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Whether you use the sign-up bonus for 2 free nights at a luxury Ritz-Carlton in a world class city, 5 nights at a Renaissance hotel in Asia, or 23 nights at discounted Marriott hotels, the 140,000 point Ritz-Carlton card is a fantastic offer!
Emily and I don’t receive a commission for this offer but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!
The sign-up bonus is usually a 1-night stay at a tier 1 to 4 Ritz-Carlton hotel (worth up to 60,000 points), so this is more than double the regular offer.
You could get a LOT of Big Travel with Small Money using 140,000 Ritz-Carlton points. I’ll show you how!
What’s the Deal?
Link: Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card
I wrote earlier this year about different offers for the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card.
One was a targeted offer with a sign-up bonus of 140,000 points! But you had to call in to sign-up and quote a promotion code.
But now the 140,000 point offer is back, and you can apply online! And remember, you can use Ritz-Carlton points at Marriott hotels, too.
You’ll get 140,000 Ritz-Carlton points with the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card after you spend $4,000 in the 1st 3 months.
This card has a $450 annual fee which is NOT waived for the 1st year. But it’s worth the annual fee just for the points!
And you’ll get lots of extra perks, including:
- 5 points per $1 you spend at Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels
- 2 points per $1 you spend on airline tickets (bought directly from the airline), rental cars, and restaurants
- 1 point per $1 you spend on everything else
- 10% annual points bonus based on points earned through card purchases over the year
- $100 hotel credit (for meals, in-room movies, or other extras) on paid stays of 2 nights or more
- $300 annual travel statement credit (airline lounge passes or membership, seat upgrades, baggage fees, in-flight internet or entertainment, in-flight meals, Global Entry fees)
- 3 upgrades to a Club Level room each year (on stays of up to 7 nights)
- Gold elite status at Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels (free internet, upgrades when available, lounge access and free breakfast at certain hotels)
- Lounge Club membership (free access to hundreds of airport lounges around the world)
- Platinum elite status if you spend over $75,000 in a year
- No foreign currency fees
So if you’re a frequent traveler and use the annual travel statement credit (worth $300) and hotel credit (worth $100), you’ll more than make up for the $395 annual fee. Plus, you’ll have free airport lounge access with Lounge Club membership.
Note: The $300 travel statement credit is per calendar year. So you could get 2X $300 statement credits from paying just 1 annual fee if you time it right!
And the gold elite status is priceless if you have a lot of stays at Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels. You could save money with free breakfast, lounge access (snacks and drinks!), and free internet (although Ritz-Carlton and Marriott will offer free internet to all members who book directly, NOT through a 3rd-party, starting January 15, 2015).
Emily and I aren’t compensated for this card, but we’ll always share the best offers with you, even if they don’t earn us a commission.
What Can You Do With 140,000 Ritz-Carlton Points?
Link: Ritz-Carlton Award Chart
Link: Marriott Award Chart
Marriott owns Ritz-Carlton hotels, which means points earned in either of their frequent guest programs can be used for stays at both hotel brands. In fact, the programs are essentially the same, just with different branding and marketing.
So you can use your Ritz-Carlton or Marriott rewards number when you sign-up for the card. If you don’t have either, they’ll create a Ritz-Carlton account for you when you apply.
Note: Did you know if you and your spouse or domestic partner each got this card, you could combine points and access Marriott Hotel + Air Packages? Read my post about using this trick to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
Ritz-Carlton award nights cost 30,000 to 70,000 points per night. So you could use the sign-up bonus for 2 nights at a top-tier hotel, like the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.
I checked this resort and there are plenty of award nights available (70,000 points per night) in January, February, and March. To compare, I checked the price of a 2-night stay. You’d pay ~$2,128!
If you want to get the most nights from your points, you could use them at Marriott hotels instead. Their lowest PointSaver award nights cost 6,000 points per night. You could get up to 23 hotel nights with 1 credit card sign-up bonus!
And keep in mind, you’ll get your 5th night free when you redeem points for 4 nights. That’s a great deal!
You could use the sign-up bonus for 5 nights at the Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa in Thailand.
A 5-night stay at this hotel costs 42,732 Thai baht, or ~$1,295.
While the rooms at Marriott hotels are usually not as pricey as Ritz-Carlton, you’ll get more nights out of the sign-up bonus.
No matter how you choose to use the 140,000 points, this is an excellent deal!
The 140,000 point sign-up bonus on the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card is back!
Emily and I don’t receive commission for this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best offers!
There’s an annual fee of $395 which is NOT waived for the 1st year. But you’ll get $300 per calendar year in airline statement credits, $100 in hotel credits, airport lounge access, elite status, and lots of other perks!
You can use the points at Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels, because they’re the same company. And if you and a spouse or domestic partner each apply for the card you could access Marriott Hotel + Air Packages and earn the Southwest Companion Pass.
This is a very good deal!
What would you do with 140,000 points?