I will be staying 3 nights at the Ritz-Carlton, NY this weekend.
It was booked on the Amex Plat Card (for the extra benefits) and must be paid for on that card versus the Marriott CC. Do you get points for misc. charges (i.e. spa, meals, drinks, etc) if they are billed to the room, or only points for the actual nightly room charge?
Would I be better off (pointwise) charging those misc. expenses separately to the Marriott Card?
I'll leave a review when I return home. Thanks for all your advice.
I'm not sure about how points are awarded at Ritz-Carlton.
Why not charge them to your room (in case points are awarded for meals, spa, etc), and then at check-out ask for your incidentals be billed to your Marriott CC (keeping the room rate itself on the AMEX). There should be no problem splitting between two cards and it will allow you to maximize points while retaining your AMEX Plat benefits on the reservation.
My understanding is that if your MR# is attached to your stay/reservation, then as a Gold elite member, you should receive 12.5 points per dollar spent (regardless of how you paid for it), including room charges, meals, parking, marketplace, spa, etc. so long as these expenditures were billed to your room. You of course would earn an additional 3/5 points per dollar spent if you used your Chase Marriott Visa, which you stated that you didn't (because you got another deal - Amex). So I would be interested in knowing if Marriott credited you the 12.5 pts/dollar to your rewards account. I can't remember if they include the room tax in the calculation or not (my guess - probably not).
I'm glad you had a nice vacation!