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How to Find Award Nights Using the Complimentary Certificates From the Ritz-Carlton Card

How to Find Award Nights Using the Complimentary Certificates From the Ritz-Carlton Card

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Million Mile Secrets reader TravellerAtoZ, commented:

How hard is it to find 6 award nights in a row if I wanted to use the complimentary nights from the Chase Ritz-Carlton card at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui?

Great question TravellerAtoZ!

It’s possible to find and book 6 nights in a row at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, or any other Ritz-Carlton Tier 1 through 4 hotel, with the complimentary night certificates from the Chase Ritz-Carlton card.  But you’ll have to search for open award nights online.

How To Find Award Nights Using The Complimentary Certificates From The Ritz Carlton Card
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Is Located Right Along the Coast in Maui. It’s Easy to See Why You Might Want to Spend 6 Nights Here!

I’ll show you how to search for your complimentary nights and whether The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has lots of nights available!

Searching for Ritz-Carlton Award Nights

Link:   Chase Ritz-Carlton Card

Link:   My Review of the Chase Ritz-Carlton Card

The Chase Ritz-Carlton card now offers 3 complimentary nights at Tier 1 through 4 Ritz-Carlton hotels after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

And if you and a friend or loved one both earned the sign-up bonus from the card, you could have 6 complimentary night certificates to use!

Note:   Even if you’re not eligible for other Chase cards because you’ve opened 5+ new cards in the past 24 monthsyou’re still eligible for the Ritz-Carlton card.

But is it easy to find 6 award nights in a row at popular Ritz-Carlton hotels like The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui?

Let’s take a look!  I’ll use The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in my example.

To look for nights to use your complimentary stay certificates, search for award nights like you normally would online.  Any night that you can buy with Ritz-Carlton points, you can buy with your complimentary night certificates.

First, go to the hotel’s page online and click “Reserve Now.”

How To Find Award Nights Using The Complimentary Certificates From The Ritz Carlton Card
Start Your Award Night Search From the Homepage of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

From there, you’ll be able to enter your trip information.  If you’re searching for a 6-night stay, like TravellerAtoZ asked about, enter any 6-night timeframe in the search.

Be sure to check the “My Dates Are Flexible” and “Use My Rewards Points” boxes.  And you’ll be able to see available award nights for the next 11 months.

How To Find Award Nights Using The Complimentary Certificates From The Ritz Carlton Card
Check Both Boxes to Search for Award Nights and Flexible Dates

After clicking the “Check Availability” button, you’ll see Ritz-Carlton’s flexible date calendar showing every available check-in day each month.

How To Find Award Nights Using The Complimentary Certificates From The Ritz Carlton Card
You’ll Be Able to See Every Available Check-In Date for Each Month When You Search for Flexible Dates

From there, you can click through each month to see if you can book the dates you want.

I found a lot of open award nights in September, November, and December 2016, for 6-night stays at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.  And because these nights are able to be booked with Ritz-Carlton points, they’re also bookable with the complimentary night certificates from the Chase Ritz-Carlton card!

In November 2016, there are award nights available over Thanksgiving week.

How To Find Award Nights Using The Complimentary Certificates From The Ritz Carlton Card
A Majority of Nights in November 2016 are Available for Check-In for a 6-Night Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Or TravellerAtoZ could use their complimentary night certificates for a stay over Christmas and New Years!

How To Find Award Nights Using The Complimentary Certificates From The Ritz Carlton Card
TravellerAtoZ Could Check-In Before or After Christmas and Stay All the Way Through New Years at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui!

Once you choose your check-in day, you’ll be asked if you want to use the complimentary night certificates during checkout.

Just remember, if you’re using the complimentary night certificates from 2 different Ritz-Carlton accounts, you’ll have to book the stays separately.  And then call the hotel directly to see if you can keep the same room for the entire stay.

Here are all 76 hotels where you can stay with the certificates from the sign-up bonus.

Want More Ritz-Carlton Points?

If you don’t have enough complimentary night certificates, you could use your certificates for a couple of nights then pay for the rest of your stay with Ritz-Carlton points.

Don’t forget, you can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Ritz-Carlton instantly at a 1:1 ratio if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold (no longer available) card.

And if you have the Chase Freedom, Freedom Unlimited, or Ink Business Cash Credit Card, you can combine their points and transfer to Ritz-Carlton as long as you have 1 of the other cards!

Bottom Line

When you find award nights at Ritz-Carlton Tier 1 through 4 hotels you can book with Ritz-Carlton points, you can also book them with the complimentary night certificates from the Chase Ritz-Carlton card.

And you can search for flexible dates for stays of any length of time online, up to 11 months in advance.

If you don’t have enough complimentary night certificates to cover your stay, you could pay for extra nights with Ritz-Carlton points.  

You could also consider Chase cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points you can transfer to Ritz-Carlton points at a 1:1 ratio.  Like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus.

Thanks again for the question, TravellerAtoZ!  I hope you’re able to find the nights you want at the The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua!

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Just arrived here looking for the same answer. The free nights did not post in the first statement period where spending was met. We hit 5K on 9/27 and statement closed 10/24. But Per the T&C: "After qualifying, please allow 6 to 8 weeks for your Three Free Night Stay E-Certificates to be automatically deposited into your Ritz-Carlton Rewards account"

Data point: The 3 free nights did NOT post with first statement after spend was met (though the spend points and 10k points for auth user did). Intrepid/MMS -- how long did yours actually take? Do they show up in your account in the same view as the club upgrade certificates? Thanks.

Does anyone know how long it takes the certificates to post once you've reached the minimum spend?

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@Intrepid - It should post in the statement in which you complete the minimum spending.

@Scott - Yes! A Ritz-Carlton representative confirmed that you can upgrade a room booked with your complimentary certificates with cash or points. So that's good news!

Can you book with the certificate and then do a cash upgrade similar to using points?