Posted by Ric Garrido

Marriott TravelCards are on sale beginning at 1pm eastern in today’s Wednesday 4/18 Daily Getaways Week 2 offer sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express. Marriott TravelCards are available in five denominations from $50 to $1,000 at 11% to 20% discounts.

Marriott TravelCards can be used like cash at over 3,600 participating properties, including any JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Autograph CollectionSM, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard® by Marriott, Fairfield Inn® & Suites, SpringHill Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, and Marriott Vacation Club® (rentals only), worldwide.

Marriott TravelCards do not have an expiration date.

Altogether, a person can potentially buy $3,250 in Marriott Travel Cards for $2,600.10 with a $650 discount.

One consumer consideration is technically these Marriott TravelCards are not valid for payment for hotels stays made using a corporate rate or group rate like AAA or Senior rates. Reports on FlyerTalk indicate some people have had no problem using TravelCards on AAA rates and others have been denied.

Marriott TravelCard Terms & Conditions

  • Marriott TravelCards may be used at all JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Autograph CollectionSM, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard® by Marriott, Fairfield Inn® & Suites, SpringHill Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, and Marriott Vacation Club®(rentals only), and participating hotel retail, spa, golf, or food and beverage outlets.
  • Card is a pre-paid card, not a credit card, and is property of and issued by MI Fulfillment Services, LLC. Protect card like cash.
  • Card cannot be applied to group, special corporate/negotiated, catering, associate, or other discounted/non-commissionable rates.
  • Card cannot be used when reservation is booked by a travel agent or other third party.
  • Card cannot be used to secure a reservation.
  • Card is not redeemable for cash and change will not be returned except as required by law. Change is not provided by hotels. See pre-paid card terms and conditions.
  • There are no blackout dates on TravelCards.
  • Card is not replaceable if lost, stolen, or destroyed.
  • Marriott TravelCard and Marriott GiftCard terms vary.
  • Card becomes inactive when all value has been redeemed.
  • Each transaction will be debited against card balance; if transaction exceeds balance, user must pay the difference.
  • To check card balance visit gifts.marriott.com or call 1-800-442-6132. For balance information outside the U.S. and Canada use the AT&T Direct® access number for the country you are calling from with 1-800-442-6132.
  • Use of card confirms acceptance of terms above.
  • All sales are final.

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5 Responses

  1. I’m personally going to hold out for a Marriott GiftCard promo. The fact that these TravelCards can’t be used for AAA rates makes them useless for me in most cases.

  2. I agree, I already get my discount with the AAA rate, why pre-pay to end up paying the same amount? You still have to use a credit card to secure the reservation. So when they end up charging your cc for the full amount, just try to prove you used the Travelcard. Plus if you lose the card, you lose the money. And no mention of whether or not you still get Marriott points for the stay. Not worth the trouble…..

    Comment by Robert Hanson on April 18th, 2012 at 9:23 am
  3. These worked well for me last year. I always got full points and used them to pay for the best rates I could find. They have never charged my CC instead of using the gift cards, but it is good to remind them the night before you check out so they don’t auto-charge and slip the receipt under the door. Even then you can go to the desk and get it corrected before you leave.

  4. WHAT A SCAM….i had the screen, put in my amex numbers and oh what do you know…”error” on the screen, then nothing….SCAM.

  5. @dan: You seem to have your SCAM-meter sensitivity turned up pretty high. E-commerce should be a science here in 2012, but technology glitches can occur. The first time I tried to submit to purchase, I also got an error. But I resubmited, and voila, it went through cleanly the second time. I then checked my credit card (an American Express card) and there is only one pending authorization from the second attempt, so the first attempt didn’t even chew up some of my credit line with an authorization that would never be completed.

    While U.S. Travel Association doesn’t have a retail-level reputation to worry about, American Express does. Why ascribe the issue to SCAM when you can ascribe it to TECHNOLOGY?

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