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Marriott gift cards are 20% off

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It looks like they are valid at Mariott Vacation Club. This would be a great way to reduce your maintenance fees possibly for years to come depending on their expiration date, if any.
https://gifts.marriott.com/
 

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Hmm...I wonder if they are good at Vistana.


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It has been more than 5 years since you have been able to pay MF's with Marriott gift cards. You can use them for charged expenses at hotels or vacation clubs and to book through Marriott.com
 

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It has been more than 5 years since you have been able to pay MF's with Marriott gift cards. You can use them for charged expenses at hotels or vacation clubs and to book through Marriott.com
does anyone know if you can use them at Westin Lagunamar and Westin Ka anapali beach (resort expenses, not MF)? I find the terms and conditions not 100% clear, it mentions Marriott, Sheraton and Westin hotels but nothing about resorts. However, it mentions Marriott Vacations Club which could mean the Vistana resorts may be excluded.

Marriott GiftCards may be used at Hotels operating under the following Marriott brands and at participating retail, spa, golf and food and beverage outlets:

  • AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Courtyard®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, EDITION®, Element®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels®, JW Marriott®, Le Méridien®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Hotels®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Moxy Hotels , Protea Hotels by Marriott®, Renaissance® Hotels, Residence Inn®, Sheraton®, SpringHill Suites®, St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, The Ritz-Carlton, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve® hotels, TownePlace Suites®, Tribute Portfolio™, W®, Westin®
 

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Can I use the Brillant card with purchase of these giftcards and get 6x MRP for each dollar? Or is it through another firm and only qualifies for 2x points?

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Can I use the Brillant card with purchase of these giftcards and get 6x MRP for each dollar? Or is it through another firm and only qualifies for 2x points?

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I suspect you will get 6 points, but then when you use them at hotels (when you would have otherwise used the credit card) you will not get any points so it will even out.
 

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Did it come quickly?
 

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The 20% discount is nice, but my travel is so up in air this year, i don't think its good value for me. The earliest trip i still have booked is August. I would rather not tie up a bunch of cash when i don't know for certain when i will be traveling.
 

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I read the terms and conditions but did not see where it would indicate that the gift cards can be used to pay for maintenance fees.
 

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I read the terms and conditions but did not see where it would indicate that the gift cards can be used to pay for maintenance fees.
They can not be used for MFs. It was probably a decade ago, or more, that we could use them for MF using a workaround trick that we came up with. Not anymore. They are using a different card vendor.
 

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Hmm...I wonder if they are good at Vistana.


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I see no reason you couldn't use them for purchase of incidentals at Sheraton and Westin Vacation Clubs.
 

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Have any TUGers used this for hotel rooms? If so, how did it work out for you? It seems like you need to use your credit card as usual to reserve the room and then present the gift card at check-in to get the hotel to refund the deposit (if any) from your CC.
 

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In my experience, pre-payment of any kind cannot be resolved with these gift cards - that means both pre-paid rates, advance purchase rates or any actual room deposit (the hotels I have used these at would not refund them and reapply to the folio, which is what you can use this e-gift card to pay).

However, I consider those different from when a hotel takes a credit card guarantee for the room - in that case they should not actually be charging the card until you arrive and then you should be able to swap out for this e-gift card.

The inability to use for advance purchase rates is what makes these a bit less of a slam dunk (especially considering you can currently cancel advance purchase rates with the COVID waiver). That usually means you lose out on a significant discount. These could however be useful after advance purchase rates again become non-cancellable and you need some flexibility. Personally, I'm just not sure how long it will be before I could use them in that case....and while I don't think Marriott is going insolvent, I also don't want a big sum of cash tied up in a gift card for too long.
 

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Have any TUGers used this for hotel rooms? If so, how did it work out for you? It seems like you need to use your credit card as usual to reserve the room and then present the gift card at check-in to get the hotel to refund the deposit (if any) from your CC.
I did a couple of years ago in NYC - Marriott hotel. Still needed to give a credit card at check in. Then at check out I asked that they apply my gift card first and put the balance on the credit card. They did. No problem.
 

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Interested in this as well. 20% discount is pretty significant even if you can't use them for a year or 2 (depending on cash flow importance to you - just talking time value of $ here).

If you travel for business, and aren't required to use a company credit card for expense reimbursement, I wouldn't think anything on the folio would trigger any flags as it will just appear full price is paid via gift card.

Since they appear to be e-gift cards, pretty easy to share among family as well for their travel as I presume all they need is the #s and maybe a PIN rather than a physical gift card to present when checking out.
 

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Is there an expiration on the gift cards? I am thinking of buying 10 at $100 and use the cards when we do travel again and we usually spend quite a bit on restaurants and golf rounds on site.
 

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There is no expiration date according to the Terms and Conditions.
 

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...or any actual room deposit (the hotels I have used these at would not refund them and reapply to the folio)...

However, I consider those different from when a hotel takes a credit card guarantee for the room - in that case they should not actually be charging the card until you arrive and then you should be able to swap out for this e-gift card....
I have found that many hotels either take a deposit when booking or charge the cancellation fee on the cancellation date (usually but not always 24 hours in advance). So while the gift card would still useful...not as useful as I would like.
 

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We just bought $1K of these - can't pass up that huge discount and we'll eventually use them as we tend to charge stuff to our rooms.
 

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Bought some yesterday and today. Figure I can save 20% on the transient occupancy tax that is charged daily. It is around $18 a day at MKO. Not much daily but the days adds up!

Hope it codes as Marriott purchase. Getting 6x points is the icing on the cake.

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Can I use the Brillant card with purchase of these giftcards and get 6x MRP for each dollar? Or is it through another firm and only qualifies for 2x points?

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I also thought about applying the GC purchase to the $300 Brilliant resort credit but AMEX has been clawing back a lot lately, so will use that for restaurants and MF to be safe. Especially since we will be downgrading later this year to the regular Bonvoy Amex.
 

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Thank you for sharing. I just bought mine. :banana:

Hopefully, we can all enjoy these soon.
 

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I also thought about applying the GC purchase to the $300 Brilliant resort credit but AMEX has been clawing back a lot lately, so will use that for restaurants and MF to be safe. Especially since we will be downgrading later this year to the regular Bonvoy Amex.
Have been reading about Amex being aggressive with the clawbacks. Have no worry as we have already used up the $300 Marriott credit. Just wanted to know if we get 6x or 2x on the points. If it is 2x then it is really about 16% off as we lose the points per dollar.

The things you have time to do when you are under stay at home orders!

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