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I’ve written extensively about The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card, which was recently relaunched with a very generous sign-up bonus:
- 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
I’ve written about all the Ritz-Carlton properties where you can redeem your complimentary nights, including in the US and internationally.
There’s one other benefit I’d like to go into more detail about, which is what this post is about.
Save $100 on roundtrip domestic travel for two
While some benefits of the card are Chase specific, others are through Visa, and the Ritz-Carlton Card is a Visa Infinite product. Now, different Visa Infinite cards have different perks, so this one won’t be available on all cards (for example, the Chase Sapphire Reserve doesn’t come with this benefit).
However, one of the fantastic Visa Infinite benefits available on The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card is that it offers $100 savings on roundtrip domestic airfare when booking for at least two people.
This has the potential to be an extremely valuable benefit, especially if you usually travel as a pair.
Doctor of Credit had a post a while back about the terms of this benefit. To sum up the basic terms of the $100 Visa Infinite domestic airfare benefit:
- Only valid for roundtrip travel, meaning itineraries that are one way, open jaw, etc., don’t qualify
- Bookings need to be made within one day and 11 months of departure
- The ticket must be booked in the name of the primary cardholder
- Travel needs to be booked through the Visa Infinite travel portal to qualify, and most airlines participate, with the exception of some low cost carriers like Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest, and Spirit
- As a general rule of thumb, fares should be the same that are otherwise publicly available, though you’ll always want to double check just to be sure
- The booking should be treated similarly to any other online travel agency booking, meaning you’ll still earn miles/points, have the same upgrade eligibility as otherwise, etc.
- The $100 discount is per itinerary, not per person (meaning you save a total of $100 for two people traveling together)
I don’t yet have The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card, so haven’t been able to try this out yet myself. I’m hoping to get the card soon, and plan on sharing my experience with this benefit.
This benefit could be huge, especially if you frequently take short flights. For example, take the following roundtrip flight between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which costs ~$116 per person:
The total would be ~$232 for two passengers, and after the discount you’d pay ~$132, or ~$66 per passenger. That’s incredible.
I take a lot of trips with others, and I’m planning on picking up this card as soon as I can. I can see myself using the $100 companion airfare benefit several times per year, and perhaps the savings from this benefit alone would cover the annual fee on this card. This is yet another incredible benefit of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card.
Has anyone used the $100 domestic airfare benefit, and if so, what was your experience like?