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Marriott Gift Cards

Get 15% off when you buy Marriott gift cards

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From July 20 to 24, 2020, Marriott is selling gift cards for 15% off. Is that interesting?

Get 15% off when you buy Marriott gift cards

From July 20 to 24, 2020, Marriott is selling gift cards for 15% off.

There are many conditions associated with the purchase of these gift cards:

  • The purchase is in US$
  • The exchange rate is usually worse than market rates (up to 12% conversion fee)
  • You can purchase up to US$5,000 worth of gift cards per person, per credit card, per day
  • Gift cards can’t be used to pay for a pre-purchased rate
  • Gift cards cannot be used at Bulgari, Design Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Residences, Homes and Villas by Marriott
  • Marriott gift cards don’t expire
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Here are the gift cards available:

Marriott gift card Price paid
US$50 US$42.50
US$100 US$85
US$250 US$212.50
US$500 US$425
US$1,000 US$850

Is this a good deal?

If you’re thinking to use your Canadian credit card to buy gift cards with 15% discount, it’s not a good deal for me.

Firstly, when purchasing the gift card, you will pay a conversion fee between the Canadian dollar and the U.S. dollar (except if you use a no foreign transaction fee credit card). And the Canadian dollar is not currently at its peak!

If you pay with a Marriott Bonvoy credit card, you should be able to earn 5 points per dollar (but you will have a 2.5% conversion fee).

Secondly, when you will use your gift card outside the United States, a conversion fee will apply. This fee can be as high as 12%!

Finally, it is impossible to use a gift card for pre-paid rates, which are often the most advantageous!

Conclusion

As you understood, we don’t recommend to buy gift cards.

However, this promotion could be useful if:

  • You travel regularly to the United States
  • You pay for your gift card with a U.S. credit card

Otherwise, it might be more interesting to earn Marriott Bonvoy points through credit cards.

If you’ve already earned the welcome bonus of the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card, maybe you could get the small business version: Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card!

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