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Hotel points can be hard to value, as there are so many ways to get a hotel room for cheap by paying in cash. But when hotel points come in big numbers, they are hard to ignore.
Over the summer there was a 140,000 point Ritz Carlton Rewards Card offer that many people took advantage of. While they are officially called Ritz Carlton Rewards points they actually use the same award chart as regular Marriott Rewards points you’re used to.
If you missed the deal over the summer, you’re in luck. It’s back for now and available online. Just spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of holding the card and the points are yours.
Annual fee but $300+ in credit
There is a $395 annual fee on the card that’s not waived, but it’s easy to get more value than that as the card gives you a $300 airline fee credit each calendar year.
That means if you apply and get your card activated before the end of the year you can get a credit in for 2014, and another at the beginning of 2015.
Just remember that actual plane tickets can’t be reimbursed:
“Only the following types of non-ticket Net Purchases qualify for this offer: airline lounge day pass, or towards a yearly lounge membership of your choice; airline seat upgrades; airline baggage fees; in-flight internet/entertainment; in-flight meals; Global Entry fees.”
Convert your account first
If you already have a Marriott account you want to top up with these points, make sure you convert it to a Ritz Carlton eligible account before you apply.
You can do that by calling Marriott on (888) 236-2427. It’s a quick process, your points will be worth the same, but just a formality to be linked up before you open a Ritz Carlton Rewards card.
If you don’t have a Marriott account you don’t need to do anything and a rewards account will be opened automatically when you get the card.
What to do with 140,000 Ritz Carlton points?
Here are some of the most useful uses besides free nights…
Try an Air plus Hotel deal
If you already have some Marriott points, one of the absolute best things you can do is use them for an air plus 7 night hotel package.
Here’s how it works…
If you have at least 200,000 points in your account Marriott will let you book 7 free nights at a hotel, and then will send you airline miles into the program of your choice. You can use the miles anytime you want, not just to fly to the hotel you’re staying at.
200,000 points can get you…
Normally 7 nights at a Category 5 hotel cost 175,000 points on its own. So for just 25,000 extra points you get 50,000 or more real airline miles, which is like doubling your points in value.
If you don’t yet have 200,000 Marriott points, consider later applying for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa, which usually has a pretty generous sign up deal that will get you there or close to it quickly.
Get to Southwest Companion Pass faster
Points that you convert from Marriott to Southwest count toward Companion Pass qualification each year.
While the best thing to do for that is to use the Air plus Hotel deal to rack up a quick 50,000 Southwest points, you can also convert your Marriott points directly into Southwest points without a hotel deal.
Here are the conversion rates:
So the bonus from this card is enough to give you 50,000 points toward Companion Pass status, which is great if you’ve used up options with all 3 of the Southwest credit cards. Remember, Companion Pass is good for the entire *calendar* year in which you earn 110,000 qualifying Southwest points, as well as the entire year after.
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