140,000 Point Signup Bonus for Ritz-Carlton (Marriott) Credit Card

I’ve written about the Ritz-Carlton Rewards co-brand credit card occasionally over the past couple of years.

There have been a couple of really outstanding offers for it, like 70,000 points and no fee the first year, and 140,000 points while paying the steep $395 annual fee even the first year. But I hadn’t seen either of those around in the past few months.

Doctor of Credit finds the 140,000 Ritz-Carlton Rewards card offer available (requires $3000 spend within 3 months).

  • The card comes with Ritz-Carlton Gold status (which is Marriott Rewards Gold) the first year, and then you keep it by spending $10,000 on the card each year.
  • There’s a $300 airline fee credit as well that helps take the sting out of the annual fee.
  • There are also some fairly restrictive club lounge upgrade and $100 folio credits with Ritz-Carlton stays as well.
  • Concierge service that I’ve heard is now handled by the same company which takes care of Palladium card customers (which the President has). Unfortunately that’s a downgrade to the Palladium concierge, rather than an improvement for the Ritz-Carlton card.

You’re supposed to choose whether you want to be a member of Ritz-Carlton Rewards or Marriott Rewards. They don’t want you to be a member of both. The programs are almost identical except for the promotions.

I value Marriott points at a little less than a penny apiece.

On the whole I see these points as well worth the cost though in full disclosure I am not signing up for the offer myself.


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Comments

  1. The kudos goes to those that give credit where it’s due.

    The DR gave credit Lazy Travelers (Hat tip to Lazy Travelers, who incidentally also alerted us to the last 140k offer) who credited FlyerTalk [Application Link, courtesy: RedTeam10 (Flyertalk)].

  2. If I change my enrollment from Marriott to RC Rewards, would I be able to change it back at a later date back to Marriott? Is this back and forth allowed freely, or one time only? Time lag between conversion from one program to the other? If discussed earlier, Link please? Can RC Rewards hotel points be used for award stays with points at Marriott?

  3. Can anyone please advise how to finesse the airline credit to get AA gift certs? i.e. what to say to chase when it appears on bill.

    Would also love to know the answer to Eric’s question. How long after being cancelled can you re-apply/churn

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