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Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite - closed for applications 7.26.2018.

Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite - closed for applications 7.26.2018.

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Visa Infinite (closed to new applications)

All card offers are dead as of 7/26/18.

The previous version of this card was discussed HERE.

New Card Bonus ($4,000 spending): Two free night certificates good at any Ritz Carlton (Marriott) properties up to 60,000 points (possible to book any SPG properties later)
(old: at any tier 1-4 Ritz Carlton Hotel after $4k spend).
current offer (dead): https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/rit...n/naepredirect
  • Annual fee of $450 NOT waived.
  • 6 points per dollar at Marriott properties, including SPGs and Ritz-Carltons. (same as all Chase & AmEx Marriott cards)
  • 3 points per dollar at restaurants, car rental companies and airline tickets purchased directly from airlines
  • 2 points per dollar on all other purchases (same as all Chase & AmEx Marriott cards)
  • Annual (anniversary) free night award good at any Marriott (including Ritz & SPG) property up to 50,000 MRs. SPG properties are possible later.
  • Automatic Marriott Gold Status the first account year.
  • Marriott Platinum Status after $75,000 card spending in a card-member year.
  • $100 companion airfare discount booked through Visa Infinite website.
  • $100 statement credit for Global Entry after the Global Entry program application fee is charged to an eligible card.
  • $300 Annual (calendar) Travel Credit "Only the following types of non-ticket 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."
  • Troon Rewards and PRIV… ACCESS golf benefits
  • $100 credit for qualifying dining, spa or other hotel recreational activities. Use the credit with any paid stay at The Ritz-Carlton of two nights or more OR get a $100 hotel credit per stay at all Marriott luxury properties. Advance reservations are required. Valid only on non-discounted rates. Cannot be combined with any packages, discounts, negotiated corporate or group rates or point-redemption bookings.

Things qualifying/not qualifying under $300 annual travel credit
one member wrote: AA is now showing gift cards as "giftcard" rather than general purchase if the csr looks closely. Last year it worked for me, yesterday it did not and csr told me that's why. However, later the same day I also requested the credit by Secure Message (for "baggage fees) and it was approved. Very YMMV now but still doable. 2/10/2017

Southwest Airlines GCs work fairly easily. I've generally bought them for $150 and said they're excess baggage fees.

Frequent Miler has a collection of data points of what has worked in the past. Link
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Old Mar 3, 19, 6:31 pm
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There is no clear pattern in the downgrades, it is either some people slipping through the cracks, or it's just a matter of time...
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Old Mar 3, 19, 6:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Nagasaki Joe View Post
I'll throw in my data point. I applied for the RC Rewards Card in June 2018 and my account on both the mobile app and the Marriott website on my PC show I'm still Platinum Elite. It appears from the posts above that most of those downgraded to Gold are older cardholders who had been charging $10,000 annually to maintain Gold and then got upgraded to Platinum, albeit briefly. With the ruckus being raised about this, I wouldn't be surprised if Marriott reverses course and reinstates Platinum status to those who suddenly lost it.
I got the card in July, didnít spend 10k, was platinum elite, and am no longer platinum elite. I am hoping for the get too.
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Old Mar 3, 19, 6:41 pm
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Originally Posted by RedSun View Post
I think I stated this before.

My RC card was opened Oct-2017. Had $10k spending. RC Gold -> MR Plat. Marriott system shows that my MR Plat expired on 1/31/2019.

SO's RC card was opened in Jul-2018. Just $4k initial spend, no $10k spend. RC Gold -> MR Plat. Marriott system shows that the MR Plat expired on 1/31/2020.

I can't explain it. I was expecting just the opposite.
You keep saying this but it still isn't clear to me because it makes no sense. The Marriott status year rolls over at the end of Feb. So why would Marriott/some rep tell you it ended at the end of January? I actually asked you in this post if you could confirm your status ended and never got a reply.

I don't care what the "Marriott system" says, since we can't actually see status expiry dates and most customer service reps are semi-morons, so what does your and your SO's Bonvoy phone app or website say your status is as of today? Gold or plat? Presumably it should be one or the other.
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Old Mar 3, 19, 6:46 pm
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Originally Posted by pharmawalk View Post
Not related to MS, but 75k is totally feasible for most households if directed appropriately.

Edit: well, most households that have a RC card.
feasible, well very feasible if you arenít opening up 5 other cards each year with minimum spend bonuses
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Old Mar 3, 19, 6:49 pm
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Originally Posted by krazykanuck View Post
You keep saying this but it still isn't clear to me because it makes no sense. The Marriott status year rolls over at the end of Feb. So why would Marriott/some rep tell you it ended at the end of January? I actually asked you in this post if you could confirm your status ended and never got a reply.

I don't care what the "Marriott system" says, since we can't actually see status expiry dates and most customer service reps are semi-morons, so what does your and your SO's Bonvoy phone app or website say your status is as of today? Gold or plat? Presumably it should be one or the other.
The date of 1/31/2019 is also the date that Chase insisted the status is good for and they got it from contacting Marriott. That is probably the date that the internal systems in Marriott has. It only propagated to the live systems now. I would not be surprised if end of January will be the actual end of year from now on.
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Old Mar 3, 19, 6:53 pm
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Originally Posted by flymax77 View Post


feasible, well very feasible if you arenít opening up 5 other cards each year with minimum spend bonuses
Not that feasible and definitely not worth it. If you cannot earn the needed nights by staying then you book the appropriate room (with lounge or breakfast) and still come a head.

Spending 75K for what other chains give you just for having a credit card does not make sense unless you have a very specific goal in mind (like life time years - but again if that is the case organic stays would do it).
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Old Mar 3, 19, 6:55 pm
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Just checked and my status has been downgraded to Gold - I'm one of those RC cardholders who did the $10k/yr. spend
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Old Mar 3, 19, 7:16 pm
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Originally Posted by krazykanuck View Post
You keep saying this but it still isn't clear to me because it makes no sense. The Marriott status year rolls over at the end of Feb. So why would Marriott/some rep tell you it ended at the end of January? I actually asked you in this post if you could confirm your status ended and never got a reply.

I don't care what the "Marriott system" says, since we can't actually see status expiry dates and most customer service reps are semi-morons, so what does your and your SO's Bonvoy phone app or website say your status is as of today? Gold or plat? Presumably it should be one or the other.
Puzzled why you still do not understand it. I said this three times.

If you do not believe or trust Marriott's system, then it is fine. This is how our status is recorded. It became true and this has been confirmed by several people.

The Marriott rep whom I spoke to was also puzzled when I called her in early February. She said the status should have been updated early February. But it did not happen until early March. Apparently Marriott continues to have IT issues.
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Old Mar 3, 19, 9:19 pm
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Originally Posted by RedSun View Post
Apparently Marriott continues to have IT issues.
This may be the first thing I agree with you on in this thread.
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Old Mar 3, 19, 9:23 pm
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Originally Posted by nexusCFX View Post
Not to tell people what to do, but if you're going to call, please also email the lurker team. They are honestly better equipped to handle this sort of thing than phone reps, and hopefully a number of people emailing them will lead to the right people hearing this internally.
@Marriott Bonvoy Lurker
This issue has been forwarded to the appropriate team to look into.
We will let you know when we have an update.

Best Regards,

Christina Zhou
Specialist, Social Media
Marriott International

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Old Mar 3, 19, 9:40 pm
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Great to see a replly from Marriott Bonvoy Lurker II, hopefully positive news will follow.
In the meantime, FrequentMiler just published an article on this controversy at:
https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.c...t-bonvoy-gold/
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Old Mar 3, 19, 11:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Marriott Bonvoy Lurker II View Post
This issue has been forwarded to the appropriate team to look into.
We will let you know when we have an update.

Best Regards,

Christina Zhou
Specialist, Social Media
Marriott International

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Thanks @Marriott Bonvoy Lurker II. Add me to the list of people downgraded to Gold. I applied for the Ritz card in June 2018. I inquired about a month ago with Marriott prior to making a large number of reservations and was told my Platinum Elite status was good through the end of 2019.
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Old Mar 3, 19, 11:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Marriott Bonvoy Lurker II View Post
This issue has been forwarded to the appropriate team to look into.
We will let you know when we have an update.

Best Regards,

Christina Zhou
Specialist, Social Media
Marriott International

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Thank you for looking into this issue. I am also one of the folks affected by this.
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Old Mar 4, 19, 9:12 am
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Originally Posted by the_jaguar View Post
Thank you for looking into this issue. I am also one of the folks affected by this.
add me to this list as well. I opened the card and did $10k spend before the cutoff date and was platinum until a couple days ago. Super frustrating
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Old Mar 4, 19, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by nikespex View Post
Thanks @Marriott Bonvoy Lurker II. Add me to the list of people downgraded to Gold. I applied for the Ritz card in June 2018. I inquired about a month ago with Marriott prior to making a large number of reservations and was told my Platinum Elite status was good through the end of 2019.
Yeah, same here. Have a number of stays for summer 2019 that I will be cancelling if I don't get to keep my Platinum status from signing up for the ritz card last summer.
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