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As I first posted about several weeks ago, Daily Getaways is back earlier than normal this year, and is a great opportunity to purchase hotel points and travel packages at a discount. It’s sponsored by the US Travel Association, and every weekday for five weeks they’re offering discounted travel packages.
So far we’ve seen many promotions from some of the major hotel chains, though so far they’ve been focused primarily on opportunities to buy hotel points and hotel stay packages. Today we’re seeing an opportunity to purchase hotel gift cards at a discount.
Buy Marriott gift cards for 20% off
Here’s a chart with the various gift cards on sale:
|Number Of Points||Package Cost||Savings||Number Of Packages|
|$1,000 Marriott gift card||$800||20% off||75|
|$100 Marriott gift card||$80||20% off||410|
|$500 Marriott gift card||$400||20% off||308|
As you can see, there are roughly 800 gift cards for sale, and they’re all available for 20% off. If you stay at Marriott properties with any frequency, then buying one of these gift cards is a no brainer, in my opinion.
For what it’s worth, these are eGiftCards (which will be delivered electronically) don’t expire.
Which credit card to use?
Keep in mind Daily Getaways purchases are processed by Daily Getaways, and not by Marriott directly. In other words, if you’re using this promotion to buy gift cards, your purchase will be processed by Daily Getaways and not by Marriott directly (therefore it doesn’t count as hotel spend).
However, Daily Getaways is considered a “travel” provider, so you can still earn bonus points for your Daily Getaways purchases:
- The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offers double points on all travel purchases, including Daily Getaways
- The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card offers double points on airfare, hotels and travel Agencies — since Daily Getaways seems to be categorized as a “Travel Agency,” it should qualify for double as points; if it were April 19, 2015 or later, this purchase would have accrued triple points
- Presumably you could also reimburse yourself for a Daily Getaways purchase with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®, given that Daily Getaways is categorized as a travel agency
Getting 20% off a hotel stay is a great value, especially since these gift cards don’t expire. If you expect to stay at a Marriott in the near future on your own dime, I’d absolutely consider taking advantage of this promotion.
Do you plan on buying Marriott gift cards for 20% off?