A couple weeks ago I was approved for the Chase Ritz-Carlton (USA) credit card, with a sign-up bonus of two free nights after spending $4,000. As of yesterday, Flyertalk reports that Chase has implemented major changes to the Ritz-Carlton card. These include:
(1) The sign-up bonus has changed from two free nights after $4,000 to three nights after $5,000;
(2) The card is now a Visa Infinite Signature card, which includes the $100 off a round-trip flight for 2+ passengers within the USA, no minimum/restrictions. My account, which was issued as a Visa Infinite, is now able to access the air discount page, so I imagine that all previous card holders have been transitioned;
(3) There’s a new reimbursement just for Global Entry. Previously, Global Entry costs would come out of the annual $300 credit, but now there’s an entirely new reimbursement scheme in addition to the $300 credit;
(4) If you add an authorized user, and that card is used for a single purchase, you will get 10,000 Ritz points;
(5) Annual fee is changing from $395 to $450, and;
(6) The lounge benefit is changing. Previously, cardholders would have access to the Lounge Club card, which included a complimentary guest. The card is now changing to Priority Pass Select, which doesn’t allow a free guest.
I’d say that the changes are pretty positive, especially the airfare benefit. I’m annoyed that I got the card just before the sign-up bonus changed, but I messaged Chase about matching the new bonus, which apparently they’re pretty good at doing. What do you think about these changes?