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It’s [NOT] alive! Possible working Ritz link! [Expired]

Ritz Carlton card

A little while ago, we reported that chase is no longer taking applications for the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Visa Infinite. The Points Guy had reported an official from Chase stating that the card was pulled today for new applicants. However, in the comments of our post, a reader shared what looks to be a working link. If you have any interest in applying for this card, time is surely extremely limited. There’s no telling when this…

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Ritz matches best-in-class Sapphire Reserve travel protections. CNB, not so much.

Puttin’ on the Ritz Yesterday Nick published a couple of posts that had me wondering about travel protections provided by the Ritz-Carlton credit card.  He wrote about the Ritz card’s airline fee reimbursements, and he published an airfare deal that was made significantly sweeter by using the Visa Infinite Discount Air program where you get $100 off round-trip domestic airfare for two (both the Ritz card and the CNB Crystal Visa Infinite card provide the…

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Last minute checklist for the Marriott SPG transition

It’s coming soon… In August, Marriott, SPG, and Ritz will combine their separate rewards programs into a single unified program. We don’t yet know when exactly in August this will happen, but if there are things you want to get done before the programs merge, now is the time. Take a look at the following checklist items to decide which you should do before it’s too late: Table of Contents Buy points at a discount…

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Ritz Card: Act now for free airport lounge access for friends and family

Recently, I signed up for the Ritz-Carlton card.  Even though I’ve recommended getting it before August to lock in the new Marriott/SPG Platinum Elite status, that wasn’t why I signed up for it. The real reason was for the signup bonus of two free Tier 1-4 nights.  Tier 4 properties currently cost 60,000 points per night.  And when the Marriott/SPG/Ritz programs merge in August, all properties will be bookable for 60,000 points per night or…

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New Marriott award chart: first reactions

The New Marriott chart is out (See: NOW LIVE: New Marriott SPG Award Category Assignments.). Greg is doing his thing and crunching the numbers with a complete analysis to come. In the meantime, here are some of my first reactions to the new chart. As a reminder, new category assignments are published here: points-redemption.marriott.com/category-change. #1 – Off the Charts No More: from 48K per night for the best properties When Greg and I first reported on Marriott merger…

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Ultra Premium Hotel Cards: Hilton vs. SPG/Marriott

Hilton kicked off 2018 by introducing a new ultra-premium credit card: Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card.  And, in August, the newly combined Marriott / SPG (Starwood) program will offer their own ultra-premium card: Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card.  Since Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz will become one program in August, the Starwood card really represents all three brands despite its name. What about the Ritz-Carlton Card?  The Ritz card is another $450 premium card,…

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[Too Late] Consider getting the Ritz-Carlton card right now

The Ritz card is unavailable for new signups as of July 26 2018 With great change comes great opportunity.  The great change I’m referring to is the upcoming Marriott / SPG / Ritz loyalty program merger.  And, at this moment in time, Chase’s Ritz-Carlton Rewards card is uniquely positioned to unlock a number of opportunities… Card and Offer Details Below are the full details about the current signup offer for the Ritz card. For the…

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More answers for the Marriott SPG transition

In the recent post “Marriott SPG transition: More answers & more questions,” I presented answers from Marriott about a few key questions, and I listed many more questions that I had submitted to them.  Some of the answers are presented below.  If you have other questions about the Marriott / SPG / Ritz merger, please see our guide: Marriott SPG Ritz Transition Guide.  If the answer isn’t there, please ask your question in the comments…

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Marriott SPG transition: More answers & more questions


With Marriott and SPG merging programs in August, people naturally have lots of questions.  To help with this, I created the Marriott SPG Ritz Transition Guide.  My goal with this resource is to answer all of your questions, but it is a work in progress.  As answers from Marriott trickle in, I’ve been updating the guide. Yesterday, Marriott finally answered questions about how elite status from credit cards (e.g. Amex Platinum, Chase Ritz) will transition…

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