It appears the Ritz Carlton Rewards Credit Card from JPM/Chase is getting reworked a bit.
It will now be a Visa Infinite card, with a $450 Annual Fee. Current cardholders will be grandfathered in at the old price price ($395), however, will still receive all the new benefits.
Rundown of benefits and rewards:
JPM Has already started upgrading account holders. I was told my card was upgraded last week, however, new cards won't be shipped out until the expiration date. Waiting for an answer on whether all benefits apply, or what dates new ones start applying on. Was able to search for flights on the visadiscountair site already, so it looks like it's in the works.
If you were on the fence about this card, you're still able to apply with the $395 annual fee, however, the new $450 fee has an offer of three free nights at tier 1-4 for 5k spend.
Thanks for the info. I have a couple questions one may or may not know, any info will be appreciated.
Is the priority pass different than the Lounge Club membership? (if it is, will old card holders get this benefit as soon as the card is upgraded and will we lose the lounge club?)
Is the card any different esthetically (weight) than the old? can we get the upgraded version by ordering a replacement?
Benefits should start immediately. You can call chase and ask if your card has been upgraded. I didn't receive a new card yet, but I know the $100 airline rebate is working. Will likely call tomorrow and ask about the other benefits.
LoungeClub is part of priority pass. loungeclub offers access to about 400-450 lounges i believe, priority pass offers access to over 900 lounges. You'll basically receive all of the lounges you used to get, plus a whole bunch more. Some have reported already receiving their priority pass cards. AUs should also still get them for free.
Card construction should remain the same, haven't heard any reports otherwise. I was told they'll be sent out when current cards expire, but will likely be waiting until next week to request a replacement and see what I get.
The design is no longer the same! (NOT A FAN)
My friend lost his wallet 3 days ago and today he received the replacement, now infinite. If you guys notice the ritz lion logo is now smaller, also the lettering is not the same than our old cards- hopefully i get to keep my current card till it expires in 8/19
Even though I'm a Whiney Brit and hence can't get the excellent Ritz CC (I would otherwise in a flash!) I commend you for your sterling and knowledgeable thread Jsucool76. Not for nothing are you our resident (credit) card-sharp
I am ALL over this. I just read the article on The Points Guy as well.
I don't see any 'points bonus' for the sign-up. Am I missing this?
The sign up is 3 free nights in a tier 1-4 (in certificate form) as well as 10k points for adding an authorized user and having them make a purchase.
Reports are that the club level upgrade certs are sticking around but they aren't actually listed on the new product page. Sent a tweet out to chase asking.
Also, way to be 4 days late TPG. Couldn't mention it until he could get his affiliate link up and running. That's why I don't read him all that often anymore. Haha.
Jsucool76 Well, as chase marriott etc cardholders in the US, we mostly are way ahead of the game, so it's only fair that ROW (Rest of World) gets a break now and then, don't you agree?
I spoke with a JP Morgan rep today to inquire about the credit card changes. He indicated that JP Morgan has not yet decided whether current cardholders would be grandfathered in when it comes to renewal time for the Ritz Card. He did indicate that the upgrade certificates would continued to be offered.