Ritz-Carlton Rewards Double Elite Qualifying Nights 2014

I’ve always found the Ritz-Carlton Rewards program to be rather interesting, given that it has virtually identical qualification requirements and benefits to the Marriott Rewards program. You’re not technically allowed to be a member of both programs, though you can credit all your Marriott stays to Ritz-Carlton, and can credit all your Ritz-Carlton stays to Marriott.

So really it simply comes down to which program’s promotions you prefer, as they are quite different.

Today Ritz-Carlton Rewards announced a double elite qualifying nights promotion for the rest of the year. It even applies retroactively for all stays during the 2014 calendar year, as long as you were a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member at the time of the stay.


The basic details of the promotion are as follows:

Receive credit for twice the nights when you stay at The Ritz-Carlton

There is now a faster way to experience the benefits of Elite status. Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards now earn two Elite night credits for each night stay at participating Ritz-Carlton hotels.

This new benefit applies to each stay during 2014, including those that you have already made, allowing you to easily maintain your present status, or achieve a higher level of membership. Reserve your next stay to get started.

Then here are the terms & conditions:

Guests must be a member of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards at the time of their stay. Stays must be at a participating Ritz-Carlton property, and for each eligible night, members will receive two Elite night credits. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for Elite night credit. Double Elite night credits are retroactively granted to members for all stays at Ritz-Carlton properties starting on January 1, 2014, and are automatically applied to members’ accounts. To be eligible for retroactive double Elite night credit, guests must have been a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member during that stay in 2014. Nights stayed at a Ritz-Carlton property as a member of the Marriott Rewards program are not eligible for double Elite night credit. Members can review their current status by logging into their account.

To clarify:

  • You do earn double elite qualifying nights for Ritz-Carlton stays credited to Ritz-Carlton Rewards
  • You don’t earn double elite qualifying nights for Marriott stays credited to Ritz-Carlton Rewards
  • You don’t earn double elite qualifying nights for Ritz-Carlton stays credited to Marriott Rewards

As a reminder, the normal Ritz-Carlton Rewards thresholds are as follows:

  • Ritz-Carlton Rewards Silver — 10 nights (5 during promotion)
  • Ritz-Carlton Rewards Gold — 50 nights (25 during promotion)
  • Ritz-Carlton Rewards Platinum — 75 nights (38 during promotion)


This is most useful if you stay at Ritz-Carlton properties a lot

I know this sounds extremely obvious, but this isn’t a promotion whereby it makes sense to mattress run to achieve status. It’s not like staying at a Courtyard off an interstate a few times and then earning top tier status. You have to actually stay at Ritz-Carlton properties, and elite recognition at Ritz-Carlton properties isn’t as good as at Marriott properties (for example, you don’t get lounge access, which I can’t blame them for given how much nicer their club lounges are).

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge

Ritz-Carlton’s credit card gives you Platinum status with $75,000 of spend

Back in May, Ritz-Carlton improved their co-branded credit card by adding Platinum status for spending $75,000 on the card in a year. So while I wouldn’t go out of my way to spend $75,000 on the card in order to earn Platinum status, if you really do want to earn it this is going to be the best way to do so.

The card also gives you Gold status for the first year as a card member, which comes with very similar benefits (you just don’t get an arrival gift and guaranteed availability within 48 hours of arrival).

Bottom line

It’s a promotion that’s good to know about, though it’s not worth “scheming” in order to take advantage of this promotion, as there’s not enough upside, in my opinion.

(Tip of the hat to Magic of Miles)


  1. Got the card since it came with Gold status for Ritz AND Marriott and I had an upcoming stay at the new Renaissance in Provence in France. Got the card and my Marriott status showed up Gold even before the card arrived.

    At the hotel, I got free internet and breakfast and a nice upgrade. You can be sure I will spend the $10,000 on the card to keep my Marriott Gold for as long as they offer it.

  2. I am not sure why people say you cannot be a member of both programs because I have long been a member of Marriott Rewards but wanted to credit points to Southwest Airlines on an upcoming RC stay, so I joined their program. No problem whatsoever. I’m not sure why Marriott Rewards specifically excludes RC stays from getting Southwest points, but the Ritz program allows it. Weird.

  3. The Taste of Platinum challenge with Marriott is a much easier way of getting Platinum status, as it only requires 9 stays in 60 days (rather than 75 days), and Marriott Platinum status = Ritz Carlton status. Technically your account is only associated with one, so you can simply call to switch between either one. And you can keep Platinum in subsequent years by spending 40,000 points.

    All this seems much easier than spending $75,000, for most of us at least.

  4. @ Lucky – I just completed Marriott’s Gold challenge (6 stays… or 6 nights, don’t remember). When I called to inquire about a challenge/match, they wanted to give a Silver challenge but I mentioned my SPG Platinum status and they offered Gold challenge; no mention of Platinum.

    P.S. Curiously, Marriott must be allowing multiple rooms to count towards status as I got credit for two rooms when I went to a concert in Dallas with a friend a few weeks ago.

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