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.