I am currently Platinum Premier level (about 5 nights from Lifetime status, which I'll have in 2 weeks). I do not have a Marriott credit card, and don't really want one. I received the Ritz Carlton credit card "two free nights" offer. I'm interested in the Ritz card for two free nights, upgrade to club level, etc. My question is how will my Marriott Platinum status and the Ritz card benefits coexist? Can I take full advantage of the Ritz card benefits with my Marriott Rewards number, and without having a Ritz Carlton Rewards number?
your marriott rewards number will stay the same and do not have to switch to ritz carlton rewards. If you do apply, after approval send a message to chase asking for the 140,000 promotion instead, most likely they will match it. This is a much better promotion considering the 140,000 will be added to your marriott account and can be used at any marriott or ritz properties instead of receiving two ritz carlton certificates that limit your choices to only ritz properties. Also notice that the upgrade to club level certificates can only be used with paid stays and not rewards stays.
Given that you will be a lifetime platinum soon theres no reason to touch the spend for gold status or that the marriott card offers elite night credits for spend as you will not be needing any of that.
+1 to jm
Ritz card will simply become a points earner for your marriott account. Ritz Carlton Rewards and Marriott rewards are the same program under different names, and operate the same.
Ritz card is $395 a year, and I'd highly recommend (like jm said) asking for the 140k offer. It can be FAR more valuable than 2 free night certs (as 2 free nights in a top tier (tier 5) ritz is 140k points anyways, but the points can be used at any marriott OR ritz property)
Biggest benefits of the ritz card (not counting status since you're PP) are the $300 airline incidental credit (calendar year) so you can get $600 reimbursed in your first year, and then if you decide you dont like the card you can dump it and between the signup offer and $600 reimbursement you've lost nothing.
Other big benefit (in my eyes) the 10% bonus on ALL points earned through credit card spend at the end of every account year.
Then there is the PRIMARY rental insurance, the loungeclub access, trip cancellation insurance, baggage insurance, travel accident insurance, and most importantly in my eyes the immediate, US based customer service (done through JP Morgan Priority Services (I always get connected to the executive office)) with no hold time 99.99% of the time (and any time I've had to hold it's been about 25 seconds). No menus, none of that garbage. Just "Thank you for calling the JP Morgan Executive Office, how may I help you"
While I'm not sure if I'll keep the citi prestige card, I'm definitely sure I'll be keeping the ritz card.
Another example of us Brits shivering in the snow, nose pressed against the window watching "the chosen ones" enjoy their Christmas presents by the roaring fire.
Want 140k points, free insurance, free lounge certs, $300 airline credit. No, not you BritBob.
Want a free card with 70k signup points? No, not you BritBob.
Want to win 1million free points for using the checkin app? Surely you don't think we're offering that to you, BritBob!
It becomes wearisome after a while...
I agree with the recommendations and information given by jm1991 & Jsucool76. If you decide to sign up you should definitely inquire about the 140k offer. If it is not available at the present time you may wait till later in the year as the offer may come around again.
The regular Marriott Credit Card gives Elite night credits in addition to Points but if your lifetime Platinum you do not need the Elite night credits. The Ritz Card doesn't give Elite night credits but does offer a10% bonus on your points each calendar year which is a perk that you would be able to utilize.
Hey piecesofvinyl, our credit card specialist confirmed that the Ritz card can be linked to your Rewards account and the upgrades will post to that account. You just need to tell Chase that you want the 140,000 points and not the two free nights. You won't need to worry about the elite nights for spend or the 15 elite nights for opening and annually since you're already Platinum.