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Save 20% on Marriott hotel gift cards – is it a good deal?

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Marriott is currently doing what it can to keep the money coming in whilst hotel occupancy is well down.  This means that you have an opportunity to grab a deal.

Next week, Marriott will be selling Bonvoy points with a 60% bonus.  We will cover this when it launches.  It isn’t clear if the very modest 50,000 points annual purchase cap will be lifted.

This week, Marriott is selling gift cards with a 20% discountSee here.

I can see both positive and negative reasons for buying.

Reasons to buy a Marriott gift card:

  • you save 20% on whatever you spend them on, which is on top of any other deal when you book
  • they NEVER expire
  • they are valid at ALL Marriott hotels except for Bulgari and Design Hotels
  • the vouchers are delivered by email so there are no issues buying from the UK

Reasons to not buy a Marriott gift card:

  • they are denominated in US$, so if you use them outside the United States you will incur a foreign exchange fee – I couldn’t see any small print to explain how large it is
  • you will struggle to empty it to the last penny, due to FX issues, if spending outside the US
  • they are NOT valid on Advance Purchase bookings, so if you always book non-refundable rates then you will have to overpay for a ‘pay on departure’ rate which will wipe out much of the 20% saving

If you are 100% certain that you will be spending money in a Marriott hotel in the United States in the next year or so, I would seriously consider this.

For anyone else, I’m not sure it is worth the trouble.  I would be happier if I knew what the exchange rate is.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (82)

  • Rhonda Parente says:

    Both my finance and I ordered gift cards at the 20% off. Marriott charged our respective credit cards and we thought all was well. SEVEN days later we BOTH got emails stating our gift cards were cancelled. That’s all the info they gave us. Called customer service and was told we BOTH failed the “verification” process as “something” didn’t match our bank info. After over an hour on the phone with various department NO ONE will tell us why or what failed. Two weeks later our credit cards have not been refunded for the $800 and $400 they charged. They will not give me the email address for the corporate office, nor a phone number. So, we are out $1200 with no gift card and a higher credit card balance. Not happy with Marriott at ALL.

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