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Earlier this week, I wrote about a better sign-up bonus for the Chase Ritz-Carlton card. You can earn 3 complimentary nights at participating Ritz-Carlton tier 1 through 4 hotels, after meeting minimum spending requirements!
The card has a $450 annual fee that’s NOT waived the first year, but there are ways to offset the annual fee and get Big Travel with Small Money!
You can save thousands of dollars using your complimentary nights at luxurious hotels around the world, like The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba!
Here are 4 top hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, where you can use your complimentary nights.
4 Top Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America
Link: Chase Ritz-Carlton
I haven’t personally stayed at all of these hotels, but they have excellent reviews! And hopefully this list will inspire you to plan a trip!
Note: Some Ritz-Carlton hotels add pricey resort fees, so you’ll need to check with the individual hotel to see what’s covered with your complimentary nights. And as always, do the math to see what makes sense for you!
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Rooms here start at ~$350 per night, so you’ll easily save over $1,000 using your 3 complimentary nights from the Chase Ritz-Carlton card here.
Also, it’s a ~10 minute ride to the main nightlife area in the hotel zone, so this hotel is in a great spot if you want to be in the quieter area of town.
Taxis are relatively cheap when paying in Mexican pesos. And the bus costs less than $1 when paying with pesos.
A friend has been snorkeling and diving in the Yucatan Peninsula, and says it has some of the most vibrant underwater life she has ever seen!
2. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
It also has 2 pools, 4 on-site restaurants, and a casino!
There’s a 15% mandatory resort fee for things like snorkeling gear and kayaks. And that’s 15% on the paid rate, so for longer stays, this fee could really add up!
Again, it’s always important to do the math to see what makes sense for you.
A night here normally costs ~$409+, meaning you would save ~$1,200 if you used your complimentary nights from the Chase Ritz-Carlton card here. Just remember, you’ll spend ~$180 (~$1,200 X 15%) in resort fees for a 3-night stay.
Another perk of the hotel is that it’s only ~10 minutes from Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, where you can shop, dine, and explore the city’s Dutch colonial architecture.
3. The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
At The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, there’s a beautiful pool overlooking the beach, 5 restaurants, a bar, and an on-site casino. And it’s only ~15 minutes from historic Old San Juan!
It gets great reviews on TripAdvisor. And you won’t even need a passport to get there! 😉
Rooms here start at ~$346 per night, and can cost over $500 per night during the busy holiday season!
But this hotel also charges a resort fee of $40 per day when redeeming your complimentary nights. Meaning you’ll actually save ~$306 per night when you take into account this charge.
4. The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago
This luxury hotel gets nearly all 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor for its convenient location near the city-center, helpful staff, and amazing restaurant.
Rooms here cost ~$332+ per night, which means you’ll save hundreds (if not $1,000+) of dollars using your Chase Ritz-Carlton card’s complimentary nights here.
Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan visited Santiago and was blown away by the amazing street art.
She also enjoyed drinking her fair share of exceptional Chilean (and Argentinian!) wines. 😉 And highly recommends venturing into the spectacular Andes Mountains for some hiking. Or visiting the nearby seaside town of Valparaiso, Chile, known for its colorful cliffside homes.
Looking to Extend Your Stay?
If you don’t have enough complimentary nights or Ritz-Carlton points to stay as long as you want to, you could mix-and-match paid and award nights and Airbnb.
Or consider other credit cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus, that earn flexible Chase Ultimate Rewards points you can transfer to travel partners, like Ritz-Carlton, United Airlines, and Hyatt.
But remember, Chase now has stricter approval rules. So if you’ve opened ~5 or more credit cards from any bank (excluding certain business cards) in the past 24 months, it’s unlikely you’ll be approved for most Chase cards.
There are only 4 Ritz-Carlton tier 1 through 4 hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, where you can use your 3 complimentary nights from the Chase Ritz-Carlton card. But every hotel on the list gets fantastic reviews!
And if you want to extend your trip, you could mix-and-match paid and award stays to save money. Or consider other Chase cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus, that earn flexible Chase Ultimate Rewards points you can transfer to travel partners, including Ritz-Carlton.
Have you stayed at any of the hotels on this list? Let me know about your experience in the comments!