One way to save few bucks on Marriott family of hotel stays is to use gift cards that you buy prior to your stay from Marriott. There is typically an offer during the end of the year for discounts and extra miles for gift cards purchases.
You can use Marriott gift cards to settle your bill at all Marriott family of hotels locations. You cannot use them, however, to guarantee your stay or for authorization purposes. You can pay your stay when you check in and then leave a smaller hold by a credit card, and settle your incidentals again using the gift card when checking out.
Right now there are two ways to save if you need to purchase Marriott Gift Cards
1. TopCashBack is offering 5% cashback for Marriott gift card purchases. You need to sign up for the service and make the purchase using the link from TopCashBack. Then couple of months later you will receive the rebate by PayPal. (For full disclosure purposes I will get a $10 referral credit if you sign up using the embedded link)
2. You can currently buy Marriott gift cards and earn TWO Delta SkyMiles per dollar for up to $5K in gift card purchases.
Personally, I would rake 5% cashback over 2 SkyMiles per dollar loaded, but individual circumstances may vary of course. You could have recently purchases Marriott gift cards up to 21% discount during the Daily Getaways. I don’t think that we are going to see a very good offer before the holiday period at the end of the year.
Here are the terms and conditions of the Delta SkyMiles offer:
Delta SkyMiles Promotion Terms & Conditions
Marriott GiftCards, purchased in $250 increments earn 500 bonus SkyMiles, $500 increments earn 1,000 bonus SkyMiles or $1,000 increments earn 2,000 bonus SkyMiles allowing a maximum of 10,000 bonus SkyMiles to be awarded per Delta SkyMiles member during promotional period. Delta SkyMiles will be awarded to the account number specified during purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. This is an online promotion only and not valid on Marriott GiftCards purchased on property, via 3rd parties or 1 800 813 GIFT. Shipping and handling fees apply. Promotion is valid June 3, 2012 through September 2, 2012 only.
The Marriott GiftCard can be used for all purchases and services charged to a Marriott guest room folio. 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 GiftCard is accepted. The Marriott Gift Card cannot be used to guarantee a room reservation or pay in advance, but may be used as payment at check-out. Gift Card purchases earning Delta SkyMiles are not eligible for return or refund. Marriott Rewards points will not be earned with the purchase of the GiftCards. While supplies last.
Please allow four to six weeks after date of purchase for points to post to your Delta SkyMiles account. Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice. All Delta SkyMiles Program Rules apply. All Marriott Rewards rules and regulations apply.