Marriott Gift Card Purchase Bonus: Get 12 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Per USD

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Marriott has a new promotion for Southwest Rapid Rewards members that purchase Marriott Gift cards between August 1 and September 26, 2013, for up to 12,000 Rapid Rewards points for $1000 gift card purchase.

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You can access Marriott’s web page for this promotion here. Note that you need to have your Southwest Rapid Rewards number available before you are able to access this offer.

What is the value of Rapid Rewards point?

The number of points required is dependent of the fare type (Business Select/Anytime/Wanna Get Away) and the price of the flight.

Business Select Fare = Rapid Rewards point is worth 0.833 cents

Anytime Fare = Rapid Rewards point is worth 1 cent

Wanna Get Away Fare = Rapid Rewards point is worth 1.67 cents

Conclusion

This is a good promotion for those that can use their Rapid Rewards points for Wanna Get Away fares.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Marriott Gift Cards, purchased in $100 increments earn 1,200 Rapid Rewards points, $250 increments earn 3,000 Rapid Rewards points and $500 increments earn 6,000 Rapid Rewards points, allowing a maximum of 12,000 points to be awarded during promotional period. This is an online promotion only and cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer not valid on Marriott Gift Cards or eGiftCards purchased on property, via 3rd parties or 1 800 813 GIFT. Promotion is valid August 1, 2013 through September 26, 2013 only.

Purchaser’s name must match Rapid Rewards account number to receive eligible points. Please allow four to six weeks after purchase for points to appear in your account. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply. All Marriott Rewards rules and regulations apply.

The Marriott Gift Card can be used for all purchases and services charged to a Marriott guest room. If you are not a registered hotel guest and are planning to use this card at a spa, restaurant, retail store, or other outlet, please confirm in advance that the Marriott Gift Card is accepted. The Marriott Gift Card cannot be used to guarantee a room reservation, but may be used as payment at check out. Gift Card purchases earning Rapid Rewards points are not eligible for return or refund. This is a limited time, limited inventory offer. Marriott Rewards points will not be earned with the purchase of the gift cards. Shipping and handling fees apply. $1 shipping option available to U.S. addresses only for orders less than $1,000 USD.

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  • Roxanne D

    Happy to see your post! Just received this offer in a Rapid Rewards email. Any idea if these miles count toward earning a companion pass? (Purchased w/ Chase SW card). I’ve read most of the details, but not seeing anything specifically addressing companion pass.

    • The other member already commented that these hadn’t posted as CPQ last year. You will get usual points for buying these using Chase Southwest Visa. If you would buy these using Chase Marriott CC, it would qualify as Marriott spend.

      • scott

        The 12,000 points don’t count toward CP, but you’ll get 2,000 points that do qualify for buying the card. You get double points for hotel purchases. So you should actually be getting 14,000 points for the card.

  • al zhou

    They don’t count toward companion pass. This is the same promotion as last year. I bought $1000 and got 12000 points posted as bonus points which didn’t count toward companion pass. they can be converted into 10 airtran credits. You need 8 credits to get a one-way ticket.

    • Roxanne

      Thanks for the response!

  • al zhou

    BTW this is a very lucrative offer, amounting to a 20% discount. Much better than the 10% Amtrak offer.

  • al zhou

    Of course you max out both offers. Those cards don’t expire.

  • Little Tea Blog

    How does this compare to the United promotion they are also offering as well?

    • There are three offers right now:
      Amtrak: 10% Bonus
      United: 5 Miles per USD
      Southwest: 12 Rapid Rewards per USD

      Southwest is the best IF you fly on them and can use for competitive Wanna Getaway fares.

      The 10% premium or 5 United miles is a wash (again depends how you use the miles). I would be inclined to choose the 10% bonus, however.

      • Little Tea Blog

        Is the gift card a physical gift card that I have to wait to come in the mail? Was hoping to use this for an upcoming hotel stay next week.

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  • Deb

    Do these gift cards cover room taxes etc at checkout? Or are they only for the room per night rate? Thanks.

    • Deb

      Also, can the gift cards be used for resort fee? Thanks again!

      • You can use these gift cards to pay for all folio expenses at Marriott family of hotels including taxes and resort fees.

        • Deb

          Thanks John! I bought $1000 card for an upcoming trip to San Juan! 14,000 Southwest points and the card will pay for my entire stay! This is the second GREAT tip I have gotten from you [Accor Hotel Platinum status was the first one]. I owe you a drink should our paths cross!!

          • There are sometime uninformed front desk employees that may not know how to process these. My advise would be to apply it at the check in as a prepayment or to go the night before you leave to have it applied to your folio. If you apply it before check out, make sure that you get a receipt that shows that the amount has been applied to your room/account.

  • Little Tea Blog

    I know I have to wait for the gift card to come in the mail but how long will it take the SW points to post?

    • I have no personal experience on this, as I have always chosen either the discount or the premium. I would imagine few weeks?

      • Little Tea Blog

        Do you think this is still worthwhile given the recent SW points devaluation (assuming I don’t use the points until after March)

        • If you can get good value out from Rapid Rewards points, the yes. Otherwise, wait for a next promo that should be active sometime in November.