[ Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards ] Co-Branded Card for Luxurious Ritz-Carlton Experience

 

  • Credit Card Type: Hotel rewards card
  • Current Offer: Earn 2 Ritz-Carlton free night certificates at any participating Tier 1 ~ 4 Ritz-Carlton’s properties after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Special Bonus: Add an Authorized User to earn additional 10,000 Bonus Points. Complimentary Ritz-Carlton Gold status for one year.
  • Bonus Category: 5x points for hotel stay at Ritz-Carlton’s properties. 2x points for dining/air ticket/rental car. 1x points for all other purchases.
  • Annual Fee: $450 (Not Waived First Year)

Tips:

1. $300 annual airline credit, $100 hotel service credit, Priority Pass Select Membership for 1000+ airport lounges worldwide, and 3 club upgrade certificate on paid stays are absolutely well worth the annual fee.

2. Spending over $75,000 on this card in a year earns Ritz-Carlton Platinum Member. You may match the status to received platinum member of Marriott and SPG program. 

3. Authorized User cards are free, and each authorized user card gets its own Priority Pass Select membership.

4. VISA infinite $100 airline credit benefit. (Authorized User gets this benefit as well)

5. Points may be transferred to Marriott program at 1:1 rate and to SPG program at 3:1 rate.

Restrictions when you apply:

1. Chase Freedom is under Chase’s “5/24 limitation”, which means if you have opened 5 or more new credit card accounts in the past 24 months, you will not be automatically approved for this card. 

2. Chase allows up to two credit card approvals per day, and credit hard-pull will be combined if applied on the same day. 

3. If you are not automatically approved by Chase, you may call Chase Reconsideration Line: 1-888-270-2127.

Notes:

Chase Ritz-Carlton is one of the best hotel rewards card out there. Beside the valuable sign-up bonus of two free nights can easily worth $1,000+, the annual $300 airline credit and $100 hotel service credit can also easily offset most of the annual fee burden as well. Here are some tips for how to use the card’s benefits to make it worth the annual fee:

1. $300 airline credit is good for various airline fees like checked bag fee, seats upgrade, lounge access fee… etc. You will need to use the card on the airline fees mentioned above and contact Chase customer service afterward to reimburse the $300 airline credit.

2. $100 hotel service credit is good for any stay of 2 nights or more. You may use it to enjoy hotel services, such as Spa or hotel dining.

3. Priority Pass Select membership allows you to enter 1000+ airport lounges worldwide.

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