Are you planning to buy Marriott gift cards on Monday for 20% off?

As you’ve probably heard, the Daily Getaways start tomorrow with the best deal of the week: Marriott gift cards are 20% off if you pay with an American Express card.  Mommy Points has the scoop here.

I still have gift card credit from prior deals, so I plan to sit this one out, but if you do pickup some, here are some pointers for using Marriott gift cards effectively…

When using Marriott gift cards, you can stack promotions as follows…

  • Make sure to sign up for the latest Marriott promotions.  Marriott regularly runs MegaBonus promotions.  For most people, this means that for every two Marriott stays, you’ll receive a free night certificate for a category 1 through 4 hotel.  Some people are offered certificates for a category 1 through 5 hotel.  Either way, make sure to sign up!
  • If you plan to stay at several Marriott properties within a few months of each other, consider going for their Gold or Platinum challenge.  See “Pursuing Platinum @ Marriott.”  This way you’ll be treated better as an elite and you’ll earn more points with each stay!
  • When booking your stay, make sure to start in a point earning or cash back portal.  I use CashBackHolic to find the best option since it consistently delivers the most accurate results (see “Portal finder fight! Round 2“).
  • When comparing rates, make sure to look at AAA and other rates you may qualify for.  In my experience, stays booked with AAA discounts do still earn portal points / cash, but stays booked on a government rate do not.  Your mileage may vary. 
  • If you have some time on your hands, use Kayak or other aggregators to search for a site that offers a better rate than Marriott does directly.  If you find a price discrepancy, you can take advantage of Marriott’s “Look No Further Room Rate Guarantee” to save 25% off the lower rate.  Loyalty Traveler offers details here.
  • When you check-out of your hotel, don’t forget to pay with your Marriott gift card!  Alternatively, ask to pay in advance with the gift card when you check in so that you don’t risk it.

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28 Comments on "Are you planning to buy Marriott gift cards on Monday for 20% off?"

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Mark (@palmerlaw)

Last time I used this deal to pay for my stay at Cosmo in Vegas. Since you can charge their quality restaurants to your room, the 20% off food (after room comps) was a nice bonus.


I’m in for 1K!


Are you sure we can still eanr Marriott elite night credit and marriott rewards points (for regular rates) if we book marriott room via a cash back portal or a third party? I know some other hotels do not allow 3rd party reservation (e.g., Priority Club) to earn any credit or points.


Are these GCs only valid in the US?


I bought a $500 Marriott card last year for this promo and still have some balance on it. I’m sitting this one out too.
Some gift card reseller sites are offering 86% face value for Marriott cards, but don’t count on that lasting long after tomorrow. comment


Can the GCs work online, since you mentioned using them during check-in or check-out? Thanks!


I always get credit for government as well as AAA rates but then I don’t do anything fancy and book directly on the hotel chain website.


Is Daily Getaways a web site? What is the web address to purchase the gift card? Thank you for helping.


@FM #12
Thank you for the link. If I use SPG by American Express credit card, Will I still get the additional 10% off? Thanks for helping.


Was thinking about buying some to churn, but not worth the effort and the rate will def change.


Yes! I got the $500 card last year and used it all within about 3 months for family travel. I am on a Taste of Gold Challenge right now, hopefully my last 2 stays to complete the Challenge could be paid for with this Gift Card. The official sale time is 1PM Eastern, but I think last year there were some for sale an hour before the official opening? Anyone?


Will these work at RC properties too?


i’ve never had an issue getting points/creds while on govt rate.


I will try all denominations. Hope I will get at least one.


QQ…will bluebird get me the AMEX discount?

JP Traveler

Just purchased 2 $500 cards … exactly what I needed. Took a lot of trying to finally get availability (about 10 minutes after they went on sale), but my fast fingers paid off.


this website reaqlly like a scam. i waited by 1pm and when the “buy now” appeared a few minutes later, all GCs are not available. after 2o minutes, $500 and $1000 are sold out.

This is my first time to try to buy from US Travel Association website. It really gives me a terrible impression!!!

Deborah B

Was on right at 1pm and scored 4 $100 cards for upcoming trip to Munich. You have to be fast and diligent to get the deals.


Definitely not a scam, Andy. Deborah is right. You must be diligent. I got a $1000 card at what I figure to be 1:00:15 pm and then about 8 minutes later was able to grab a $500 card. They didn’t indicate sold out until about 1:20