Dec122011

Ritz-Carlton stays earn 1 point per dollar with Marriott Visa

Ritz-Carlton hotel stays are not considered “Marriott participating properties worldwide” for earning 5 points per $1 with Marriott Rewards Premier Visa credit card. Ritz-Carlton hotel spend registers as ‘other purchases’ and only earns 1 Marriott Rewards point per dollar.

A January 2011 post from a thread in Marriott Rewards Insiders states Marriott Rewards is working with JP Morgan Chase to get a better deal for Marriott Rewards Visa card spend at Ritz-Carlton Hotels. (Note: You need to register with Marriott Rewards Insiders to read forum threads.)

I guess the bank hasn’t budged since this earning rate hasn’t changed in 2011.

This might not be news for some of you as holders of Marriott Visa cards, but I was not aware that Ritz-Carlton hotels do not earn 5 points per dollar for Marriott Visa charges like other Marriott properties. The fine print details on the Marriott Premier Visa application form simply states:

EARNING POINTS: You will earn 5 points for each $1 of Net Purchases made at participating Marriott® locations.

Earn Points Faster With Everyday Purchases

  • 5 points for every $1 spent at over 3,400 Marriott® locations.

Perhaps the best advice is to move your Ritz-Carlton spend to another credit card instead of using the Marriott Visa.

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About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Why not just get the Ritz card?

    http://ritzcarltonrewardscard.com/#home

    Earn more Ritz-Carlton Rewards with every purchase and get more of the rewards you want, including complimentary stays, upgrades and travel packages.*footnote You can even convert your points into miles transferable to 33 airline partners.

    5 Ritz-Carlton Rewards points per $1 spent at The Ritz-Carlton
    2 Ritz-Carlton Rewards points per $1 spent on qualifying airfare, car rental and dining
    1 Ritz-Carlton Rewards point per $1 spent on all other purchases

    $395 Annual fee. No sign on bonus points that I see…

    Automatic Gold Elite status in The Ritz-Carlton® Rewards*footnote your first year
    With each two-night stay or longer at The Ritz-Carlton, celebrate with a $100 Hotel Credit*footnote to be used toward your choice of dining, spa or other hotel recreational activities when reserving this offer
    Upgrade to The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level*footnote three times annually, subject to availability at time of reservation. Advanced reservations and e-certificate are required.
    When you travel
    $200 Airline Incidental Fee reimbursement*footnote when you use your card24-hour J.P. Morgan Premier Concierge Service for all your planning needsComplimentary airport lounge access with Priority Pass™ Select*

  2. I don’t know that Gold Elite is all that valuable, but it does look like Marriott recognizes it:

    Expansive hotel network
    Lets you enjoy your Gold Elite benefits at over 3,400 partner hotels worldwide.

  3. Sorry to clutter your blog with my comments 🙂

    I did find a 50,000 point sign up offer…

    http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Rewards/CreditCard.htm

    The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card extends the tradition of personalized, attentive service that you’ve come to expect when staying at The Ritz-Carlton. Receive 50,000 Ritz-Carlton Rewards points after the first time you use your card, and enjoy a suite of premium travel benefits and distinguished rewards including automatic Gold Elite status for your first year, and extraordinary hotel privileges

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