6 U.S. Ritz-Carlton Properties I’d Redeem 3 Complimentary Nights At

I’ve written in detail about The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card, which is offering an incredible 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

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:

1. Ritz-Carton Dana Point

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.


2. Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

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.


3. Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Maui

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.


4. Ritz-Carlton Truckee Lake Tahoe

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.


5. Ritz-Carlton New York City Battery Park

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.


6. Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

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.


Bottom line

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?


  1. is the half moon bay hotel the same one used at one of the ‘american pie’ movies? the one which they get married? it sure does look like it.

  2. Been to HMB property a few times, gorgeous place. My Fiancee stayed there as part of an art auction promo, but I haven’t actually spent the night. Assuming the deal is still on a couple years down the road, I’ll shoot for Ritz Maui. Looks like a terrific option.

  3. @ Kevin — Are you sure about that? Can’t speak from firsthand experience, but terms of the offer state: “may not be redeemed at EDITION hotels.”

  4. Excellent choices indeed. The RC Battery Park is one of my favorite weekend NYC hotels as it is so far away from all the midtown tourist haunts and noise, yet an easy subway ride or Uber to anywhere. Besides Cipriani Wall Street is open on Friday nights for can amazingly affordable 3-course dinner special, and there are plenty of museums downtown that are worth a visit.

  5. Looking forward to the next installment. My family is taking a gap year (in 11-months) and we will be using reward points and the Ritz vouchers for some of the smaller stays. Already searching for the tier 3/4 hotels at our proposed destinations. Especially places that are great for splurging like Abu Dhabi…

    Trying out the RC Battery Park in Novemeber. Getting a third night free on a suite using the Platinum AmEx! Not my favorite location but still looking forward to the experience!

  6. You missed our favorite, the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort, near Tuscon. It abuts a state park so it’s more like a high-end national park lodge. We think the Tortolita Mountain are every bit as beautiful as the nearby Saguaro National Park. We go there every winter and spend our days hiking in the mountain and the evenings chilling in the hot tub.

    They have a naturalist program with kid-friendly ranger programs, which include morning and nighttime guided hikes and nightime astronomy star talks.

    Of course, they have golf courses galore but for non-golfers like us, it’s nice that it is close but out of view.

  7. @Lucky That must be new, I got the original Visa Signature card and used one of my free certificates at the Edition in NYC.

  8. Hate to burst your bubble on two of them, but the Tahoe and HMB ones are bad ideas. HMB is an awfully boring town, and is nasty foggy and windy 90% of the time. It’s probably only worth it if the weather is good. And in Tahoe, the Ritz is about a two hour drive from Reno, and it is basically attached to the Northstar resort. All the good and quiet hiking is south of the lake, with the best of it in Alpine County.

  9. After many stays at the RC Battery Park, I can tell you it is far from a great Ritz experience. Plus, the weekend rates, are comparatively often quite reasonable for a New York Ritz (~$350)

    The views can be amazing if you get the right room.
    Close to some tourist sites and some great downtown restaurants

    Service far below Ritz standards across the board – bellmen, front desk, and concierge
    Facilities are lacking, with a poor gym, boring bar, and below average food at the restaurant and in room service.
    Ritz Battery Park is notorious for not providing Ritz/Marriott benefits

  10. Half Moon Bay is fantastic! I LOVE that property. You can get good weekend rates at Battery Park. I likely wouldn’t burn complimentary nights on it. I also love the Dove Mountain property mentioned above, and Vienna is a great suggestion as well.

  11. Lucky you must visit the Ritz in Half Moon Bay! It is amazing! I sometimes go on the weekend just to have a drink on the massive open deck area and sip some great California Wine! It’s AMAZING!

  12. My wife and I love the RC Half Moon Bay. Our second stay was a few weeks ago, and we got the same Firepit room as our FHR upgrade.

    If I get these free nights with the credit card, what are the chances of a paid upgrade to the Firepit room again?

    PS: That New York EDITION mentioned in the comments was just added to Amex FHR a few weeks ago, and has a 3rd night free going until next April

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