Ritz-Carlton Upgrades Rewards Card

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Holders of the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit card are in for a nice surprise. The card issuer has announced some significant upgrades to the card, going along with its new status as a Visa Infinite card.

New perks include airline ticket discounts, VIP access to Priority Pass lounges (of which there are over 900 spanning the globe), reimbursement for Global Entry fees, specialized car rental benefits, and many other exclusive offers.

“We are thrilled to offer enhancements that give current cardmembers and The Ritz-Carlton brand enthusiasts additional privileges and exceptional travel value,” said Chase partner card president Richard Quigley.

Vice president of loyalty at Marriott International Thom Kozik said that working with partners at Chase gave the company a way to give cardmembers “more exclusive benefits” and helped offer them “memorable experiences that go far beyond the ordinary and ignite their passion for travel.”

The card, which has a $450 annual fee, now offers cardmembers the following new benefits:

• Unlimited $100 discounts on two or more domestic airline fares
• Global access to over 900 Priority Pass participating airport lounges
• Reimbursement for Global Entry application fee
• Car rental discounts and upgrades
• A $300 annual travel credit
• No foreign transaction fees

Members also have access to exclusive sports events, entertainment events, and culinary experiences, as well as automatic Gold Elite status in Ritz-Carlton Rewards for the first year, and as long as they spend at least $10,000 per year thereafter. They’ll be bumped up to Platinum Elite status if they spend $75,000 per year on the card.

Travelers really benefit from this card, which offers a $100 credit on each paid hotel stay of two nights or more. Members earn five points for every dollar they spend at participating Ritz-Carlton hotels and partner brands including JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Hotels. They also receive two points per dollar on airline tickets, as long as they are purchased directly from the airline, and at car rental counters and restaurants.

Rewards credit cards are a great way for anyone who wants to see the world, to see more of the world at a better price, and with some luxury thrown in. This card has one of the steeper annual fees when it comes to reward credit cards, but the perks really make it worthwhile. These added features and benefits will be a big draw for folks looking to add a new travel credit card to their wallet, as well as a bonus for those who already have the card.

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