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No real benefit of Titanium Membership with Ritz

No real benefit of Titanium Membership with Ritz

Old Jul 21, 2023, 9:55 am
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No real benefit of Titanium Membership with Ritz

Iíve been trying to find some nice spots to take my wife, Iíve realized that Ritz offers ZERO benefit except for 1000 points (big deal) . No breakfast, no free parking, nothing.

Then I started thinking, is there really any benefit to being a Titanium member? I know everyone goes on about Ambassador, but there is no real advantage to being more than Platinum. Or am I missing something?
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 9:58 am
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Originally Posted by JETDRIVER
Iíve been trying to find some nice spots to take my wife, Iíve realized that Ritz offers ZERO benefit except for 1000 points (big deal) . No breakfast, no free parking, nothing.

Then I started thinking, is there really any benefit to being a Titanium member? I know everyone goes on about Ambassador, but there is no real advantage to being more than Platinum. Or am I missing something?
same could be said of EDITIONS, and Design hotelsÖ

titaniums are eligible for suite upgrades at Ritz and some people value United Silver status. (Both only available to titaniums and ambassadors only)
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 10:17 am
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Stay at a St Regis instead.
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by JETDRIVER
Iíve been trying to find some nice spots to take my wife, Iíve realized that Ritz offers ZERO benefit except for 1000 points (big deal) . No breakfast, no free parking, nothing.

Then I started thinking, is there really any benefit to being a Titanium member? I know everyone goes on about Ambassador, but there is no real advantage to being more than Platinum. Or am I missing something?
Technically suite upgrades are a benefit at Ritz Carlton for Titanium and above -

Complimentary Enhanced Room Upgrade for Platinum Elite Members. Platinum Elite Members and above receive a complimentary upgrade to the best available room, subject to availability on the day of arrival, for the entire length of stay. Complimentary upgrade includes suites, rooms with desirable views, rooms on high floors, corner rooms, rooms with special amenities or rooms on Executive Floors. At The Ritz-Carlton, suites are only included for Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite Members and rooms with direct Club access are excluded.

But yes, Ritz is pretty much earn and burn only, similar to Design, Edition and I presume will also be the case with MGM (similar to Cosmopolitan). And I think there's a lot of hotels like this in the overall portfolio. A recent stay at the St Regis Kanai included no upgrade and essentially having to pay $27 for breakfast (the basic one was just a croissant, plate of fruit and coffee).
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 10:59 am
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Originally Posted by ElevatorEnthusiast
Stay at a St Regis instead.
As a matter of fact, I booked a four seasons instead for less. Just have to figure out how to burn through these useless points eventually
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 11:46 am
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Originally Posted by ElevatorEnthusiast
Stay at a St Regis instead.
And then come here to complain how when you checked in there were suites available for sale but no upgrade was given.
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 12:11 pm
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Titanium is worth achieving (over Platinum) if you don't have Star Alliance status but need to fly it a couple times a year.

Titanium is worth something at full-service Marriotts outside the U.S., although I can't speak to the Plat vs Titanium difference since I've been LT Titanium since Titanium launched.
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 1:03 pm
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Originally Posted by pinniped
Titanium is worth achieving (over Platinum) if you don't have Star Alliance status but need to fly it a couple times a year.

Titanium is worth something at full-service Marriotts outside the U.S., although I can't speak to the Plat vs Titanium difference since I've been LT Titanium since Titanium launched.
I do well with Titanium outside of the US. I could be Bruce Wayne and Ambassador in the USA, and I would still get a one category upgrade 😂
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 1:52 pm
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I never try for the upgrade, I just book the room I want. I can’t recall the last time I’ve been upgraded, been titanium since inception. Just seeing this going the way of Hilton.
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 2:16 pm
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Ritz Kyoto upgraded me 6 categories to Garden Terrace Suite (imo best room in the property)
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 2:25 pm
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My latest stay at the Ritz Melbourne notwithstanding, I've had good luck with upgrades at Ritz properties over the past 2 years after booking the cheapest available room:
- The Ritz-Carlton Perth: Langley Park View Suite
- The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong: Deluxe Victoria Harbour View Suite
- The Ritz-Carlton Santiago: Executive Suite
- The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo: Junior Suite
- The Ritz-Carlton, Amman: Junior Suite
- The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi: 2-Bedroom Garden Villa
- The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo: Corner Suite with Mount Fuji View
- The Ritz-Carlton Mexico City: Executive Suite
- Hotel Arts Barcelona: Sea View Suite
- The Ritz-Carlton Dubai IFC: Executive Suite
- The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans: Executive Suite
- The Ritz-Carlton Chicago: Water Tower Suite
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 4:45 pm
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Never had any success at a RC getting an upgrade or lounge access as LTP (before the takeover, now LTT). Was offered lounge access at $100/night though and to purchase chocolate strawberries, flowers and champagne for an engagement stay. Stayed elsewhere twice.
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 4:54 pm
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I've personally stayed at 2 RC ever:

RC Langkawi - base room on points got upgraded to Oceanfront Villa
RC Bali - base room on points got upgraded to a Ritz Carlton Suite.

My Dad as a plat on MMP:
RC HK - upgraded to Grand Victoria Harbor, then changed to a Normal Victoria Harbor because we wanted 2 beds
RC Bali - upgraded to Garden Villa
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Old Jul 21, 2023, 5:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Radiation Station
I do well with Titanium outside of the US. I could be Bruce Wayne and Ambassador in the USA, and I would still get a one category upgrade 😂
Unless staying in NYC (as I do each month and you don't even get that) - it really is a joke in that city. I agree that outside of NA the treatment is better.

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Old Jul 21, 2023, 5:40 pm
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When I saw the thread title, first thing I thought was... yes that is factually correct. There really is no benefit for a titanium at the Ritz within the US.
Outside, yes you may likely get good treatment and upgrades. But in the US, it'll most likely just be a a minimal sidegrade to a marginally better view room.

I'd say that this is even true at most Marriott properties within the US now unfortunately. Even as a LT titanium, you'll just get a one category 'upgrade' even though it should be to something better when rooms are available.
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