Posted by William Charles on September 21, 2018
Airline Rewards

Published on September 21st, 2018 | by William Charles

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Visa Infinite Benefit: Save $100 On Round Trip Domestic Airfares [JetBlue Now Excluded]

Update 09/21/18: JetBlue is now listed as an excluded airline. Hat tip to reader Adam GS

Update 09/16/18: It looks like JetBlue flights are no longer showing up as an option. Let’s hope this is just a temporary issue that will be fixed. Hat tip to marksam40.

Update 02/23/18: The benefit can now be used on Delta basic economy fares. They have also added a new filtering option for including/excluding ultra low cost carriers (ULCC). When searching no ULCC actually show up yet, but this could be a sign that they will be added. Currently only selected airlines will appear (Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, United, Virgin America). Thanks to reader @millionmilematt for pointing out the changes.

One of the benefits of Visa Infinite credit cards is that you can receive a discount of $100 when you purchase airfare. The following credit cards currently offer this benefit:

This benefit is managed by Propco and can be used as many times as you wish.

visa infinite

The Fine Print

You can receive a discount of $100 when you purchase between 2 and 5 qualifying round trip, domestic coach airline tickets.

  • Tickets must be purchased by the cardholder (Ritz-Carlton states that they must be purchased by the primary cardholder, City National bank allows authorized users to make the purchase also). The cardholder’s name must also match the primary traveler’s name on the itinerary.
  • Discount is per itinerary, not per ticket (so if you purchase 5 round trip tickets you’d receive a total discount of $100 instead of $500).
  • Tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance
  • Open tickets, open returns, open jaws, same-day travel, circle trips and stopovers are not permitted
  • Bookings can usually be made within 11 months of departure
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offer, or any of the following:
    • Other certificates, promotions or special offers, including, but not limited to, upgrades, government fares, tour/travel packages, group, convention/company meeting fare, bereavement, senior citizen discounts, corporate agreements, student fares, child fares, travel industry discounts, Internet fares, frequent flyer programs or any unpublished programs
  • Bookings are non-refundable, unless the cancellation is made for: medical event, an airline may issue a refund in accordance with its policies

How It Works

  1. Go to the specific website for your card:
  2. Log in using your first name, last name and card number
  3. Use the search engine to view available flights
  4. Click the view page, the discount will be automatically included and shown
  5. Use your Visa Infinite credit card to pay for the flights, no other payment option (including airline gift cards will be offered)
  6. Travel documents will be automatically sent to the primary cardholders e-mail address

F.A.Q.

Will I earn airline miles on these tickets?

Yes, you can earn airline miles on these tickets. You need to add your frequent flyer number to your reservation. You can also add this number after making your booking by contacting the airline directly. Not all flights will earn airline miles, this depends on the rate you’ve booked.

Does it work on one ways?

No

What airlines does it list?

Most major airlines should show up in the portal

  • Alaska
  • American
  • Delta
  • JetBlue
  • United
  • Virgin America

What airlines aren’t shown?

Most discount or low cost carriers will not show in the booking portal

  • Allegiant
  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • Spirit

Is it possible to upgrade?

You might be able to upgrade your ticket, but this must be done directly with the issuing airline after your domestic ticket is purchased.

Is this U.S. only?

Yes.

What if the flights are under $100?

If the flights are under $100 each return, the discount will work fine (remember it’s $100 off your total).

What if the total is under $100?

I’m not sure, I think you’d struggle to find two return tickets for under $100 but if you do and try booking let us know if it works.

Our Verdict

Make sure you always compare the cost to booking directly, prices seem to be the same but it’s always worth double checking for your specific ticket. This is a pretty good benefit (in terms of benefits that are provided by the payment network, at least). It’s a shame that two return tickets need to be purchased, I understand that they don’t want to offer this discount on only one round trip ticket due to costs. I wish it was at least an option for expensive round trip tickets though. This is obviously more valuable on cards that earn at a high rate for airlines (and that offer valuable points), than on cards that don’t.

What are your thoughts on this benefit? Is it something you’re likely to use? Let us know in the comments. Also share any experiences you have in using this benefit.

 



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Nate
Nate

If this comes on the CSR it’s a game changer. This perk alone would likely cover the AF for me, assuming the fares available through the Chase portal are good.

ncsam
ncsam

Fares that show up for me are the same as what show up airline websites, ITA, Google flights, and OTAs. Alaska, Virgin America, and Jetblue are also eligible carriers. I also noticed that even if the cost of each ticket is <$100, the $100 discount is still applied to the entire itinerary and doesn't just make the second ticket free.

Copy Cat
Copy Cat

So now you decide to make a stand alone post about this benefit, after I commented about it in your original “Chase Reserve Visa Infinite is not worth it” post. I think I should become a blogger, too. Maybe you will start scraping info off my blog.

Seriously, what happened to original content?

ihg newbie
ihg newbie

geez…. i would hate to be living next door to you.

J. Grant

You may not be aware how much information sharing takes places “behind closed doors”.

As far as I’m concerned, this IS original content. Surely that goes for 99.9% of other readers who only check this site’s headlines.

Are you upset you didn’t get a shoutout, a HT to “Copy Cat”?

T
T

I found on 2 $80 tickets, the total after the discount was $60, making this especially good on cheap tickets.

cid cassidy
cid cassidy

What the fee for an AU, I’m not seeing that on the site for Ritz Card

txoil
txoil

There is no fee for an AU.

Aegt
Aegt

Is this limited to round trip in US only? Would this work while travelling within Australia ?

Johnny

You can receive a discount of $100 when you purchase between 2 and 5 qualifying round trip, domestic coach airline tickets.

Not sure why anyone would want to book for 5 people at once, when you could just make two separate bookings and get $200 off the total…

Pat
Pat

because 1 of the passengers on each booking must be the cardholder – in the case of the RC card, which only allows the primary cardholder to book, you wouldn’t get any benefit splitting the reservations

JL
JL

it sounds like you can split it if you have City National bank and both you and your AU is part of the 4. then you can make a booking for 3, and AU make a booking for 2 to double dip the benefit.

tj
tj

When it says “two round trip tickets”, does that mean you actually need four flights? (or two people on two flights?)

Alex
Alex

Technically, it is four flights 😛 It has to be a minimum of two people. Those two people will have to purchase two tickets that gets them from points A to B, and then back to point A from B. So two tickets, for two people.

mark
mark

I’d imagine potential for abuse with refundable tickets, no? Or does the $100 get clawed back if the purchase is clawed back

mark
mark

*if the purchase is cancelled/refunded

mcdullhk88
mcdullhk88

Doesn’t this have to comply with DOT’s 24-hour cancellation rule though?

Jason
Jason

For a family of 4. If I put my wife as an AU. Would she be able to book for 2 separately and save an addition 100 dollars? Since her name is on the card as AU would she be considered a cardholder?

vivian
vivian

Would like to know about this also!

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

If it’s a City National Card

John
John

Also, if it’s a connecting flight could you book the round trips separately? For example, instead of TUL-DFW-SEA, book TUL-DFW and then DFW-SEA and get the credit twice.

S
S

I can’t speak from experience but when I added my wife as an AU, I was told by the rep that she can book for 2 separately and save an additional $100. Furthermore, she is able to access the Visa Infinite Discount website using her name and the card number so I think the rep is correct.

GFM
GFM

Direct link for Ritz Carlton Visa Infinite Air Benefit above should be https://www.visadiscountair.com/ritzcarltoncard/default.aspx

David
David

Another card that has Visa Infinite Discount Air Benefit:

SunTrust Private Wealth Visa Infinite Card

https://www.visadiscountair.com/suntrust/

https://www.suntrust.com/Static/Documents/Wealth_Management/pwm-visa-rates-and-fees.pdf

Lrdx
Lrdx

Hmmmmm.. They have a program similar to Bank of America Preferred Rewards, +75% cashback **at the time of deposit** for.. anyone?? (Other cards require a given balance for +10-25-50% cashback bonus) And the card gives 3% on travel, is that a total of 5.25% cashback? For $450 AF?

I’d look into this but CA is not in their target area..

Ben
Ben

Are there any international carriers on this? Does anybody have an exhaustive list of the airlines?

Federico
Federico

My wife have the Ritz since 2016 and I got the CNB last month, a couple of DP regarding this benefits.
In 2016 the benefit worked for tickets that were less than $100 but it didn’t work for Puerto Rico, then in 2017 they stopped the benefit for flights that were below $100.
In late 2017 or early 2018 (I don’t exactly remember), the benefit stated working again on < $100 and they added Basic Economy. Flight to/from Puerto Rico or USVI are also available which is great.

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