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Booking/Paying for Marriott Hotel

Booking/Paying for Marriott Hotel

  1. MMM

    Just so I use the right credit card for maximum return and get the Marriott Gold benefits (through Amex Plat) for a Marriott booking, should I be using my personal SPG or Chase Reserve? When I reserve the rooms, will I still get Marriott points & gold benefits regardless of what credit card I use to pay? How are Marriott points calculated, if the room price is $231 before tax?
    If it matters, I’m not after any stay/nights status.

    What about using the Amex MR site for 5x points for prepaid hotels?

    Thank you!

  2. rickyw

    The card you pay with won’t have any affect on Marriott recognizing your status.

    If you book through AMEX though, you will forgo any status benefits. You typically need to book direct with Marriott for them to recognize your Gold benefits.

    If the rate is $231 before tax, you’d earn 2,887 Marriott points (10x the room rate + 25% bonus for Gold), plus whatever you’d earn from paying with the credit card.

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