$100 Airfare Discount is an Authorized User Benefit?!

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card

Earlier this week I wrote about how to leverage the $100 Visa Infinite companion airfare discount that’s one of the many great things about the Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card.

The card offers Gold Elite status (which is honored at Marriott hotels (complimentary the first year and that you retain each year you spend $10,000 on the card); a $300 Airline Fee credit, $100 Global Entry credit, and unlimited use $100 Airline Ticket discounts when buying for 2 or more passengers; 3 complimentary upgrades to The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level each year valid on paid stays of up to seven nights; plus airport lounge access and a premium concierge, the card gives you:

And it has a great signup bonus of 3 complimentary nights at any participating Tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotel after $5,000 spend on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.

The airfare discount is $100 off the cost of two passengers traveling roundtrip in domestic economy.

While the headline details of this offer say that the primary cardmember “must be the primary passenger on the itinerary” the terms and conditions don’t specify that and One Mile at a Time reports “being able to use $100 domestic airfare companion benefit for authorized users as well.”

That’s in addition to other great benefits for authorized users of the card:

  • A bigger signup bonus. You get an additional 10,000 points for adding authorized user and making a purchase within first 3 months of cardmembership — on top of the 3 complimentary Ritz-Carlton night signup bonus.

  • Authorized users get Priority Pass Select cards, too. This means your authorized users get airport lounge access. And since some airport lounges may limit the number of guests you can bring in with you, if you’re traveling with your authorized cardmember then you can double your access.

    There are over 900 participating airport lounges, including these 41 in the U.S..

KLM Lounge Houston

Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card

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  1. I tried it putting sofa bed as name with my credit card and it works… I dont think the AU are supposed to use it, it isjust that the system does not have a name verification.

  2. If my wife gets the ritz card and is then gold but all my marriott points are in my name and i am not gold what happens if I use my marriott points to book rooms at marriott and she is traveling with me? will we be able to use her gold status to use lounge , free breakfast etc. If yes will putting her name on reservation be enough?

  3. My wife has this card now and we are looking to book a trip to Hawaii for 4 people. I am an authorized user. If she books two tickets in her name and I book two tickets in my name as an authorized user, we could use this benefit twice then?

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