18 Responses

  1. Lark
    Lark at |

    Thanks Seth.

  2. Mitty
    Mitty at |

    Are these cards are sold directly by Marriott? Assuming they are, with the Chase Freedom’s quarterly bonus rewards in conjunction with this promo, purchasing a $400 Marriott gift card could equal 4,000 United Miles. Sweet little bonus if you’re planning on a Marriott stay in the near future.

  3. HikerT
    HikerT at |

    Southwest has a much better offer than either of the above. I’d take 240% more in Southwest points vs. United miles.


  4. Lee
    Lee at |

    Can you use Marriott gift cards outside the USA? If so, I can blow through this easily. 🙂

  5. Nick
    Nick at |

    @ Lee with some difficulty generally.

  6. Grant
    Grant at |

    Giftcardgranny shows Marriott cards sold for a 5.5-8% discount so weigh the pros and cons of this offer before buying.

  7. progapanda
    progapanda at |

    You could also use promo code “AMT” to get a bonus 10% added to your gift card. Probably more worthwhile than the equivalent mile/points offers if you’re putting <250$ on the gift card.

  8. Kris Ziel
    Kris Ziel at |

    I have found that rapid rewards points aren’t all the useful when trying to fly to Australasia or Europe in premium cabins, but maybe some of you have had better luck.

  9. Kris Ziel
    Kris Ziel at |

    I know, but I was pointing out that, contrary to HikerT, I MP miles are far more valuable than RR points to some (infinitely more valuable in my case).

  10. laurent
    laurent at |

    Any similar promotions for other hotel loyalty programs such as SPG, Hyatt, Hilton, Carlson or IHG for example, or even Accor or Wyndham?

  11. laurent
    laurent at |

    Any discount promo codes that could be combined with this promotion on the back-end, again not just with Marriott, but with any of the major hotel loyalty programs?

  12. HikerT
    HikerT at |

    Kris, everyone values points differently, but let’s look at your statement that UA miles are infinitely more valuable to you.

    I would say the true value of miles or points is the value at which you are indifferent between using them vs. paying for a ticket.

    I use RR points to lower the cost for relatives who would otherwise pay for Southwest tickets. This is real value to them, at the point they are indifferent between using the points or paying for a ticket. I’d put the upper bound at 1.7 cents (get away fare would be cheaper) with the lower bound at 1.0 cents (saves 40% vs. cheapest fare). Real value is probably somewhere in the middle.

    Compare this to the value of flying internationally in a premium cabin. I really doubt you are indifferent between paying that cost vs. using miles. I would go so far as to say the value of the miles to you is the cost to re-obtain the miles, or equivalent miles.

    With US selling miles at 1.1 cents right now, we can assign an upper bound to the value of UA miles at 2.2 cents, being very generous, assuming the worst case where you had to redeem US for a one way.

    To opt for 1 UA mile vs. 2.6 RR points, you would need to value RR points less than a cent or value UA miles more than 2.6 cents. I think you are probably undervaluing RR points and overvaluing UA, but perhaps you don’t have relatives that live in Southwest’s markets.

  13. Kris Ziel
    Kris Ziel at |

    I don’t fly SWA, nor do I plan on ever doing so. As far as I’m concerned, they engage in deceptive business practices and I will try my hardest to not give them a cent throughout my life. I understand that other people don’t hold the same views, but I would rather 1 MP mile than 10,000 RR points (although not really rational because I would only be costing SWA money).
    I prefer to use my miles on long haul F, which I probably value at around 2-2.5 cents, but SWA doesn’t do that, so even at a dollar each, RR would have no value to me.

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  15. Scott M.
    Scott M. at |

    Does anyone know if buying gift cards from this promo qualifies as “travel” category for the 2 pts/$ from Chase Sapphire card? I have a few Marriott stays coming up, and was trying to choose between using Sapphire vs. SPG Amex to buy the gift cards.

  16. Eric M
    Eric M at |

    Is “earnt” a word?