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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Why all the advertising when I can’t get any of the cards. What’s up

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.