Confirmed: Using Ritz-Carlton Credit Card Travel Credits on Gift Cards

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I have written about the Ritz-Carlton Credit Card and how it can be a great option for anyone who frequents Marriott hotels. Not only does the card offer some great perks for Marriott stays, but the card comes with other valuable benefits that include:

In the past the card has offered several welcome bonus variations including a 70,000 and 140,000 point offer. However, as of late it appears that those are no longer available and the only offer around is for one free night.

One of the most attractive perks of the card include the $300 annual travel credit for airline incidentals per calendar year that comes with the card. Because this benefit revolves around the calendar year, you can get $600 in statements for travel incidentals before the annual fee hits.

Confirmed: Using Ritz-Carlton Credit Card Travel Credits on Gift Cards
Confirmed that gift cards are possible

I received quite a few questions about what exactly counts for these annual travel credits and after running some transactions I am able to report back with what I have found works. I’ve called in to redeem my travel credits for several different scenarios in the past week and can confidently say that I haven’t had any issues this far. Here is what I have found that works:

  • In-flight drink and food purchases
  • Delta eGift card
  • Award fees on an American Airlines award ticket

The biggest news is that I successfully redeemed credits for a Delta gift card, so it appears that it’s possible to get six $50 gift cards to use on travel credits. I’ve also heard successful results with Southwest gift cards, and it may be possible with other airlines, but YMMV.

Have you had any success? Let me know if you’ve used your travel credits for gift cards in the comments below!

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Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.

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5 thoughts on “Confirmed: Using Ritz-Carlton Credit Card Travel Credits on Gift Cards”

  1. I spaced them out over a couple weeks, just to make sure they worked. There have been reports that the rep doesn’t ask question so you may be good to go before the year is up.

  2. Both times I called in I was never asked what the charges were for, but they are the same amount as a lounge club day pass as well.


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