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MASTER THREAD: Current Marriott Gift Card, Cash Back, Tricks & Promos

MASTER THREAD: Current Marriott Gift Card, Cash Back, Tricks & Promos

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NOTE: this thread is for discussing promotions and discounts on gift card purchases and cash-back rebate sites etc.

Discussion about gift card usage can be found here:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/marr...on-thread.html

For more details, see the first post of this thread: New to this thread? Start here: Intro - https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18858149-post1.html

Current cash back for Marriott.com: (Last updated July-2020)

While supplies last, until Friday, July 24, 2020, select Marriott eGiftCards are available at a 15% discount.
  • $50 gift card for $42.50
  • $100 gift card for $85
  • $250 gift card for $212.50
  • $500 gift card for $425
  • $1,000 gift card for $850
You can use Marriott gift cards to pay for Marriott stays (not applicable for discounted prepaid rates), resort fees and parking fees, treatments at the spa, dining at Marriott properties and more. Keep in mind, however, that some Marriott brands do not accept Marriott gift cards. This includes Bulgari, Design Hotels, Homes & Villas by Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and possibly more.

Current portal earning and noticeable deals and discounts (July-2020):
Rakuten: 1.5%
MrRebates: 0%
TopCashBack & BeFrugal:
Asia Pacific: 5%
Europe, Africa, etc: 5%
US/Canada Properties: 3%
There are others as well. See evreward.com and cashbackmonitor.com for other current deals.

Pros and cons of buying hotel Gift Cards:

Pros:
1. 15% discount. We do not get additional earning from credit card since we would have earned the same points by paying with cash (credit card)
2. Good for mattress runs at reduced costs. Assume score lower room rates.

Cons:
1. Commitment to a single brand Marriott. Eliminate the flexibility of stays with Hilton, IHG, Hyatt and other brands.
2. GCs are prepaid funds. The funds do not earn anything (interest). We lose the time value of money. The longer we do not use the GCs, we more we lose.
3. GC values are not protected (perishable). The physical GCs can get lost or stolen. We may forget to use the GCs. The GCs can be hacked and value drained. After the GC purchases, the credit card protection is gone.
4. GCs are not accepted at all hotels. Marriott hotels are more decentralized and it carries so many brands. Some do not follow Marriott rules and they may not accept those GCs even though they should. A lot hotels overseas do not accept the GCs.
5. GCs have limitation. At current time, they can't be used to book prepaid hotel stays. This defeats the main purpose of buying the GCs. The GC holders are not entitled for the discounted hotel rates.
6. GCs are dominated in US $ only. Even if they are accepted at foreign location, GC holders lose further more from foreign exchange. With credit card, we may get to choose to charge in USD $ or local currency.
7. GCs can't be redeemed for cash. If GC holders ever want to get the cash out of the GCs due to financial hardship, they can only be sold at the secondary markets like eBay etc. at steep costs.

To check card balance, visit gifts.marriott.com.
For Customer Service call +1 800.442.6132 or email [email protected].
Gift Card Registration: Lost, stolen or damaged cards will be replaced only if previously registered on gifts.marriott.com. Value of replaced card will equal balance on card at the time it was reported lost, stolen or damaged.

Notes:
1) If you make an LNF/BRG adjustment to your reservation you will still get cash back.
DIRECTIONS FOR A HOTEL TO PROCESS A GIFT CARD
Click on Givex icon
Enter login and password info at 2 levels
- property info
- employee info (password is birthdate MMDD, at least at this property)
Enter gift card number
Click on Check Balance (other 2 options are Activate and Redeem)
Click on Redeem
Enter amount to use
Enter card number again
Click Calculate
Click Submit

I used an e-gift card and a plastic one. Its the same process for both. No swiping.
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Old Jun 12, 22, 4:20 am
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if the specific rate says it is non-commissionable, does it mean that 0 payout even clicking via top cash back? thanks
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Old Jun 12, 22, 12:32 pm
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About TCB.
BRG rate can get a cashback ?

I guess not as the booking is modified by marriott.
I somebody experienced that before and can confirm ?
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Old Jun 12, 22, 1:37 pm
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Originally Posted by GalaxyChris View Post
About TCB.
BRG rate can get a cashback ?

I guess not as the booking is modified by marriott.
I somebody experienced that before and can confirm ?
The wiki says: "If you make an LNF/BRG adjustment to your reservation you will still get cash back."

This matches my recollection from personal experience, though it has been a while. You get cash back based on the BRGed rate, not the original of course.
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Old Jun 15, 22, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by pbd456 View Post
if the specific rate says it is non-commissionable, does it mean that 0 payout even clicking via top cash back? thanks
it may track initially, but will not become payable ... at least in my experience.

Originally Posted by GalaxyChris View Post
About TCB.
BRG rate can get a cashback ?
Yes, no problem
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Old Aug 2, 22, 5:22 am
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Do portals give cash-back on just the room rate (taxes excluded) or total folio value at checkout (taxes excluded but incidentals like in-room dining etc included)?

Thank you.
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Old Aug 4, 22, 8:21 pm
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Originally Posted by GarudaSoars View Post
Do portals give cash-back on just the room rate (taxes excluded) or total folio value at checkout (taxes excluded but incidentals like in-room dining etc included)?

Thank you.
room rate only IME
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Old Aug 8, 22, 5:16 am
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I am not sure where I should post, please move if not appropriate.

I am looking at the airline transfer, I think there used to be LH on the list. They dropped...? Is there any way to transfer the points to LH?
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Old Aug 8, 22, 5:36 am
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Originally Posted by Dark Blue View Post
I am not sure where I should post, please move if not appropriate.

I am looking at the airline transfer, I think there used to be LH on the list. They dropped...? Is there any way to transfer the points to LH?
Actually, theres a dedicated thread.

Point transfer to Lufthansa Miles and More back yet?
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Old Aug 30, 22, 10:18 am
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TCB has 6.3% cashback today!
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Old Aug 30, 22, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by cfischer View Post
TCB has 6.3% cashback today!
Have you received cash back for AAA rates with TCB?
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Old Aug 30, 22, 1:04 pm
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Surprisingly YES - the TCB terms for Marriott still say AAA rates don't apply but that is not what is happening in actuality.
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Old Sep 1, 22, 5:19 am
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Not sure if it's regional based but TCB says 6.3%. Glitch could be but interesting nonetheless. Good to see lately they had 6% for a bit. Sorry I'd this isn't relevant
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Old Sep 12, 22, 11:20 am
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TCB has 7% today only
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