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 10, 16, 12:58 am
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Originally Posted by vah4883 View Post
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.
That would be wonderful! the only annoying thing is the cl is so low, you always need to worry when purchasing expensive goods...
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Old Jan 10, 16, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by thomasmessi View Post
That would be wonderful! the only annoying thing is the cl is so low, you always need to worry when purchasing expensive goods...
why do you want to use Ritz card when there are much better credit cards for MS or real spending?
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Old Jan 10, 16, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by vah4883 View Post
why do you want to use Ritz card when there are much better credit cards for MS or real spending?
I don't know for sure, but I think the purchase protection insurance is some of the best of regularly available cards.

As for me, I only use mine for Marriott stays and then whatever miscellaneous spend to get to $10k.
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Old Jan 10, 16, 11:07 am
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Originally Posted by United747 View Post
I don't know for sure, but I think the purchase protection insurance is some of the best of regularly available cards.

As for me, I only use mine for Marriott stays and then whatever miscellaneous spend to get to $10k.
you are pretty much correct. There are two situation I would like to use ritz credit card:

1, non-category spending. even some 2x card can provide 1 more point, but 10k spend to get gold marroit status is still need to be done.

2, for things you purchased potentially need purchase protection, ritz card is really a nice card to use. CS is dedicated line and always generous of doing purchase protection.
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Old Jan 10, 16, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by thomasmessi View Post
you are pretty much correct. There are two situation I would like to use ritz credit card:

1, non-category spending. even some 2x card can provide 1 more point, but 10k spend to get gold marroit status is still need to be done.

2, for things you purchased potentially need purchase protection, ritz card is really a nice card to use. CS is dedicated line and always generous of doing purchase protection.
I just looked, purchase protection is same as AmEx plat, better than CSP. Return protection is best on Ritz, and Ritz has price protection too.
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Old Jan 10, 16, 11:37 am
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Originally Posted by United747 View Post
I just looked, purchase protection is same as AmEx plat, better than CSP. Return protection is best on Ritz, and Ritz has price protection too.
Thanks for the info. One thing I forget to mention about ritz is even the cl you low to ~1500, it still has a hidden cl. I know this because once I forgot my ritz cl is this low and I made a 2000 purchase. However no one complained. I even bought more thing after. More than a week later, I realized that and called the CS, they told me this. The only thing is I don't know the number of the hidden CL
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Old Jan 10, 16, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by thomasmessi View Post
Thanks for the info. One thing I forget to mention about ritz is even the cl you low to ~1500, it still has a hidden cl. I know this because once I forgot my ritz cl is this low and I made a 2000 purchase. However no one complained. I even bought more thing after. More than a week later, I realized that and called the CS, they told me this. The only thing is I don't know the number of the hidden CL
I think that's the same for all Visa Signature cards (my US Bank flexperks works this way). If you go over the limit, it functions as a charge card. So if your limit is $1k and you spend $2k, you have to pay in full at least $1k.
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Old Jan 11, 16, 5:27 am
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Originally Posted by vah4883 View Post
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.
yeah I did and maybe it is related. That would be awesome, as I love that AU's also gets PP with 2 free guests.
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Old Jan 11, 16, 7:58 am
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Does outright buying a ticket look any different than seat upgrade fees when it posts?
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Old Jan 11, 16, 10:07 am
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Originally Posted by 1353513636 View Post
Does outright buying a ticket look any different than seat upgrade fees when it posts?
I'm not sure if it looks the same but I've received the reimbursement for flight reservations booked on jetBlue, Frontier, and Volaris.
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Old Jan 11, 16, 9:47 pm
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How long have folks waiter before hearing back via SM?

I am dreading having to provide "documentation" for my request to refund "membership" aka elite buy-in fee for an airline.
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Old Jan 11, 16, 10:39 pm
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Originally Posted by slivrflyr View Post
How long have folks waiter before hearing back via SM?

I am dreading having to provide "documentation" for my request to refund "membership" aka elite buy-in fee for an airline.
Just call. No waiting involved!
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Old Jan 11, 16, 10:59 pm
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Originally Posted by kyroadrunner View Post
Just call. No waiting involved!
1 minute and 48 seconds to get two charges reimbursed.

-~$12 for food at the AC
-~$30 for Westjet seat fees
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Old Jan 12, 16, 7:49 am
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I had my CL lowered to $1000 a couple of weeks ago. My first statement just closed. Looking at the statement, I was not charged the AF. In fact, the AF is not listed anywhere on the statement. I had read that others saw it charged and then credited. Does the AF always charge on the first statement?
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Old Jan 12, 16, 8:08 am
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Have you all called or SM for CL reduction/change. What's the rationale that you tell them? Thanks
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