Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card (2016 onward)

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards card

The new VISA Infinite version is discussed HERE.
In August 2016 Chase refreshed this card.
This thread is a continuation of discussion archived here:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/chase...idated-71.html

Best public available offer:
Two free nights at any tier 1-4 Ritz Carlton Hotel after $4k spent. Annual fee of $450 NOT waived.
https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/rit...n/naepredirect

Three free nights at any tier 1-4 Ritz Carlton Hotel after $5k spent. Annual fee of $450 NOT waived.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE
https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/ritzcarlton/aep3CN
I edited link and replaced "2CN" with "3CN" and now it shows offer of 3 free nights, $450 AF and $5K spend.
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$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 incidental 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.


Please start a list of what charges have and have not been reimbursed.

Reimbursed:
F9 Award Fees $33.60
Admirals Lounge Meal $26
B6 Flight $96.20 x 2
Volaris Flight $82 x 4 (reimbursed for $300)
WN gift card $25
Seat upgrade to first- it was a bit of a challenge because they showed up as new tickets. I offered to have them look at another Chase card that had the original tickets, but the agent admitted, "$2xx.xx seems low for a round trip on United," and processed the refund.
Reimbursed for the $200 reactivation fee for expired AAdvantage miles. Oops... I mean I got reimbursed for $200 in AA seat upgrade fees
AY bag fees. Paid to AY in EUR, reimbursed in USD at amount shown on stmt.
AA seat upgrade fees. NOTE: these were oddball amounts, not even numbers.

Not Reimbursed:
AA Gift Cards
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Old Jan 6, 16, 11:54 am
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Join Date: Nov 2013
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Originally Posted by slivrflyr View Post
Hi folks,

Has anyone used or knows if I can use the Ritz card to pay for airline status buy-in? This is when you're within X miles of making the next tier and the airline lets you pay to retain status for the next year?

Mine hasn't posted yet but a rep said this ISN'T reimbursable, but regular seat upgrades would be.

Going to try my luck anyway. The amount is above the $300 so not a small fee that can slip under the approval radar.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks
You might be able to say it's airline membership, just don't include details and they'll probably think that it's lounge membership. Since it won't have a ticket number tied to it.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 2:08 pm
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Originally Posted by hiima View Post
You might be able to say it's airline membership, just don't include details and they'll probably think that it's lounge membership. Since it won't have a ticket number tied to it.

It's still pending and it's a multiple of what a membership costs lol. Let's see how it posts
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Old Jan 7, 16, 1:38 am
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Originally Posted by slivrflyr View Post
It's still pending and it's a multiple of what a membership costs lol. Let's see how it posts
Well, it's definitely not a flight ticket. Those post as numbers of the ticket number. Does it say the airline directly on the pending line? Like AA, UA, or whatever? If so, I'd say you have a pretty good shot. Could say it's membership for you, your wife, your kid, the dog...
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Old Jan 7, 16, 4:51 am
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Originally Posted by slivrflyr View Post
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Originally Posted by hiima


You might be able to say it's airline membership, just don't include details and they'll probably think that it's lounge membership. Since it won't have a ticket number tied to it.





It's still pending and it's a multiple of what a membership costs lol. Let's see how it posts

A multiple? What is lounge membership? 400-500? How much did you pay
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Old Jan 7, 16, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by blitzen View Post
A multiple? What is lounge membership? 400-500? How much did you pay
$900
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Old Jan 8, 16, 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by travelfreaks View Post
Some have, but many have not
Never tell them that or you will get an outright NO!
The T&C's are not new, they are just much more strict in enforcing them
Data Point: Purchased a $60 Delta GC hoping I could get the expense reimbursed. The charge now shows up as "Delta Air Gift Cards", so Delta GC's now appear to be off the table.
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Old Jan 9, 16, 7:57 am
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My AF is coming up on 2-1-16, can I utilize my 300 travel credit before the AF fee is charged and then cancel. Is there no clawback?
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Old Jan 9, 16, 11:05 am
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Originally Posted by tenjack View Post
My AF is coming up on 2-1-16, can I utilize my 300 travel credit before the AF fee is charged and then cancel. Is there no clawback?
Correct. The benefit is explicitly per calendar year, so you've got until 2/1/16 (or actually a little later than that since you can cancel after the AF posts and get it waived when you cancel).
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Old Jan 9, 16, 11:08 am
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Has anyone bought any AA e gift cards lately and had them credited? I did my last year ones in $50 increments and it worked last year. Also so there is no clawback if you cancel after you get a new set of incidentals but before the AF is refundable?
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Old Jan 9, 16, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by Jay00848 View Post
How long does it take for the Cat 1-4 certs to show up usually after you meet the spend requirement?
My certificate just posted, two days after the spend requirement posted.

Posted Description Points Value Expiration
01/09/16 RCR CARD FREE NIGHT (TIER 1-4) 0 01/09/17
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Old Jan 9, 16, 11:48 am
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Has anyone who opened his account Dec 2014 seen annual fee charge on Jan 1st? Today I called for incidental reimbursement and then asked about this year annual fee and CSR after checked the computer said my account shows next AF will be on Jan 2017!
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Old Jan 9, 16, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by vah4883 View Post
Has anyone who opened his account Dec 2014 seen annual fee charge on Jan 1st? Today I called for incidental reimbursement and then asked about this year annual fee and CSR after checked the computer said my account shows next AF will be on Jan 2017!
Wow. Happy anniversary!
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Old Jan 9, 16, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by socrpro192 View Post
Has anyone bought any AA e gift cards lately and had them credited? I did my last year ones in $50 increments and it worked last year. Also so there is no clawback if you cancel after you get a new set of incidentals but before the AF is refundable?
I bought AA e-gift cards at the end of December. I bought incremental values that totaled $300. I had the travel credit applied with no questions asked. I do not believe they will claw back the annual travel credits, but I haven't had experience with this.
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Old Jan 9, 16, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by vah4883 View Post
Has anyone who opened his account Dec 2014 seen annual fee charge on Jan 1st? Today I called for incidental reimbursement and then asked about this year annual fee and CSR after checked the computer said my account shows next AF will be on Jan 2017!
Noticed same on wife's acct. Opened mid-December 2014. I was expecting AF to hit first of this month as well, but I would be very happy to keep both of our PP's for an extra year.
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Old Jan 9, 16, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by travelfreaks View Post
Noticed same on wife's acct. Opened mid-December 2014. I was expecting AF to hit first of this month as well, but I would be very happy to keep both of our PP's for an extra year.
did you also lower the CL for waiving AF last year?
If AF doesn't show up on Feb 1st, Maybe the rule for low CL is to never pay AF not just 1st year.
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