Purchase Marriott Travel Cards at 10% to 20% face value discount Monday, April 11, 2011 at DiscoverAmerica.com. The sale begins at 12 noon ET (New York time).
- $50 Marriott Travel Card for $44. (Maximum purchase = 5 cards.)
- $100 Marriott TravelCard for $89. (Maximum purchase = 5 cards.)
- $250 Marriott TravelCard for $222. (Maximum purchase = 2 cards.)
- $500 Marriott TravelCard for $445. (Maximum purchase = 2 cards.)
- $1,000 Marriott TravelCard for $890. (Maximum purchase = 1 card.)
- Get an extra 10% off purchase price for payment with any American Express card.
- You can buy up to five $100 cards and up to five $50 cards and so on.
- Marriott TravelCards will be delivered via U.S. mail within 10 days.
The primary advantage to Marriott TravelCards over buying Marriott Rewards points is the ability to earn hotel stay credit for points and promotions when paying for Marriott stays with Marriott TravelCards. The terms and conditions for these cards appear to have restrictions for rates and state no Marriott points earned, but in practice based on anecdotal evidence from last year’s DiscoverAmerica sale (FlyerTalk 2010 thread), the Marriott TravelCards are accepted for rates like AAA and points are earned.
There are few restrictions associated with Marriott TravelCards. The main thing is to treat the card like cash and not lose the card since it will not be replaced. Otherwise, the Marriott TravelCard value does not expire and may be used to pay for any Marriott brand hotels worldwide.
DiscoverAmerica.com Daily Getaways
A similar month-long Daily Getaways sale was offered last May 2010. Last year’s sale offered some of the greatest discounts of the year for hotel points in programs like Hyatt, Starwood, Choice and IHG points.
Last year I purchased several Daily Getaway offers for discount priced hotel loyalty points. The rates last year were actually closer to the American Express discount for this year without the need to use American Express for payment.
These hotel discount sales are high value discounts and some items sell out quickly. You need to be ready to make a purchase at the start of the sale if you really desire one or more of these items.
DiscoverAmerica.com is the official travel and tourism website of the United States. The Daily Getaways are sponsored by American Express and prices are discounted by 10% when using American Express as payment. DiscoverAmerica.com has 25 days of discounted travel opportunities with a focus on hotels and car rentals through its “Daily Getaways”.
Hyatt Gold Passport points Daily Getaway offer, Friday, April 15 – 12 noon ET
Hyatt Gold Passport points are available at a significant discount through DiscoverAmerica.com ($9.38/1,000 points with American Express discount at $225 for 24,000 points) compared to the purchase price through Hyatt Gold Passport ($24/1,000 points).
Currently the first three weeks of DiscoverAmerica.com DailyGetaways offers have posted.
Week 1: April 11-15, 2011
Week 2: April 18-22, 2011
Week 3: April 25-29, 2011
Related Link: Marriott Gift Cards (essentially same type of card).