Yes, the American Express Platinum offers perks at Ritz-Carlton hotels.
The Ritz-Carlton perks from American Express Platinum are Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) privileges at select properties and automatic Gold status in the Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty program. The FHR perk offers $100 in hotel-specific gifts, daily breakfast for 2, free Wi-Fi, and guaranteed 4 p.m. checkout at Ritz-Carlton’s 80 FHR locations worldwide.
The Marriott Bonvoy benefit offers perks at most Ritz-Carlton locations, not including Ritz-Carlton Reserve and other select properties. Those perks include a 25% bonus on points earned and 2 p.m. late checkout, among others. The Marriott loyalty program merged with Ritz Carlton’s in 2018.
Another Ritz-Carlton/American Express Platinum perk is 5 reward points per $1 spent when you book a stay at Ritz-Carlton with a Platinum card directly through the American Express Travel website.
There are more than 10 credit cards with Priority Pass available right now. Priority Pass is a network of 1,000+ airport lounges located around the world. If you purchase a Priority Pass membership, rather than receiving one as a complimentary benefit from the right credit card, it’ll cost you $99-$429 per year. The price depends on the level of membership. But the membership you’d get with credit cards includes free guest passes, unlike the stand-alone plans available for purchase.… read full answer
The best credit card with Priority Pass is Chase Sapphire Reserve because it has a huge signup bonus: 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. Chase Sapphire Reserve points are worth 1.5 cents each when redeemed for travel. That means those 60,000 bonus points can be used for $900 worth of travel purchases. Cardholders also get an annual $300 travel credit. The travel credit can be applied to travel expenses like flight upgrades and Uber rides.
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card – $450 annual fee
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card – $95 annual fee
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card – $450 annual fee
Mastercard Black Card – $495 annual fee
Mastercard Gold Card – $995 annual fee
The Platinum Card from American Express – $550 annual fee
U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card – $400 annual fee
The Business Platinum Card from American Express – $595 annual fee
Hilton Honors American Express Business Card – $95 annual fee
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card (no longer open to new applicants) – $450 annual fee
As you can see, credit cards with Priority Pass also come with high annual fees. That’s not surprising considering the value of Priority Pass access, but you’ll want to get your money’s worth. On top of Priority Pass, these cards come with valuable rewards and signup bonuses of 50,000-130,000 points.
One of the best credit cards with lounge access is Chase Sapphire Reserve®, giving you a Priority Pass Select lounge membership ($429 annual value) that gets you into 1,300+ lounges worldwide. Depending on the lounge, you may be able to bring in guests for free, too. And Sapphire Reserve also gives you a $300 annual travel credit, plus an initial bonus worth $900 toward travel.… read full answer
Amex Platinum is another good airport lounge card, giving you access to 6 airport lounge networks and providing up to $200 in credits each year for incidental charges on a pre-selected airline. If you’re interested in a card tied to a specific airline, check out the Delta Reserve American Express card or the Citi Executive/AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard. Each gives access to its airline’s lounges.
Best Credit Cards with Lounge Access
Chase Sapphire Reserve®: Free membership to Priority Pass lounges, over 1,300 worldwide. $429 annual value. $32 per guest visit. $550 annual fee. Excellent credit needed.
The Platinum Card® from American Express: Free membership to the following lounge networks: Priority Pass (one-time enrollment required), Delta Sky Club, Centurion, International American Express, Airspace and Escape. Well over 1,300 total locations. Most places allow at least one guest for free. $550 annual fee. Good credit needed.
As you’ve probably noticed, credit cards with lounge access tend to have very high annual fees. But lounge access itself can be worth several hundred dollars per year, if you actually use it. So combined with your card’s other benefits, you can still get a good deal.
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