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All Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card offers [Consolidated]

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===============================================Bes t public available offer:
Two free nights at any tier 1-4 Ritz Carlton Hotel after $3k spent. Annual fee of $395 NOT waived. https://www.theritzcarltonrewardscard.com/2CN

$300 Annual Travel Credit
"Make the most of your trip with a $300 annual travel credit to use for baggage fees, Global Entry fees, seat upgrades, access to your preferred airport lounge and more. Simply use your card for these expenses and call us at 1-855-896-2222, and we will refund the charges after your flight."

Actual T&C language, as of 08.22.15:"Only the following types of non-ticket Net Purchases qualify for this offer: airline lounge day pass, or towards a yearly lounge membership of your choice; airline seat upgrades; airline baggage fees; in-flight internet/entertainment; in-flight meals; Global Entry fees."

As of 1/2/2015, Credit for these charges are based on TRANSACTION (purchase) date, not posting date. If you made an eligible purchase before the end of the year, even if it doesn't post until the following year, you can still receive credit for the previous year. See post #1268

DO NOT attempt to get all $300 in one transaction. Most CSRs will question what incedential charge would be so high. Instead, get multiple smaller gift cards which line up with fees that airline charges. Make sure that whatever amounts you choose, you have an explanation ready for each. For example, AA overweight baggage fee is $150. $50 is first checked bag for 2 ppl. $75 is in the range of upgrade fees, etc.


Reimbursed:

AA e-Giftcards
Southwest eGiftcards - As of 12/30/14 Chase can distinguish between "incidental" and gift card purchase. YMMV depending on CSR.
Delta Giftcards (YMMV)
$78 AA Award flight taxes reimbursed
$22 BA Award flight taxes reimbursed
~$150 AA award fees, taxes, fuel surcharge reimbursed
$246 AA award fees, booking fee, all reported as upgrading to busn award
United Flight Taxes
Spirit Big Front Seats
Spirit Onboard Food and Drinks
DL Ticket Change fee $300
$210 DL first class up-fare
$300 of a $525 AA Admirals Club annual membership
$50 DL Transfer miles fee (2k miles plus $30 fee)
~$160 SQ award fees (circa 2014)
$70 upgraded seats on AA
$34 US award fees
$34 BA Award fees
$90 oneway ticket on AA (paid additional $90 with AA e-gc from last year)
$84.50 x 2 AA award fees
$150 B6 change fees er...umm..."seat upgrades"
$75 UA gift registry (no longer works as of Summer 2015)
$49.95 Bags VIP charge. It surprised me that it went since it comes up as BagsVIP and not an airline. I told the CSR it was AA's partner for baggage delivery and that I was (honestly) unsure if it would work.
UA Gift Registry $150 (one worked, one didn't) -- no longer works as of Summer 2015
$274 BA seat selection for 2 J class seats, LAX-LHR (Jan 2016)


Not Reimbursed:
$315 Avianca ticket charge
United giftcards
$150 AA award redeposit fee (YMMV)
UA Gift Registry $150 (one worked, one didn't)



The deal for 140K points is dead. Chase has replaced it with a complimentary night stay at any Tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotel after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months, available here. As of February 12, 2015, there IS A BETTER known public offer (see below).

The 70K offer is long gone.



[EXPIRED] Active link found on blog 12/16 for 140K offer: https://www.theritzcarltonrewardscard.com/offer140k
Many have applied through this link only to find the application was assigned to a different promo for 2 free nights instead of points. Calling JP Morgan Chase CS has indicated they are aware of this issue and CSRs are expecting the 140k points to be honored but no one in this situation has actually received the 140k points as of Dec 28, 2014.


[EXPIRED] As reported by ghitt87: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/22807838-post16.html
Call 1-888-846-7004 to apply.
Mention these RSVP:
F5BP - 140k points after 2k spend in 3 months. Annual fee of $395 not waived first year. - DEAD 9/25
F53K - 70k points, $395 waived first year.

I wasn't targeted, but called and used the RSVP code (5/2). Just act like you got it in the mail.
See also post #483 and following: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/23230523-post483.html
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Old Dec 11, 15, 2:02 pm
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AA E-giftcards in the amount of $150 & $25 (figured they might look like seat upgrade and baggage charge). SM'd and was asked for proof of the charges being related to an allowable expense.

I'll try calling, but I'm thinking that they would probably have noted the account.
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Old Dec 12, 15, 5:39 am
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Originally Posted by presario1626 View Post
This makes it almost impossible to use the $300 benefit, as I get pretty much all of the fees waived with United with my status. Seriously thinking about cancelling the card now.
Called and cancelled the card before AF charge, no questions asked.Seems they closed pretty much all of the gift card loop holes to use the $300 credit. It was good ride with 140k points + $600 credit - $395 fee + some bonus points from Marriott stays.
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Old Dec 12, 15, 5:50 am
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I'm traveling next month to Hawaii. Flying Hawaiian Airlines in-land and I believe the luggage fee is $17 one-way. There's 4 of us traveling, so I'll have to pay the fee 8 times, totaling $136.

I guess I'll use my $300 credit to pay for some of that. I figured I'll then visit some airline lounges during our layovers to use the remaining $164 credit.

Otherwise if Hawaiian Airlines offers First Class upgrade at check-in for $50, I'll just do that. The total will be $400 round-trip, so I'll essentially pay $100 round-trip to upgrade all 4 of us after applying my annual $300 credit.

I know Hawaiian Airlines is kind of pointless for First Class, especially when it's in-land. However, I'm cancelling the card in March, so I have no other use for the $300 credit after our Hawaii trip in January.
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Old Dec 12, 15, 9:37 am
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Originally Posted by presario1626 View Post
Called and cancelled the card before AF charge, no questions asked.Seems they closed pretty much all of the gift card loop holes to use the $300 credit. It was good ride with 140k points + $600 credit - $395 fee + some bonus points from Marriott stays.
Agree. Feel like it would be a ridiculous card to apply for now even if the 140k point offer was to come back later this month.
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Old Dec 12, 15, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by djtsukasa View Post
So, I had the RC card and got the MR/RC gold status that comes with it. Spent over $10K on it that would extend the gold status another year, but I did close the card afterwards (a good 6 months after hitting that $10K). Logged into Marriott, looks like they recently downgraded me to silver, when I Should have gold for another 8 months or so. Is this because I cancelled the card? Thought gold would extend for another year regardless..?
I spent the 10K+, too. Marriott still shows that Gold hasn't been extended for another 12 months. When I called Chase, CSR found that, as long as I met the $10K spend, gold would be extended for another 12 months during the month following the anniversary of the account.

As another data point, used the credit for SWA gc and got them reimbursed.
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Old Dec 12, 15, 6:51 pm
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Originally Posted by presario1626 View Post
Called and cancelled the card before AF charge, no questions asked.Seems they closed pretty much all of the gift card loop holes to use the $300 credit. It was good ride with 140k points + $600 credit - $395 fee + some bonus points from Marriott stays.
It seems folks are still having success with AA gift cards in smaller amounts.
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Old Dec 12, 15, 6:53 pm
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Originally Posted by flyte View Post
Agree. Feel like it would be a ridiculous card to apply for now even if the 140k point offer was to come back later this month.
Can people still get the annual fee waived the first year if they lower the credit limit to $1500? If so, 140k sounds like a great deal to me.
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Old Dec 13, 15, 12:06 am
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Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
Can people still get the annual fee waived the first year if they lower the credit limit to $1500? If so, 140k sounds like a great deal to me.
Nope, they closed that loophole a long while back as well.
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Old Dec 13, 15, 12:50 am
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In January, I am planning on purchasing a $200 gift card and leaving the rest for actual incidentals.

I plan to do this with American. Their overweight baggage fee can be $200 when you have a bag that is over 71 lbs.

I plan to call to get the reimbursement since SM has not been successful for both me and from posts that I read.

Question: Are AA gift cards still an option today? I see it in the wiki but its been there for some time.
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Old Dec 13, 15, 12:53 am
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Originally Posted by NewCitizen View Post
AA E-giftcards in the amount of $150 & $25 (figured they might look like seat upgrade and baggage charge). SM'd and was asked for proof of the charges being related to an allowable expense.

I'll try calling, but I'm thinking that they would probably have noted the account.
Yes, you should definitely call. SM is not worth anything anymore for trying to get g/c reimbursed.

Please report back with the results.
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Old Dec 13, 15, 4:46 am
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If 140K offer comes back am tempted. This would bump me for one of the nice combo airline hotel awards
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Old Dec 13, 15, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by flyte View Post
Nope, they closed that loophole a long while back as well.
Did they limit the credit line to a certain amount? I hadn't seen any recent reports stating this wasn't working anymore. I was going to apply today but may hold off now.
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Old Dec 13, 15, 10:13 am
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Originally Posted by kyroadrunner View Post
Did they limit the credit line to a certain amount? I hadn't seen any recent reports stating this wasn't working anymore. I was going to apply today but may hold off now.
There were multiple reports of people trying to reduce it to 1500, and Chase automatically increasing it to 2-3000. I haven't seen any recent reports either, but it's doubtful Chase would've gone and reopened that loophole since.

Why would you apply for that card today anyway? The 140k points seems to be the only draw to this card to me?
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Old Dec 13, 15, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by flyte View Post
There were multiple reports of people trying to reduce it to 1500, and Chase automatically increasing it to 2-3000. I haven't seen any recent reports either, but it's doubtful Chase would've gone and reopened that loophole since.

Why would you apply for that card today anyway? The 140k points seems to be the only draw to this card to me?
My reasons are pretty simple. I am mainly interested in the Marriott gold status. I will be traveling in Asia quite a bit over the next few moths and Marriott Gold members seem to get great treatment/upgrades at Marriott hotels specifically in Asia. I'm not that interested in the points, though I would use the free night certificates. With the AF this card would only make sense to me if I could buy airline gift cards to sell and offset the AF.
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Old Dec 13, 15, 11:13 am
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Originally Posted by kyroadrunner View Post
My reasons are pretty simple. I am mainly interested in the Marriott gold status. I will be traveling in Asia quite a bit over the next few moths and Marriott Gold members seem to get great treatment/upgrades at Marriott hotels specifically in Asia. I'm not that interested in the points, though I would use the free night certificates. With the AF this card would only make sense to me if I could buy airline gift cards to sell and offset the AF.
Gotcha, well yes, they seem to be tightening ever harder on the gift card reimbursements. But if you travel a lot, and you can afford to take chances on the reimbursements (you have use for the gift cards regardless of whether they reimburse it), it may be worth a shot?
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