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Just got rejected by Front Desk to use our Marriott Gift Card at checkout. Has this happened to any of you recently when checking out of a Vistana property?
 

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I've had trouble with Marriott gift cards at many hotels. No one at the front desk ever seems to know how to use them. So I would say it's not just Vistana properties, it's most properties.
 

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This is why I never use gift cards unless it’s a visa GC. Why give someone a GC to only one place?
 

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The ones with the pictures of dead presidents on them seem to work in most places and fit conveniently in a wallet....
 

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Sometimes the gift card requires a special authorization. Call the number on the back. We have had gift cards that cant be used like a credit card can.
 

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This is why I never use gift cards unless it’s a visa GC. Why give someone a GC to only one place?
Visa gift cards have their own set of problems. You often can't make a purchase for more than the amount of the card. If the card has has something spent on it already, you need to know exactly how much is left and tell the merchant to charge only that amount. They also often carry fees if you don't use them within a certain period of time and there are fees to buy them. PITA I tell ya.
 

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I've had trouble with Marriott gift cards at many hotels. No one at the front desk ever seems to know how to use them. So I would say it's not just Vistana properties, it's most properties.
This was our experience many years back with the Marriott gift cards. The properties had no idea what they were. I don't think they get them very often. Same thing sometimes with cruise line gift cards. They may be okay to pay for the cruise online, but don't expect to be able to use them for onboard spending.
 

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And using it outside of the 50 US, I am sure adds to the likelihood that the employee won't know how to use the gift card.
 

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We got Marriott Gift Cards because they give you an extra 25%.

$400 dollars = $500 gift card
 

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Visa gift cards have their own set of problems. You often can't make a purchase for more than the amount of the card. If the card has has something spent on it already, you need to know exactly how much is left and tell the merchant to charge only that amount. They also often carry fees if you don't use them within a certain period of time and there are fees to buy them. PITA I tell ya.
Very true.
 

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We got Marriott Gift Cards because they give you an extra 25%.

$400 dollars = $500 gift card
when did you get 25% off? the last two promos, which we took max advantage of earlier this year, were 20% and then 15% off...
 
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