Yesterday Marriott launched its discount on purchased gift cards for Cyber Monday, which has the potential to be a great deal. I’m posting a reminder of this because the offer expires tonight, and I know a lot of people may be considering this promotion but haven’t yet made a purchase.
Marriott selling gift cards for 15% off
On Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Marriott is selling gift cards for 15% off (or if you want to look at it differently, Marriott is offering a ~17.6% bonus). Here are some basic things to be aware of:
- The discount applies to electronic gift cards purchased in USD, though the gift cards can be used globally (the exchange rate might be slightly worse than market rates)
- The promotion is only valid for residents of the US and Canada
- You can purchase up to $5,000 worth of gift cards per person per credit card per day
- Gift cards will be delivered electronically within one to 15 business days for order verification
- Gift cards don’t expire
- Only gift cards purchased online are available for 15% off, and not those purchased on-property
- Gift cards can’t be used to pay for a pre-purchased rate
- You won’t be able to use these gift cards at Bulgari, Design Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Residences, and Homes and Villas by Marriott
You can purchase gift cards in the following increments:
- Buy a $50 gift card for $42.50
- Buy a $100 gift card for $85
- Buy a $250 gift card for $212.50
- Buy a $500 gift card for $425
- Buy a $1,000 gift card for $850
For context, we’ve seen Marriott offer promotions on gift cards twice this year up until now:
- In May, Marriott sold gift cards for 20% off
- In July, Marriott sold gift cards for 15% off
Marriott is offering a gift card promotion for Cyber Monday
Should you buy Marriott gift cards at a discount?
If you’re in a position where you have the cash to buy Marriott gift cards at a discount (without causing liquidity issues), I’d consider doing so. The gift cards don’t expire, and getting a 15% discount on gift cards is pretty awesome.
Buying Marriott gift cards with a 15% discount is potentially a great deal
Which credit card should you use for Marriott gift cards?
Buying Marriott gift cards codes as a travel purchase. Based on my valuation of points, personally I would buy gift cards with the Chase Sapphire Reserve, so I could earn 3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent.
Based on my valuation of points, using the Sapphire Reserve gets you a ~5.1% return on that spending, while I value 6x Bonvoy points at a ~4.2% return.
Marriott is selling gift cards for 15% off through this evening (Tuesday), which is potentially a great deal. These gift cards don’t expire and can be used at most Marriott brands globally.
If you’re usually a frequent Marriott guest and have the cash to spend on this, then it’s a great deal, in my opinion. These purchases do code as travel, which means that generally there’s no opportunity cost for your credit card rewards vs. paying for a stay directly at a Marriott property.
Do you plan on buying discounted Marriott gift cards?