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Ritz-Carlton clubs aren’t like the club lounges you may be used with at major chain hotels. They’ll frequently have up to 5 food presentations daily, and adult beverages throughout the day along with great service to take care of any needs you have during your stay.
Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge Chengdu, credit: Ritz-Carlton
You’ll find delicious, substantive food from breakfast to light snacks, afternoon tea, evening Hors d’Oeuvres and desserts.
The new Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card comes with Gold Elite status (which is honored at Marriott hotels, comes complimentary the first year and that you retain each year you spend $10,000 on the card); a $300 Airline Fee credit; $100 Global Entry credit; unlimited use $100 Airline Ticket discounts when buying for 2 or more passengers; and airport loujnge access.
The signup bonus is 3 complimentary nights at any participating Tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotel after $5,000 spend on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
But crucially the Ritz-Carlton credit card comes with 3 complimentary upgrades to The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level each year valid on paid stays of up to seven nights. It also comes with a $100 hotel credit toward dining, spa or other hotel recreational activities on paid stays of two nights or longer.
Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles Club, credit: Ritz-Carlton
Here’s what they say about the club lounge upgrades:
The more personal comfort of The Ritz-Carlton Club Level is yours. Upgrade your stay three times annually on paid stays of up to seven nights. Subject to availability at the time of your reservation. Advance reservation and e-certificate is required. Valid only on member rates and non-discounted rates. Cannot be combined with any packages, discounts, negotiated corporate or group rates or point-redemption bookings.
To use one of your three Club Level Upgrades e-certificates, please call or have your travel professional contact the dedicated Reservations line at 1-800-542-8680. To view available e-certificates, simply log in to your Ritz-Carlton Rewards account at www.RitzCarltonRewards.com and select “Account Activity.”
When you sign up for the card you’ll get club upgrades in your account within days. Each upgrade expires 13 months from issue.
Elite status doesn’t get you club access at Ritz-Carlton. Booking through specialty websites or agents doesn’t usually get you a club upgrade either. Normally you have to pay. These credit card upgrades are the best way to get Ritz-Carlton club access.
These aren’t your typical chain hotel club lounge. You can usually expect breakfast, lunch, tea, cocktails, desserts, generally 5 separate presentations daily.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club, credit: Ritz-Carlton
You need to call to book the stay at an eligible rate. Book by phone and apply the upgrade certificate when making the reservation.
- The ‘member discount rate’ that Marriott launched back in the spring which is designed to be lower than what third party sites like Expedia offer is eligible.
- But you can’t use the benefits with corporate rates or non-refundable rates. You can’t use this with third party bookings or agency bookings (like the Citi Prestige Card 4th night free). And you can’t use it on reward nights.
And you’re supposed to pay for your stay with the Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card.
I think the best value use of these certificates is a long resort stay. They’re valid up to 7 nights. If you’re in a city hotel you might be out and about in the city. But on vacation you might stay around the resort more, and really take advantage of the club offerings. I know people that take their families to Ritz-Carlton resorts and spend literally nothing on food and beverage. And you can save $200 – $300 per night.
Here’s the description of the club level at the Ritz-Carlton Bali:
Designed in a contemporary Balinese architecture, Club Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali features indoor and outdoor seating of laid-back dining, comfortable sofas, and private dining room for intimate dining experience. Enjoy high-speed internet access throughout the lounge especially in the Library area. Soak in the dedicated swimming pool at the Club Lounge on a tropical day in paradise while enjoying refreshing drinks from the bar.
Five food and beverage presentations throughout the day is one of the prime offering at The Club level. Breakfast buffets with an array of typical morning fare of cereal, pastries, fresh fruit, local delicacies and live cooking. At lunchtime, gourmet cut food is served such as mini sandwiches and tasty salads. Afternoon tea is served in the afternoon for a nice break of the day – three-tiers of scones, finger sandwiches and desserts with an extensive choice of international tea selections. When the play day is over, The Club invites guests for cocktails and pre-dinner snacks. Before closing the evening, The Club offers cordials and chocolates.
A dedicated Club Concierge is carefully assigned to assist you with the recommendations for tours and other activities exploring the island.
This isn’t for everyone because of course you’re paying for a Ritz-Carlton stay but you can get phenomenal value out of it if you do. And that makes the credit card really valuable for people who like luxury hotels.