- Three complimentary nights at any Tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotel after spending $5,000 within three months
- 10,000 bonus points after adding an authorized user and having them make a purchase within the first three months
While the card has a $450 annual fee, the three complimentary nights along with some of the other perks make this card extremely lucrative. For example, the card comes with a $300 annual airline credit, Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check credit, $100 airline credit when booking two passengers on a domestic itinerary, etc. It also comes with Ritz-Carlton Rewards Gold status, and in a post yesterday I explained how you can maximize the value of that even at Marriott properties.
What are the best hotels for redeeming three complimentary nights?
In this post I wanted to talk a bit more about the actual sign-up bonus offered by the card, and all the great ways to use it.
Upon completing minimum spend you earn three complimentary nights at Tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton property. The complimentary nights will come in the form of e-certificates added to your Ritz-Carlton Rewards account. The basic terms are as follows:
- E-certificates are valid at Tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton properties (meaning that Tier 5 properties are excluded)
- The e-certificates can be used together or separately (meaning you could make three separate one night stays, one three night stay, etc.)
- E-certificates expire 12 months after they’re issued
- E-certificates should post to your account within 6-8 weeks of completing qualifying spend
You can go to this page to see a listing of all Ritz-Carlton properties by category. In the dropdown menu at the top right of the page, just select your preferred Tier — keep in mind the certificate can be redeemed at Tier 1-4 properties, and not Tier 5 properties.
With the above in mind, I’ve been looking at the eligible hotels that I’d be most interested in redeeming certificates at, and in today’s post figured I’d share the top six US properties that interest me. In no particular order, here they are:
I love Southern California, and in particular love Laguna Niguel/Dana Point. I’ve stayed at the St. Regis Monarch Beach a couple of times, though unfortunately that hotel recently became independent, meaning points can’t practically be redeemed there anymore.
The Ritz-Carlton is right next door, however, and would be a great use of these certificates.
The great thing is that Dana Point is a fairly short drive from LA, so you could easily use the certificates for three separate one night weekend stays, as it’s a nice escape from LA. The beach in the area is gorgeous, and there are lots of great restaurants.
This is a hotel that has long intrigued me. It’s located south of San Francisco, and looks beautiful. I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time, but never pulled the trigger. Perhaps three complimentary nights is enough to get me to finally visit.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a huge Hawaii person, though I also haven’t been that often. Hawaii can be obscenely expensive, so redeeming the certificates at the Ritz-Carlton in Maui seems like an excellent option.
I’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, though the area looks beautiful. Mainly I just love being around nature and hiking in summer, and the Ritz-Carlton looks like it’s a great option in that regard. The hotel isn’t far from Reno Airport, so it should be fairly easy to get there as well.
While the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park doesn’t look like the most amazing Ritz property, New York City hotels can be very expensive, so getting three complimentary nights at a Ritz-Carlton in New York City is an incredible option to have. Given the number of people who like to travel to NYC but are put off by hotel prices, this is a great way to get luxury accommodation in the city on the cheap.
If there’s one hotel market in the US that’s even more obscenely priced than New York City, it might just be San Francisco. Ritz-Carlton has a very nice looking property there that can be a great option. San Francisco hotel prices can be hugely variable, with four star hotels sometimes going for over $500 per night.
There are so many great properties at which to redeem the three complimentary nights being offered with The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card. This is true whether you’re looking at a city getaway in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Washington, or are looking for more of a scenic getaway, in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Dana Point, etc.
Personally I’d probably use the sign-up bonus from the card to spend one night at the Ritz-Carlton Dana Point and two nights at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, but there are a lot of properties to consider.
And the above post just looks at their US properties, so stay tuned for a follow up post about their non-US properties.
Which Ritz-Carlton property would you want to redeem three complimentary nights at?