury of the Grand Cayman Cookout with the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card

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My first ever trip to Grand Cayman was one of my most memorable trips — it’s where my points and miles hobby first started a little more than 20 years ago. The island holds a place close to my heart. So when I had the opportunity to go to the Cayman Cookout event as a Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card holder with special access, I had to go — and I was blown away.

Everything from the incredible access to world-famous chefs like Eric Ripert and Michael Mina to the catamaran trip to Stingray City to the amazing culinary experiences throughout the course of the event, the entire Cayman Cookout experience was truly out of this world. You can still attend next year’s event, which is from January 12-15, 2017, and purchase a package with your Ritz Card for the full Cayman Cookout experience like I had by calling cardmember services at (855) 896-2222.

Watch the video below to get a glimpse into my time at the Cayman Cookout:

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The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card

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  • Earn 3 Complimentary Nights at any participating Tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotel after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • A $300 annual travel credit to use for qualifying airline purchases such as seat upgrades, baggage fees and preferred lounge memberships or passes
  • A complimentary $100 credit for qualifying dining, spa or other hotel recreational activities on paid stays of 2 nights or longer
  • A complimentary annual Priority Pass™ Select membership with access to over 900 VIP airport lounges in over 400 cities worldwide (~$399 retail value)
  • Automatic Gold Elite status during your first account year and each account year thereafter when you spend $10,000 on your card.
  • Upgrade to The Ritz-Carlton Club® level 3 times annually on paid stays of up to 7 nights
  • Pay for your Global Entry application (currently $100) and receive a $100 statement credit. You'll also be eligible to receive TSA Pre √® privileges if you are approved.
  • All for a $450 annual fee
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 16.24% - 23.24% Variable $450 0% Excellent Credit