70,000 Ritz-Carlton Points & up to $400 in Statement Credits

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Update:   There’s now a better offer for the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card with a 70,000 point sign-up bonus after completing minimum spending, plus a $200 Ritz-Carlton gift card after your 1st purchase.  But the statement credit is only $200. 

You now have more reasons to sign-up for the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card.  The new benefits include increased statement credits, an annual point bonus, and the ability earn Platinum status through spending on the card.

70,000 Ritz-Carlton Points And Up To 400 In Statement Credits

Get 70,000 Points When You Spend $2,000 Within 3 Months on the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card

The 70,000 Ritz-Carlton points you earn with this card are good for at least 1 free night at any Ritz-Carlton hotel.  However, you could also get 2 free nights in a tier 1 Ritz-Carlton hotel.

With the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card you still get:

70,000 Ritz-Carlton Points And Up To 400 In Statement Credits

The Ritz-Carlton Card Has a Lot of Benefits

  • 70,000 Ritz-Carlton points (1 free night at any Ritz-Carlton hotel)
  • 5X points at Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels
  • 2X points on flights purchased directly from airline, rental cars, and restaurants
  • Lounge Club membership
  • $100 hotel credit when you stay at least 2 nights a Ritz-Carlton
  • Gold elite status at Ritz-Carlton & Marriott (after the 1st year you have to spend $10,000 on the card to keep Gold status)
  • $395 annual fee

What’s New?

1.   $300 Statement Credit

You used to get a $200 statement credit with the Ritz-Carlton card, but now you get a $300 credit.  The credit can be used toward flight upgrades, Global Entry, baggage fees, and airport lounge access.

Some folks have purchased airline gift cards and received the credit.

2.   10% Annual Points Bonus

You will get a 10% bonus on all points you earn with the card each year.

3.   Earn Platinum Status (If You’re a Big Spender)

When you spend $75,000 on the card within a year a you will earn Platinum status.  This means you get a 50% bonus on all base points you earn for staying at Ritz-Carlton hotels.  You will receive Platinum benefits at both Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels.

Is This a Good Deal?

The Ritz-Carlton card comes with a hefty $395 annual fee.  But the $300 statement credit for airline incidentals and $100 hotel credit effectively cancel out this fee.  Additionally, you get a free night stay which you can use at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park and save ~$895.

70,000 Ritz-Carlton Points And Up To 400 In Statement Credits

This View of Central Park Costs ~$895 per Night

So this card is a good deal.  But with so many great Chase credit cards, is this 1 of the best deals?

Personally, I would prefer any of the Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards because you get more flexibility with your points.

For example, you can now get 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $5,000 within 3 months on the Chase Ink Plus & Chase Ink Bold cards.  You can transfer those points for a free night at most Ritz-Carlton hotels or you can transfer to several other airline and hotel partners.

70,000 Ritz-Carlton Points And Up To 400 In Statement Credits

Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Are Valuable Because You Aren’t Tied Down to Just Ritz-Carlton & Marriott

Not only that, but you can also earn points faster on the Chase Ink Plus & Chase Ink Bold.  With these cards you can get 5X points on phone & internet bills and at office supply stores.  You can shop at Office Depot and buy gift cards to restaurants, movie theaters, and clothing stores and still earn 5X points.

And just like the Ritz-Carlton Card, the Chase Ink cards give you free membership in Lounge Club.

Of course it depends upon your personal spending habits, but I spend a lot more money in these categories than I do at Ritz-Carlton hotels.

This could be a good card for folks who enjoy luxury hotels and who already have the Visa versions of the Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Cash cards.

Bottom Line

You can now get more benefits with the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card.  For the $395 annual fee you get 70,000 Ritz-Carlton points, a higher $300 statement credit for airline incidentals, a $100 hotel credit, and more!

This is a good card with a lot of benefits.  But with so many Chase credit cards, this card is not at the top of my list.  Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards like the Chase Ink Plus & Chase Ink Bold give you more flexibility and the ability to earn more points.

However, folks who frequently stay at Ritz-Carlton hotels or already have the Chase Ink cards could get a lot out of the Ritz-Carlton card.

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15 Responses to 70,000 Ritz-Carlton Points & up to $400 in Statement Credits

  1. StacyShine

    Does anybody know *about* when the pointsavers for Arizona occur for the Tier 2 hotels? It is SO time consuming to keep checking all the time.

  2. Travis Swanson

    I actually love this card! If you get this card, you are actually getting at least $600 in airline credits (this year and next). Having Gold status for the year and 70k points add up (it’s nice having that lounge access) and also the Lounge Club is good for you plus unlimited guest visits while the Chase cards only come with two visits. If you can get this, the Saphire card and the Ink cards I say go for it!

  3. I also did a write-up on this card today before I saw this post. If interested: http://www.jetsetsea.com/2014/05/american-express-has-problem-and-it-is.html

  4. 3 questions:
    -any fee for additional user ?
    -RC points are they the same as Marriot Points and be able to book Marriot award categories ?
    -$100 hotel credit, is it just for RC location only or for any Marriot too ?

  5. there are RSVP codes for fee waived first year on FT and MP

  6. @Choi
    -There is no fee for additional an additional user.
    -RC and Marriott points are the same, as is status.
    -Not positive, but I believe that that $100 hotel credit only applies to RC stays for 2 nights or more on PAID stays.

  7. Where does it say you get 70K points on sign-up? I see your screenshot, but nowhere on the application did I see any mention of the 70K points.

    Also, prior terms stated that existing Marriott members/cardholders weren’t eligible for the signup bonus. Any ideas on if a current Marriott member/cardholder would be eligible for this?

  8. Will Airline GCs count for incidentals?

  9. Nevermind, found it. Unfortunately, terms still state that if you’ve ever had the Ritz or Marriott CC, you are ineligible for the bonus offer.

    This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing The Ritz-Carlton Rewards or Marriott Rewards® Credit Card cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer. If your account is not open for at least 6 months, The Ritz-Carlton and Chase reserve the right to deduct the bonus points from The Ritz-Carlton Rewards account.
    Source: Chase website http://requestritzcarltoncard.com/

  10. Thanks for your post :) I got a question here. If I get this card now, may I get $300 statement credit for this year and another $300 at the beginning of the next year? If so, it seems like paying the annual fee of $395 for a total of $600 credit?

  11. It seems that chase hasn’t update the application page which still says $200 annual travel credit instead of $300 stated on the introduction page. Does this annual credit count on calender year?

  12. Marriott Marty

    Anyone know if Ritz Carlton points can be used as Marriott points, say for the 7 night hotel and miles deals? if so, it would be an easy way to stack up Marriott points…

  13. @choi @Marriott Marty – You can use Ritz points to book Marriott awards.

    @William Charles – It is worth trying out to see how it is coded.

    @Nan – That could be possible.

    @ james – I believe so.

  14. I signed up for this card in June 2013 as a “1 year rental” knowing that I was going to stay at some Ritz’s throughout the 1 year. The 70k signup I combined with some existing Marriott points and spent a couple nights at the Amelia Island property – 40k/night and highly recommended. The big pluses with this card for me were:

    - My paid stays (3 nights Greensboro, GA and 6 nights in Sarasota, Fl – both $249/night in March and May of this year plus 2 more paid nights in Amelia Island) included Club Level. High floor room, all you can drink and eat minus a square dinner for the entire trip. Awesome people and concierge. This is HUGE.
    - $100 credit each stay a nice bonus
    - 17.5x points on the room cost (Recent 6 nighter in Sarasota was about $2k including all taxes, resort fee, etc so I got 35k Ritz points just about enough for another night.
    - $200 per calendar year in baggage fee credits. So YES it can be used twice if you sign up for card now and YES it is $300 now, so $600 in these credits. I used for a first class upgrade and also a lounge fee.

    If you plan on at least 1 or 2 paid Ritz stays in the next year then this card is a no brainer.

  15. I have the Marriott card and when I applied for this one they said I was eligible for the bonus points. The card or I should say nice box the heavy card was in came today. Very excited on the presentation!

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