Jun292012

Ritz-Carlton Rewards 30,000 points after 4-night stay

Ritz-Carlton Hotels offer the “Extraordinary Returns” promotion for 30,000 bonus points with a 4-night paid stay between July 15 and October 15, 2012. Only one 30,000 points bonus may be earned per Ritz-Carlton Rewards member.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Extraordinary Returns Promotion registration is required by September 15.

Membership Note: You must have been a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member as of June 14, 2012 to qualify for this offer or you can join Ritz-Carlton Rewards and be eligible for this offer if you are not currently a Marriott Rewards member.

I find it confusing that Marriott is running two different loyalty programs that are essentially the same loyalty program except for promotion offers. Members must choose either Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards as their primary program.

Basically, if you are currently a Marriott Rewards member, then you have the option of Marriott’s Summer Bonus for a free category 1-4 hotel reward certificate after two stays from June 1-August 31 or Marriott 3x MegaMiles from July 1 to August 31. You are not eligible for this Ritz-Carlton Rewards promotion as a current Marriott Rewards member.

You have the option to change your loyalty program preference from Marriott Rewards to Ritz-Carlton Rewards at anytime, however, the terms of most Ritz-Carlton promotions require that you have Ritz-Carlton Rewards designated as your primary program prior to the announcement of their Ritz-Carlton promotions. This has been a common restriction for Ritz-Carlton hotel stay promotions since the program launched in 2010.

Question to readers: Have any readers successfully earned Ritz-Carlton Rewards promotion bonuses while staying as a Marriott Rewards member?

Loyalty Traveler Analysis

There are obviously thousands of hotel guests who can earn this bonus with their regular travel plans. My analysis is focused on the value of making a four night stay primarily to earn this bonus while enjoying an extended stay at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

My objective is to find out how little money one can spend and earn 30,000 bonus points sufficient for one night at the lowest tier 1 Ritz-Carlton Hotels or Category 6 Marriott Rewards Hotels. I give 30,000 points a $300 value. If there is a Ritz-Carlton hotel with a 4-night rate under $600, then the bonus points are a 50% rebate on the hotel stay.

So where are the cheap Ritz-Carlton Hotels?

Ritz-Carlton Atlanta

July 26-30, 2012

  • Advance Purchase Rate = $143 (prepaid, nonrefundable)
  • AAA rate = $152.15 (day of arrival 12 noon cancellation with no penalty)

Note: Ritz-Carlton website requires entering AAA in corporate/promotional code box to see AAA rates.

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4 nights x $176.49 = $705.96 total rate for 4-night stay July 26-30 at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

I estimated 30,000 points as a $300 value. Ritz-Carlton Tier 1 hotels are 30,000 points for a free night.

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta and Ritz-Carlton Atlanta are both Tier 1 hotels for 30,000 points per night.

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, Monday, November 5, 2012

$350 AAA rate

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The first hotel I checked for a random weekday date shows a AAA rate of $350 and a free night worth $406 after tax when spending 30,000 points instead of $406.

The conclusion I draw is 30,000 bonus points from this Ritz-Carlton Rewards offer can be earned on a 4-night stay for about $700 at some hotels and the points can be worth $400 for a free night at a Ritz-Carlton Tier 1 hotel.

That is a decent hotel stay rebate if you are thinking of staying at a Ritz-Carlton hotel for some special occasion.

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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