I think this is worth a phone call. Now that the Ritz crowd has come out from behind the curtain, I'm betting that points can be earned. Just a guess. There are a few old threads from 2009 and 2010 on this topic. I think we need an update.Give'em a call Kroy, and let us know, please.
PS..I seem to recall the man of 1000 Shoes being in tight with the Ritz...he may know the answer.
I found this on the Ritz rewards page..part of the FAQs. The last item seems to answer your question in the affirmative...
Thanks for all the info & help. I finally did find that reward points & stays will be given same as Marriott -- but not MR perks. But that is OK as my husband booked the RC in NYC downtown as a "surprise" 3-night stay for my birthday via American Express Platinum which gives its own upgrades, breakfasts and $$ credit. btw -- it was less expensive to book through them than to book directly via Marriott w/o the benefits. I'll let you know how the stay was (in July). Now I have to forget about it as it is a surprise!