Last month I had Teddy apply for the Ritz Carlton 140,000 points offer. After I learned that these points could be used towards free nights at a Marriott, I immediately became interested. I surprised Teddy with 3 nights in Paris during our trip to Italy in April. I was able to squeeze Paris in since I pre-booked all our tourist activities through CityWonders.com. (Yay! No having to wait in long lines!) I figured we could use the 140,000 points to stay in Paris for free!
Here’s what you need to know about using your Marriott account with Ritz Carlton and vice versa. I’ll also show you how you can collect an additional 70,000 Marriott bonus points to bring your grand total up to 210,000 Marriott points for only $95!
What you need to know about Marriott and the Ritz Carlton credit card
- You can list your Marriott rewards number on the application.
- Your Marriott rewards account must match up EXACTLY with what’s on the application. Otherwise Chase will create a Ritz Carlton rewards account for you. (This is what happened to Teddy.)
- If you end up with a Ritz Carlton rewards account you can merge the 2 together. Call Ritz Carlton rewards program at 1-866-922-6882.
- The Ritz Carlton card by Chase will automatically upgrade your Marriott rewards account to Gold status. If you’re more likely to stay at Marriott properties, then make sure to choose your Marriott rewards account as the account you’d like to keep if you merge the 2 together.
How to earn an additional 70,000 points for a grand total of 210,000 Marriott points!
As long as you decide to use your Marriott rewards account number on the application, your Marriott account will be upgraded to Gold status. After you login to your Marriott.com account, you should see a promotion to apply for the Marriott Rewards credit card and receive 70,000 bonus points as a welcome offer.
Currently, this promo is only available to Marriott top tier members. You will not be able to signup for an account at Marriott.com and see this offer. If you apply for the Ritz Carlton and wait for your Marriott account to be upgraded to Gold status, then you can login and apply for the 70,000 offer.
210,000 Marriott bonus points after applying for 2 cards
In order to receive the 140,000 bonus points, you have to spend $3,000 within the first 3 months. After your Marriott account has been upgraded to Gold, you can then apply for the Marriott Rewards credit card for another 70,000 bonus points. The second offer requires $2,000 in spending within the first 3 months.
Essentially, you’ll have to spend $5,000 in order to receive 210,000 Marriott bonus points. The dollar amount may scare you, but with a little bit of Manufacture Spending, you can complete the spending requirement in just a couple of visit to your local grocery store or Simon Mall to pick up some Visa gift cards!
|Ritz Carlton 140,000 points||$395 annual fee not waived the first year. Use airline reimbursement to bring annual fee down to $95.|
|Ritz Carlton comes with $300 airline reimbursement||Example: Buy 2 $150 Delta gift cards. (Don’t tell Chase they are gift cards!)|
|Marriott Rewards 70,000 bonus points||$0 annual fee the first year.|
|Total Points:||210,000 Marriott bonus points.|
|Total Cost:||$95 for 210,000 Marriott bonus points! Travel more. Pay less!|
Although the Ritz Carlton 140,000 points offer does come with a $395 annual fee that is not waved the first year, you could essentially buy 2 $150 Delta gift certificates and use your $300 annual airline reimbursement credit that comes with this card. That would bring the annual fee down to just $95.
If you’ve already applied for the Chase Marriott Rewards card this will not work for you. You must first apply for the Ritz Carlton and use your Marriott rewards account number on the application. Once your Marriott rewards account has been upgraded to Gold, you can then apply for the Chase Marriott Rewards credit card to receive another 70,000 bonus points.
I’ll probably wait a couple months before I have Teddy pull the trigger on the 70,000 bonus points offer. That way there will be some time between Chase applications. We also don’t need the 70,000 bonus points right away, so there’s no rush (unless the offer is pulled, but there’s no telling when that will happen.)