The terms of the promotion are as follows:
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 between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. For each eligible night, members will receive two Elite night credits. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for Elite night credit. 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.
- 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)
Obviously this is a nice promotion if you spend a lot of nights at Ritz-Carltons, though this isn’t a way to somehow “get ahead” on your Marriott stays. While I get it from a branding perspective, in practice I still don’t get why Marriott and Ritz-Carlton run separate but virtually identical loyalty programs.
While there are obviously lots of people that like Ritz-Carltons, I’m not surprised they keep having to lower the thresholds, given the limited number of properties they have. It makes it difficult to spend 75+ nights per year with them.
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)