Ritz Carlton Visa Infinite
Following the leaks about the upcoming Chase Sapphire Reserve card (full details here) I had heard rumors that another Chase Visa Infinite card could be coming. Then, this past weekend some of the details began to leak out and now we have all of the details of the brand new(ish) Ritz Carlton Rewards Credit Card. Let’s take a look.
Three complimentary nights at at any participating Tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton® hotel after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening plus 10K points for adding an authorized user and making a purchase within the first 3 months.
- Visa Infinite benefits including $100 off multi-person roundtrip tickets
- $300 annual travel credit
- 5X Ritz Carlton, 2X air, car, restaurants & 1X everywhere else
- $100 Global entry fee credit
- Ritz/Marriott Gold status the first year
- Spend $10K each year to keep Gold status. Spend $75K for Platinum
- No foreign transaction fees
- $450 annual fee which is not waived
The old card came with a $395 fee and 2 free nights. This new offer has a higher fee but gives you an extra night and 10K points. As a first year offer the higher fee definitely seems worth it given the better bonus. In the long term, for the extra money you mostly get Visa Infinite benefits which do include that $100 multi-person flight discount which could come in handy. Concierge service is included as well.
One interesting thing to look at is club upgrades. The old card had a published benefit of three free club upgrades per year. The offer page for this new card does not mention the upgrades, although I have seen some other internal information that seems to indicate it still does. I don’t want to say either way, but the loss of the club access could be big for some, but only those who actually pay to stay at Ritz. (And that honestly isn’t me.)
There are two more intriguing things to look at for me. This card is a conversion of the old Ritz product and thus is not a new product altogether. For that reason we can hope it isn’t subject to the 5/24 guideline since the old card didn’t seem to be. The other interesting thing is with 3 free nights, a couple can apply together and you can get a very nice turnkey vacation with just two cards! Too bad Cat 5 properties are excluded.
You can find all of the benefits and the direct application here.
In my opinion this is a very good and valuable offer ($1,000+ after factoring the annual fee) if you have a good use of the nights and the other benefits. As long as you can maximize the travel credit, then the annual fee is incredibly manageable and Ritz/Marriott Gold the first year with the ability to spend to up to it in subsequent years is a great benefit. The only problem for me is that thing called Sapphire Reserve. I want one of them and thus I will have to wait on this.