Well I seem to be on a Ritz Carlton Card Kick because I was tempted to cancel the card this week since they don’t waive the $450 annual fee for Active Duty. But lets break it all down here, right off the bat you get $300 travel credit a calendar year, and on top of that $100 for TSA pre-check. Minus the perks this card becomes $50 a year, but this new benefit of $100 off booking two round trip tickets on their travel portal makes the card a keeper.
Booking the flight ORD to ATL is wide open for cheap flights since its Hub to Hub. You can find 2 round trip tickets for $172.40. That is only $43.10 per segment for Delta Basic Bitch Economy. As far as I understand, I still get a free bag for AD military or with my Delta Reserve Card. $43 is far cheaper and faster then the Amtrak or Mega Bus!
Next lounge access is wide open on both ends by flying Delta you have access with your Delta Reserve or AmEx Platinum Card (guest are $29). When you get to ATL you can be a cheap ass and pay $2.50 a ride to take the MARTA gold line to PeachTree Center station and boom you are at the Ritz!
With military ID the room is $140 a night! Unfortunately you won’t be able to use one of your 3 annual upgrade certificates with this rate. The normal rate of $273 applies for a room that is upgradable to the club level room. This is valued at $299 a night for military or $449 at the regular rate. Now with your SPG Gold from AmEx you can now match to Marriott Gold and thus RC Gold for an upgrade on top of that. Not bad for $273 to snag club level access that includes breakfast, light snacks, hors d’ oeuvres, beverages and sweets all day long. But if that’s not your thing the ritz for $150 a night isn’t bad either.
For the price of a single Hamilton ticket ($322 including the round trip Subway Ride for two) you and a special friend can get a pretty sweet one night get away stay at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta!