The Points Guy is reporting that the Chase Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite card is dead. Sometime today, Chase stopped accepting new applications for this card without any notice. That is very unfortunate for those who were hoping to hold off until the last minute to apply before the merger. We had previously said that now was the time to make a move on this card (See: Consider getting the Ritz-Carlton card right now) as it presents a sweet opportunity to pick up Platinum status in the new program. Alas, that opportunity is no more.
Unfortunately, all links I could find for this card are redirecting to the Marriott Rewards credit card. Those links were working yesterday — but it looks like those who had not yet applied are out of luck. The Points Guy quotes a representative from Chase as saying:
Chase will be focusing on premium and no-fee consumer credit cards. All Ritz-Carlton Rewards cardmembers will continue to enjoy their rich benefits and can look forward to the new and enhanced ones that go into effect on August 26, 2018.
No uncertain terms there for sure. Sadly, it looks like the window of opportunity has firmly shut on this one. Congratulations to those who got in recently and who should therefore be picking up Platinum status in the new program (since the first-year Gold status should transition to Platinum). Of course, existing cardholders will continue to hold the Ritz card and enjoy its benefits, some of which are changing a month from today (See: New details on Marriott & Ritz cards: no more elite credit per $3K spend, free night changes, more).
For more on what you need to do to get yourself prepared for the program transition, see:
And for more details on the transition in general, see:
H/T: The Points Guy