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If you were hoping to add the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card to your wallet but have yet to hit “apply,” bad news: It’s no longer accepting new applicants.

Links to that credit card’s application page from TPG and elsewhere around the web are redirecting to the recently launched Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card with its 75,000-point sign-up bonus after spending $3,000 in the first three months — and a spokesperson from Chase confirmed that the Ritz card indeed is no longer available for new sign-ups.

This change comes right ahead of the official launch of the new Marriott program on August 18. At that date the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Starwood Preferred Guest programs will be merged into one, with one loyalty currency, elite status program and a combined award chart.

Here’s what our Chase contact had to say around the change: “Chase will be focusing on premium and no-fee consumer credit cards. All Ritz-Carlton Rewards cardmembers will continue to enjoy their rich benefits and can look forward to the new and enhanced ones that go into effect on August 26, 2018.”

Those changes mentioned above include increased earning rates, a free night award (for stays costing up to 50,000 points) after each cardmember anniversary and automatic Gold status in the new combined Marriott program. So while the card is closed to new applicants, it still holds some valuable benefits for existing holders.

And keep in mind that a Starwood “Luxury” Amex card is coming soon, too — that could be a good choice if you’re looking for a card in the new program, as could the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Card or the existing Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.

Featured image courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Cancun.

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
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