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Since I received three reader questions over the weekend about this benefit, I thought it warranted some clarification.
The new Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card is a Visa Infinite card.
In addition to 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, and unlimited use $100 Airline Ticket discounts when buying for 2 or more passengers; 3 complimentary upgrades to The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level each year valid on paid stays of up to seven nights; plus airport lounge access and a premium concierge, the card gives you:
- A great signup bonus of 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.
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card also offers a $100 discount on the cost of two passengers traveling roundtrip in domestic economy.
Note that this benefit is offered with the Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card and the Visa Infinite from City National Bank. It isn’t offered with the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card.
With this benefit between 2 and 5 passengers can travel on the same itinerary and the cardmember must be one of those passengers. You just make the purchase through the Visa Discount Air site.
You can use this as many times as you like. If you travel with someone regularly the savings can add up. And it can amount to some phenomenal airfare savings when coupled with sale fares, for instance I’ve recently seen Boston – Houston for $116 roundtrip, Chicago – Phoenix for $106, and Los Angeles – Atlanta for $181. You’d effectively pay ‘full price’ for one of those tickets and get the second for a pittance.
It gets even better. The benefit is $100 off the total price of all passengers on the itinerary, not $100 per passenger. So if your fare is less than $100 per person, you’re still going to get $100 off. Take an $80 roundtrip, $160 for 2 passengers, your net cost is $60 for both.
The fares I’ve seen reported through the Visa Discount Air site have matched the best available fares elsewhere, with the caveat that not all airlines are available. However United, Delta, and American are. So are Alaska, JetBlue, and Virgin America.
The airlines we know cannot be booked through this offer are Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest and Spirit Airlines.
Here’s how you book:
- Go to the Visa Discount Air website for the Ritz-Carlton card.
- Enter your credit card number, this is used to verify your eligibility for the offer as a Visa Infinite cardholder.
- Search for your preferred flight itinerary
- Complete the purchase with your Visa Infinite credit card.
That’s really all there is to it, though bear in mind that it’s $100 off per itinerary not per person. There’s no extra benefit for a third, fourth, or fifth passenger. And you’re not going to split up to do multiple bookings in order to save more on a single trip, since the cardholder’s name on the Visa Infinite card must be the primary traveler on the itinerary to qualify for the discount.
Roundtrip tickets with a minimum of one day advance purchase are required, and these are available for travel only within the 50 US states.