Ritz Carlton Rewards has released a high value offer of one free night after two paid stays from July 1 to October 31, 2014. There is a limit of two free night certificates per member. The free night certificate is limited to Ritz-Carlton Tier 1 to 3 hotels. Free night certificates are not transferable and expire six months from issuance.

Registration is required by September 30 and you must be a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member who is not a Marriott Rewards member. New members to Ritz-Carlton Rewards as of June 4 will be automatically registered for this offer.

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Aruba will have a new luxury hotel when the Ritz-Carlton on Palm Beach opens tomorrow with 320 guest rooms including 55 suites, each room with a private balcony. The resort facilities include four restaurants, two swimming pools, a spa and casino.

As if the rates are not high enough, a stay at the Ritz-Carton Aruba is accompanied by 13.5% daily service charge and 9.5% tax and $3.00 per night environment fee. That is around an additional 24% on top of the $600+ starting level room rates.

RitzCarlton Aruba

These gnarly wind-shaped trees on the beach seem to be the primary image for the hotel in stories I have seen.

There are two Ritz-Carlton suites at nearly 2,400 square feet. The wraparound ocean view balcony of these suites has a private outdoor shower overlooking the sea.

Club Level Lounge on the 7th floor, top floor of the hotel will feature five daily presentations:

Club Level Lounge Presentations:
7 – 11 a.m. Breakfast
12 – 2 p.m. Lunch
2 – 4 p.m. Mid-day Snacks
5 – 8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres
8 – 10 p.m. Desserts & Cordials

Kindly note additional charges apply for more than two guests per Club room.

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Let me be up front in stating this is not an actual offer from Ritz-Carlton Hotels to save $100 on your hotel stay. This post is to raise discussion on how to kick-start an actual Ritz-Carlton voluntourism program that apparently gets few participants.

Voluntourism has been on my mind recently. This piece is primarily about voluntourism and not Ritz-Carlton hotels.

When I searched hotel voluntourism I found a Conde Nast Traveler article about a Ritz-Carlton Hotels program. Ritz-Carlton hotels in no way had any input in this content. That is my opening disclaimer to inform readers that this is my Loyalty Traveler article weaving together some thoughts on voluntourism, hotels and incentives for an existing Ritz-Carlton Hotels program I became aware of just this week. After reading a piece describing voluntourism projects at two Ritz-Carlton locations, I’d like to solicit suggestions on how Ritz-Carlton and other hotels might incentivize their guests participation in voluntourism projects for communities around the world.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards offers a free Tier 1-3 night for members who complete two Ritz-Carlton hotel stays between July 1 and October 31, 2013. Members may earn two free nights during the promotion period.

Existing RCR members must register by September 30, 2013. New members to Ritz Carlton Rewards a of June 4, 2013 will automatically be registered for this offer.

Ritz Carlton Hotels and their Reward Tiers can be found here. Awards expire one year from date of issuance. The award night is not transferrable.

Marriott Rewards members are generally excluded from Ritz Carlton Rewards promotions. You can only be a member of one of these loyalty programs, either Marriott Rewards or Ritz Carlton Rewards.

This looks to be one of the best promotions available for hotel stays for travel over the next few months.

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First the bad news. This is an offer for new enrollees to Ritz-Carlton Rewards or existing RCR members and you are not eligible for the Ritz-Carlton Rewards free night offer if you are a Marriott Rewards member.

Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program as of January 13, 2012 and new members who were not previously members of the Marriott Rewards® program are eligible to receive this offer.

And now the good news. Register for the Ritz-Carlton Rewards free night offer by March 1, 2012. Stay two times at participating Ritz-Carlton Hotels and earn one free night certificate valid for a Tier 1-3 Ritz-Carlton Hotel. You may earn up to two free night certificates during the promotion.

  • Register for promotion by March 1.
  • You must have been a member of Ritz-Carlton Rewards as of January 13, 2012 or a new member who has not been a member of Marriott Rewards to be eligible for this offer.
  • Free night reward certificate is earned 3-5 days after second qualifying stay and is valid for one year from date of issuance.
  • Free night certificate is not transferable and may not be gifted.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards members have an exclusive summer promotion that apparently does not apply for Marriott Rewards members even though the promotion page allows Marriott Rewards members to register. Earn 30,000 bonus Ritz-Carlton Rewards points with a stay of 4 nights or more at a participating Ritz-Carlton hotel between July 18 and September 9, 2011. This bonus may be earned only one time per member for stays during the promotion period.

Promotion registration is required by August 15, 2011.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards 30,000 Points Promotion press release.
Ritz-Carlton Rewards promotion FAQ.

  • Must have been a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member as of June 30, 2011.
  • New members may register for Ritz-Carlton Rewards and register for this promotion through August 15, 2011 if previously not a member of Marriott Rewards.
  • A check-in date before July 18 or checkout date after September 9 is eligible for this promotion if at least one night of your stay falls within the promotion period of July 18-September 9.
  • An eligible stay prior to registration counts for this bonus as long as Ritz-Carlton Rewards member registers for promotion by August 15.

Nonparticipating Properties:

  • The Ritz-Carlton Millennia, Singapore,
  • Phulay Bay, Thailand Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club®,
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Partner Hotels

Loyalty Traveler analysis:

This bonus is basically a Ritz-Carlton Tier 1 free hotel night at 30,000 points after a paid 4-night stay. That is a good value rebate for Ritz-Carlton Rewards members.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards 30,000 bonus points with 4-night stay July 18-Sep 9, 2011.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards members earn a US$100 Ritz-Carlton gift card after 5 nights or a US$250 Ritz-Carlton gift card after 10 nights at Ritz-Carlton Hotels worldwide during the promotion period between March 15 and June 30, 2011.  Nights are cumulative and do not need to be consecutive nights in a single stay.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards gift card promotion link. No promotion registration is required. You still earn points or miles for Ritz-Carlton stays in addition to the gift card offer.

This offer is only for Ritz-Carlton Rewards members and does not apply to Marriott Rewards members. This is the first Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty promotion I recall since the program launched in September 2010.

The following Ritz-Carlton properties are not participating in this global gift card promotion.       

  • The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore,
  • Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi, Thailand
  • The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club (time-share program)
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Partner Hotels.

This seems like an odd term in the fine print: Offer requires member to be an existing or new member of Ritz-Carlton Rewards as of March 14, 2011.  This reads to me like you must already be a member to be eligible for the gift card, yet the promotion page states, “Not a member? We invite you to enroll now.”

Terms state the gift card will be mailed 4 to 6 weeks after the conclusion of the promotion, so likely late July or August before gift card is received by member. Gift cards are valid at all Ritz-Carlton Hotels worldwide.

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The tall red brick smokestack is the signature feature of the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C.

The Georgetown incinerator was a weed-covered urban wasteland on the waterfront in 1999 when Architect Gary Edward Handel + Associates and Associate architect Shalom Baranes & Associates financed by Millennium Partners and Eastbanc developed a mixed-use hotel, movie theater and residential complex.

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Washington D.C.

The Ritz Carlton hotel is located on a square block across the street from the waterfront of the Potomac River and adjacent to Highway 29, aka Whitehurst Freeway, an elevated roadway about 100 feet from some of the Ritz-Carlton hotel rooms. The road traffic is one of the drawbacks of the location. This area is still in development and the elevated roadway traffic makes the waterfront a less than serene location.

Loews Theater at K Street and Wisconsin Avenue, Georgetown, Washington D.C.

Rosslyn, Virginia (another popular hotel district) is seen from corner of K Street and Wisconsin Avenue at Loews Theater complex which sits below the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown hotel. There are some benches in the waterfront park development below the elevated freeway.

Potomac River view of Rosslyn, Virginia from vicinity of Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C.

The entrance to Ritz Carlton Georgetown is located one block up on South Street.

South Street, Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C.

     “The problem of leisure, 

       What to do for pleasure” -

            “Natural’s Not In It”  -  Gang of Four

South Street facing rooms, Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C.

The lobby looked comfortable in a casually formal kind of way. The place has modern touches.

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C.

Rates average around $400 per night and the hotel reward category is Tier 3 at 50,000 points per night.

“This heaven gives me migraine.” – Gang of Four

South Street, Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C.

This post is not meant to reflect negatively on Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. This is not a hotel review. More a location review.

Really I think the hotel is a lovely looking hotel inside.

Smithsonian Institution - Museum of Natural History - Population Counter

This post is inspired by the new album of 70s punk band Gang of Four that is back at it again in another type of modern revival. United Airlines has the song ‘Natural’s Not In It’ playing on a new wave soundtrack this month of February 2011.

How the times have changed from 1979 when I can hear Gang of Four in popular culture and not just in San Francisco.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty program launch has a valuable offer through the end of 2010. New members to Ritz-Carlton Rewards will earn a free night after two Ritz-Carlton stays completed by December 31, 2010. There is a limit of two free nights after four stays. The free night certificate is valid for one year from issuance.

There are about 70 Ritz-Carlton hotels participating in the new Ritz-Carlton Rewards hotel loyalty program. New members to Ritz-Carlton Rewards will receive a free night at any Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 Ritz-Carlton hotel after two stays. You have one year from date of issuance to use your free night.

The primary impediment to this offer is you must never have been a Marriott Rewards member to qualify for the free nights offer (see item#3 in this Marriott Concierge Sep 17 FlyerTalk post). That knocks out about 33 million of us loyalty travelers. So while this is not an offer I can personally use, there are people close to me who have the opportunity for some luxury travel on the cheap.

My parents do not belong to Marriott Rewards. One of my sisters does not belong to Marriott Rewards. And I have a whole lot of readers who do not belong to Marriott Rewards.

Finding cheap Ritz-Carlton Hotel Rates

Not all of us can take advantage of flying to Asia for stays at the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur where starting room rates are regularly under $150 per night.

Searching the Ritz-Carlton website for cheap dates can waste hours of your time.

Here is a step-by-step shortcut guide for finding low rate dates at Ritz-Carlton Hotels or other hotel brands using Travelocity.com/hotels flexible dates function.

Travelocity Hotels Flexible Date Search Tutorial-1

  • Search the location of the selected Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Travelocity.com.
  • For example, search Atlanta, Georgia, October 15, 2010.

 

Travelocity Hotel Flexible Dates Tutorial-2

  • Travelocity.com will return a list of hotels in Atlanta, Georgia for your date.
  • Sort the hotels by “Star Rating”. The default mode is “Travelocity Picks”. Use the drop-down menu to select Star Rating. Since Ritz-Carlton hotels are 5-star hotels the list will bring up Ritz-Carlton Hotels in the area.

 

Travelocity Hotel Flexible Dates tutorial-3

  •  Click on the “Select Hotel” button on Travelocity.com under the rate for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

 

Travelocity Hotel Flexible Dates tutorial-4

  • Click the tab for “Flexible Dates” on the Travelocity.com hotel page.

Travelocity Hotel Flexible Dates tutorial-5

  • Flexible dates shows rates on a 90-day calendar for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The nice aspect of Hotel Best Rate Guarantees is the rate shown on Travelocity.com will indicate the low rate dates for the next three months. The rate shown on Travelocity.com should be the ceiling. The calendars indicate lowest rate dates and then you can narrow your searches on the Ritz-Carlton website to these dates and look for even lower rates or high value package deals during these low rate dates indicated by Travelocity Flexible Dates search results.

 

Low Rate Ritz-Carlton Hotels

In the Washington, D.C. area you can try the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner where published rates are regularly $179 for weekends during this promotion period and drop to $159 in December.

Atlanta area travelers have a great opportunity for relatively cheap weekend rates and two Ritz-Carlton hotels. Ritz-Carlton Atlanta is $179 for Friday and Saturday weekend nights in October and November. Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Atlanta is regularly $219 on Fridays and Saturdays. And these are just the lowest published rates in default searches. AAA, senior, or special offer rates may even be lower.

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia has cheaper rates on weekdays, dropping as low as $199 per night in October and November.

Ritz-Carlton Phoenix has $199 per night rates through Thanksgiving week and Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain near Tucson drops to $259 per night during that week. Pick up some sunshine and late autumn warmth with a couple of stays and earn a free night certificate during the Thanksgiving holiday week.

Ritz-Carlton Westchester, New York drops to $259 per night during Thanksgiving week. Compare that to Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park where the lowest published rate is $995 per night during the holiday week. Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park has a rate of $325 for tonight, September 18. Rates are as low as $345 on weekends and $395 per night during Thanksgiving week. The average weekday rate at Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park is about $575 after tax. This hotel is a Tier 3 Ritz-Carlton reward and your free night certificate will have good redemption value at this particular hotel in 2011. New York Central Park is a Tier 5 hotel and is not eligible for the free night certificate which is restricted to Tier 3 or lower properties. New York hotel rates are the fastest rising in the U.S.

California has six Ritz-Carlton Hotels, but you will have a difficult time finding rates under $300 per night, unless you can frequent Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe in November before ski season begins and $199 nightly rates are common.

I have shown you some places where you can stay at a Ritz-Carlton Hotel for around $200 per night. Two one-night stays for under $500 will earn a free night certificate.

** The difference between a hotel stay and a hotel night.**

A hotel stay is one or more consecutive hotel nights at the same hotel, regardless if guest checks out and back in on different reservations. This promotion requires two stays.

In a place like Atlanta you could stay Friday night at the RC Atlanta and Saturday night at the RC Buckhead and that will earn one free night certificate. This type of hotel hop also works for Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner and Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in the D.C. area where both these hotels have relatively low weekend rates for a Ritz-Carlton.

In Lake Tahoe you could stay Monday night at the Ritz-Carlton, go to the Hyatt Regency or some other hotel in the area on Tuesday and return to the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe for Wednesday night. That would qualify for a free night certificate with two separate stays.

High-Priced Ritz-Carlton Hotels for free night redemption

I already mentioned Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park as a place for a $575 free night opportunity.

Here are some other high-priced Ritz-Carlton Tier 3 hotels for your free night. Tier 3 hotels are normally 50,000 points per night so the promotional value of this new member enrollment is between 60,000 points and 100,000 points if you earn and redeem two free nights after four stays in 2010.

Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. in April 2011 during cherry blossom season is an example of a high-priced Tier 3 Ritz-Carlton reward redemption. Two free nights at this hotel prices out at $1,555.

Ritz-Carlton Washington DC rates

I have shown how you can stay 4 hotel nights at Ritz-Carlton for around $900 to $1,000 all in. Earn two free nights and you can potentially save over $1,500 on a future Ritz-Carlton stay in some place like Washington, D.C., New York City, Florida or California.

Ritz-Carlton has a 5-key loyalty traveler promotion with this offer.

Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas is 17 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, just past the suburb city of Henderson. The lake itself is a 320-acre private lake surrounded by a 3,200-acre Tuscan inspired resort complex of hotels including the Ritz-Carlton, Loews Resort (formerly a Hyatt Resort), MonteLago Village Resort, residential communities, a golf course, and the small disneyesque MonteLago Village beside the lake.

MonteLago Casino Lake Las Vegas

MonteLago Casino Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

Lake Las Vegas is a far different experience from the Las Vegas Strip. This is the kind of place where you can easily keep the kids entertained with outdoor activities without the need to dodge street drunks and sex advertisers prevalent along the Strip.

 

 

 

Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

Lake Las Vegas is the place for visitors to the Las Vegas Valley whose idea of a vacation is more in tune with lying by a pool all day, riding in or paddling boats on the lake, and playing games at ping pong tables or pool tables rather than poker tables. There is still dining in restaurants, perhaps a spa treatment or two, and outdoor free shows while basking in a warm weather getaway at a resort hotel for fine dining and evening entertainment away from the Strip.

Chalk Signs, Not Neon Prevail at Lake Las Vegas

Chalk Signs, Not Neon Prevail at Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

Hey this is Nevada. MonteLago Casino at MonteLago Village is adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas if pulling a slot or two and gambling for dollars is an itch you must scratch.

Friday and Saturday evenings have free music concerts by the lake. While you have a slim chance of seeing Bono at the Ritz-Carlton spa, you can actually plan to hear the tribute band Vegas U2 in a free concert September 11.  http://lakelasvegasevents.com/

Lake Las Vegas Event Lawn in front of Ritz-Carlton

Lake Las Vegas Event Lawn in front of Ritz-Carlton

 

 

 

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Lake Las Vegas

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas is a resort where a Lake view is desirable and worth the extra $20 or so per night. The hotel was built in 2003 and has 348 rooms and suites. There is a $25 per day Resort fee which includes internet access, spa and fitness center facilities access, free local calls, and access to business center computers.

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas lake view

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas lake view

 

 

 

 

Weekends at the resort generally mean less choice in room selection, in addition to higher rates, unless you book well in advance. You will likely pay more for the less desirable Resort view on a Friday or Saturday night than you will for a Lake view on any other weeknight.

 

Pontevecchio Bridge of Lake Las Vegas

Pontevecchio Bridge of Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

 

Sample rate for Monday through Friday, September 13-17, a 4-night stay in a Lake View Standard Guest Room is $229 and includes breakfast for two. That room rate is down from $249 per night, room only without breakfast, for the preceding Friday and Saturday night weekend of September 11-13.

 

Lowest room rates are $229 for a Resort View Guest Room on a Friday or Saturday, September 11-12.

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas courtyard

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas courtyard

 

 

 

 

The standard size Guest Room at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas is nearly 500 square feet and will feel like the size of a large junior suite of most upscale chain hotels. TVs are 37-inch HDTV flat screens in standard guest rooms.

 

One Bedroom Executive Suite Resort View is $329 on Friday, September 11.  Stay Monday night, September 13 and the rate for the same room is just $229. This is a really large room at 960 square feet with a separate sitting area room from the bedroom with its own toilet. A 42-inch TV in each suite room provides entertainment options and the sitting room has a sofa.

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Fountain at Entrance

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Fountain at Entrance

 

 

 

 

Ritz-Carlton is pet friendly. There is a hefty $125 charge for pets, but you won’t have to sneak Fifi and Fido into the hotel.

 

Ritz-Carlton is also a kid friendly environment. The hotel offer’s children’s programs for a fee and your kids can be entertained by someone else. Your own luxury babysitter service for up to 6 hours a day.

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeLasVegas/Childrens/Default.htm

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Dining link: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeLasVegas/Dining/Default.htm

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas bar

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas bar

 

 

 

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Photo Tour: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeLasVegas/PhotoTourPop.htm

 

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas pool

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas pool

 

 

 

 

Packages can save some real cash at a resort hotel.

 

Ritz-Carlton Las Vegas Spa

Ritz-Carlton Las Vegas Spa

 

 

 

 

Loyalty Traveler analysis of Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas offers for the week of September 11-18.

Peace of Mind free nights package with one free night on a 3 night stay; two free nights on a 5-night stay; and 3 free nights on a 7 night stay are the best values. The available room only showed as a Resort view standard guest room when I checked online. A call to reservations may allow you to book a Lake view room or a suite with this package, if desired.

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Resort Sample Rates

Sample Rates

Sep 11-18, 2009

Per night Rate

Package inclusions

and fees

Peace of Mind Package

5-night stay,

 

September 13-18,

Arrive Sunday and depart Friday.

$259

 

Pay 3 nights, Get 2 Nights Free

 

Best Value at under $200 per night all in.

 

Resort Fee Included

Valet Parking included Breakfast included

Executive Suite

Resort View

B&B Package

 

$329 Fri-Sun

$259 Mon-Thur

 

 

Resort Fee Included

Valet Parking included

Breakfast included

 

Club Level Guest Room Resort View

Culinary offers throughout the day

$299 Fri-Sun

$249 Mon-Thur

 

Resort Fee $25

$50 extra person fee for 3rd or 4th person in room over age 12.

 

 

 

Resort ReConnect Package

Guest Room Lake View

Breakfast for 2

 

 

$299 Fri-Sun

$249 Mon-Thur

 

Includes $50 resort credit

Resort fee $25

Breakfast included

 

Lake View Guest Room

B&B Package

Breakfast for 2

 

$279 for Fri-Sunday

$229 Mon-Thur nights

Resort Fee Included

Valet Parking included

Breakfast included

 

Resort View 

Guest Room

B&B Package

Breakfast for 2

 

$259 Fri-Sun

$209 Mon-Thur

 

Resort Fee Included

Valet Parking included

Breakfast included

 

Guest room

Resort View

$229 Fri-Sat (Sep 11-12)

$229 Sunday (Sep 13)

$179 Mon-Thur

(Sep 14-18)

Resort Fee

$25 per night

Marriott Rewards members can redeem Mariott Rewards points for free nights at the Ritz-Carlton Las Vegas. PointSavers make this property a good deal for the month of September.

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas lobby

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas lobby

 

 

 

Ritz-Carlton Tier 1 PointSavers reward codes descriptions and point values

 

Code M021: one night award in a standard guest room 35,000 points (regularly 45,000 points

Code M022: two-night award in a standard guest room for 60,000 points (regularly 75,000 points

Code M023: three-night award in a standard guest room for 80,000 points (regularly 100,000 points

Code M024: five-night award in a standard guest room for 120,000 points (regularly 150,000 points)

Code M025: seven-night award in a standard guest room for 140,000 points (regularly 175,000 points)

 

http://www.marriott.com/rewards/ritzCarltonPointSavers.mi

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas

Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas

 

 

 

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