$100 back on $500 at Ritz-Carlton with new Amex Offer



There is a new Amex Offer out for $100 back on $500 or more at Ritz-Carlton. While the terms state that you must book directly through Ritz-Calrton, my experience with this exact same offer last year was that it did stack with Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts — I received the $100 back from this offer as well as a $100 resort credit and free breakfast for two, making this a pretty solid deal if used together with Fine Hotels & Resorts.

The Deal

  • Spend $500 or more at Ritz-Carlton, get $100 back
  • Sync via Twitter with #AmexRC

Key Terms

  • Expires 12/11/17
  • Terms state you must book through ritzcarlton.com, the Ritz app, or by calling the 800#, though Fine Hotels & Resorts has worked in the past

Quick Thoughts

This is obviously a nice discount if you have a planned Ritz-Carlton stay. What’s more, this offer can be synced via Twitter, enabling you to pay with your SPG card (if you sync that card via Twitter) for bonus points on Ritz-Calrton spend.

While some Ritz-Calrton properties can certainly be quite expensive, many are pretty reasonable – especially with this offer. For example, here is a two-night stay this November at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corners (a DC suburb known for its malls):

Note that there is an even better rate of $159 a night available, but that rate is nonrefundable. That’s great if you know your plans are set in stone, but I rarely book a prepaid rate as plans can change.

That same room is actually $10 more expensive through FHR, but it comes with some nice benefits:

Through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, you would get noon check-in on availability, guaranteed 4pm late checkout, free breakfast for two each day, a $100 property credit (to be used on food/spa, can’t be applied to your room rate), and a room upgrade on arrival based on availability. If that stacks with the $100 Amex offer (as it has in my experience), that’s a great deal – a net $410 for 2 nights with breakfast each morning and a $100 property credit looks like a very good deal — though I haven’t stayed at the Tysons Corners location and can’t comment as to its quality.

As a reminder, Fine Hotels & Resorts is a feature of the Amex Platinum and Amex Business Platinum cards — if you hold either card, you can book select hotels with the above benefits. Note that you must have a Platinum card in order to book, but you can pay with any Amex card in your name. This means that you could sync this with your SPG card and pay with your SPG card — which would earn you 2X Starpoints at a Ritz-Carlton property. Also note that the on-property amenity can vary from a general $100 property credit to a spa-specific credit or even something like round-rip airport transportation or dinner for 2 — check the terms when looking at an individual property.

If you don’t have a Platinum card, you might be able to book through Virtuoso for similar benefits (YMMV, but many properties participate in both and offer similar benefits).

If you aren’t interested in FHR or Virtuoso, there are certainly other good rates and properties.

Bottom line

This is a nice Amex Offer to sync if you’re planning a paid Ritz-Carlton stay. While I can’t guarantee that the credit will stack with Fine Hotels & Resorts, it has for my wife and I both in the past. Even if used on its own, this one can pair with some nice shoulder-season or low-season rates to get a multi-night stay for a pretty reasonable price. See our Complete Guide to Amex Offers for more information on syncing this offer to multiple cards, which is probably easiest to do via Twitter on this one.

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