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Old Apr 1, 19, 11:29 pm
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Originally Posted by margarita girl View Post


Iím staying at legacy SPG properties. Pretty sure theyíre going to tell me they canít accept (or they donít know how to process) Marriott cards. Then we can negotiate on whether I have to pay the credit card surcharge.
I went to Thailand last month, in Bangkok the Athenee (SPG) didn't take Marriott GCs. In Phuket, the Nai Yang Beach resort did take the Marriott GCs and since it is Marriott currency there is no additional fee, just straight conversion.

Same at a Marriott in Bogota, no exchange fee.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 6:34 am
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Originally Posted by mhdena View Post
...., just straight conversion.

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What currency exchange rate was applied?
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Old Apr 2, 19, 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
What currency exchange rate was applied?
It was the same as my "Units Plus" app, so I didn't mind. I asked would there be an exchange fee and was told since its an internal Marriott currency there was no additional fee.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 4:41 pm
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Originally Posted by mhdena View Post
I went to Thailand last month, in Bangkok the Athenee (SPG) didn't take Marriott GCs. In Phuket, the Nai Yang Beach resort did take the Marriott GCs and since it is Marriott currency there is no additional fee, just straight conversion.

Same at a Marriott in Bogota, no exchange fee.
According to the FAQ, Luxury Collection is supposed to accept gift cards.

https://gifts.marriott.com/faq.html

I had an instance at Delta Toronto Airport where they wanted to take my gift cards, but didn’t know how. Agent was convinced it would be processed as Cdn $ instead of USD (which I highly doubt). I just told them to not worry about it and paid with Amex. The next day I got an email from the GM apologizing and offering me 7500 Bonbon pts as compensation. OK, thanks!
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Old Apr 2, 19, 6:38 pm
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Originally Posted by margarita girl View Post


According to the FAQ, Luxury Collection is supposed to accept gift cards.

https://gifts.marriott.com/faq.html

I had an instance at Delta Toronto Airport where they wanted to take my gift cards, but didnít know how. Agent was convinced it would be processed as Cdn $ instead of USD (which I highly doubt). I just told them to not worry about it and paid with Amex. The next day I got an email from the GM apologizing and offering me 7500 Bonbon pts as compensation. OK, thanks!
I was at the Athenee Feb 10-15 when the Bonvoy rolled out, So good to see they are now accepted at most of the SPG properties now.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 7:05 pm
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Regarding the Marriott offer, will prepaid rate trigger the credit if the charge shown up during the promotion period?
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Old Apr 3, 19, 7:15 am
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Regarding the Marriott offer, will prepaid rate trigger the credit if the charge shown up during the promotion period?
Unlike Hilton, which processes prepaid stays through a central clearinghouse for all properties, Marriott AMEX offers should be okay as they are charged by the hotel itself as merchant.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 10:43 am
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Old Apr 6, 19, 11:49 am
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$100 off Hilton Mexico stays of $500 or more

Targeted offer came out in February i believe. Does anyone know the last time Amex had a Hilton Mexico offer prior to this one? I don't have a HHonors CC, and I stupidly saved the offer on my BBP, which has a foreign transaction fee of course. I was thinking of getting the HHonors biz card and using it to pay for a Hilton Mexico stay in late July, and i was wondering what the chances might be of another Hilton Mexico offer coming out later this year.

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Unlike Hilton, which processes prepaid stays through a central clearinghouse for all properties, Marriott AMEX offers should be okay as they are charged by the hotel itself as merchant.
Pardon my ignorance, but you're basically saying prepaid Hilton stays won't trigger the credit if the stay is outside the amex promotion period, right?
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Old Apr 6, 19, 11:52 am
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Pardon my ignorance, but you're basically saying prepaid Hilton stays won't trigger the credit if the stay is outside the amex promotion period, right?
I'm saying that all Hilton prepaid rates are non-qualifying. Final charges for incidentals during those stays as billed by the individual hotel should, however, qualify towards spending.
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So, I had an offer for spending $300 at a Kimpton and I had a trip coming up and it had a nice Kimpton, so I booked it. Total estimated rate, with taxes and everything, was $297. So, I bought a $4 diet coke from the minibar and asked them to put it on my bill, which the guy did. Later, when I'm at the airport, I look at my bill and apparently they gave me a credit of $4 equal to my minibar charge, as some kind of nice Kimpton minibar promotion, which is very nice and unexpected but apparently a Kimpton thing, except I didn't know about it because I don't stay at Kimptons unless I have an Amex offer.

So, anyway, I ended up $3 short and my free diet coke ended up costing me $57. Is there any solution here? I can't exactly call up the hotel and ask them to charge me another $3. There's a Kimpton near where I live. Can I spend $3 there on something or whatever and get the credit or am I just screwed?
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Old Apr 10, 19, 8:11 pm
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So, I had an offer for spending $300 at a Kimpton and I had a trip coming up and it had a nice Kimpton, so I booked it. Total estimated rate, with taxes and everything, was $297. So, I bought a $4 diet coke from the minibar and asked them to put it on my bill, which the guy did. Later, when I'm at the airport, I look at my bill and apparently they gave me a credit of $4 equal to my minibar charge, as some kind of nice Kimpton minibar promotion, which is very nice and unexpected but apparently a Kimpton thing, except I didn't know about it because I don't stay at Kimptons unless I have an Amex offer.

So, anyway, I ended up $3 short and my free diet coke ended up costing me $57. Is there any solution here? I can't exactly call up the hotel and ask them to charge me another $3. There's a Kimpton near where I live. Can I spend $3 there on something or whatever and get the credit or am I just screwed?
Why not? Just call the first Kimpton and thank them, but tell them directly you need the precise $3 charge on your card for work purpose. It's a win-win situation for both parties.
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Old Apr 11, 19, 10:53 am
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For the Hilton offer of spend $250 get $50. It expires 5.30.19. I have a stay in early June. Anyone have experience with having the hotel charge a portion of the stay before as a deposit and having it trigger? I've done this for spg/marriott stays previously but was worried that pre-paid stays are not being reimbursed. Thoughts?
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Old Apr 11, 19, 11:06 am
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For the Hilton offer of spend $250 get $50. It expires 5.30.19. I have a stay in early June. Anyone have experience with having the hotel charge a portion of the stay before as a deposit and having it trigger? I've done this for spg/marriott stays previously but was worried that pre-paid stays are not being reimbursed. Thoughts?
I did exactly that last month for my Hilton stay in June. I called up the hotel and asked to pre-pay $250 now by credit card. Used my amex card with the offer, got the $50 credit within 24 hours after the transaction posted.
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Old Apr 11, 19, 2:55 pm
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For the Hilton offer of spend $250 get $50. It expires 5.30.19. I have a stay in early June. Anyone have experience with having the hotel charge a portion of the stay before as a deposit and having it trigger? I've done this for spg/marriott stays previously but was worried that pre-paid stays are not being reimbursed. Thoughts?
Same for me; got a stay in mid-June.

Originally Posted by 808traveler View Post
I did exactly that last month for my Hilton stay in June. I called up the hotel and asked to pre-pay $250 now by credit card. Used my amex card with the offer, got the $50 credit within 24 hours after the transaction posted.
Glad to see it work. I might as well try it; nothing to lose but possible gain of $50 credit.

Edit: I can't do this; my upcoming stay was booked on points. Oh well.
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