Poof, It’s Gone! The Ritz-Carlton Card Is No Longer Available to New Applicants

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Poof, It’s Gone!  The Ritz-Carlton Card Is No Longer Available to New Applicants

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Well, that was fast!  The Chase Ritz-Carlton card stopped accepting new applications late yesterday evening.

This comes right after the announcement that Marriott – Starwood merger would be official on August 18, 2018.  And that the Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton loyalty programs would become one on that date.

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What Does This Mean for You?

If you’d been considering the Ritz-Carlton card and never got around to applying, you’ve lost your chance.

It’s a bummer we didn’t get any warning about this.  But as with most things in the miles & points world, nothing lasts forever!  And it’s important to take advantage of a good deal when you see it.

Current Ritz-Carlton cardholders will be able to keep their card.  And Chase has promised “new and enhanced” benefits for the card starting on August 26, 2018.

According to The Points Guy, these new perks include things like a free night award after each cardmember anniversary (for free nights costing up to 50,000 Marriott points), better earning rates, and automatic Gold status in the new Marriott program.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the future of the existing Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, and Starwood credit cards!

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Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

  • Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn 6X points per $1 spent at participating Marriott Rewards & SPG hotels.
  • 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Guaranteed Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year.
  • Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
  • Coming in 2019, 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Rewards points and get Free Night Stays faster.

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Those enhancements don’t sound that great. An annual free night worth up to 50k points for hotels that can cost up to 100k points, and Gold status that no longer has complimentary breakfast as a perk? No thank you.

The letter about the new benefits was recently sent it is adding an annual free night stay. I’m glad I kept this one!

Close call! Glad it worked out for you 🙂

That’s sucks they just pull it. I knew I should’ve just got it. Now their no Visa Infinite card that has the $100 airline discount. It would be great if they added that perk to the Sapphire Reserve.

You can still get the Crystal Visa Infinite Card by City National Bank. It has the $100 air discount, and is arguably one of the most feature-loaded cards on the market.

I was doing some research and yes you are correct about the CNB card. I will be in NY soon and apply. I suspect they will have a major increase in applications. Hopefully I’m approved.

Agreed, it is a bummer. I had this on my list of cards to get as well, but that’s no longer an option.

They’re always coming out with bigger and better cards all the time though, so there’s always the hope that there will be something better to come in the future.