Ritz-Carlton Reserve is finally joining Marriott Bonvoy. While Ritz-Carlton has been part of the program, the 5 ‘Reserve’ properties have not. That has now changed. And elite benefits – and redemption pricing – are different than you’ll find elsewhere in the program.
- Ritz-Carlton Reserve Mandapa in Ubud, Bali (Indonesia)
- Ritz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay in Krabi (Thailand)
- Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico
- Ritz-Carlton Reserve Los Cabos (Mexico)
- Ritz-Carlton Reserve Higashiyama in Hokkaido (Japan)
Premium properties with suites and villas, these are going to be smaller and nicer than the average Ritz-Carlton ‘resort factory’ you’ll find in Naples, Florida or Grand Cayman.
Earning For Stays
Bonvoy members will earn their regular points for spend on property at Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels, meaning 10 base points per dollar plus elite bonuss, and Marriott co-brand credit cards will earn in the Marriott accelerator category for spend as well.
Members will also accrue elite nights for stays at Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels.
Ritz-Carlton Reserve award stays will be pricey. “At launch” they will “range between 80,000 – 240,000 points per night.” Marriott isn’t committing to this into the future, the use of at launch is intentional, but meant to offer some guidance as to what to expect. Cash and points rates may also be available, and 5th night free on redemptions applies.
The 240,000 price point as the top end of the redemption range shouldn’t scare you per se, already there’s one property even more expensive than that (North Island) and that was the case even before Bonvoy elimiated award charts. Marriott emphasizes such pricing shouldn’t suggest anything about the direction of redemption costs at other hotels.
Elite Benefits At Ritz-Carlton Reserve Are Limited
Free breakfast and upgrades do not apply. Here is what Marriott lists as on-property benefits by elite tier. While I’m not sure how Ambassador service is an on-property benefit for Ambassador members, the resort credit for Ambassador members is interesting:
More Options Are Better!
While I’d love to see full elite benefits, like upgrades, apply at Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties and I’d love to see cheaper redemption pricing, this change is entirely additive to the program. Members can now earn and redeem at Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties, which they couldn’t do before.
Now to get Bulgari Hotels & Resorts to become a participating brand!